04 February 2019

(dev) day 2019 is in the books. The record books. Based on the great response, we hope this is an event that will grow in years to come, creating an environment where developers across automotive can collaborate and innovate together. Here’s a little recap of our inaugural adventure:

Value, vision and venture

To kick off the event, Rajiv Amar shared some eye-opening stats on the opportunity available to developers in automotive, to the tune of over $65 Billion in... more

Post by Brian Miller
11 January 2019

I have just spent a few hours getting my demo web site to work with the Implicit OAuth 2.0 flow (https://oauth.net/2/grant-types/implicit/). It was a very quick integration. The first thing  had to do was change my registered application on the Fortellis platform using the Developer Account option to set the Callback URL. In my case this was originally http://localhost:5000 (for testing) which I later changed to https://demoapps.fortellis.io/list-n-... more

Post by Julian Birkett
10 December 2018

We recently spoke with Lisa Mork, the Development Program Manager on the Fortellis team. We discussed “EVENTING,” one of the many elements the team is working on to enhance the Fortellis platform.


In a past role at CDK, I provided DMS systems support to customers. Here is an example of one particular use case that might better explain how eventing could be used within Fortellis. When inventory for a particular part in the system reached a certain threshold, our system would send a notification via the DCS subsystem to the dealership parts... more

Post by Brandon Boyd
11 September 2018

Additional integration points will revolutionize auto financing and retail industry

HOFFMAN ESTATES, Ill. and SAN JOSE, Calif. - September 10, 2018 - CDK Global (Nasdaq: CDK), a leading enabler of end-to-end automotive commerce, today announced that AutoFi has have agreed to consume digital retailing application programming interfaces (APIs) from the Fortellis Automotive Commerce Exchange™ platform. The company also confirmed that... more

Post by Scott Carlson
27 June 2018

Due to the rapid evolution in customer demands and needs, the first question to any technology company is becoming "are you a product company or a platform company"? There are lots of companies who are moving from a product based mindset to a platform one with very high adoption rate by customers. The most valuable companies today (Apple, Amazon, Microsoft and Facebook) derive much of their ROI from multi-sided platform business. Though success is not automatic after launching a platform that generates new sources of revenue, the below article is about the reasoning behind why many... more

Post by Swapna Sasidharan
17 May 2018

How do I publish my API on Fortellis?

To add a new API to the Fortellis platform you must first publish it. Publishing an API involved creating a Swagger 2.0 specification for your API and submitting it to Fortellis for review. Let's walkthrough that process. 

The first thing you need is to be a registered Fortellis user and to be logged in to the Developer Network. 

Click on the My APIS link at the top right of the page

This will take you to My APIs... more

Post by Trentin Priebe
15 May 2018

Calls to Fortellis APIs need to be authenticated. To access anything other than test data, you will need to supply an OAuth access token.

OAuth tokens can be acquired through various different flows, depending on the use case. This post will demonstrate the implicit flow, which is intended for use by apps who don't have any means of protecting their client secret. In practice, this usually means single page web apps (i.e. apps with no backend server) and native iOS or Android apps. In all these cases, the source code is discoverable by the user so any included secret would be... more

Post by Ian Woolf
21 March 2018

As a developers we like to see how to interact with an API. We want to know how requests to the API look. We want to see what kind of responses we will be receiving back and what parameters are expected and required. For this reason all of the APIs on the Fortellis Automotive Commerce Exchange allow you to try them out. In just a few minutes and a few short steps you can be sending requests and receiving responses to available APIs right from the Fortellis Developer Network site.

Want to try out our APIs? Follow these steps:

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Post by Trentin Priebe
21 March 2018

Providers play a key role in Fortellis as the ultimate source of automotive data and functionality. This post explores how this vital piece fits in to the rest of the Exchange.

Post by Ian Woolf