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XBO Software Performance Testing Services

Performance testing is more important now than ever!

It may be hard to believe, but users of mobile and/or web apps can detect differences in response times of 250 milliseconds or less. Some studies show that 47% of web or mobile app users expect a page to load in less than 2 seconds. If the load time takes more than 3 seconds, a significant percentage of them are GONE! (1)

No one wants to put up with slow performance. Often times, sluggishness implies unreliability. In cases of online purchasing, online test taking, bill payment, or simply browsing for information, the “slower” the app, the less likely users are to keep using it. The internet puts real meaning to the old saying “easy come, easy go”. It is easier to lose users than gain them and performance is a key factor.

Performance testing can no longer be done just before going live. It needs to be performed in a comprehensive and structured manner early in the development cycle. When done properly, performance testing can better ensure a great user experience under complex, challenging, and dynamic conditions. The secret sauce is determining what variables, parameters and scenarios to test and more importantly what data to collect and analyze.

Take advantage of XBOSoft’s proven expertise in Software Performance Testing Services and contact us today to find out how we can find your performance bottlenecks before your customers do.

XBOSoft – 10+ Years of Performance Testing Experience

Let XBOSoft support your performance testing needs utilizing our proven methodologies for load testing, stress testing, and performance benchmarking, to deliver consistent results you can rely on. We’ve worked on many Performance testing projects and have learned the importance of establishing clear and concise objectives depending on your needs:

  • Compare two application versions to ascertain improvement
  • Measure software performance with conditions replicating predicted future user loads
  • Identify performance issues to optimize user experience
  • Determine application performance and scalability as a function of normal and peak load conditions
  • Benchmark third-party products to determine which integrate best with your software
  • Execute load, stress, CHO and spike testing to fully understand where your software’s performance suffers

Take advantage of our proven expertise in Performance Testing Software to design straight-forward load tests that deliver actionable results. The key element here is actionable results. Many times, you’ll run performance tests and end up with more data than you can shake a stick at. Our experience in developing techniques to select and implement performance tests that can deliver clear feedback so that you can target your efforts in improving your application’s performance where it needs it the most is how we help our clients target their efforts and achieve their objectives.

Performance Software Testing – How to Start? 

It can be a real challenge to kick start a Performance Testing program, and then maintain it moving forward. Knowing “why you want to do performance testing” sometimes is easy, but determining “what user scenarios you’d like to test” or “what your user distribution is” can present real hurdles to overcome. Software performance testing must be done in a process oriented way to effectively achieve your objectives.

A successful performance QA testing program begins with a firm baseline of understanding. The resources below can be a good start for those in the early stages of research:

Software Performance Test Plan Template – Before performance testing can be performed effectively, a detailed plan helps to specify how the testing will be executed from a business and technical perspective depending on the resources available (time, and labor/expertise) and the application being deployed. Download this general template that can be used to jump-start your software performance testing efforts.

Best Practices for Software Performance Testing – Through XBOSoft’s years of experience in testing software performance in many different environments, we’ve developed a set of performance testing best practices that you can adapt based on your organization’s particular situation.

Software Performance Testing Optimization – Choosing User Scenarios – This white paper presents some simple heuristics on how to choose performance testing user scenarios. Quickly assess which user scenarios should be tested first, and depending on how much time and resources you have, learn how to apply different criteria to focus your efforts.

Automated Performance & Load Testing: How to Avoid Testing Yourself into a Corner – In this White Paper, see the challenges in using automated performance testing to measure response times under expected site traffic (loads), find out how to determine capacity bottlenecks for the system, and learn how to save time by streamlining the process.

Performance Software Testing Tools 

Apache JMeter: XBOSoft’s Preferred Tool for Structured Performance Testing

Over the years, XBOSoft has learned a thing or two about performance testing software and developed deep knowledge in using open source tools such as JMeter as well as commonly used commercial tools such as HP’s ALM (previously known as LoadRunner). However, recently XBOSoft decided to standardize on JMeter testing because it is highly regarded, widely accepted, and supports all the functions required for structured performance testing. It has been around for almost 20 years, possesses a very active development community, and as it is written in Java, it is considered cross-platform. While JMeter by itself possesses useful functions, a large number of plugins are available to greatly extend the range and capabilities of JMeter, from test function to output reports. Additionally, JMeter can test against a variety of interfaces, including HTTP, REST APIs, and others.

There are many benefits offered by open source software besides a low price. Because there are many developers constantly refining open source software, issues with security and quality can surface quickly and be addressed quickly. Open source applications can also be tailored in flexible ways as required by the business, another benefit not easily enjoyed by those using proprietary solutions.

Learn more about how XBOSoft uses JMeter in Performance Testing.

Also, check out our White Paper on Tips with JMeter and see some problems you should avoid! 

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By being able to develop configurations to deliver large, distributed loads, we can help you simulate what your users are doing. Combined with various analytics, we help our clients discover end user behavior in order to properly target your load tests. To find out how XBOSoft’s performance testing software can find bottlenecks before your customers do, please click below to contact us.

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