PeopleSoft Application Testing
Load testing is when you gauge how well your application performs under different levels of stress by simulating a large number of users accessing it simultaneously. This kind of performance testing is important to avoid situations where the application’s users are unable to use the application because it is running slow and not responsive.
While load testing is important, it is often times overlooked. This is in no small part due to the fact that load testing brings with it many challenges. Here are five of the biggest challenges that you will face when load testing your PeopleSoft applications. Understanding these five challenges and how to overcome them will make your load testing efforts more pleasant and effective.
Challenge 1: Keeping Costs Under Control
The biggest complaint that developers have about load testing is that it is expensive. Most of the PeopleSoft protocol-dependent load testers on the market today have hidden fees in addition to the cost of the load tester. When you add up these fees, including licensing and consulting fees, the cost truly is daunting.
Of course, the cost of not load testing is high. Nevertheless, enterprises cut corners with their load testing in the face of its perceived cost. In order to get rid of this temptation, you need to find a load tester that is affordable.
Challenge 2: Executing Tests in a Timely Fashion
Another common complaint about load testing is that it takes a long time to set up and execute load tests. The movement to virtual environments has shortened development cycles for applications. Traditional load testing methods do not fit into these new demands. Any kind of load tester that requires complex coding and is not easy to use will delay the launch of your application.
Load testers that are protocol independent and easy-to-use can help you overcome this challenges and get your application out there fast.
Challenge 3: Load Testing PeopleSoft Applications in Virtual Environments
One of the biggest advantages of PeopleSoft applications are that they can run in any virtual environment. Web and cloud-based applications are becoming the norm. The good news is that this means users can access these applications from practically anywhere with multiple devices.
The bad news is that many load testers struggle to perform tests in virtual environments. This is one more reason why it is important to select a load tester which is protocol independent. Protocol independent load testers are capable of testing your applications regardless of what type of virtual environment they are in.
Challenge 4: Getting the Right Data
The reason why you load test in the first place is to identify where your application has performance issues. Therefore, you need to select a load tester which is capable of giving you actionable data. You want to be able to see where the bottlenecks are and then go to work fixing them. If you do not get the right data, then you are wasting time and money with your load test.
Challenge 5: Using the Results
Once you have the data from your load test, you need to go to work fixing the application’s performance issues. This may require some coordination between your development and IT teams. If you do not use the results properly, then you will not be confident in your application's ability to perform when it goes live.
As you can see, overcoming these challenges requires you to select the right load tester. The best load tester for PeopleSoft applications that overcomes these challenges is AppLoader. AppLoader is protocol independent, which means that it is easy to test your PeopleSoft applications that are web and cloud based. Because it is protocol independent, it is easier to keep costs under control since you will not have to pay licensing fees.
Costs are also kept under control by the fact that AppLoader is easy to use. You will not need to do extensive coding that is labor-intensive. Load tests are set up and executed quickly, which means you can get your application out there as quickly as possible. All tests are conducted from the end users point of view, and the results of the load test are presented to you in easy to interpret charts and graphs.
You will have everything that you need in order to make the necessary adjustments to your application. With the help of AppLoader, you can launch your applications with confidence that they will perform the way that you need them to perform.