API Testing and Monitoring – SmartBear Launches the First Integrated Solution Bridging the DevOps Divide

New API Complete Improves API Lifecycle Quality and End User Experience
Beverly, Mass. — May 15, 2012 — SmartBear Software today introduced API Complete, a first-of-its-kind solution that enables software developers, testers and IT operations staff to test and monitor the quality of APIs (Application Programming Interfaces) and Web Services in an integrated and streamlined fashion. API Complete helps organizations improve the quality of the increasing number of APIs and Web Services used in Web applications and sites, and can replace the fragmented approach currently used by separate development and operations teams.

According to Eric Knipp, Managing VP, Gartner Inc., "New applications will increasingly be constructed using agile practices and DevOps — joint initiatives between development and operations to streamline the rapid, continuous improvement of applications. Furthermore, an increased emphasis on analytics will enable more-focused investment in the areas of applications that really matter to improve user experience, productivity and, ultimately, profitability. Our recommendation is to treat a public Web API as a key component of your Web strategy, not as a bolt-on to an existing project and manage the API with the same care you would your enterprise Web presence.” (Predicts 2012: Application Development, December 2, 2011) [Tweet this]

Ian McLeod, Executive Vice President & Chief Product Officer, SmartBear, continued, “The speed and availability of Web Services are a crucial component of the larger end-user experience delivered by Web applications but, until today, development and operations teams had to use disparate toolsets for testing and monitoring. Now, API Complete provides a unified DevOps approach to quality for cloud or mobile applications.”

API Complete combines soapUI, the world’s most popular API testing tool, loadUI for load testing, and AlertSite, SmartBear’s leading Web performance monitoring solution and global monitoring network into an integrated framework for API lifecycle quality management. Using common test scripts and validation assets, API Complete helps development, IT operations and e-commerce teams ensure that APIs are thoroughly tested pre-deployment and performing well for end-users or business partners around the world once in production. This significantly improves efficiency and collaboration, and lowers costs.

Web APIs are growing exponentially and are required for mobile and social applications, as well as for innovative forms of e-commerce that combine Web Services and contextual information to deliver a compelling user experience. To ensure their quality, it is critical to conduct meticulous functional and load testing during pre-deployment to identify and resolve problems early, as well as continuous monitoring and regression testing post-deployment to ensure ongoing quality of service and availability.

Unlike other fragmented API testing and monitoring solutions, SmartBear’s integrated API Complete:

•    Fosters collaboration among development, IT operations and e-commerce teams for the testing and monitoring of APIs. When a monitor fails, the same transaction can be sent back to development or testing teams to investigate and remediate production issues in a process that frequently does not have a single business owner, and is difficult to duplicate in the field.
•    Is easy to use—leveraging test scripts created for pre-deployment testing for production monitoring eliminates re-work and custom scripting. With more than 800,000 users worldwide, there is also a good chance development and testing teams are already using soapUI for API testing.
•    Enables control, visibility and reproducibility into performance of APIs that live in the “black box” of cloud-dependent and mobile applications.
•    Empowers companies to deliver superior experiences to end users and measure API performance and availability against contractual service-level agreements (SLAs) with business partners.

API Complete consists of the following products; soapUI, loadUI and AlertSite. API Complete is available immediately. To purchase, call 1-877-302-5378 or email sales@alertsite.com.

A SmartBear Webinar featuring Tom Murphy, Gartner, Inc., “Your Guide to the Golden Age of APIs, 5 Ways to Ensure Quality from Development through Deployment,” will discuss best practices for ensuring API quality as well as preview API Complete on Wednesday, May 16, 2012, at 1:00 p.m. EDT (10:00 a.m. PDT, 6:00 p.m. BST). Follow live and share on Twitter using #APIquality. [Share this]


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