LPS Empowers Application Testing
Load testing is critical to perform on your LPS Empowers system before going live because it helps you identify performance issues with your application before their revealed in a live environment, where the consequences could be disastrous.
Many companies are frustrated by their load testing efforts. This is primarily because they do not going in with the right strategy when they load test their systems. This article will discuss the right way to load test so that you get the best results possible for the least cost, both in time and resources.
Step 1: Select the Right Load Testing Application
The load testing application that you select will ultimately determine whether or not your load testing efforts are successful. Many load testers on the market today suffer from serious problems that make load testing a costly investment for many companies. Hidden fees and significant delays in the launch of the system are just some things that plague most load testers on the market.
There are load testing applications that do not suffer from these problems. When searching for a load testing application, look for one that is easy to use, affordable, fast in its execution, tests from the end-user’s point of view and gives quality reporting.
Step 2: Estimate Your Levels of Stress
Before load testing, you need to determine the levels of stress that you will be testing your system for. You are going to want to estimate both the expected level of normal stress that your system will be under (in order words, how many users do you expect to access the system on a daily basis) and higher than expected loads that you may expect to receive.
Referencing your current mortgage origination systems and the stress that they are put under is the simplest way to create legitimate estimates of the expected level of stress for your LPS Empowers set up.
Step 3: Set Up the Load Test
Once you have the right load testing application and know the levels of stress that you will be testing your system for, it is time to actually set up the load test. With good load testing applications, this is a simple process of telling the software what to stress and how much to stress it for. For inferior load testing applications, it involves doing complex coding.
Hopefully the load testing application that you invested in tests from the end user’s point of view.
Step 4: Perform Multiple Load Tests
You want to perform multiple load tests on your system. For one, you want to test it for the normal levels of stress that it will be under. This will give you a sense of how it will perform on a normal day.
You should also perform tests for stress levels greater than what you expect. This will give you a sense of how it will perform on those periods of higher than expected levels of stress, such as when multiple new mortgages are being processed or when market conditions change.
Step 5: Interpret and Use Your Results
Once you have set up and executed multiple load tests, you need to take the data that the tests generate and actually use it. You should be able to identify where performance issues arose, then be able to make the necessary changes to your system.
If the results suggest that your application suffers from no performance issues, then you can launch it with confidence!
As you can see, getting step one right makes all the others straightforward. A great LPS load tester which meets these requirements is AppLoader. It is protocol independent, tests from the end user’s point of view and is easy to use. You can set up and execute multiple load tests quickly and affordably. Best of all, it works on any other application your company runs.
Getting your mortgage origination software right is crucial to the satisfaction of your employees and ultimately your customers. Performance testing, including load testing, is crucial to getting it right. Now you know the steps that need to be taken to get quality load testing results each time.