Getting to Cloud 9: Challenges & Misconceptions of Cloud Performance Testing
As a performance tester, does the word "cloud" scare you?
I hope not. I hope it doesn't wake you up in a cold sweat in the middle of
the night. I hope the cloud isn't responsible for that chill you feel down
your spine when you think you're all alone...yet somehow you know you aren't.
It's not like we're talking about clowns here.
Almost every functional department in a business is thinking about how the
cloud applies to them. The benefits are clear - it is easier for
geographically diverse teams to access and collaborate over data, it is
convenient for users, and it can cost far less. When it comes to performance
testing, the benefits of the cloud are very compelling. All that load you
need to generate to truly test your application can come from external,
elastic, on-demand sources. You don... (more)
Performance Testing for Wearables, Smartwatches, and Fitness Trackers
Last year, I made my first wearable purchase on a whim - a Vivofit wristband
tracker. I had heard mixed reviews about a lot of wearables. A former
roommate's rant about his always-broken wearable was permanently etched in my
mind. Would my case be different? Well, as it turned out, I liked the Vivofit
but just couldn't get it to sync with my iPhone properly, so I had to return
It makes you think - is the wearables market ready for prime time? This
week's post is about the trials and tribulations of companie... (more)
The Internet has obviously had a huge impact on society to the point where
it's hard to remember what life was like before it was around. But here's a
thought: we're in for an even bigger transformation.
It's called the Internet of Things, and it's coming quickly. ABI
Research predicts there will be 40.9 billion active wireless connected
devices by the year 2020. Likewise, IHS Automotive forecasts 152 million
cars will be connected to the Internet by the same year. Within the next
decade, we are going to see everything from power plants to transportation
systems to factories to ... (more)
7 Ways To Build A Robust Testing In Production (TiP) Practice
Here's a short anecdote: a QA team maintained a test environment separate
from their production environment, but they had gone through great lengths to
ensure it matched what was in production in every respect. It was filled with
the same hardware, and all the software was identical down to the patch
level. They had a strong process to ensure that any change made to one
environment was mirrored in the other.
Perhaps you can see where this story is going. Sure enough, the environments
turned out to not be identical. In ... (more)
Life's Certainties: Death, Taxes and Performance Testing
This year I filed my taxes using a popular online web tax service and started
to wonder how many other people were using the same services to do their
taxes. There had to be millions. I looked it up - and according to the IRS
over 80% of the 150 million tax returns that will be filed this year are
expected to come in electronically. About a third of them - or 45 to 50
million - are self-prepared, online submissions from people like me.
It is hard to comprehend just how quickly the companies who provide these
services (Turbo... (more)