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APIs & programming frameworks are king

IT execs today need to understand some basics. APIs are the glue that connects disparate applications. Frameworks are a set of tools or code blocks in any programming language like Python. Together, they make it easier and faster for developers to integrate services with third-party applications.

For instance, take IT apps—like email—that rely on directory services via Lightweight Directory Access Protocol (LDAP) to allow access. For background, LDAP is an open and cross-platform protocol used for directory services authentication. It’s how applications communicate with other directory services servers.