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Enabling Innovation with Cloud APIs — IndustryHack API for Veho
Veho hosted an IndustryHack competition and wanted to offer as much operational data as possible for the contestants. The competing teams would develop their ideas and applications based on the data during a 48-hour weekend.
Our mission was to create a unified, reliable and well-documented API, through which contestants could easily access and understand all the available data. This allowed hackers to focus on digital innovation on top of the provided APIs and minimized time spent on setting up access to the data utilized in their applications.
We worked closely with IndustryHack, Veho and their ERP providers to understand the operational data available and setting up routines to upload the anonymized data to cloud databases.
To provide access to the data, we developed a cloud API platform using Amazon AWS technologies such as RDS, API Gateway and Lambda. The data was secured by limiting access to APIs with API keys that were distributed to the participants.
The IndustryHack event was very successful and many innovative new applications were produced during the weekend. We received positive feedback on the API platform. Teams were able to quickly and easily utilize the operational data and develop their ideas based on it.
We believe the same approach of using the cloud to expose operational data in an approachable but secure manner can be applied to a wide array of customer cases. It leads to accelerated innovation and completely new ideas, as the friction of tedious and time consuming backend systems integration is removed.
About the company
Veho is an authorized retailer of Mercedes-Benz, Citroën, Ford, Honda, Peugeot, Skoda and Smart.
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