In a world where customers are in charge, load testing is one of the most essential functions for all mobile and web applications. Your customer experience and customer satisfaction ratings are directly tied to performance, but many IT teams overlook this stage of assessment. Although time is a factor in many of these situations, load testing is not the step to skip.
Let’s take a look at why.
Load Testing is Performance Testing
Application load testing is the aspect of performance testing that most directly informs a dev tem if an app is ready to be released on a commercial level. In a world of continuous improvement, the customer has no reason to wait on a second iteration if a certain app doesn’t work. When apps are put on the commercial marketplace, they must function to the continuously rising competitive standard that the customer sets.
One of the more famous examples of failed load testing resulting in failed apps is Healthcare.gov. When the site for the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act went live, it simply could not handle the commercial load. Its servers crashed, and many people had their records lost during the debacle.
Proper load testing is the first step to performance assurance. Companies must also set aside resources that are specifically dedicated to execute load testing to its proper standard. Some of the most important KPIs include time frame, heavy load use, failover switches and functioning under various network speed variables.
Your Load Testing Suite
The right suite of load testing tools distinguishes between the normal capacity and optimal capacity of an application. It can also predict how that app will perform during traffic spikes and lulls.
One especially important type of test, the soak load test, gives important application performance metrics over time. Conditions that change over time will be considered in this type of testing. The spike test helps to ensure that the app will continue to function under circumstances of extreme loads that cannot be predicted.
Testing Your Apps
Load testing involves configuration by testers to hit the app with a preordained set of conditions. The testers then record the metrics in various states of operation. The purpose of these tests is to determine how the app will perform in real time states.
If load testing is successful, it will be able to find any defects in the app before the app goes out to mainstream consumers. A good load test will also tell you how efficient a cloud failover plan may be for a particular app. For instance, a tester will be able to state directly that an app can handle a server failover because the app will have performed under those exact conditions during the test.
The Advantages of Using Tools to Load Test
A good developer can create a load test from scratch. However, this is inefficient in most business environments. The better solution is to use the wide variety of quality tools that are already on the market. This saves in house development resources.
Load testing tools have most of the important features of a load test built in. They will give your dev team a storage location for tests as well as a launch point. Your team will also be able to schedule tests as well as automate certain aspects of testing.
Load testing benefits the entire software dev team from QA to developer. Keep this in mind before overlooking load testing in a business landscape that requires an app to function immediately upon release.