Why you should use PSRESTful in 2024 if you are in Promotional businesses


Total Cost of Ownership, commonly referred to as TCO, is a financial estimate intended to help buyers and owners determine the direct and indirect costs of a product or system. It goes beyond the initial purchase price to include a variety of other costs typically overlooked during the decision-making process. This can encompass installation, training, operating, maintenance, and upgrade costs over the lifecycle of the product, as well as disposal costs when the product is no longer needed.

Many companies are now leveraging identity management solutions like Auth0 (opens in a new tab) and Okta (opens in a new tab) as a strategic measure to reduce Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) in their IT ecosystems. These platforms offer cloud-based, as-a-service models that streamline the implementation and management of user authentication and authorization. By adopting these services, businesses can circumvent the hefty investments traditionally associated with in-house identity management systems, such as dedicated servers, specialized hardware, and the ongoing costs of maintenance, updates, and security compliance.

Most companies also use Stripe (opens in a new tab), PayPal (opens in a new tab), Authorize.net (opens in a new tab) …, etc, for payment processing following the same logic.

In the case of e-commerce, there are two companies EasyPost (opens in a new tab) and ShipEngine (opens in a new tab) that also provide APIs for shipping. These companies specifically communicates with UPS, USPS, Fedex, and others but they guarantee a common API regardless who is providing the service.

In the case of the Promotional Industry, we have one Open Standard called PromoStandards (opens in a new tab). However, because all suppliers need to implement all the services and they have different ERPs and different programming stack, not all implementations are totally compliance with the standard.

The core part of PSRESTful (opens in a new tab) it a proxy that translate from SOAP/XML to REST/JSON is similar to those services. As a distributor or service provider, you will need one implementation and you will cover hundreds of suppliers but also the communication is done via REST/JSON, a modern technology that also reduce about 50% of the payload and responses.

Like Auth0 (opens in a new tab), Okta (opens in a new tab), etc, PSRESTful (opens in a new tab) provides a predictable cost structure, with pricing based on the number of calls to the API. Furthermore, we do offer the added advantage of continuous updates and enhancements without additional costs, robust security measures that reduce the risk of breaches (and the associated costs), and scalability to accommodate growth without the need for significant capital expenditure. This approach enables distributors to focus their resources on core business functions while maintaining state-of-the-art on PromoStandards capabilities.

Even if you already have implemented your own software maybe it is time to replace it with PSRESTful because it shouldn't be a difficult move(the objects and field names are the same provided by the standard making easy the transition). Also, the Standards Committee will continue to push for more standards like they did for Product Compliance, Order Status 2.0.0, OSN 2.0.0, and the software will be updated for free.

Other niceties:

The introduction of SDKs in your favorite programming languages will make the use of the API even easier. We are planning:

We hope to have this in the next few weeks.

The PromoStandards committee is planning to move front SOAP/XML to Open API, why waiting when we already have it now and you can start testing it for free (opens in a new tab).