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SmartBear positioned as Visionary in Gartner's Magic Quadrant

SmartBear, a provider of software development and visibility tools, has been positioned by Gartner as a Visionary in the 2023 Magic Quadrant for Full Life Cycle API Management. The evaluation was based on specific criteria that analysed the company’s overall completeness of vision and ability to execute.

Brian Downey, SVP, Product at SmartBear, says, “We are proud to be recognised by Gartner as a Visionary in the Magic Quadrant for API Management, and we see our positioning as validation of our federated API gateway strategy."

“The evolving landscape of APIs is reshaping software development, and API technologies are pivotal for organisations seeking developer-friendly solutions to stay competitive."

"SmartBear's commitment to delivering developer visibility while enhancing API experiences has made us a frontrunner in innovation. Our comprehensive approach to API management is enabling development teams to navigate this challenging landscape with confidence and efficiency."

In 2023, SmartBear continued to expand its API product portfolio through strategic acquisitions as well as innovative enhancements to its popular solutions used by millions of developers, testers, and software engineers worldwide.

The company introduced two API-first solutions, including SwaggerHub Explore for API exploratory testing which has quickly gained nearly 25,000 users, as well as SwaggerHub Portal, the API portal that provides consumers with comprehensive resources for easy implementation.

SmartBear’s API portfolio also includes the popular design and development tool, SwaggerHub; ReadyAPI for API testing, security, performance testing, and virtualisation; PactFlow for contract testing of APIs and microservices; and AlertSite for monitoring.

These investments continue to expand SmartBear’s position in the API industry, including the company’s acquisition of Stoplight, announced in August, which has elevated its governance story as SmartBear aims to deliver complete visibility across the software development lifecycle. Providing a unified platform to customers, SmartBear states the company plans to integrate Stoplight’s features into its API development platform in the first half of 2024.

Gartner Magic Quadrant research methodology provides a graphical competitive positioning of four types of technology providers in fast-growing markets: Leaders, Visionaries, Niche Players, and Challengers. Published in July, SmartBear is also mentioned in the Gartner Hype Cycle for APIs, 2023.

Overall, SmartBear is focused on providing a portfolio of trusted tools that give software development teams around the world visibility into end-to-end quality through test management and automation, API development lifecycle, and application stability, ensuring each software release is better than the last.

SmartBear is utilised by more than 16 million developers, testers, and software engineers at 32,000+ organisations - including innovators like Adobe, JetBlue, FedEx, and Microsoft. With an active peer-to-peer community, we meet customers where they are to help make our technology-driven world a better place.

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