SOASTA http://www.soasta.com Cloud Testing for Performance Intelligence Sat, 31 Jan 2015 02:20:51 +0000 en-US hourly 1 SOASTA Super Bowl Survey: Facebook, Twitter to Dominate Second Screens During Super Bowl http://www.soasta.com/press-releases/soasta-super-bowl-survey-facebook-twitter-dominate-second-screens-super-bowl/ http://www.soasta.com/press-releases/soasta-super-bowl-survey-facebook-twitter-dominate-second-screens-super-bowl/#comments Wed, 28 Jan 2015 13:00:08 +0000 http://www.soasta.com/?p=470810 Read more »]]> Nearly half of smartphone/tablet owners will use apps while watching the game;

1 in 3 will visit social media networks

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., Jan. 28, 2015 SOASTA, the leader in performance analytics, today announced the results of its 2015 Super Bowl Second Screen survey, examining online and mobile habits and preferences of Americans watching this year’s Super Bowl. The research revealed that nearly half (46 percent) of smartphone and tablet owners plan on using mobile apps while watching this year’s Super Bowl, an increase from the 41 percent who said they planned to use mobile apps while watching the game in 2014. SOASTA commissioned the Super Bowl Second Screen Study to raise awareness around the peak traffic and high download rates expected during the U.S.’s most watched sporting event of the year. The survey was conducted online by Harris Poll on behalf of SOASTA from Jan. 21-23, 2015 among 2,057 adults, 1,496 of which own smartphones or tablets. One-third (32 percent) of smartphone/tablet owners say they will use social media apps like Facebook and Twitter, followed by sports apps like ESPN and Sports Illustrated (20 percent) and games such as Candy Crush Saga and Trivia Crack (19 percent). SOASTA’s study discovered that the vast majority of millennial men (84 percent) and women (56 percent) expect to use apps to multi-task on their smartphones and tablets while watching the big game. Men ages 18-34 are more likely than their older counterparts to use video apps like YouTube and Vine (47 percent), food delivery apps like Grub Hub and Seamless (28 percent) and dating apps like Tinder and OK Cupid (14 percent). Additional app categories expected to be widely used by Americans watching this year’s Super Bowl include:
  • Video (18 percent)
  • Weather (17 percent)
  • News (15 percent)
  • Food delivery (9 percent)
  • Music Identification (8 percent)
  • Fantasy football (6 percent)
  • Sports memorabilia (4 percent)
  • Gambling (4 percent)
  • Dating (3 percent)
According to the new research, nearly two out of three (63 percent) smartphone and tablet users who plan on watching the Super Bowl said online and mobile activities will be critical to their experience watching the Super Bowl. More than one-third (35 percent) said that using social media apps and websites would be among the most critical online or mobile activity during the game; 31 percent said that following the game and 22 percent said that ordering food would be among the most important online or mobile activity. Other online and mobile activities that were deemed critical for Sunday’s matchup include:
  • Watching the game’s musical performances and ads (21 percent)
  • Tracking game and player statistics (19 percent)
  • Visiting team websites (11 percent)
  • Playing games (11 percent)
  • Checking work email (10 percent)
  • Recording the game (8 percent)
  • Tracking fantasy football (7 percent)
  • Buying sports memorabilia or apparel (6 percent)
“It’s the two minute warning for companies to optimize their web and mobile performance for the Super Bowl,” said Tom Lounibos, CEO of SOASTA. “Millions of fans will be going online during the game to watch a live stream, keep up with scores and share the game’s best ads on social networks, all with the expectation of a great user experience. Our research shows that consumers will avoid poorly performing websites and apps, so it’s critical for advertisers, retailers and online sites to continually test and monitor their apps to ensure optimal performance before, during and after the Super Bowl.” Survey Methodology This survey was conducted online within the United States by Harris Poll on behalf of SOASTA from Jan. 21-23, 2015, among 2,057 adults ages 18 and older. This online survey is not based on a probability sample and therefore no estimate of theoretical sampling error can be calculated. For complete survey methodology, including weighting variables, please contact Sara Black at sara.black@grayling.com   About SOASTA: SOASTA is the leader in performance analytics. The SOASTA platform enables digital business owners to gain unprecedented and continuous performance insights into their real user experience on mobile and Web devices – in real time, and at scale. With more than 10 million tests performed and more than 100 billion user experiences measured, SOASTA is the digital performance expert trusted by industry-leading companies including Experian, Gilt Groupe, Hallmark, Intuit, Microsoft and Netflix. SOASTA is privately held and headquartered in Mountain View, Calif. For more information about SOASTA, please visit http://www.soasta.com. SOASTA is a registered trademark of SOASTA, Inc. All other trademarks are property of their respective owners. Other product or company names mentioned may be trademarks or trade names of their respective companies.   CONTACT:     Sara Black, Grayling Sara.black@grayling.com 213.618.1501]]>
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SOASTA2015 — Performance is Everything http://www.soasta.com/tom-lounibous-tomlounibos/soasta2015-performance-everything/ http://www.soasta.com/tom-lounibous-tomlounibos/soasta2015-performance-everything/#comments Thu, 22 Jan 2015 01:25:33 +0000 http://www.soasta.com/?p=470783 Read more »]]> What does performance mean to you? Tom Blog Post Pic]]> http://www.soasta.com/tom-lounibous-tomlounibos/soasta2015-performance-everything/feed/ 0 SOASTA Announces Data Science Workbench http://www.soasta.com/press-releases/soasta-announces-data-science-workbench/ http://www.soasta.com/press-releases/soasta-announces-data-science-workbench/#comments Tue, 13 Jan 2015 19:30:34 +0000 http://www.soasta.com/?p=470608 Read more »]]> New analytics solution enables Digital Operations teams to quickly gain deep insights from complex performance and user experience data

