Testing

December 05, 2013

Recent data on the world's fastest 4G LTE network speeds places the USA 8th. Some will use this as an excuse for the poor performance of their mobile applications and why they fail to meet user expectations. For a majority, however, this information confirms what they have always known: the network was never and will never be the answer to better performance ...

November 20, 2013

The headlines are filled with news of retail website failures and crashes – most recently with the launch of Obamacare and the continuing healthcare.gov crashes due to high visitor load. Some of this attention is due to the media's insatiable appetite for bad news, some of it is fueled by massive user dissatisfaction, but for the most part; websites are just simply failing more. Quite often, sites go down because organizations are not sufficiently prepared to manage the risks that exist because of the complexity that surrounds their sites ...

November 11, 2013

With the holidays rapidly approaching, the top goal of many online retailers and e-commerce companies is delivering superior online experiences that drive conversions. This should come as no surprise, with eMarketer predicting United States e-commerce revenues to increase about 15.1 percent year-over-year during the prime holiday shopping months of November and December. Here are the top five must-have e-commerce features that can help you grow your business this holiday season ...

November 06, 2013

Don’t get me wrong, this isn't a political statement. Applications don't care if you are a Republican or a Democrat. They don't care if they were created in Canada or India, or if they are written in Ruby, Java or .NET. And the bottom line is that I don't care either — because the real problem behind the site's performance problems is dead simple — lack of testing ...

September 11, 2013

An integrated and iterative mobile application testing cycle should include the following key components ...

September 04, 2013

The following is a roadmap to help IT leaders successfully design, deploy, and analyze their apps to create a sound mobile strategy ...

August 29, 2013

There are as many kinds of computer performance models as there are PhD candidates to dream them up. For most people, they feature complex math and nearly impenetrable terminology. I’ll bet many of them are wonderfully useful. Here, I want to convince you to look into performance modeling by exploring just two kinds of models: Capacity and Simulation ...

August 27, 2013

The goal of every software developer and tester is to produce applications that meet user expectations and achieve business objectives. Standing in their way is the need to understand and predict the production environment and how real-world end users will experience the application ...

August 09, 2013

The mobile enterprise has arrived. In a world where there will be more devices than people on earth by 2017 according to Cisco’s Visual Networking Index (VNI), mobility will continue to transform enterprises in a profound way that cannot be ignored. The idea of being able to interact with customers, prospects, and stay attuned to competitive pressures is not new, but the velocity at which the mobile market is maturing poses a new set of challenges ...

August 08, 2013

To prepare their mobile apps for the real world, enterprises need to conduct performance testing under real network conditions and using real mobile devices. But it doesn't end there ...

August 05, 2013

Back when I used to work in a product testing lab, one of my favorite things to do was to fire up a piece of network testing hardware and put a network under extreme traffic conditions ...

June 24, 2013

Here are some important guidelines to remember when you start to plan your mobile monitoring strategy ...

June 10, 2013

As the adoption and centrality of mobile business apps continue to grow, so does the need for enterprises and mobile carriers to ensure a flawless user experience. A recent report by Compuware highlights the increasingly high expectations that users have for accessing sites on mobile phones and tablets. 57% of surveyed users said that they would not recommend a business that had a bad mobile site. Moreover, 46% would not return to that website and 40% had turned to a competitor’s site after a disappointing experience. Clearly, bad performance is bad for business ...

May 21, 2013

DevOps emerged as a philosophy for bridging the gap between operations and development silos, where each focused on different priorities, using different processes and tools. This article will focus on some key challenges existing in the DevOps approach — challenges that leave operations to wade through overwhelming amounts of operational data — and how new analytics-based tools stand to provide insight into meaningful information, ultimately closing this gap, and putting development and operations into better synch ...

May 06, 2013

While mobile is quickly becoming the de-facto market platform for many of the business-critical applications deployed by banks, insurance companies and other enterprise organizations, the need to ensure an optimal end user experience mandates a robust mobile performance testing environment. Building an efficient mobile performance test strategy should consist of the following five pillars ...

April 24, 2013

What if your mission-critical app is not designed to last? What if your app is perishable with a shelf life of only a few hours or days? With these apps, traditional monitoring and remediation become irrelevant. The app will expire before it can be fixed. But, that doesn't mean that perishable apps are fated to be poor performing and unsatisfying. Proper planning, testing, and additional resources can keep your perishable apps from going bad ...

April 17, 2013

What is it that drives the need for Application Performance Management? What are the main factors that can negatively impact application performance? What should you be looking out for? That is what this new APMdigest list reveals ...

April 03, 2013

Many years ago, the word “real” had its heyday in the world of product marketing. Plenty of commercials and advertisements would tout the “realness” of products. Luckily, in the world of application testing and performance management, there is an actual distinction between real and fake, especially when it comes to users ...

March 20, 2013

Assessing real-world, end-user network conditions and understanding inefficient use of network resources are the top two issues facing application performance engineers in 2013, according to a new survey by Shunra Software ...

March 17, 2013

“Testing, 1, 2. Check check. Testing.” If you've been going to live concerts and rock shows for any length of time, chances are you've seen a roadie or band member on stage doing this common microphone check. Similar parallels can be found in the world of application performance ...

March 12, 2013

For many of us in the application or software development industry, APM was supposed to be a magic bullet, a way to catch the occasional unforeseen mistake that slipped through to production releases. In reality, even with APM tools reporting production issues, there has been no discernable increase in the quality of applications delivered ...

January 14, 2013

As shoppers become increasingly connected, online retailers in 2013 will get back to basics, focusing on strategies and tactics to improve the customer experience and increase web conversion and loyalty across all devices, according to the 2013 Shop.org/Forrester Research Inc. State Of Retailing Online survey.

December 07, 2012

I vividly remember my first foray into application performance testing ...

November 28, 2012

Cyber Monday was here and with it came wave after wave of online shoppers eager to get a head start on holiday shopping, along with a wave of sales pitches from performance management vendors eager to sell their products to businesses worried about the performance impact of a surge in online shopping ...

November 12, 2012

More than half (60 percent) of respondents in the North American ‘Business Benefits of Service Virtualization’ study conducted by CA Technologies claim that customer-facing applications are delayed as a result of endemic constraints within the software development and testing environment including limited access to infrastructure, databases and undeveloped applications.

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