SNEAK PEEK: The 2019 State of API Integration Report Results

By Jackie Rebrovic in API Industry Trends Posted Apr 1, 2019

Last year, we released the second installment of the industry's leading annual report - The 2018 State of API Integration. The 2018 edition analyzed data from within our API integration platform, which included over 1.6 billion API calls and 160+ endpoints. Additionally, we collecting data by surveying API enthusiasts across 20+ distinct industries, 44 countries, and 6 continents. 

This year we continued to expand our global research by collecting data from 350 API enthusiasts, in over 20 distinct industries, with annual revenues ranging from less than $100,000 to over $25 billion. Our second State of API Integration survey was distributed between September 2018 and January 2019 to representatives of these companies. Their responses contributed to the identified trends surrounding the existing demand for API integrations and the roadmap for leveraging integrations in the future. 


We launched the 2019 State of API Integration Report in April, and you can get your full copy here. But first, let's get into a sneak peek at some of the key results!

INTEGRATING THE WORLD OF APIs 

The analysis in the 2019 State of API Integration Report represents data collected from companies across 50 countries and 6 continents. 

2019 State of API Integration Report Global Data

 

54.8% OF COMPANIES ARE BUILDING B2B PRODUCTS 

In 2019, over half of the companies surveyed are building B2B products followed by mobile, B2C/consumer, employee productivity, and IoT products and applications.

API Product Types

 

56.1% OF COMPANIES CHARGE FOR API ACCESS

Compared to 2018, there has been a shift in monetizing API integrations. In 2019, 56.1% of companies are charging for API access or integration services compared to 43.5% in 2018.

Monetize API Integrations

DEVELOPER TRENDS 

API integration is simply a means to an end; building an integrated experience where data flows seamlessly between the apps you and your customers care about. Yet, API providers are still no making it straightforward for developers or practitioners. 

Beneath the integration iceberg, developers continue to rank many of the same areas as pain points in API integration: 

API Integration Challenge: Event-Driven

By far, developers prefer to consume REST-based APIs (without hypermedia):

API style consumption

That’s just a small preview of the insights you’ll find in the full 2019 State of API Integration Report. The full report further dissects the survey data and includes insight from industry experts Ross Garrett, VP of Product at Cloud Elements; Shelby Switzer, API Activist;  Mike Amundsen, API Author and Speaker, Mehdi Medjaoui, APIdays Founder, and Francois Lascelles, Field CTO at Ping Identity. industry experts Ross Garrett, VP of Product at Cloud Elements; Shelby Switzer, API Activist;  Mike Amundsen, API Author and Speaker, Mehdi Medjaoui, APIdays Founder, and Francois Lascelles, Field CTO at Ping Identity We will highlight top trends uncovered from the State of API Integration survey, including key challenges facing developers in the API space, important changes from 2018 results, and a forecasted view of the future of the industry.  

Download the Report