#SOASTA2015 Technology Conference, Mountain View, Calif., Jan. 13, 2015SOASTA, the leader in performance analytics, today announced the general availability of its Data Science Workbench, a powerful new query and analysis environment for gaining actionable insight from deeply complex user experience performance data. SOASTA Data Science Workbench simplifies the exploration and analysis of current and historical Web and mobile user performance data.  The new offering allows business analysts, performance engineers, data scientists and others to gain instant insights, spot trends or identify issues by mining user experience and performance data collected from SOASTA and other sources.  For example, SOASTA customers can – for the first time ever – understand historic user conversion rates correlated to response time, view most profitable click-paths by region, trend peak user traffic by operating system, or query the data for any other important business insights. By using cloud-based data storage to retain 100% of available user experience data from the SOASTA mPulse™ product and a powerful open source computing language, the Data Science Workbench eliminates the tedious and time-consuming process of data transformation and loading. Users can now easily access this information, then slice, dice and analyze the data in a variety of different visual formats. Because all of the data is collected and kept forever, big data insights stay up-to-date and current to meet your day-to-day and over-time needs. According to estimates, data scientists spend 50 percent to 80 percent of their time collecting and preparing digital data before it can be analyzed and put to use.* The data generated by disparate activities like load testing and monitoring is immensely valuable for establishing patterns and trends, especially when it can be integrated to present a complete picture of online business performance.  As a powerful new component of the SOASTA performance platform, the new Data Science Workbench puts immediate answers in front of Digital Development, Operations, and Business teams by pulling together web and mobile performance data with business, marketing, and other data sources. “Big data is billions of zeros and ones until you apply analytics and visualization that mean something to someone.”  Said Henry Morris, Senior Vice President for IDC and Executive Lead for Big Data and Analytics Research.  “Taking critical steps to enable simplified big data analytics to help customers combine data collected for specific purposes – like testing or monitoring – and creating analytics tools to pull business decision-making intelligence from them is a key, fast emerging area.” The new SOASTA Data Science Workbench delivers:
  • Performance data, ready for consumption: SOASTA pulls together all relevant monitoring and performance data into an infinitely scalable Amazon Redshift schema, ready to mine for business-specific user experience information.
  • A new Explore & Discover interface based on the MIT-developed Julia scientific programming language, allowing for fast and simplified visual exploration of huge datasets.
  • Pre-developed functions and statistical models, which help business analysts and data scientists get right to the most commonly asked questions.
  • The support and expertise of the SOASTA Data Science Team, who ensure data access and can help with analysis at any stage.
DSWB_PR_Image_1 Figure 1: mPulse + Data Science Workbench provides the best solution for real-time and over-time performance analytics. DSWB_PR_Image_2 Figure 2: User Paths: New visualizations like this color burst chart deliver unique perspectives across diverse datasets.  In this example, user paths across different website pages direct digital teams to user behavior not tested or planned for. “Understanding today’s Web and mobile user behavior and impact on digital business is extremely complex and time-consuming,” said Tom Lounibos, CEO of SOASTA. “With SOASTA’s Data Science Workbench, users can quickly analyze meaningful business insights without mining and sifting through enormous amounts of performance-related data. For the leading brands in the world, SOASTA has become synonymous with the art of Performance Analytics. Our new solution will provide an even deeper understanding into their users’ experience.” Availability Data Science Workbench is available immediately as an annual service package that includes data transformation and access, visual tools and Data Scientist help as needed with data access and support.  For more information, visit: www.soasta.com/products/data-science-workbench   About SOASTA: SOASTA is the leader in performance measurement and analytics. The SOASTA platform enables digital business owners to gain unprecedented and continuous performance insights into their real user experience on mobile and Web devices – in real time, and at scale. With more than 10 million tests performed and more than 100 billion user experiences measured, SOASTA is the digital performance expert trusted by industry-leading companies including Experian, Gilt Groupe, Hallmark, Intuit, Microsoft and Netflix. SOASTA is privately held and headquartered in Mountain View, Calif. For more information about SOASTA, please visit http://www.soasta.com. SOASTA is a registered trademark of SOASTA, Inc. All other trademarks are property of their respective owners. Other product or company names mentioned may be trademarks or trade names of their respective companies. * Source: NYT Aug. 17, 2014]]>
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SOASTA and NTT Resonant Announce Distribution Agreement to Expand Mobile Testing Platform Worldwide http://www.soasta.com/press-releases/soasta-ntt-resonant-announce-distribution-agreement-expand-mobile-testing-platform-worldwide/ http://www.soasta.com/press-releases/soasta-ntt-resonant-announce-distribution-agreement-expand-mobile-testing-platform-worldwide/#comments Tue, 13 Jan 2015 19:30:00 +0000 http://www.soasta.com/?p=470601 Read more »]]> The partnership enables SOASTA and NTT Resonant to extend their combined reach in Asia, EMEA and North America with an integrated solution of remote access to hundreds of mobile devices and mobile test automation

