2015 Articles

Metrics Versus KPIs – Putting Numbers in Their Places

In software engineering, if metrics and KPIs are being confused or used interchangeably, it generally means that stakeholders are not defining and building out KPIs, and software teams are not using them effectively. At the end of the day, these incorrect assumptions diminish the quality and amount of actionable information that can help reduce defects and promote a better outcome.

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Why Application Performance Testing Fails

Much has been written about the complexity of application performance testing. The breadth and scope required to effectively test application architecture and transaction flow can make it a daunting effort, especially with service-oriented architectures where hundreds or even thousands of third-party services and components are added to the mix.

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Modern Application Performance Testing

In order to understand if performance matches needs, testing is a necessity. While there are many areas that help define testing parameters, three overarching testing concepts must be addressed in order to provide appropriate performance for modern applications: your users, your data, and your environment.

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Service Virtualization and Enterprise Resource Planning Platforms

With modern software relying on myriad interactions with other components, greater complexity in development and testing has become inevitable. Nowhere is this more evident than with enterprise resource planning (ERP) platforms, where dozens of modules are interdependent upon one another for data exchange, processing, and other core functions.

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Don’t Do Performance Testing (without a plan)

You have a new code release and two weeks for performance testing. What tests do you run? One common answer is to run the same tests you used on the last release (after fixing your scripts, of course). This is a good way to make sure the new release can handle the same load as the last one. However, this approach ignores a key fact: loads change.

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