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SmartBear Continues Industry Leadership in API Readiness at APIStrat 2016

SmartBear Hosts API Meetup at Corporate Headquarters on November 1, 2016; CTO Ole Lensmar and Sales Engineer Amber Fallon Featured Speakers at APIStrat – November 2-4, 2016 – Boston
SOMERVILLE, Mass. — October 27, 2016 —

API Experts from SmartBear Software, the leader in software quality tools for teams, are speaking on API quality and scaling at the API Strategy & Practice Conference (APIStrat), taking place on Wednesday, November 2 – Friday, November 4, 2016 in Boston. APIStrat is the seventh edition of the conference that brings together experts, leaders and members of the community who seek to better understand how APIs are impacting the world. Ole Lensmar, CTO, is presenting, “Testing Your APIs with Cucumber.” Amber Fallon, Sales Engineer is presenting, “The Big Problem with the Big Picture.”


SmartBear is also hosting the APIStrat Meetup featuring an expert API panel and evening reception on Tuesday, November 1, 2016 at its corporate headquarters in Somerville, Massachusetts.

WHAT:           API Meetup, “API Strategy for 2017,” Hosted at SmartBear Headquarters

WHEN:           Tuesday, November 1, 2016, 6:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. EDT

WHERE:         SmartBear’s Corporate Headquarters, Assembly Row, 450 Artisan Way, 4th Floor, Somerville,



WHEN:           SmartBear at APIStrat Boston:

  • “The Big Problem with the Big Picture,” Presented by Amber Fallon – Thursday, November 3, 3:05 p.m. EDT
  •  “Testing Your APIs with Cucumber,” Presented by Ole Lensmar – Friday, November 4, 11:15 a.m. EDT

WHERE:         Marriott Long Wharf, 296 State Street, Boston

The API Meetup on Tuesday, November 1 is focused on how to build an API strategy for 2017. Speakers include Tony Tam, creator of Swagger and Vice President of Products, Swagger at SmartBear; Ole Lensmar, creator of SoapUI and CTO at SmartBear, Laura Heritage, Director of API Strategy at Akana; Arnaud Lauret, IT Architect at AXA Banque and Matt Bernier, Developer Experience Product Manager at SendGrid. The panel is hosted by John Purcell, Vice President of Products, API Readiness at SmartBear.

To RSVP to the API Meetup, visit:

If you are unable to attend in person, tune into the live stream of the event on SmartBear’s Facebook page at:

To learn more about the expert API panel, visit:

SmartBear has two speakers at APIStrat. Ole Lensmar is presenting, “Testing Your APIs with Cucumber,” and Amber Fallon is presenting, “The Big Problem with the Big Picture.”

BDD with Cucumber is gaining in popularity as it allows the expression of requirements using a custom domain-specific language that can be executed as tests to validate actual implementations. APIs, in particular, seem to have a lot to gain from this approach as they are often technical in nature. It seems that a correctly performed Cucumber implementation should allow increasingly non-technical stakeholders to participate in defining the requirements for an API’s behavior and functionality. Ole Lensmar discusses how non-technical Cucumber vocabularies can be made to describe something as inherently technical as APIs. He also shares how the usage of Cucumber scales as the complexity of an API increases, and how standards like Swagger make Cucumber testing even more intuitive.

Prior to SmartBear, Ole co-founded Eviware Software, acquired by SmartBear in 2011, and also co-founded base8, an XML oriented consulting company in 1996, acquired by the publicly traded Mogul in 1998. Ole worked as CTO, product owner and lead evangelist for Mogul’s software portfolio, including an XML based CMS and a high performance search engine. At Eviware Software, Ole created SoapUI, the most used open source testing tool in the world with five million downloads and one million active users. Follow him on Twitter @olensmar.

In Amber Fallon’s talk, she discusses the challenges of managing public APIs in a way that fosters growth of dependent APIs, scaling up, maintaining SLA and allowing for the versatility of user created applications. API may be used in ways never envisioned. She also addresses challenges like sandboxing at scale, aiding in end user integrations and managing the infinite number of dependencies that larger APIs may encounter. Prior to her position as Sales Engineer at SmartBear, Amber held various technical support roles for Dynatrace and Compuware. Follow her on Twitter @smartbearamber.

For more information on APIStrat Boston, visit:

About SmartBear Software

SmartBear is behind the software that empowers developers, testers, and operations engineers at over 20,000 of the world’s most innovative organizations including Adobe, JetBlue, MasterCard, and Microsoft. More than 6 million people use our tools to build, test, and monitor great software, faster. Our high-impact tools are easy to try, easy to buy, and easy to use. These tools are backed by a team of people passionate about helping you create software that transforms our world. Those tools are SmartBear tools. That team is SmartBear. For more information, visit:, or follow us on LinkedIn, Twitter, or Facebook.

Contact: Tracy Wemett, BroadPR

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