Online travel sites losing millions to competitors due to slow performance

TestPlant, the maker of the eggPlant range of software quality tools, today announced the results of a performance monitoring study of four of the world’s most popular online travel websites. The results indicate that industry players are missing-out on important revenues due to fluctuations in website performance.

According to KissMetrics, 40% of shoppers abandon a website that takes more than 3 seconds to load, also stating that a 1 second delay in page response can result in a 7% drop in conversions. The global online travel industry is expected to generate $483 billion in revenue in 2015 which means that even a 1 second drop in overall performance could see around $93m (£62m) worth of business going to competitors every day, as shoppers decide to take their business elsewhere.

In April TestPlant monitored the length of time a standard flight search took at five-minute intervals from 7am to 8pm on four of the UK’s leading travel websites. Large variations in performance were observed throughout the day, in particular around the following times: 11:30am, 3:30pm, and 6:30pm, which implies a load impact due to increased traffic.

The performance of the sites varied by 1.5 to 3 seconds throughout the day. This means that even the best sites are losing approximately 10% of their revenue to competitors due to performance issues, and the worst are losing over 20%.

“Clearly you’re going to have some performance reduction due to load, but in some cases, we observed a 50% reduction in performance due to load, which is very high,” said Antony Edwards, CTO, TestPlant. “Remember that Amazon reports a 1% loss of revenue for a 0.1 second delay, and some of our sites displayed as much as three seconds delay, so that’s going to have a significant impact on revenue. Most importantly, we noted that if you rank the four sites based on their median search time, they are exactly in order of revenue. So the website with the best performance is the most successful.”

As part of its focus on the travel industry, TestPlant also interviewed several testers, developers, and managers who work at on-line travel websites to understand why they are not performance testing.

“Lots of different points were discussed, but every discussion raised the same core issue – that online travel agents (especially the aggregators) are extremely complex at the network protocol-level; and so using the typical performance testing approach is just not feasible,” said Edwards. “They are too asynchronous, too multi-threaded, too heterogeneous, and are updated too frequently. Many of the discussions also highlighted that at least 50% of their traffic is from mobile devices and most performance testing tools don’t address mobile.”

This huge increase in mobile usage represents a further issue for OTAs in that most will not be regularly testing their websites on mobile devices. According to KissMetrics 51% of mobile internet users say that they’ve encountered a website that crashed, froze, or received an error.

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Borland Updates Silk Portfolio – Focusing on Performance and Collaboration Across all Testing Assets

New release delivers network performance testing to provide unrivalled real-world user experience visibility and keyword-based testing to provide a unique approach to collaborative testing

New Delhi, April17th, 2015 — Borland, a Micro Focus company (LSE: MCRO.L), today announced updates to the Borland Silk Portfolio – extending its comprehensive set of quality and performance testing tools for desktop, web, cloud and mobile to include network and collaborative testing. The latest version will help enable customers to gain a truer understanding of what global end users are experiencing. As a result, customers can be empowered to deliver high-quality applications that run at optimum performance levels quickly and efficiently while improving team collaboration.

To meet the expectations of today’s commercial software consumers, enterprise organizations must understand and test true user experience on a large and global scale in order to deliver quality business applications that work flawlessly. While software development teams battle an ever-expanding number of platforms, browsers, mobile devices and operating systems, traditional application testing is not enough. To further add to application quality complexities, a lack of collaboration between development, business and quality assurance teams means that changes to a development project are not effectively communicated to all stakeholders, fuelling schedule delays and additional costs.

Silk Performer has introduced new features to simulate a variety of wired, wireless and mobile network technologies. In addition to mobile bandwidth limitations like 3G, HSPA+ and LTE, the solution also simulates packet drop rate and latency. It enables enterprise organizations to measure the impact of different network conditions like poor antenna signal, high latency on long distance connections and reduced transfer rates, meaning issues can be anticipated and tested out before they occur. This enables them to ensure quality user experience no matter how and from where their users access their applications. Furthermore, through SilkPerformer Remedy, organisations can now load test Remedy AR System Web solutions, the four-tier system architecture, to simulate IT system users experience reliably on a large scale.

