We have recently announced our second Slingshot® API implementation in the past two months. For those of you who don't know, the Slingshot API, or Application Programming Interface, is a software-to-software interface that is invisible to the end-user providing a simple way for one software system to communicate with another. This partnership with Software Solutions Integrated (SSI) will utilize the Slingshot API within their Agvance suite of software products.
The Slingshot API is a powerful tool which also ensures consistent delivery of job data, and eliminates the necessity to deliver job information to the field on paper or USB hard drive, which are both inefficient, and involve a high risk of being lost or misplaced and in general are more costly to the operator. We are really excited with how SSI has leveraged the power of the Slingshot API within Agvance Dispatch. Customers will absolutely benefit from this new opportunity to more effectively share information between the office and the machine. Agvance not only utilizes this capability, but it also uses machine location data found in the Slingshot API to more effectively deliver this information to the nearest machine for the job.
Version 5.0 of Agvance Dispatch is available today and is Slingshot API enabled. Currently, the integration allows users to plot Slingshot Field Hubs and associated pending jobs on a map for a dispatcher to effectively manage as well as sends VRA files to machines in the field. There are also new features in development that will produce even greater efficiencies for our customers in the future. I spoke with SSI's VP of Marketing, Dave Craft who says, “The ultimate goal of the integration between Agvance Dispatch and Slingshot is to simplify the process of delivering the necessary information and files to the in-field computer at the right time. By making this one simple step that can be done without complicated user interaction, we are making jobs easier to complete and facilitating greater efficiency for custom applicators.”
We’re excited to continue to work with companies such as SSI, AgIntegrated, SST, AgWorks and others to promote a more open platform to provide solutions to customers. Stay tuned for more news regarding implementations of the Slingshot API and never hesitate to give us a call if you have questions on how the API might benefit you or your customers.