At the MBA Tech Conference, Optimal Blue unveiled its new Application Programming Interface (API) initiative. The first deliverables available through Optimal Blue’s new API platform allow secure access to pricing for eligible products for both consumer direct and loan officer implementations. The APIs may be used by customers who wish to integrate product and pricing data with proprietary website, mobile, or point-of-sale solutions, and by vendor partners whose solutions are enhanced through the integration of originator-specific price data for eligible products.
Through this API initiative the company will enable an ecosystem of third party developers serving Optimal Blue customers.
Scott Happ, CEO of Optimal Blue, stated, “Our goal is to support integration through contemporary and best-in-class API technology, with any third party or in-house system that our customers may choose to deploy.”
Several vendors have already agreed to utilize the APIs.
Optimal Blue’s API products leverage Microsoft Azure’s API management platform. In accordance with the company’s newly adopted API-first strategy, the development team is already at work on the next set of APIs and expects to deliver locking and historical pricing functionality later this year.
Sue Baker, VP of Product, explained, “While we are happy for customers to utilize the native Optimal Blue user interface, we are equally supportive of customers who would prefer to use third-party or proprietary systems whose UI/UX is supported by our API.”