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Plugging into payments: Developer tools, payment APIs, and SDKs to simplify commerce

Thursday, March 04, 2021

Developing for a commerce business can be challenging today. There are more ways for consumers to shop and buy than ever before, including in-person, online, and mobile to name the big three. But there are others as well: voice-activated payments, for example, or buying groceries from your refrigerator.

Businesses need all of these channels to work seamlessly together so that consumers can shop in one channel and buy in another. To the consumer, this experience should just work. To the business, it requires developer know-how and support.

At Global Payments, we have a developer-first mindset. If developers can't plug into our payment gateways or easily understand our payment APIs and SDKs, the partnership between your business and us as the payments provider wouldn't be successful. So we prioritise making sure that the documentation and tools are simple to use and easy to integrate.

Prebuilt to fully custom developer tools

Every business has different needs for implementing payments. For example, small businesses tend to need simple plug-ins whereas large multinationals may have advanced customisation needs. That's why our developer tools range from plug-and-play payment SDKs to completely customisable payment APIs. And as your business grows, our tools meet your needs at any stage of growth.

Our open APIs let you self-serve and make changes in real time

Through our developer portal, we provide the payment SDKs, APIs, libraries, documentation, and sample source code you need to integrate payments into any commerce channel—in almost any development language. For example:

  • In person. Leverage a pre-built and pre-certified EMV application with an API layer that securely handles chip interaction for payments, reducing your PCI DSS scope and eliminating PA-DSS scope for the POS software.
  • Ecommerce. SDKs and APIs to create an online and mobile check out, implement recurring payments, in addition to other major payment types from credit and debit cards and alternative payment methods including digital wallets. Along with plugins for leading carts and online ordering.
  • IoT. API and SDKs for payments integration from a variety of payment types including digital wallets, stored value wallets, and subscription payments.

Serious about security

Easy integration is key–and so is security. As you can imagine, when you're dealing with people's money and personal information, there are stringent security measures and protocols to follow to ensure your customers' protection. The governing body for security standards in payments is called the Payment Card Industry Security Standards Council. They "develop standards and supporting services that drive education, awareness and effective implementation by stakeholders."

We're a certified level 1 PCI DSS service provider, meaning that the security protections we put into place meet all applicable PCI standards. Our payment solutions come embedded with encryption, tokenisation, and/or 3D Secure technology that help guard against fraud and breaches. That way, you can be assured that our payments environments are secure, in every channel. And when new regulations are put into place, or old ones are updated, we make the appropriate adjustments to our environments, so you're covered.

Our payment tools and resources are built so you can work quickly and independently. In some cases, you can be up in running in as little as 10 minutes. But for the head-scratching problem you just can't solve, we're always on hand to help. From planning and technical implementation to ongoing optimisation, our developers are ready to dig in and get you the answers you need.

We won't just tell you about our developer tools, we'll show you. Explore our developer docs:

"I'm developing solutions for a UK business targeting international customers."
Visit our Global Payments Developer Portal

"I'm developing for a card issuer."
Visit our TSYS Developer Portal