#SOASTA2015 Technology Conference, Mountain View, Calif., and Tokyo – Jan. 13, 2015 – SOASTA, the leader in performance measurement and analytics, and NTT Resonant, a member of the NTT Group of Japan (NYSE: NTT), today announced a global distribution agreement expanding the mobile device access of Remote TestKit for use with SOASTA TouchTest. The new partnership will provide a complete mobile testing solution that improves the quality, reliability and overall user experience of mobile apps for NTT Resonant and SOASTA customers worldwide. The combined solution includes cloud-based device access for manual testing, automated continuous integration and performance analysis. Starting at $99 USD per month, the integrated solution allows customers to create manual and automated tests for mobile apps and run them on demand against hundreds of real devices in the cloud. “The ever changing device landscape and increasing complexity of mobile applications has created an explosion in the mobile applications testing matrix,” said Melinda Ballou, program director of the Application Lifecycle Management and Executive Strategies Service at IDC. “The dynamic and continuous nature of mobile application development requires testing solutions to scale seamlessly as demand increases for mobile delivery that is increasingly business critical.” “Remote TestKit is well adopted as a platform to access a variety of smartphones from the cloud in financial, gaming and web service provider industries,” said Masahiro Wakai, NTT Resonant President & CEO. “Remote TestKit users can build a test environment using our API, ADB Connect or iOS Bridge. Integration with TouchTest will provide easy mobile application test automation capability to this environment. We expect this new partnership will expand our business in the US market.” “Mobile device type and usage is different regionally, and NTT Resonant brings knowledge and access to global markets,” said Tom Lounibos, SOASTA CEO and co-founder. “With this new partnership, the combination of the SOASTA TouchTest platform with cloud-based device access from NTT will enable our customers to meet and exceed the user experience expectations of mobile app users worldwide.” The combined offering from SOASTA and NTT Resonant deliver:
  • Fast device response for seamless, smooth remote operation for manual or automated mobile testing
  • Control and management of hundreds of remote test devices without administration or ownership
  • Seamless onramp to test automation
  • Parallelized app installation to any number of remote devices
  • Ability to record mobile tests with real gestures and motion, anywhere
  • One-to-many and many-to-many tests on remote devices that can be run simultaneously
  • Measurement of functionality and performance of hundreds or thousands of simultaneous devices
  • Continuous Integration for hands-free regression testing
  About SOASTA: SOASTA is the leader in performance measurement and analytics. The SOASTA platform enables digital business owners to gain unprecedented and continuous performance insights into their real user experience on mobile and Web devices – in real time, and at scale. With more than 10 million tests performed and more than 100 billion user experiences measured, SOASTA is the digital performance expert trusted by industry-leading companies including Experian, Gilt Groupe, Hallmark, Intuit, Microsoft and Netflix. SOASTA is privately held and headquartered in Mountain View, Calif. For more information about SOASTA, please visit http://www.soasta.com. SOASTA is a registered trademark of SOASTA, Inc. All other trademarks are property of their respective owners. Other product or company names mentioned may be trademarks or trade names of their respective companies. About NTT Resonant: NTT Resonant is a pioneer in the Internet search engine in Japan starting its sales in 2004 with a web portal “goo” launched in 1997. Over the past few years, NTT Resonant has built a strong position as a search engine and web portal provider, and has offered its search engine service, web contents, and mobile applications for Japanese magnificent companies. In the global market, NTT Resonant is offering cloud-based mobile application testing service, Remote TestKit. For further information, please visit http://appkitbox.com/en/testkit/. NTT Resonant is a member of NTT Group, the world’s largest telecommunication company with over 750 subsidiaries and 100 affiliates listings on New York, London and Tokyo stock exchanges, and headquartered in Tokyo, Japan. NTT Resonant, goo are trademarks of NTT Resonant Inc. All other company and product names may be trademarks or trade names of their respective owners. CONTACT:     Sara Black, Grayling SOASTA Inc. Sara.black@grayling.com 213.618.1501 Yuko Tateishi, Ayano Sawada NTT Resonant Inc. pr@nttr.co.jp +81-3-6703-6250]]>
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SOASTA Adds RUM to its Industry Leading CloudTest Solution http://www.soasta.com/press-releases/soasta-adds-rum-industry-leading-cloudtest-solution/ http://www.soasta.com/press-releases/soasta-adds-rum-industry-leading-cloudtest-solution/#comments Tue, 13 Jan 2015 19:22:46 +0000 http://www.soasta.com/?p=470603 Read more »]]> By combining CloudTest and mPulse into a single performance analytics offering, SOASTA delivers both predictive and real-time views of user experience