To address the challenge of successful collaboration between technical and business focused users, Silk Test and Silk Central have introduced a collaborative approach to linking business objectives to testing teams called keyword-driven testing (KDT). Developers and testers can now develop the test keywords and let the business analysts and domain experts define the complex business workflows using the keywords, enabling more effective test collaboration. This helps increase productivity and improves testing return on investment (ROI) by reducing the cost and time needed for test design, automation and execution.

Enhancing cloud-based load testing of internal applications behind the firewall, Silk Performer CloudBurst has been extended to include support for testing non-web enterprise applications like SAPGUI, Oracle Applications and Citrix from the cloud using a built-in Virtual Private Network (VPN). This means that enterprises can be confident about safely testing the performance of their in house applications while keeping costs down.

“End user expectations are higher than ever, which puts enormous pressure on software development teams to deliver sub-second response times, right-first-time applications and new products every few months,” said Archie Roboostoff, Borland Solutions Portfolio Director at Micro Focus. “Our goal is to anticipate and address every challenge for our customers across the testing segment of the software development supply chain, helping them keep pace with end user and business demands for high quality applications first time.

“The latest updates to our Silk Portfolio deliver on this mission, particularly with the introduction of industry-leading functionalities that broaden the test scope to include network infrastructure virtualization and an increasing range of internal enterprise applications behind the firewall,” added Roboostoff.

“Delivering an exceptional user experience is now essential for any business engaging with its customers through applications” says Nitin Dang, Country Manager, Micro Focus India Pvt Ltd. “With the e-retail boom in India, organizations, today’s application developers and testers need a mobile strategy with an integrated and automated approach. This allows them to effectively and efficiently develop and test apps, whilst taking into account the plethora of operating systems and devices available, and manage the proliferating workload generated by the mobile multiplier effect.”

Additional Silk Portfolio updates include:
Silk Performer – Network emulation has been introduced to simulate mobile bandwidth limitations, packet drop rates and latency, enabling software development teams to measure the impact of different network conditions including poor antenna signal, high latency on long distance connections and reduced transfer rates.

Silk Test – Keyword-driven testing has been added. Silk Test keeps test design separate from the actual test script to enhance productivity and collaboration between users, and to let key stakeholders, such as line of business owners, easily participate in application testing. Cross-browser support has also been enhanced, enabling users to immediately validate their web application on the latest browser versions when they are released without the need to update Silk Test.

Silk Central – Keyword-driven testing has been added to aid collaboration across business and technical teams, and improve productivity. The keyword-driven testing integration between Silk Central and Silk Test delivers a seamless transition from manual to automated testing for all users.

Silk Performer CloudBurst – Support for testing of non-web enterprise applications like SAPGUI, Oracle Applications and Citrix from the Cloud using built-in VPN has been included. This enables enterprises to leverage the elasticity of the Cloud to test the performance of their most critical enterprise applications.

The Silk Portfolio end-to-end quality solution helps development organizations manage the uncertainties and risk brought about by new technology platforms, multiple devices and network speeds, and the increasing pace of product deliveries, all while ensuring the new notion of quality throughout the software development lifecycle.
To find out more about the Borland Silk product set visit: http://www.borland.com/Products.

About Borland

Originating in 1983, Borland Software Corporation is a world-class provider of requirements, test and change management solutions. As part of Micro Focus Ltd, a member of the FTSE 250, Borland offers tools that are open, agile and work across the entire Application Development Lifecycle to enable customers to build better software, faster. For additional information please visit www.borland.com.

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Borland Updates Silk Portfolio – Focusing on Performance and Collaboration Across all Testing Assets

Borland, a Micro Focus company, today announced updates to the Borland Silk Portfolio – extending its comprehensive set of quality and performance testing tools for desktop, web, cloud and mobile to include network and collaborative testing. The latest version will help enable customers to gain a truer understanding of what global end users are experiencing. As a result, customers can be empowered to deliver high-quality applications that run at optimum performance levels quickly and efficiently while improving team collaboration.

