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The cloud provides two major advantages to load and performance procedures that help testing teams better model realistic behavior: instant infrastructure and geographic location. Cloud-based load testing also lowers the total cost of ownership, increases flexibility and allows testers to understand the impact of third-party components. So you're sold on using the cloud; here's what you should look for in a cloud-based load testing solution. One of the most dangerous moves software developers and testers can make is being lulled into a false sense of security. For example, when application features and performance levels meet expectations during pre-production, only to crash and burn when presented to real users in production. In that same vein, if your organization has any kind of performance testing strategy, chances are you're conducting load testing. However, yo... (more)

Combining Agile with Load and Performance Testing: What Am I in For?

Agile software development isn't really a "new" trend anymore. I mean, the Agile Manifesto turns 13 years old next month and while that might be early adolescence in human years, it's downright ancient as far as trends in IT are concerned. However, one area that has yet to fully mature is the implementation of non-functional testing practices in a Continuous Testing sort of way that can keep pace with more Agile development teams. Load and performance testing definitely fall into that category. You might be a performance tester on a team that is just starting to do more iterative... (more)

Performance Testing for Wearables By @Neotys | @ThingsExpo [#IoT]

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. 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)

Test-Driven Development | @CloudExpo #DevOps #APM #Microservices

What Does Test-Driven Development Mean for Performance Testers? "Begin with the end in mind." You must have heard that phrase, right? It's a common one that's led many people to great success, not just in agile, but all throughout history. In fact, it's habit #2 in Stephen Covey's best-selling book The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. Starting with the end in mind is what Olympic athletes do when they visualize their gold medals. Musicians do it when they envision their perfect performance before stepping on stage. Architects have a full picture of the completed skyscraper i... (more)

Why Obama Administration Should Have Paid More Attention to Load Testing

October 1, 2013, was the most anticipated date for the Obama administration since his re-election. It was to be the day every American would have access to health care on one centralized website. However, according to at least one report only six people enrolled in Obamacare on the first day. Then shortly after, the entire website crashed along with its infrastructure. The massive crash happened because within the first 10 days of launch HealthCare.gov had over 14.6 million unique views. Something the Obama administration was not prepared for, nor the testers. The website should ... (more)