#SOASTA2015 Technology Conference, Mountain View, Calif., Jan. 13, 2015 SOASTA, the leader in performance measurement and analytics, today announced it has combined its two leading testing and monitoring products into a single solution for continuous performance analysis for mobile and Web applications. SOASTA CloudTest now incorporates mPulse, the company’s Real User Monitoring (RUM) solution, which integrates complete performance data from real users to ensure continuous peak performance of digital businesses. “Agreeing on ‘What to Test’ – or realistic performance requirements – can be a highly contested area in the application delivery process that stymies rapid delivery,” said Melinda Ballou, program director of the Application Lifecycle Management and Executive Strategies Service at IDC. “When data from production can be used to build accurate and effective performance models, operations, development and testing teams can stand on common, agreed-upon ground that is aligned with business goals.” This new combined offering provides companies the most complete understanding of customers’ online experiences on Web and mobile through actual user data that measures the impact of real user experiences on a company’s transaction volumes, online revenue, conversions or other critical metrics. DevOps teams can use this information to build performance models that recreate and test exact usage scenarios – at any scale, in test labs or on live production systems. This enables teams to validate that user experiences match development expectations and to respond immediately if performance falls short. “For any digital business owner, being able to view all their performance data in a single pane of glass and use it to make key business decisions is a game changer,” said Tom Lounibos, SOASTA CEO. “By aligning DevOps and business teams around real-time information from multiple sources, digital businesses can make their optimized user experience a competitive advantage, rather than taking a defensive approach when apps and websites stop performing to expected levels.” The latest CloudTest solution includes new capabilities and functionality, including:
  • SOASTA CloudTest – Predictive performance measurement and analysis with cloud-based load testing and advanced visualizations that deliver rapid, accurate results.
  • SOASTA mPulse – Measurement and collection of performance profiles for every user to correlate real user activity to business metrics.
  • SOASTA Data Science Workbench – Rapid access to user metrics from comprehensive performance big data to answer hard questions with simplified data science.
For load testing, SOASTA now provides complete performance measurement and analysis by leveraging mPulse to collect and distill real user performance metrics and test parameters such as:
  • Peak user traffic down to the second
  • The most common web and mobile browsers and percentage of traffic on each
  • Geographical user distribution
  • Most profitable paths users click through
  • Most common paths users take though a site
  • Unexpected and untested paths
With these metrics, accurate and realistic performance models can be quickly built and run with CloudTest. Developers can also focus their efforts on optimizing the most common customer click paths, improving the customer experience and eliminating guesswork and debate regarding the validity of results. Whether for early stage tests on developer and test systems or on live production, the performance test models are indisputable representations of how real users navigate an application and how systems will respond to them – at any scale.   CloudTest_mPulse_PR_Image Figure 1:  In addition to mPulse and Data analytics, CloudTest for 2015 now include hi-resolution 3D graphical displays of user traffic and load testing results Availability CloudTest including mPulse is available immediately for existing CloudTest customers with the ability to monitor up to 1 million pages views per day with their existing contract. CloudTest including mPulse is now the primary SOASTA offering for continuous performance optimization. Learn more HERE.   About SOASTA: SOASTA is the leader in performance measurement and analytics. The SOASTA platform enables digital business owners to gain unprecedented and continuous performance insights into their real user experience on mobile and Web devices – in real time, and at scale. With more than 10 million tests performed and more than 100 billion user experiences measured, SOASTA is the digital performance expert trusted by industry-leading companies including Experian, Gilt Groupe, Hallmark, Intuit, Microsoft and Netflix. SOASTA is privately held and headquartered in Mountain View, Calif. For more information about SOASTA, please visit http://www.soasta.com. SOASTA is a registered trademark of SOASTA, Inc. All other trademarks are property of their respective owners. Other product or company names mentioned may be trademarks or trade names of their respective companies.]]>
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SOASTA Survey: Nearly Half of Americans Are Late Holiday Shoppers, Majority Say Cyber Monday Has Turned Into Cyber Month http://www.soasta.com/press-releases/soasta-survey-nearly-half-americans-late-holiday-shoppers-majority-say-cyber-monday-turned-cyber-month/ http://www.soasta.com/press-releases/soasta-survey-nearly-half-americans-late-holiday-shoppers-majority-say-cyber-monday-turned-cyber-month/#comments Tue, 23 Dec 2014 13:00:04 +0000 http://www.soasta.com/?p=470475 Read more »]]> More than 1 in 4 Americans won’t be done shopping until Dec. 22 or later; vast majority say online and/or mobile shopping has helped them this holiday season, with 1 in 10 saying it helps them easily search for a gift for themselves when friends and family fail them