To meet the expectations of today’s commercial software consumers, enterprise organizations must understand and test true user experience on a large and global scale in order to deliver quality business applications that work flawlessly. While software development teams battle an ever-expanding number of platforms, browsers, mobile devices and operating systems, traditional application testing is not enough. To further add to application quality complexities, a lack of collaboration between development, business and quality assurance teams means that changes to a development project are not effectively communicated to all stakeholders, fuelling schedule delays and additional costs.

Silk Performer has introduced new features to simulate a variety of wired, wireless and mobile network technologies. In addition to mobile bandwidth limitations like 3G, HSPA+ and LTE, the solution also simulates packet drop rate and latency. It enables enterprise organizations to measure the impact of different network conditions like poor antenna signal, high latency on long distance connections and reduced transfer rates, meaning issues can be anticipated and tested out before they occur. This enables them to ensure quality user experience no matter how and from where their users access their applications. Furthermore, through SilkPerformer Remedy, organisations can now load test Remedy AR System Web solutions, the four-tier system architecture, to simulate IT system users experience reliably on a large scale.

To address the challenge of successful collaboration between technical and business focused users, Silk Test and Silk Central have introduced a collaborative approach to linking business objectives to testing teams called keyword-driven testing (KDT). Developers and testers can now develop the test keywords and let the business analysts and domain experts define the complex business workflows using the keywords, enabling more effective test collaboration. This helps increase productivity and improves testing return on investment (ROI) by reducing the cost and time needed for test design, automation and execution.

Enhancing cloud-based load testing of internal applications behind the firewall, Silk Performer CloudBurst has been extended to include support for testing non-web enterprise applications like SAPGUI, Oracle Applications and Citrix from the cloud using a built-in Virtual Private Network (VPN). This means that enterprises can be confident about safely testing the performance of their in house applications while keeping costs down.

“End user expectations are higher than ever, which puts enormous pressure on software development teams to deliver sub-second response times, right-first-time applications and new products every few months,” said Archie Roboostoff, Borland Solutions Portfolio Director at Micro Focus. “Our goal is to anticipate and address every challenge for our customers across the testing segment of the software development supply chain, helping them keep pace with end user and business demands for high quality applications first time.

“The latest updates to our Silk Portfolio deliver on this mission, particularly with the introduction of industry-leading functionalities that broaden the test scope to include network infrastructure virtualization and an increasing range of internal enterprise applications behind the firewall,” added Roboostoff.

“Delivering an exceptional user experience is now essential for any business engaging with its customers through applications” says Nitin Dang, Country Manager, Micro Focus India Pvt Ltd. “With the e-retail boom in India, organizations, today’s application developers and testers need a mobile strategy with an integrated and automated approach. This allows them to effectively and efficiently develop and test apps, whilst taking into account the plethora of operating systems and devices available, and manage the proliferating workload generated by the mobile multiplier effect.”

Additional Silk Portfolio updates include:

  • Silk Performer – Network emulation has been introduced to simulate mobile bandwidth limitations, packet drop rates and latency, enabling software development teams to measure the impact of different network conditions including poor antenna signal, high latency on long distance connections and reduced transfer rates.
  • Silk Test – Keyword-driven testing has been added. Silk Test keeps test design separate from the actual test script to enhance productivity and collaboration between users, and to let key stakeholders, such as line of business owners, easily participate in application testing. Cross-browser support has also been enhanced, enabling users to immediately validate their web application on the latest browser versions when they are released without the need to update Silk Test.
  • Silk Central – Keyword-driven testing has been added to aid collaboration across business and technical teams, and improve productivity. The keyword-driven testing integration between Silk Central and Silk Test delivers a seamless transition from manual to automated testing for all users.
  • Silk Performer CloudBurst – Support for testing of non-web enterprise applications like SAPGUI, Oracle Applications and Citrix from the Cloud using built-in VPN has been included. This enables enterprises to leverage the elasticity of the Cloud to test the performance of their most critical enterprise applications.

