Cloud ERP API Comparison

DEAR Systems, Cin7, Unleashed

 

Why does the API matter?

The API does two things

  • it allows information to be extracted for better reporting
  • It enables automation, by creating documents and actions. This means that you can automate gaps and workarounds, and add more advanced functionality.

Examples of workflows and API support

Case: Automate the creation of products from another source, such as an online store or a product master database

 DEARCin7Unleashed
  Yes No Yes

Case: Add a product configurator front end, and send custom BOMs to manufacturing module

 DEARCin7Unleashed
  Yes No No

Dear allows creations of assembly orders and therefore one-off BOMs, and it allows them to be stepped through the process of authorising, allocation stock and completion.

 DEARCin7Unleashed
  Yes No No

Case: For near real-time interfacing, have the integrated app respond to events as they happen in the ERP (such as order received from online channel 

 DEARCin7Unleashed
  Yes No No

Dear has webhooks, which send signals to the integration, rather than the integration having to ask on regular intervals "has something happened"

The Best API: Dear Inventory

Dear has the best API, by far. It allows most processes to be fully automated, from end to end. It is also better documented, and it has webhooks, which means that you can ask Dear to contact your app when something happens, such as an order being submitted. WIthout webhooks, your app must constantly ask for any updates. (polling)

The other cloud ERPs have significant gaps, meaning there are few if any complete processes which can be scripted.

The Dear API is an add-on to the base plan, and webhooks require an additional subscription to the Automation module.

 

  DEARCin7Unleashed
API Version V2 V1 Unversioned, V1?
API Limits 60 per min 60/min, 5000/day Varies by plan
Cost Add-on to plan Included in plan Varies by plan
API docs Apiary HTML HTML
       
Item      
Search Yes, but limited Yes, any field Yes
Create Yes No Yes
Update Yes No Yes
Delete Blocked for integrity, instead, make inactive No Yes
       
Stock availability and valuation      
Search Yes, but limited Yes, any field Yes
       
Stock Transactions (goods movement)      
Search Indirectly   No
       
Warehouse locations      
Search Yes Yes, any field Yes
Create Yes Yes No
Update No Yes No
Delete Blocked for integrity, instead, make inactive No No
       
Financial transactions      
Search Yes No No
       
       
Customer      
Search Yes, but limited Yes, any field Yes
Create Yes Yes Yes
Update Yes Yes No
Delete Make inactive Make inactive No
       
Customer Addresses      
Search Yes, but limited Yes, any field  
Create Yes, via Customer Yes Yes, via Customer
Update Yes, via Customer Yes No
Delete Yes, via Customer Yes No
       
Customer Contacts      
Search Yes, but limited Yes, any field No (Unleashed doesn't have multiple contacts per customer)
Create Yes, via Customer Yes No
Update Yes, via Customer Yes No
Delete Yes, via Customer Yes No
       
Supplier      
Search Yes, but limited Yes, any field Yes
Create Yes Yes Yes
Update Yes Yes No
Delete Blocked for integrity, instead, make inactive Yes Yes
       
Quote      
Search Yes, but limited Yes, any field No
Create Yes Yes No
Update Yes Yes No
Delete Void Void No
       
Order      
Search Yes, but limited Yes, any field Yes
Create Yes Yes Yes
Update Yes Yes Yes
Delete Void Void Yes
       
Order fulfilment      
Search Yes, but limited Yes, any field Yes
Create Yes (including multiple fulfilments per order) No Yes (including multiple fulfilments per order)
Update Yes (including multiple fulfilments per order) No Yes (including multiple fulfilments per order)
Delete Void No Yes
       
Sales Invoice      
Search Yes, but limited Yes, any field Yes
Create Yes No No
Update Yes No No
Delete Void No No
       
Sales credit      
Search Yes, but limited Yes, any field No
Create Yes Yes No
Update Yes Yes No
Delete Void Void No
       
Sales Payments      
Search Yes, but limited Yes (does not sync to Xero) No
Create Yes Yes (does not sync to Xero) No
Update Yes Yes (does not sync to Xero) No
Delete Yes ? No
       
Purchase Order      
Search Yes, but limited Yes (does not sync to Xero) Yes
Create Yes Yes (does not sync to Xero) Yes
Update Yes Yes (does not sync to Xero) No
Delete Void ? Yes
       
Purchase invoice      
Search Yes, but limited   No
Create Yes No No
Update Yes No No
Delete Void No No
       
Purchase Receipts      
Search Yes, but limited No No
Create Yes No No
Update Yes No No
Delete Yes No No
       
Purchase Payments      
Search Yes, but limited No No (Unleashed does not handle payments)
Create Yes No No (Unleashed does not handle payments)
Update Yes No No (Unleashed does not handle payments)
Delete Yes No No (Unleashed does not handle payments)
       
Assembly/Manufacturing Order      
Search Yes, but limited Yes Yes
Create Yes Yes No
Update Yes Yes No
Delete Yes Yes No
       
Stock Take      
Search Yes, but limited No No
Create Yes No No
Update Yes No No
Delete Yes No No
       
Stock Adjustment      
Search Yes, but limited Yes Yes
Create Yes No Yes
Update Yes No Yes
Delete Yes No Yes
       
Stock Transfer      
Search Yes, but limited Yes Yes
Create Yes No No
Update Yes No No
Delete Yes No No
       
BOM      
Search Yes, via Product Yes Yes
Create Yes, via Product No Yes
Update Yes, via Product No Yes
Delete Yes, via Product No No
       
Webhooks Yes No No