San Francisco, Calif., Dec. 23, 2014 – SOASTA, the leader in cloud and mobile testing, announced the results of its 2014 Holiday Retail Readiness Survey, examining habits and preferences of Americans during the holiday shopping season. The research revealed that millions of Americans are waiting until the last minute to complete their holiday shopping, with nearly half (45%) of U.S. adults admitting that at the time of their interview they had yet to finish shopping for the family and friends on their list and more than 1 in 4 (28%) revealing they wouldn’t be finished until Dec. 22 or later. The Holiday Retail Readiness survey was conducted online by Harris Poll on behalf of SOASTA among more than 2,000 U.S. adults Dec. 15-17, 2014. Americans may feel comfortable waiting until the last minute to complete their shopping because they know they can find great deals on the items on their shopping list throughout the month of December, according to SOASTA’s survey. In fact, 3 out of 4 Americans agree that in 2014, Cyber Monday has turned into Cyber Month, with more than one-third (37%) finding that retailers have extended promotions and deals into the rest of the week and beyond, right up until the final days of the season. Nearly three in ten (29%) Americans say Cyber Monday now feels like Cyber Month because online shopping is becoming more popular than shopping at physical stores every day of the year (not just for the holidays), and nearly 1 in 4 (24%) say that thanks to smartphones, online shopping occurs everywhere, anytime. “Performance is critical for holiday shopping this year, and will be even more critical over the last few shopping days in December,”said Tom Lounibos, CEO of SOASTA. “Shoppers know they can get good deals throughout the month of December, and they’ve been constantly browsing and comparison shopping both on the web and on their mobile devices to save the most money, right up until the final days of the holiday shopping season. Our research shows that many Americans who have a bad experience on a store’s website or app will avoid returning for another visit, so it’s critical for retailers to continually test their websites and apps to ensure a smooth user experience under any traffic conditions right up until Dec. 25 and beyond.” The vast majority of Americans (85%) say that online and/or mobile shopping has helped them this holiday season. Among the top reasons online and/or mobile shopping has helped them.
  • It cuts down on the hassle of physical shopping (38%)
  • It allows them to compare prices (34%)
  • It helps them when physical stores sell out of items they want/need to buy as gifts (17%)
  • It helps them with last minute gifts (11%)
  • It helps them easily search for a gift for themselves when friends and/or family fail them (10%)
  • It helps cut out the guesswork with their spouse (5%)
  • It helps them shop for people they don’t like with sites that offer suggestions (2%)
Nearly 1 in 4 (23%) Americans revealed that their online or mobile shopping experience was better this year than in years prior, with 14% saying they depended on it more than shopping at physical stores. Holiday shoppers who said they had a better experience this year pointed to reasons including:
  • Their online/mobile shopping experience was smoother this year (15%)
  • Websites and/or apps were more responsive (7%)
  • Websites and/or apps didn’t slow down or crash (4%)
SOASTA’S Holiday Retail Readiness Survey uncovered that 15% of Americans are planning on downloading new mobile apps, music, books or more on Download Day, Dec. 25. Top items to download include games (6%), Christmas music (5%) and books (4%). Survey Methodology This survey was conducted online within the United States by Harris Poll on behalf of SOASTA from Dec. 15-17, 2014 among 2,016 adults ages 18 and older. This online survey is not based on a probability sample and therefore no estimate of theoretical sampling error can be calculated. For complete survey methodology, including weighting variables, please contact Sara Black at sara.black@grayling.com   About SOASTA SOASTA is the leader in cloud testing. Its web and mobile test automation and monitoring solutions, CloudTest, TouchTest and mPulse, enable developers, QA professionals and IT operations teams to test and monitor users with unprecedented speed, scale, precision and visibility. The innovative product set streamlines test creation, automates provisioning and execution, and analyzes real user behavior in real-time to deliver actionable intelligence, faster. With SOASTA, companies have confidence that their applications will perform as designed, delivering quality user experiences every time. SOASTA’s customers are many of today’s most successful brands including Avaya, American Girl, Bonobos, Backcountry.com, Chegg, Experian, Gilt Groupe, Hallmark, Intuit, Microsoft and Netflix. SOASTA is privately held and headquartered in Mountain View, Calif. For more information about SOASTA, please visit http://www.soasta.com. SOASTA is a registered trademark of SOASTA, Inc. All other trademarks are property of their respective owners. Other product or company names mentioned may be trademarks or trade names of their respective companies.   CONTACT:     Sara Black, Grayling Sara.black@grayling.com 213.618.1501  ]]>
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How to leverage the cloud for performance and load testing http://www.soasta.com/soastas-trends-blog/how-to-leverage-the-cloud-for-performance-and-load-testing/ http://www.soasta.com/soastas-trends-blog/how-to-leverage-the-cloud-for-performance-and-load-testing/#comments Mon, 22 Dec 2014 11:13:11 +0000 http://www.soasta.com/soastas-trends-blog/how-to-leverage-the-cloud-for-performance-and-load-testing/ The cloud is used for nearly everything these days. Companies are now storing more of their sensitive, mission-critical data within cloud platforms, especially as security concerns continue to be addressed and mitigated.

