In advance of the Google I/O conference in May (which I’m stoked that I’ll be attending and covering live), Yves Hiernaux, CEO of BeeBole flicked me an email telling me that they’re hoping to be invited to the developer sandbox at the event.

In order to showcase their own take on where they’re going integrating Google chart tools into the application they’re developing, BeeBole produced this video showing how they’re using the API to create graphical representations of the underlying data in BeeBole.

It’s an interesting video and hopefully does enough to get BeeBole a place at the conference but even more importantly it’s an example of just how easy it is to create applications now compared to only a few years ago. Until recently, a company wanting to create this sort of dashboard would have had to wrangle code and get down and dirty with development tools to do this. Today it’s simply a case of integrating with a ready built best-of-breed charting tool.

Extrapolate this ease through to other functional areas – mapping, calculations, documentation etc – and you quickly see how third party tools and the power of the API are changing the world.

Of course there’s the minor point of having to execute a business strategy, I wonder when Google will develop an API for that….

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Ben Kepes is a technology evangelist, an investor, a commentator and a business adviser. Ben covers the convergence of technology, mobile, ubiquity and agility, all enabled by the Cloud. His areas of interest extend to enterprise software, software integration, financial/accounting software, platforms and infrastructure as well as articulating technology simply for everyday users.

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