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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 companies who make wearable applications - from fitness trackers like the one I received to the nascent smartwatch market. They have a tough road ahead, and the competition is heating up. And everyone is talking about them. You may be thinking: what is going on here? No One Knows What's Going On He... (more)

Testing Streaming Media | @CloudExpo #APM #IoT #DevOps #BigData

Here's the thing: as sure as we'll have another record-setting year for NFL streaming, you can also be sure that apps will fail and streaming services will go down. Whether you are dabbling in streaming or diving in whole-hog, you need to know what to do to give your users the most reliable experience possible. Here are a few tips. Over the past few weeks, we've seen a ton of 'Back To The Future' themed posts all over social media, as we passed October 21, 2015 - the actual day that Marty and Doc visited in the plot of the second movie of the series. It was a fun time to reflect... (more)

Five Ways to Mitigate the Risks of TiP By @Neotys | @DevOpsSummit [#DevOps]

Don’t Freak Out! Five Ways to Mitigate the Risks of TiP If there is one thing we know for sure, it is that it's extremely difficult to accurately reproduce a production environment for QA purposes. That's why there is such a natural pull in the direction of Testing in Production (TiP), in which testing is done within the live environment where real users are actively engaged in the product. There are many benefits to using the production system as a means to conduct QA, but it can be stressful for an organization that isn't well-versed in the practice. Oftentimes, the risks of Ti... (more)

Dos & Don’ts of Load Testing in the Cloud By @Neotys | @CloudExpo [#Cloud]

As the cloud continues to grow as a topic of conversation, so too does load and performance testing within the cloud. You may be asking yourself questions like: When is it most appropriate to involve the cloud when load testing? When is the right time to conduct performance testing using the cloud? How can cloud load testing benefit my company? What should I do and what shouldn't I do? This week at Neotys, we've decided to briefly cover a few benefits of load testing in the cloud, but also want to unearth what you should consider doing (or not doing) in your future cloud testing ... (more)

Death, Taxes & Performance Testing By @Neotys | @DevOpsSummit [#DevOps]

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)