In the last few years, we've been busy redesigning, rebuilding, upgrading and expanding their solution on the Sitecore Experience Platform.
Our history with APM Terminals, and our expertise in delivering transformative solutions, was the motivation in our appointment to build an API Store on the open-source Drupal platform.
The business case for this project was to monetise APM Terminals’ internal Application Programming Interfaces (APIs). This was to be achieved by enabling third-parties to purchase credits – so that customers can access cargo delivery and truck appointment data via their own systems.
The development of this industry-leading portal represented a significant step forward in APMT’s strategy to be a ‘best in class terminal operator’, allowing third-party developers to read API documentation, purchase credits, and generate API keys.
The developer portal needed to not only be functionally sound, but also deliver a positive user experience and meet the needs and expectations of APMT’s world-wide customer-base.
How it works
The Drupal API Store allows APMT customers to register applications and in return they receive an API key which they can use to connect to the APIs offered by APMT.
When purchased, the APIs need to be configured by a development team to integrate with the APMT customer’s internal systems and API endpoints, via the API management framework – Apigee. Once this has been completed, customers can pull container data directly into their internal systems, saving both time and effort for the customer.
In addition, to drive sales of the APIs, the Drupal API store also allows content editors to produce marketing material.
API Store benefits
- Saves manual work on searching for container status
- Container status is fed directly into internal systems
- The gathering of container data is automated
- Handles large volumes of data
- Near real-time data means the latest information is available in the supply chain. This means terminals will know when cargo is available for its next step in its journey. This enables better planning
API Store overview
- Built in Drupal 8 CMS
- Apigee Integration (Utilising the Apigee Kickstart distribution)
- Out of box templates and modules were redesigned to match the look and feel of the APM Terminals main site
- Stripe payment gateway integration
- Hosted with Pantheon
- Akamai integration for security
Sitecore vs Drupal
Sitecore is an enterprise grade licensed digital experience platform. Being licenced means, unlike a Drupal website, it's paid for. Drupal is open source. It's a free content management system maintained by the Drupal community.
Both systems deliver flexibility, security, and scalability. The difference being that Sitecore comes with many out-of-the-box tools and features. Drupal, on the other hand, relies on external integration to deliver more functionality. This can place a heavy load on the system and could incur higher development costs when it comes to maintenance.
For large scale projects that deliver enhanced digital experiences, Sitecore is the CMS of choice. For smaller projects, like the API Store, Drupal was the perfect fit.
Visit the new APM Terminals API Store at developer.apmterminals.com