Global Survey by SmartBear Reveals Increasing Reliance on API Testing and Third Party API Usage with 80 Percent of Respondents Now Testing APIs or Web Services
SOMERVILLE, Mass. — October 17, 2018 —
SmartBear, the leader in software quality tools for teams, released the results of its latest annual industry survey in the report, “The State of Testing 2018,” designed to establish benchmarks for the software testing industry regarding the methodologies, practices, and tools used by QA professionals in 2018 to build, validate, and deliver software. Major findings revealed the industry’s reliance on API testing is increasing with third party API usage having grown by more than double in the last year. This year, 80 percent of respondents reported testing some kind of API or web service, up from 71 percent in 2017. The company’s second annual, 45-question survey prompted more than 2,600 responses from a myriad of job roles across 16 major industries globally.
“API consumption has skyrocketed over the past few years,” said Christian Wright, Chief Product Officer and Executive GM at SmartBear. “This growth is not surprising and will continue. As the connective-tissue of application development, APIs are the key to connecting the vast network of systems, platforms, and apps that make up the Internet of Things (IoT). To ensure a flawless user experience, it is crucial to test APIs within the context of their consumption across multiple browsers, devices, and resolutions. Testing practices and trends described in this survey help us provide the software quality tools needed by software development teams worldwide.”
Survey results also revealed that the role of testing continues to expand well beyond the traditional tester. With the importance of testing having grown exponentially in recent years, the survey audience spends more than 40 percent of their week testing with QA engineers spending 75 percent of their time at it. Developers reported spending 40 percent of their week testing, proving that teams are indeed shifting left. One quarter of teams are releasing software at least once per day or multiple times per day.
Leading the industry in testing, SmartBear provides a portfolio of functional testing tools that enables teams to accelerate testing efforts, improve quality, and realize rapid time-to-value. SmartBear provides the tools that make it easy to automate functional tests across web, desktop, mobile, and API platforms, maximize manual testing efforts to get the most out of your tests, and run functional tests at scale, in the cloud, or on-premise. Customers get all the benefits of a robust QA tool built for developers to use within popular IDEs and leverage the power of open source tools by reusing test scripts.
The survey also captures emerging trends year-over-year and provides insights into what teams globally think the future of testing will hold.
To download the report, visit: https://smartbear.com/resources/ebooks/state-of-testing-report-2018/