99 problems and API problems are like 51 or 52 of them

An APImetrics study of 100 million samples shows that more than half the APIs in use have serious issues that could compromise companies and consumers, the company reported today.

“What this shows is that while the number of APIs continues to grow, their quality has not kept pace with that growth,” said David O’Neill, CEO and Founder of APImetrics. “If companies fail to identify these issues and fix them, it could lead to growing consumer dissatisfaction that damages their reputation.”

APImetrics first reported on the state of APIs back in 2013, and found that in any given week more than half would fail at some point. But at the time, there was no way to determine whether or not the errors would impact consumers.

“Since then, we have developed our CASC measurement system. So now we’re now able to take a more intelligent and detailed look at APIs and their flaws, and how they may affect end users,” he said.

The company has used CASC to study over 1,200 that were called over 120 million times in 2016 in 49 locations around the world, and from the four most popular cloud hosting services.

“What shocked us is that the results were far worse than we expected” he said. “Not only did over half of all APIs have issues, but those issues caused the APIs to fall well below best practice standards. In other words, those issues do affect the consumer – and can be deadly to a company’s bottom line.”

“You wouldn’t operate an API without having the right data regarding it’s availability and stability—the same is true for the API industry, and the folks at APImetrics have those numbers,” said Kin Lane, the API Evangelist.

Another notable result of the study was the impact of geography on the results. For example, API calls made from South America can take three times as long as the same call made from California.

“The APImetrics Infographic is purely a snapshot of what we’ve seen across all locations, APIs and clouds during 2016, the largest sample of its kind ever conducted,” he said. “In coming weeks, we’ll be releasing a more detailed report on the impact of location and cloud, specifically by location and region.”

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