Survey Shows API Quality Challenges Increase as API Adoption Fast-Tracks with Pandemic

SmartBear, a provider of software development and quality tools, has released its 2020 State of API Report, the company said.

This year´s findings show standardization remains a top challenge for more than 58% of organizations, particularly large enterprises, as they scale API development. Problems with lack of standardization and subsequent quality are coming to light as many companies fast-track API adoption and accelerate digital initiatives due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Because API standardization directly impacts the ability to consistently deliver the best customer experiences, it´s a top priority for enterprises.

The 2020 State of API Report is the first such survey conducted during COVID-19, and more than 3,500 responses were received from May to June 2020 from API developers, architects, testers, and product leaders. The survey provides insights across different aspects of the API lifecycle, including API design, development, documentation, testing, and monitoring. It also studies trends in technologies, standards, and tooling that are reshaping the API ecosystem.

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