The Silk Portfolio end-to-end quality solution helps development organizations manage the uncertainties and risk brought about by new technology platforms, multiple devices and network speeds, and the increasing pace of product deliveries, all while ensuring the new notion of quality throughout the software development lifecycle.

To find out more about the Borland Silk product set visit: http://www.borland.com/Products.

Source: pressreleaserocket.net

The Latest Software Testing News department was not involved in the creation of this content.

 

Borland updates Silk Portfolio, focusing on performance and collaboration across all testing assets

Borland, a Micro Focus company, today announced updates to the Borland Silk Portfolio – extending its comprehensive set of quality and performance testing tools for desktop, web, cloud and mobile to include network and collaborative testing. The latest version will help enable customers to gain a truer understanding of what global end users are experiencing. As a result, customers can be empowered to deliver high-quality applications that run at optimum performance levels quickly and efficiently while improving team collaboration.

To meet the expectations of today’s commercial software consumers, enterprise organizations must understand and test true user experience on a large and global scale in order to deliver quality business applications that work flawlessly. While software development teams battle an ever-expanding number of platforms, browsers, mobile devices and operating systems, traditional application testing is not enough. To further add to application quality complexities, a lack of collaboration between development, business and quality assurance teams means that changes to a development project are not effectively communicated to all stakeholders, fuelling schedule delays and additional costs.

Silk Performer has introduced new features to simulate a variety of wired, wireless and mobile network technologies. In addition to mobile bandwidth limitations like 3G, HSPA+ and LTE, the solution also simulates packet drop rate and latency. It enables enterprise organizations to measure the impact of different network conditions like poor antenna signal, high latency on long distance connections and reduced transfer rates, meaning issues can be anticipated and tested out before they occur.  This enables them to ensure quality user experience no matter how and from where their users access their applications. Furthermore, through SilkPerformer Remedy, organisations can now load test Remedy AR System Web solutions, the four-tier system architecture, to simulate IT system users experience reliably on a large scale.

To address the challenge of successful collaboration between technical and business focused users, Silk Test and Silk Central have introduced a collaborative approach to linking business objectives to testing teams called keyword-driven testing (KDT). Developers and testers can now develop the test keywords and let the business analysts and domain experts define the complex business workflows using the keywords, enabling more effective test collaboration. This helps increase productivity and improves testing return on investment (ROI) by reducing the cost and time needed for test design, automation and execution.

Source: sdtimes.com

The Latest Software Testing News department was not involved in the creation of this content.

BlazeMeter Continuous Testing Platform Achieves VMware Ready – vCloud Air™ Status Under Access Tier in vCloud™ Air® ISV Program

BlazeMeter, the continuous testing as a service platform for mobile, web and APIs, today announced that its BlazeMeter continuous testing platform, has achieved VMware Ready – vCloud Air™ status. This designation indicates that BlazeMeter continuous testing platform has undergone technical validation within vCloud Air environment, and is supported on VMware vCloud Air®.

“We are pleased that BlazeMeter has joined the vCloud Air ISV Program and has achieved VMware Ready – vCloud Air certification. BlazeMeter qualifies for the VMware Ready –  vCloud Air logo, signifying to customers that it works seamlessly within VMware vCloud Air, and can be deployed in production with confidence,” said Sanjay Katyal, Vice President, Global Technology Partners, VMware.

Additionally BlazeMeter is a member of the access tier of the vCloud Air ISV program and is listed on the VMware Solution Exchange.

Developers are concerned about quickly and effectively testing the throughput of their web applications without compromising software quality. “By using BlazeMeter on vCloud Air, enterprises can leverage BlazeMeter’s unique on-premise, behind the firewall offering, or its fully managed self-service cloud based offering for either low scale testing on a single box or production level load testing with hundreds of servers generating load from the public cloud,” said Alon Girmonsky, CEO and Founder, BlazeMeter. “This allows organizations to leverage their existing IT assets by seamlessly blending their performance tests from the same environment.”

