5 Ways to Plan Application Performance Testing

5 Ways to Plan Application Performance Testing

Today, businesses think that delivering a complete digital experience is more than just page speed and load times. This is why performance testing is becoming a major responsibility for software testers and they are pushed to adopt multi-layered testing approach above the regular load and stress testing schedules. In this blog, we will review some performance testing best practices that go beyond the limits of performance testing and prepare a tester to accept broader challenges than the regular testing.

Build a Complete Test Strategy
Start with a detailed test strategy to determine the types of tests that you need to perform to perfect the application. Performance testing requires lots of planning and preparation before the actual execution. You can always understand tests better by understanding how components interact and the user expectations from the system. The testing strategy should closely mirror the real life environment.

Try to Include Think Time in Testing
Think time is the measure of time pause taken by the typical user while working with your application. Usually this think time occurs when a user pauses to view the information playing across the screen, when they switch from one section to the other or when they apply their intelligence to surge ahead with their plans of purchase. Usually this time lag occurs when a customer stops to verify the address or credit card details or addresses. While creating test scripts, you can fix this time as a fixed time between two consequent requests or an ideal time between maximum or minimum values.

Identify the Performance Bottleneck
It does not matter whether you are an experienced tester or a novice, you can never guess when and where the next performance issue may crop up. Hence, whenever an issue occurs, it is very important to start with individual components rather than focusing on the whole module. Although this is time consuming, it will save you a lot of efforts and money.

Learn from Earlier Experiences
Performance issues do crop up and it does take time to figure it out. It is always good to conduct testing under the same conditions and see if the problems persist. This continuous observation will help you to build your own filtering system for performance issues. A good attribute of a keen observer is that he tries to analyze his own testing decisions over time and use that experience to get to the root of the problem.

Emphasize on Baseline Tests
Needless to say, time management is an important aspect of any performance testing project. You should take baseline tests seriously because 85% of the errors are determined during these baseline tests. This will help to save time on “full load tests”. Testers can easily identify and isolate problems during initial baseline tests because it gets difficult later on to isolate them.

These are a few factors that you need to keep in mind before outlining a performance testing automation strategy apart from the regular technical aspects that you already know. If you still feel that you need to beef up your performance testing, check out the Performance Test Accelerator (PTA) developed by Gallop. PTA helps businesses to address challenges of performance testing in terms of infrastructure, user loads and heterogeneous IT systems.

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4 key factors to consider in performance testing of E-commerce applications


E-retailers have always grappled with the problem of never being able to accurately predict the number of visitors that can come to their site at any point of time. E-commerce history is replete with incidents when websites have performed poorly or even buckled under a sudden rush of traffic, leaving shoppers stranded and causing a dip in the brand image of the retailer.

So, what can retailers do to ensure their sites hold up against a sudden shopping frenzy or a higher than expected traffic? The answer lies in adopting a performance testing strategy that takes into account the following key considerations:

1. Checking performance across geographies:

E-retailers needs to ensure that website performance is not impacted by the geographical location of their customers. Key work flows need to be tested for satisfactory performance across the customer base. Testing ahead of peak periods like the holiday season or before a grand sale is announced also helps businesses to deliver good customer experience. An important factor to consider is the variation in browsers and devices. This involves working with not just the technical team, but also the marketing team to understand the campaigns and promotions that will be executed.

2. Due attention to mobile:

Mobile accounts for 1 in 10 e-commerce dollars. In line with this, retailers are coming up with apps or tuning their websites to be mobile-friendly. Performance testing for mobile ensures sites perform as desired and apps do not crash under peak loads. Using load generation software can help simulate peak loads. The biggest challenge in mobile testing is the huge variety in devices, networks and platforms. Testing needs to address performance issues arising as a result of these variations.

3. Test all transactions:

Some transactions tend to be more network intensive than others, for ex: product searches. Test such transactions across browsers and devices to ensure optimal transaction processing speed. Attention needs to be given to each and every user path possible. HP’s desktop and mobile site showed 30% slower performance with the ‘search’ and ‘add to cart’ functions during a Cyber Monday sale. Needless to say, when critical operations on the website fail, they can seriously impact the sales targets.

4. Cloud based testing:

Cloud provides high scalability and can quickly simulate as many users as required without additional hardware. Most e-retailers shy away from adequate and repeated performance testing due to the high costs involved. Cloud makes performance testing affordable and also makes it possible to test from geographically diverse locations with minimum setup.

Here are some alarming statistics – 57% customers abandon a website if it takes more than 3 seconds to load and a 1 second delay can cause a 7% reduction in conversions. What does this mean for ecommerce retailers? To retain customer favor, e-retailers need to ensure their websites are always tested and ready to meet a surge in traffic.

The performance engineering teams at Gallop Solutions are uniquely positioned to deliver performance testing, performance monitoring and performance engineering services to clients across industries. Read our case study on wow we established a Performance Testing Center of Excellence for a large US retailer.

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The opinions expressed in this blog are author's and don't necessarily represent Gallop's positions, strategies or opinions.