The cloud has the ability to provide a wide range of functionalities, and is increasingly being leveraged for performance and load testing. Gigaom Research reported that current industry findings show that testing makes up more than half of overall development costs. What's more is that teams are now utilizing more than 30 percent of their time dealing with the complexities of testing environments. In these respects, cloud testing has its fair share of advantages, including flexibility, scalability and reduced upfront costs. Let's take a look at the cloud through the lens of performance and load testing to see what considerations users should make when using the platform for such trials.

Different flavors of cloud testing

"Cloud testing comes with its fair share of advantages, including flexibility, scalability and reduced costs."

Network​ World contributor Ole Lensmar noted that there are several different ways to leverage the cloud for software testing. In some environments, third-party vendors utilize their cloud system to run and manage the tests. Other solutions enable the user to utilize the provider's cloud resources to run and analyze their own tests.

"For example, testers can use the cloud to generate massive distributed load tests, simulate a large number of mobile devices, or run functional and performance monitors from all over the world," Lensmar wrote. 

In addition, TechTarget contributor and author of the recent "Key best practices for cloud testing" white​ paper John Scarpino pointed out that the cloud is mainly used for testing in three ways: as a testing enabler, as a platform for non-functional testing and for functional testing.

  • Testing enabler: Scarpino noted that when the cloud is treated as an enabler, testers have the ability to establish scalable environments in which to run their trials. These can be expanded or scaled down depending on the tester's needs.
  • Non-functional testing: Non-functional testing in the cloud mainly consists of testing for vulnerabilities in performance, security and disaster recovery. These tests can show where a website or app may have glitches or other issues in need of repair.
  • Functional testing: Functional testing, on the other hand, deals with integration, regression, individual gestures and features, as well as the overall system.

Top considerations for a cloud testing solution
However the team chooses to leverage the cloud, there are several considerations that they need to keep in mind when selecting a solution. Available cloud testing platforms are not created equal, and thus administrators need to carefully weigh their options to select the suite that's best for them. 

Teams must also consider the vendor that they'll be working with. SOASTA is an industry leading provider of cloud-enabled testing and user monitoring solutions through the SOASTA platform. To find out more about leveraging the cloud for performance and load tests, contact SOASTA today.

