Collaboration today is often driven by seamless data sharing. For organizations like SIL International, whose mission revolves around empowering literacy and Bible translation efforts, the ability to provide timely and accurate data to a vast community of global partners is paramount.
Challenges - The Lack of Internal Resources
SIL's vision was to strengthen their partner network by sharing data that would drive literacy and Bible translation projects. However, with a tight-knit team and limited technical expertise, they faced a significant roadblock. They lacked the internal resources to build the required API infrastructure that would enable this level of collaboration.
The weight of this challenge didn't just lie in the technical burden. The success of their project, as well as the funding they had received, hinged on their ability to share this crucial data with their partner organizations.
A Search For The Solution
The responsibility to find a solution fell upon the technical lead at SIL. The options were clear: either invest time and resources into building a custom API infrastructure or find a reliable, off-the-shelf solution. After weeks of research, a promising candidate emerged: DreamFactory Software.
DreamFactory - API Generation Platform
The introduction of DreamFactory transformed SIL's approach. Instead of wrestling with the intricacies of API development, the team could now craft SQL server views and expose them effortlessly as APIs. This flexibility allowed them to cater to a wide range of partner needs, offering both generic APIs for broad usage and specific APIs tailored for individual organizations. “One of the key outcomes of a data warehouse is to provide data back to contributing organizations after the data has been transformed. A good API technology is key to that. DreamFactory has met the needs and has been easy to manage, maintain, and use over the past six years.” - Dwayne Emberson, Data Warehouse Specialist at SIL International. The results were immediate and impressive. DreamFactory's user-friendly interface and robust capabilities meant that SIL could swiftly provide their partners with the APIs they needed. The technical lead recalls, "DreamFactory made it incredibly straightforward and quick to deliver APIs to our partners."
DreamFactory For SIL International
For SIL, DreamFactory wasn't just a tool; it was the bridge that connected them to their global partners. What endeared DreamFactory to the team was its simplicity. It streamlined a complex process, making it easy for them to meet the API demands of their project without being bogged down by technical challenges and time requirements.
SIL has carved a niche for themselves with the help of DreamFactory. Through this platform, they've been able to bolster their mission, foster stronger collaborations, and truly make a difference in the world of literacy and Bible translation.