SNEAK PEEK: Results for the 2018 State of API Integration Report

By Hannah Shain in API Industry Trends Posted Mar 6, 2018

Last year we collected data from over 165 applications, covering 28,000+ integration instances, and 1.6+ billion API calls, all leading to the first annual State of API Integration Report of 2017. Our findings provided important key trends, correlating a prolific increase in web APIs to proof on how integral APIs have become in business strategy, product development and scalability.

State of API Integration Survey



The 2017 report set the benchmark for API integrations. All the measures culminate to an interactive API Integration Scorecard, where readers rank their own API against a set of criteria unveiled in the report. The scorecard reached far corners of the earth, and beat our expectations in number of completions. While we will save a majority of the new research for 2018 reports, here’s a sneak peek at some of the scorecard data we have collected so far:

Scorecard Data Collection by Geography

The Average Score [from the community] is 56.6

We took a vote from our developers on which application they work with day-in and day-out is considered best-in-class and worst-in-class. While we will not name names here, what you need to know is that the BEST API scores at a 91, and the WORST API scores at a 34. 

So when we saw that the community averaged around a 56.6 from our interactive API Integration scorecard, the data feels on par with our expectations. General areas in need of improvement include support for event frameworks and metadata discovery.

Average API Score - 56.6

60% OF APPS ARE BUILt ON REST APIS

Room for improvement in the coming year is continuing to migrate applications off of SOAP frameworks to REST APIs, and leveraging new platforms.

REST: API Style

Nearly 40% OF apps do not support event framework

The crux of integration is around orchestration. If data cannot flow from system-to-system, in real-time, have you really built an API integration?

Event-Driven Architecture is certainly not a new methodology, but it’s enjoying renewed support in the world of integration because it reduces coupling between services and provides a far more efficient way of synchronizing and updating data.

Event Frameworks Results 

That’s just a small preview of the insights you’ll find in the full 2018 State of API Integration Report. The full report will further dissect the survey data and include insight from industry experts Kin Lane, The API Evangelist, Isabelle Mauny, co-founder and CTO of 42Crunch, and Ross Garrett, VP of Marketing at Cloud Elements. 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 2017 results, and a forecasted view of the future of the industry.  

Download your copy of the 2018 State of API Integration Report now!

Want to get up to speed on API integration before reading the full 2018 report? Check out our State of API Integration resources stream for more information and observations from last year’s report!