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Top API Testing, Test Automation Tools of 2015 By @Parasoft | @DevOpsSummit [#DevOps]

New report helps organizations working on enterprise, mobile, and web applications select the right tool

New Report:  Top API Testing, Test Automation Tools of 2015

The new Forrester Research report on Functional Test Automation Tools* emphasizes that API testing is a critical component for modern application delivery: "In order to support continuous quality and faster development, especially for those on an Agile and DevOps journey, testing must shift from a UI-only approach to a UI-and-API approach."

Parasoft was named a Leader this report. Forrester Research gave Parasoft the highest score among all vendors in the Current Offering category, and stated that "Agile project management (PM) and test management tools make [Parasoft's] solution stand out."

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According to the report, "Parasoft's API testing roots and comprehensive integrations pays off. Parasoft has a very strong product offering...[Its] strong vision on the use of analytics to drive greater testing performance, implemented in its current products and road map, make it a key player in the continuous delivery world allowing developers to promote low-risk, quality-release candidates in delivery pipelines."

After examining past research, user-need assessments, and vendor and expert interviews, Forrester developed a comprehensive set of evaluation criteria. They evaluated vendors against 40 criteria, which they grouped into three high-level buckets: Current Offering, Strategy, and Market Presence.

"To us, Forrester's evaluation confirms the value of the advanced automation, comprehensive capabilities, and easy extensibility that we believe earned us this position as a leader," said Wayne Ariola, Parasoft Chief Strategy Officer. "We are impressed by Forrester's efforts to help AD&D professionals select the right FTA tool, and we are extremely honored to be recognized in this important research."

*Forrester Research, Inc., "The Forrester WaveTM: Modern Application Functional Test Automation Tools, Q2 2015," April 17, 2015.

More Stories By Cynthia Dunlop

Cynthia Dunlop, Lead Content Strategist/Writer at Tricentis, writes about software testing and the SDLC—specializing in continuous testing, functional/API testing, DevOps, Agile, and service virtualization. She has written articles for publications including SD Times, Stickyminds, InfoQ, ComputerWorld, IEEE Computer, and Dr. Dobb's Journal. She also co-authored and ghostwritten several books on software development and testing for Wiley and Wiley-IEEE Press. Dunlop holds a BA from UCLA and an MA from Washington State University.

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