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Enterprise concerns for API standardization top list of challenges as more organizations turn to OpenAPI as de facto API industry standard
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.
Key findings include:
• 58% of organizations list standardization as a top API challenge
• Microservices drive API growth according to 65% of respondents
• 82% of respondents cite OpenAPI as the dominant API standard
• More than 50% cite cloud service provider as their choice for API management
• 64% cite internal interoperability as biggest driver for API development
"We are grateful to this global community for providing their insights, especially during a pandemic," said Cynthia Gumbert, Chief Marketing Officer at SmartBear. "Businesses are accelerating digital transformation using APIs at a pace never conceived of just a few months ago, while needing to provide even higher quality service to their customers. A clear takeaway from this report is that API standardization has escalated from a good practice to a must-have in order to survive and thrive."
For the second year in a row, standardization was the top API challenge that organizations want solved in the near future. Standardization was especially a concern among organizations that need to scale API development across distributed development teams. In terms of API design frameworks to aid standardization, the OpenAPI Specification (https://swagger.io/
The 2020 State of API Report is available for download at: https://smartbear.com/
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