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API virtualization is increasingly becoming another avenue that allows software development teams to collaborate more
By: SmartBear Blog
Apr. 19, 2017 04:00 PM
API Virtualization: A Strategy for Uniting Teams
Recently an analysis was completed by SmartBear to gauge the sense of what software professionals believe is the core value provided by API virtualization. It was concluded that software professionals, including developers, testers, managers and architects believe that the biggest benefit of virtualization is that it brings teams together by allowing them to collaborate. In total, 18% more respondents indicated that virtualization has more value in uniting teams than it has in adding speed to delivery or reducing costs.
We measured the interest of the email recipients by tracking which people opened these emails. From there, we dug into the results by job role and job title - bringing us to the conclusions below.
What team members think about virtualization
The results were enlightening. We found that the majority of the respondents engaged more with content around uniting teams rather than reducing costs or saving time. 81% of the developers indicated that they find virtualization valuable in uniting teams. Only 15% thought that virtualization helps in delivering APIs faster.
Results from our base of managers and senior managers was a bit different, many of these managers are senior executives. Many managers indicate that costs and speed are important, 20% and 35% respectively, but interestingly the majority (i.e. 45%) still indicate that virtualization provides excellent value in uniting teams.
We also sent this study to Software Architects, architects almost unanimously thought that uniting teams was the best value virtualization could offer, 81% engaged more with the content that indicated virtualization unites teams, the remaining 18% indicated making API delivery faster was a good value that can be derived from virtualization.
API Virtualization and software delivery
Service virtualization enables team members to share their work with one another. This is what that process might look like:
For example: A subject matter expert in OFX (a protocol used in financial APIs), who is located on Wall Street, can ideate, and quickly prototype a virtual service and share it with a development team in India through service virtualization over internet. Proprietary, sandboxed and firewalled environments now can be made accessible across the world with just a few clicks.
API Virtualization and costs
For example: Imagine you are using Google maps API for your software and you need to load test. You can record and virtualize the maps API and replay it for the load testing. Specially in this scenario, you should isolate your software and load test, you should not inadvertently load test the Google maps API. Sophisticated virtualization allows you to create real world scenarios through throttling and limiting the virtualized Google maps API. Thus enabling developers and testers to test against real world situations and error scenarios.
A good virtualization solution should provide capabilities to fully simulate the actual service, and provide hassle free switching between virtual and the actual environment. ServiceV Pro is a virtualization solution from SmartBear that provides all of the above, it also allows you to share your virtual services and control your virtual environment to generate realistic scenarios. The tool is a part of the ReadyAPI suite of applications and allows you to very quick capture and create a virtual service from a single user interface. Teams can get up and running with ServiceV Pro in minutes, create sophisticated virtual services and start coding and testing against them.
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