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Key findings from the World Quality Report: Increased focus on quality assurance, performance testing http://www.soasta.com/soastas-trends-blog/key-findings-world-quality-report-increased-focus-quality-assurance-performance-testing/ http://www.soasta.com/soastas-trends-blog/key-findings-world-quality-report-increased-focus-quality-assurance-performance-testing/#comments Thu, 18 Dec 2014 20:45:11 +0000 http://www.soasta.com/?p=470454 Read more »]]> World Quality Report. This year’s study, published by technology consulting firm Capgemini and its services division Sogeti, provides a specific focus on application performance testing and quality assurance. The report found increased attention to software development, especially when it comes to projects connected with new initiatives, as opposed to those associated with maintaining legacy technology. QA budgets continue to rise This year’s report shows a continued focus on quality assurance within application development. This is supported by a year-over-year increase in QA budgets. The study, which included more than 1,500 CIOs, IT directors and testing leaders from 25 countries, found that QA budgets have been on the rise for the past few years, and will continue their upward trajectory within the next three years. According to the report, in 2012, just 18 percent of the total IT budget went toward quality assurance. This figure rose to 23 percent last year, and now comprises 26 percent of overall IT spending in 2014. Furthermore, experts predict that the QA budget will only continue to rise in the coming years, reaching 29 percent of the total budget by 2017. Boosted focus on testing new applications When it comes to performance testing, the report found that development companies are now focusing more on testing new applications as opposed to testing for the maintenance of legacy technology. The majority of testing budgets – 52 percent – is now dedicated to new applications, increasing from 41 percent in 2012. Of this portion of the testing budget, 40 percent is spent on testing the performance and functionality of big data and analytics applications, and 27 percent goes toward testing cloud-centered projects. Because these programs continue to become increasingly complex, businesses are also putting more resources toward building testers’ skills in these areas. The report found that 35 percent of a company’s testing budget is dedicated to human resources, a considerable increase from 2013’s 23 percent. “Testing as a function is becoming ever more business critical to organizations faced with external market forces that drive digital transformation,” noted Govind Muthukrishnan, Capgemini Group’s senior vice president and testing global service line leader. “These market forces include changes in customer behavior, heightened global competition, the need to provide an all-channel experience, rapid adoption of social media channels, increased data volumes and the advancement of technologies such as cloud and mobile …Testing organizations are increasingly focused on taking advantage of these new market dynamics to deliver tangible business value in the shortest time possible while optimizing testing costs.” Overall, this shift in how companies are choosing to spend their budgets illustrates a boosted focus on testing thanks to the undertaking of new development projects. Businesses are beginning to understand the essentiality of performance testing, particularly when it comes to the development of new applications. Rising use of cloud-based solutions As organizations continue to pay more attention to application testing, they are also seeking ways to reduce costs. One strategy that has proven effective in this arena is the use of cloud-based solutions, including those in connection with virtualization and software-as-a-service. This year’s report shows adoption has again risen for application hosting and testing via the cloud. Whereas the number of businesses using cloud testing stood at 24 percent last year, 32 percent of companies now engage in cloud testing in 2014. Moreover, this increase is projected to continue, reaching 49 percent by 2017. Multi-channel demands drive quality testing The report also found that today’s users are increasingly demanding high-quality applications that function on multiple channels and devices. In a recent SOASTA study, we found that nearly one-third of Americans are worried about technical problems with their apps. For developers and engineer this requires more staunch performance and functionality testing to ensure proper usage across different platforms. Currently, 54 percent of respondents placed a top priority on security with their mobile application testing. Furthermore, when migrating applications to the cloud, testing for performance and security were the top two focuses. “This year, the focus of many organizations’ mobile testing efforts has proven to be on validating all aspects of a complete customer experience alongside security,” the report stated. As we enter into 2015, this report proves the critical importance of testing as part of the quality assurance process, and that companies’ focus on this area will only continue to rise in the coming years.]]> http://www.soasta.com/soastas-trends-blog/key-findings-world-quality-report-increased-focus-quality-assurance-performance-testing/feed/ 0 SOASTA Appoints Pete Boyes as Chief Financial Officer http://www.soasta.com/press-releases/soasta-appoints-pete-boyes-chief-financial-officer/ http://www.soasta.com/press-releases/soasta-appoints-pete-boyes-chief-financial-officer/#comments Thu, 11 Dec 2014 13:00:01 +0000 http://www.soasta.com/?p=470400 Read more »]]> Established financial and operational executive brings software leadership, investment banking experience to company

