Performance Testing’s End to End Evolution
  March 13, 2020

Software development practices have evolved over time in order to meet new and growing demands from customers. One example of this evolution that we're seeing  today is around delivery teams beginning to fully understand the importance of application performance. Customers have never had less hesitation to leave one solution for another because it's never been easier to do so. Switching costs are so low, or, sometimes, even non-existent, and when an application doesn't meet your standards of quality, there are almost always other options available for customers to take their business.

When we say, "standards of quality," we're no longer just talking about functional quality, or how an app looks. Customers are now evaluating their satisfaction with an app in regard to its performance. "When I click a button on this page, does what I expect to happen actually happen, and in a certain window of time?" When application fails to meet those expectations around performance, they start looking at that app's competitors.

You can see this just from the data. One study shows that 28% of potential customers abandon their online shopping carts due to slowness! Slow pages could also have twice the impact on revenue that site failures do, making performance an important metric to optimize in order to keep your customers sane and happy. This shift in customer demand has resulted in modern, agile, software delivery teams to look for ways to do more performance testing in order to avoid delivering an underwhelming or disappointing experience.

Holistic performance testing end to end

Until now, this has been a real challenge for teams, as functional testing tools have done a fairly good job of evolving with the times. But, in many cases, performance testing has only been done once a quarter, maybe even only once every six months. Maybe you, as a tester aren't even doing the actual performance testing, maybe you're bringing in a consultant to do it because of how complicated it was, or how much domain knowledge was required in order for performance testing to be successful. There's just been a general lack of awareness of what needed to be tested and measured in regard to evaluating performance, but we're seeing all of that shift very rapidly today.

Maximizing performance coverage across the UI and the API
Not that long ago, when teams thought about performance, they primarily looked to test against the user interface, but given the incredible rise in popularity of, and reliance on APIs, those, of course, live below the UI layer, and they're also just as important to test against. This new requirement has led to the need for an end-to-end performance testing solution enables teams to not just maintain but build confidence around the performance of applications amidst more and more frequent deployments.

I'm proud to say that the latest release of LoadNinja delivers this need, enabling teams to quickly test, report on, and act upon the performance of complex applications at both the UI and API layers.

This latest release has two core components that offer pretty remarkable value to you, the customer:

  • Drastically minimize time to create tests. Just knowing how to use your web application enables anyone to create API and UI tests, with no required programming skill or correlation
  • Maximize understanding of application performance. With support for API performance tests, you get a holistic picture of how your application’s performance can affect end-user experience

LoadNinja also lowers the bar to entry into modern, forward-thinking performance testing so that teams can start meeting, and even exceeding customer expectations. True, end-to-end performance testing has never been able to be done across an application with the ease of use, and at the speed that LoadNinja provides.

Learn more about end-to-end performance testing

We’re hosting a webinar on March 24th to dive deeper into what’s new in this latest LoadNinja release, and to share how teams are conducting performance tests earlier and throughout the software delivery lifecycle in order to deliver the best possible user experience to their customers. Register today to attend this webinar, or to view it on demand at your convenience.