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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 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. Sluggishness often implies unreliability. Whether it be 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 far quicker to lose users than to gain them. Performance is key.

To avoid such issues, performance testing can no longer be done just before going live. It needs to be performed in a comprehensive and structured manner in a testing environment early in the development cycle. When done properly, performance testing supplements standard functional testing to 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 from the production environment.

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, endurance 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 based 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 endurance testing to fully understand where your software’s performance suffers
  • Ensure robustness of your production enviroment

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. The term endurance testing is truly apropos in this case. Knowing “why you want to do performance testing” 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 within a solid testing environment 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 which can be used to jump-start your software performance and endurance testing efforts. The following topics are addressed:

  1. Develop and confirm overall approach
  2. Determine dependencies and baseline
  3. Conduct pre-performance testing preparation
  4. Formulate and tune performance testing scenarios
  5. Execute performance tests
  6. Analyze performance test metrics, results reporting, and summary analysis for next steps
  7. Assess resources and timelines

Best Practices for Software Performance Testing – Testing software performance is a critical activity in software development projects especially for web-based software applications. As features build up from iteration to iteration and databases continue to grow, access times can expand geometrically.

In these circumstances, software performance testing becomes critical in finding potential bottlenecks before they become customer facing issues. However, many software performance testing projects don’t get off the ground even after investing significantly in software performance tools.

Through XBOSoft’s years of experience in testing software performance in many different testing environments, we’ve developed a set of best practices which can be adapted to your organization’s unique production environment. We help you find answers to the following questions:

  • Why is software performance testing more important for SaaS and cloud applications?
  • What are the reasons behind failed performance testing and how to avoid them?
  • How can you get your performance testing on the right track?

Software Performance Testing Optimization – Choosing User Scenarios – You’ve decided to embark on testing your software’s performance but now you’re thinking, what scenarios should I test? You could do some research and insert code into your software in order to collect user metrics and paths. However, you don’t want to wait for that and you want to get it done now. Through XBOSoft’s years of experience in testing software performance in many different environments, we’ve developed some simple heuristics on how to choose performance testing scenarios using Pareto’s principle (the 80-20 rule) to get the most bang for the buck fast based on your organization’s particular situation.

  • Quickly assess which user scenarios should be tested first.
  • Apply different criteria to focus your efforts depending on how much time and resources you have
  • Get results fast so that you can act on to improve your software’s performance.

This white paper will help you strategize user scenarios building when designing performance testing.

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! 

Next Steps:

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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