The VMware Ready program is a co-branding benefit of the Technology Alliance Partner (TAP) program that makes it easy for customers to identify partner products certified to work with VMware cloud infrastructure. Customers can use these products and solutions to lower project risks and realize cost savings over custom built solutions.  With thousands of members worldwide, the VMware TAP program includes best-of-breed technology partners with the shared commitment to bring the best expertise and business solution for each unique customer need.

More information on BlazeMeter’s continuous testing platform can be found within the vCloud Air Marketplace on the VMware Solution

Source: prnewswire.com

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TestPlant brings load testing to the cloud with eggPlant Performance v6

TestPlant, the maker of the eggPlant range of software quality tools, today announced the launch of eggPlant Performance v6, the latest version of the company’s advanced performance and load testing tool.

This release introduces cloud-based performance testing for the first time. eggPlant Performance v6 can now automatically and dynamically set-up load-injectors on Amazon AWS and Microsoft Azure servers. This makes it faster and easier for software testers to set-up large performance and stress tests, while reducing the hardware needed to acquire and set-up virtual users.

The cloud functionality of eggPlant Performance v6 means that simulated virtual users can be quickly and easily created on-demand in different geographic locations. This helps digital enterprises to ensure they are delivering a first-class user experience for users anywhere in the world.

“eggPlant Performance v6 is designed to make it even quicker and easier for software quality teams in digital enterprises to run large performance and stress tests on their business critical applications from mobile to desktop to server,” said Antony Edwards, CTO, TestPlant. “The fact is that most digital businesses today from retail, to media, to banks are not doing performance and stress testing. This is costing them money in lost revenue every day, but they feel powerless due to the traditionally high skill barrier that proper performance testing has required.”

“eggPlant Performance v6 changes this by making proper user-focussed performance and stress testing accessible to all test teams for the first time,” added Edwards. “Our new cloud-based capabilities for example mean that testers can run large-scale performance tests without the cost and complexity associated with purchasing and configuring physical servers. Setting up multiple servers is now automatically handled by eggPlant Performance and can be done in minutes rather than weeks, and for hundreds rather than tens of thousands of dollars.”

eggPlant Performance v6 includes Dynamic Test Control, which lets users control tests while they are still running, allowing them, for example, to increase, reduce or pause the number of virtual users. This makes it faster to isolate and resolve performance bottlenecks.

The new release also includes debug integration with standard development environments, such as Visual Studio and Eclipse, which lets users debug their eggPlant Performance scripts directly within their preferred IDE. This makes creating reliable scripts faster.

In addition, eggPlant Functional v6 boasts many other new features including simpler test-wide configuration, improved eggPlant Functional integration, internal encryption, and enhanced data correlation.

eggPlant Performance is available for download today from: http://www.testplant.com/dlds/eggplant-performance/

About TestPlant

TestPlant is an international software business based in London. It has development centers in the USA and the UK with sales and support centers in the USA, the UK and Asia as well as an extensive network of business partners. TestPlant’s products are used in over 30 countries by well over 300 enterprise customers in sectors which include Financial Services, Automotive, Healthcare and Life Sciences, Media and Entertainment, Retail and Defense and Aerospace. The eggPlant range is a set of tools which supports the design, development, test and management of software applications for mainframe, desktop and mobile use in any technology platform environment. The tools are relevant in agile, mobile, web and DevOps deployments. eggPlant use improves and reports on the quality and responsiveness of software systems, reduces time to market and lowers costs by introducing process automation. The eggPlant tools have been granted patents with several applications pending. The company’s achievements have been recognised within the software industry and by the venture capital community. TestPlant is also a Red Herring Global Top 100 company, a Deloitte UK Technology Fast 50 and a EMEA 500 business and is a recipient of a Queen’s Award for Enterprise. www.testplant.com

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