SANTA CRUZ, CA. May 3, 2017, – Ten years ago less than half of all developers were in a developer program. Today more than 80% belong to one and 62% of developers say they don’t use APIs that aren’t supported by a Developer Relations program. Evans Data’s recently released Developer Program 2017 survey report found that formalized programs have become a necessity for companies wishing to have their APIs adopted.
This doesn’t mean that more developers are paying for their membership, as the proliferation of free programs has been a driving force in program adoption and demand. Thirty-five percent belong to free programs, 19% belong to only paid programs and 26% belong to both a paid and a free program. Only 19% do not belong to one at all.
“Today companies need to be interconnected and to take advantage of new innovations. This often means they need to publish APIs and once you publish an API you have a platform. Once you have a platform you need developers, and that means you need a program to support them”, said Janel Garvin, CEO of Evans Data. “We see the proliferation of developer programs throughout all places and industries.”
The Developer Relations 2017 report is the 18th annual survey of developers focusing on developer relations programs. Topics include Developer program features, ROI and Program Measurement, Developer Outreach, Training, Spurring Participation, Resources, App Stores, Tech Support and Documentation.
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