Performance Testing

If your software does not perform optimally, you will turn away customers who have become accustomed to speed. Users will simply switch off if they find your software has excessive loading time or is stalling in performance.

If you are losing customers then you are losing business, most probably to your competition. Poor performing software will hit your business hard in the back pocket. This article explores the benefits of performance testing and explains why measuring performance for your software is so important.

1. Validate the fundamental features of the software

Having a solid software foundation is a key principle of generating software success. Measuring performance of basic software functions allows business leaders to make key decisions to around the setup of the software.

Apple and Samsung are two great examples of nailing the fundamentals of their software. With a strong software foundation, they have been able to plan their business strategy and make key decisions about how their devices will operate. With the knowledge that they have strong fundamental software that has been validated under stringent testing, they are able to pool their resources into research and development to continually improve their product offerings and software performance.

2. Measure the speed, accuracy and stability of software

Measuring performance speed, accuracy and stability is a vital aspect of software performance testing. It allows you to monitor the crucial components of your software under duress and can give you vital information on how the software will be able to handle scalability.

Developers can then make informed decisions on what changes need to be made and measure performance against internal standards.

3. Performance testing allows you to keep your users happy

Your first impression to prospective customers is absolutely crucial. Research has shown that nearly half of users expect web and mobile-based applications to load within 2 seconds. This is a small timeframe to make a good impression before users will switch off. That time is likely to decrease further as connection speed and network capacity increases.

Measuring application performance allows you to observe how your customers are responding to your software.  The advantage is that you can pinpoint critical issues before your customers.

4. Identify discrepancies and resolve issues

 Measuring performance provides a buffer for developers before release. Any issues are likely to be magnified once they are released. Performance testing allows any issues to be ironed out. It is important that performance testing is monitored across business sectors. Business leaders must have open communication channels with IT to ensure that the performance of the software can match the business strategy.

Effective staging testing means when software is released, more time can be spent improving the technology rather than fire-fighting pre-existing issues that can be avoided. Problems have a habit of growing exponentially and will become expensive when the software has already been released to customers.

5. Improve optimisation and load capability

Another benefit of performance testing is the ability to improve optimisation and load capacity. Measuring performance can help your organisation deal with volume so your software can cope when you hit high levels of users.

Whether your organisation can manage scalability is one of the most important unknowns that must be answered as early as possible. Prior testing allows testers to optimise performance and tailor capacity to handle demand.

The benefits of performance testing your software are far reaching for your organisation. Measuring performance can help you gauge the speed, stability and accuracy of your software. Furthermore, it can help you iron out any bugs and fixes necessary before you release to your end users so you can cope with scalability.

Vansah VSAM™ synthetic monitoring allows you to proactively monitor your web, non-web, legacy, mobile, streaming and cloud-based applications in staging & production environments to ensure performance will meet your end user requirements.