Adaptive Catalog provides three methods for integrating your product or systems with our cataloging software. The two recommended methods of integration are through extensions or a PunchOut integration.
Extensions provide a simple way of communicating with specific Adaptive Catalog functionality. This is the most common method for users to integrate with Adaptive Catalog. There are four primary extension types, and more may be added in the future. When the extension is triggered by the user (either manually or automatically) Adaptive Catalog will call your API with a set JSON object and will expect a JSON response type. Most of the Adaptive Catalog integrations are currently written with our extension system (such as ConnectWise Manage Product Export, Tech Data Real Time Lookup, etc.)
Export Extensions are triggered by the user from the workspace, and will send your API an entire Bill of Materials, as well as any additional options that you request the users specify.
Real Time Extensions look up product pricing and availability in real time. This data is then cached on the products allowing users to search on this data.
Recommendations Extensions display product recommendations to the user based on items that have been added to the workspace, as well as any additional options or files that the user might specify.
Webhook Extensions are called whenever a product is updated (either from a user interaction or automated process). These are used to keep product details in sync between systems.
We may add additional extensions or functionality in the future, but the core functionality of these APIs will likely not change.
The Adaptive Catalog PunchOut Integration allows users to seamlessly go from your application to Adaptive Catalog, generate a bill of materials, and then return the entire list of products back to your application. Adaptive Catalog supports both the cXML PunchOut standard and a more modern JSON based PunchOut.
While we may add additional fields to these APIs that you can choose to read in the future, the core APIs will likely not change.
Due to limitations of the cXML standard, the JSON PunchOut will provide more product information, but both methods will generally provide most of the data you need.
Our REST APIs provide direct access to your catalogs, allowing you to pull products, search across the catalogs, or even provide your own completely different user interface embedded in your application.
These APIs are updated with almost every release and while we strive for complete backwards compatibility, there will sometimes be breaking changes.