Frontline Chatter interview with Sam Benihya, Automai CTO

Frontline chatter interview

In this podcast discussion on Frontline Chatter, a content platform for the End User Community, Jarian Gibson, Nutanix lead engineer, and Shane Keinert from Choice Solutions interview Sam Benihya from Automai. What you’ll discover Automai overview and company history What is robotic process automation (RPA)? What use cases does RPA solve? How Automai expanded to … Read more

Intelligent Session Recording (ISR) Nanobot for regulatory compliance.

Streamline your recordings while protecting the security of sensitive data in Citrix and Calabrio. Automai Intelligent Session Recording (ISR) Nanobot is the industry’s first drop-in solution that enables automated intelligent and programmatic pause-and-resume session recording for security compliance. The Nanobot configures in minutes and allows enterprises to meet their session recording compliance challenges and needs. … Read more

Robotic Front End Visual Technology Promises to Simplify Automation and Automated Testing

The challenge of testing in today’s world Better techniques for emulating human interaction with apps promises to simplify testing across real and virtual computing environments. One of the biggest challenges in any large-scale test can be the backend work involved in making the test work with the database and application infrastructure. The dawn of screen … Read more

Performance Matters

By Matthew Heusser
SpeedometerHello; I am Matt Heusser, a risk management consultant and sometimes writer.  You can learn more about me at

The folks at NRG Global have asked me to start blogging for them because their place in the community aligns with mine.  We are both interested in minimizing software quality risk by inquiry, assessment, and evaluation.

Given the time of year, I thought it might be appropriate to start … with a story.

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(Just Starting to) Analyze Performance Data

If you’ve done any performance testing, or even seen a demo, you are probably familiar with the “big line graph” that is created as the test runs.

A Typical Response Time Graph

A Response Time Graph

The typical scenario is simple:  Have the load tool start with one simultaneous user running a script.  Then add a new user, say, every thirty seconds plus a small random pause.  The script consists of a set of pre-defined operations – login, search, click on some item, and logout.

As more users are added we expect to see response times get higher.  We might see response times go through the roof at some magic number as the system hits a bottleneck, or, perhaps it goes up gracefully.  With some cloud-based systems, ideally, performance stays within a range over time.

It’s a simple way to do testing.  It is straightforward, even easy to implement.

And it has a pile of problems.

Let’s dig in, shall we?

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Understanding the difference between total users and concurrent users.

Many of our clients have enterprise applications that are accessed 24 hours a day, seven days a week.  Their applications may be accessed remotely from all over the world.  In such cases, total users could number in the thousands.

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