Spotify, the renowned music streaming service, has recently unveiled its latest commercial product for software development teams called Confidence. The platform is based on Spotify’s in-house experimentation platform and aims to provide teams with an easy-to-use solution for setting up, running, coordinating, and analyzing user tests. The goal is to help teams optimize their ideas quickly and efficiently. As of now, Confidence is in its private beta phase.
In a blog post, Spotify highlighted the extensive experience of its data scientists and engineers who have been refining the company’s product testing methods over the years. Whether it’s automating simultaneous A/B tests or implementing AI recommendation systems across various platforms, Spotify’s experimentation platform has been instrumental in scaling best practices and capabilities to benefit all teams. Now, Spotify plans to extend this platform to other companies, enabling them to build, test, and iterate ideas with speed, reliability, and confidence.
Confidence is specifically designed to cater to software development teams that have outgrown their current testing platforms or those seeking a quick and straightforward way to initiate A/B testing. Spotify’s experimentation efforts date back to the early 2010s, when a small group of data scientists and engineers began conducting manual A/B tests internally. Recognizing the significance of experimentation, Spotify developed its own A/B testing platform called ABBA, which enabled standardized metrics analysis and feature flagging. This move triggered a wave of experimentation across the company, leading to hundreds of experiments annually across multiple squads.
The Confidence platform will be accessible to customers in three ways. Firstly, it can be utilized as a managed service, allowing access to the experimentation platform as a standalone web service managed by Spotify. Secondly, it can be integrated as a Backstage plugin, adding more flexibility to the implementation process. Lastly, teams can integrate the Confidence platform into their existing infrastructure through APIs, providing seamless compatibility.
Software development teams can now sign up for the waitlist to be eligible for an invitation to join the Confidence platform. However, Spotify has not yet disclosed the timeline for its wider availability.
It’s noteworthy that Confidence marks Spotify’s second commercial product targeting developers. Previously, the company introduced its plan to monetize developers through the open-source Backstage project. This platform streamlines companies’ infrastructure by allowing them to create customized “developer portals,” consolidating various tools, apps, data, services, APIs, and documents into a single interface.
Today’s announcement underscores Spotify’s ambitions to expand beyond its consumer-facing music streaming service, indicating a strategic shift towards catering to developers and software development teams in the tech industry.