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How Performance Testing Benefits Your Software Product Strategy

How Performance Testing Benefits Your Software Product Strategy

Software testing process empowers software development teams. QA testing enhances your desktop, web, and mobile applications to drive quality to your products.  The right QA engineers will assist existing development teams working in tandem while you build your software.  Or they can be your QA team to do the bug detecting for you, freeing your developers to focus on the most important job of new product features.  Ultimately, your software quality is what the right QA strategy will do to ensure a foolproof way to develop better software and win more customers.

What are the types of Testing your QA team should focus on?

1. Functional

Functional testing is completed by verifying the system’s current functions against the functional requirements and specifications in the project specs documents. Functions (or features) are tested by feeding them in and examining the output. Functional testing ensures that the requirements are properly satisfied by the application.

2. Automation

Automation testing services are completed for code-driven, GUI and other essential forms of performance automation testing. The benefit of automated testing is linked to how many times a given test can be repeated. Tests that are only performed a few times are better left for manual testing. Good test cases for automation are ones that are run frequently and require large amounts of data to perform the same action.

3. Performance

Performance testing is the process of determining the speed, responsiveness and stability of a computer, network, software program or device under a workload that is specified for the application or under stress of expanded capabilities. Comprehensive performance testing services comprising of load, stress, spike, configuration, isolation, cloud testing, etc.

  • Load: Evaluates software behavior under a specific expected load
  • Stress: Identifies the upper limits of software capacity
  • Volume: Evaluates software productivity under an increasing volume of stored and processed data
  • Scalability: Determines the effect of configuration changes on the system’s performance and behavior
  • Stability: Measures software capability under increased processing power and architecture changes
  • Configuration: Verifies the operation of software with multiple software and hardware configurations.

4. Database

Testing a database includes checking all the functionality which is happening on every action performed in the application related to database operations. Actions performed should include deletion, addition or save functions. Checking whether the added record is added in the DB with the exact value and verifying the deleted record gets removed from the database.

The role of the database is getting more complex due to the business logic which plays an important function for the applications. Testers should make sure that values have been added correctly after the implementation of the business rules.

  • Data Validity
  • Data Integrity
  • Performance related to database
  • Testing of Procedure, triggers and functions
  • Functional

5. Mobile Testing

  • Network Connectivity: Checking application function in different network types, different connection speeds, and under low connection quality
  • Functional: Detecting the application’s bottlenecks to ensure that app provides expected functional capabilities
  • Performance: Finding the weak spots in the system resources affecting memory usage and performance, including mobile client-server interactions
  • Interrupt Testing: Testing application function under external Interruptors (calls, charging, Bluetooth on/off)
  • Usability: Identifying usability issues as the first step of making the application easier to use
  • Security: performing end-to-end security check and compliance with OWASP Mobile Top 10
  • Compatibility: Testing for platform fragmentation, physical characteristics and the App store

There are many reasons that testing should be included in your product development strategy!   

Managing software performance:

  • Resolving performance issues
  • Performance monitoring
  • Controlling application productivity
  • Estimating processing power
  • System architecture planning

Reducing software TCO:

  • Delivering load dynamics projections
  • Optimizing hardware investments
  • Cutting down operational and maintenance costs
  • Decreasing restore time

Providing system availability:

  • Mitigating DoS risks
  • Decreasing negative effects

Improving UX:

  • Conducting technical Analysis
  • Boosting application behavior

 

Software Testing is essential to applications and system performance.  Applications can be tested to ensure that their functions and systems perform as specified and projected; and can be rolled out in a timely manner to meet business objectives and to ensure seamless business continuity. The consequences of releasing poorly tested or buggy software into the market can be grim, ranging from losing customer goodwill to legal issues and revenue losses.




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