San Francisco, Calif., December 11, 2014 – SOASTA, the leader in cloud and mobile testing, today announced the appointment of Pete Boyes as Chief Financial Officer (CFO), effective immediately. A seasoned technology executive, Boyes will report directly to SOASTA CEO Tom Lounibos and will drive the company’s financial strategy, corporate finance, and accounting functions. Boyes brings to SOASTA an established record of financial and operational leadership for venture capital-backed software companies, in addition to technology investment banking experience. Prior to SOASTA, Boyes was the CFO and COO of ID analytics, a pioneering consumer risk management software provider, where he led the company through its sale to LifeLock, Inc. and subsequent IPO (NYSE: LOCK). Boyes has extensive experience in merger and acquisition transactions, public offerings and private capital transactions as an investment-banking executive for Avondale Partners and Trumpet Partners. “Pete is an important addition to our team at SOASTA at this stage of the company’s growth,” said Lounibos. “Pete’s accomplished leadership background across both leading technology companies and investment banking firms translates to the kind of forward-thinking, innovative approach that guides SOASTA as we rapidly scale, expand our products and technology and continue to provide a transformative alternative to slow and expensive legacy systems.” “Many of the world’s most successful companies trust SOASTA’s technology to maintain the quality of their online and mobile channels – which in turn affect virtually every aspect of operations, brand reputation and overall performance,” said Boyes. “I’m excited to step into this role and build upon SOASTA’s vision of delivering the highest-quality user experience and business-critical application performance that outdated legacy competitors can’t provide, and to make powerful testing accessible to anyone.” Boyes began his career at Coopers & Lybrand and received his bachelors and MBA degrees from the University of Southern California.   About SOASTA: SOASTA is the leader in cloud testing. Its web and mobile test automation and monitoring solutions, CloudTest, TouchTest and mPulse, enable developers, QA professionals and IT operations teams to test and monitor users with unprecedented speed, scale, precision and visibility. The innovative product set streamlines test creation, automates provisioning and execution, and analyzes real user behavior in real-time to deliver actionable intelligence, faster. With SOASTA, companies have confidence that their applications will perform as designed, delivering quality user experiences every time. SOASTA’s customers are many of today’s most successful brands including Avaya, American Girl, Bonobos, Backcountry.com, Chegg, Experian, Gilt Groupe, Hallmark, Intuit, Microsoft and Netflix. SOASTA is privately held and headquartered in Mountain View, Calif. For more information about SOASTA, please visit http://www.soasta.com. SOASTA is a registered trademark of SOASTA, Inc. All other trademarks are property of their respective owners. Other product or company names mentioned may be trademarks or trade names of their respective companies. Media Contact: Grayling William McCormick, 415-442-4023 william.mccormick@grayling.com]]>
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Performing at its Peak: See how Target Managed Black Friday http://www.soasta.com/soastas-trends-blog/performing-peak-see-target-managed-black-friday/ http://www.soasta.com/soastas-trends-blog/performing-peak-see-target-managed-black-friday/#comments Sat, 29 Nov 2014 20:58:42 +0000 http://www.soasta.com/?p=470328 Read more »]]> Black Friday Target Mobile web usage looks like? With complete visibility into real-user interactions in real time, Target was able to perform at its peak with online mobile sales yesterday. And with insight from SOASTA’s real user monitoring tool mPulse, showing optimal page load time and a favorable end user experience, Target’s Black Friday looked a bit more like a Green Friday. See your world more clearly with RUM, real-time, real-user intelligence for a multi-platform world. Target Black Friday mPulse Globe]]> http://www.soasta.com/soastas-trends-blog/performing-peak-see-target-managed-black-friday/feed/ 0 Perform at your peak: Holiday tips from SOASTA http://www.soasta.com/soastas-trends-blog/perform-peak-holiday-tips-soasta/ http://www.soasta.com/soastas-trends-blog/perform-peak-holiday-tips-soasta/#comments Tue, 25 Nov 2014 16:00:25 +0000 http://www.soasta.com/?p=470292 Read more »]]> Holiday spending continually increasing Holiday preparations are more important this year than ever before, as studies show that consumers will increase the amount they spend on holiday gifts this season. According to Accenture Research, shoppers will spend an average of $718 on presents this year. Furthermore, a quarter of all consumers plan to spend more this year than they did last holiday season. This means there is much at stake for retailers this season, especially as more consumers turn to online channels to make their purchases. We found that 40 percent of shoppers bought most of their holiday gifts online last year, and analysts are forecasting a 16 percent uptick in the e-commerce space this season. A pressing issue: Slow websites One of the biggest challenges an online retailer has to deal with is a slow-performing website. In the e-commerce industry, competition is fierce, and chances are that if your website does not load fast enough – customers will simply find another vendor to purchase their gifts from. Currently, 40 percent of customers won’t wait longer than 3 seconds for a page to load. However, the average page load time for the top 100 retailers was 10 seconds. What’s more is that slow pages aren’t just driving away customers. These measurements are impacting how clients find your brand and if they make a purchase at all. 71 percent of organic traffic comes from Google searches, which now factor in page load times. In this way, your website might not even appear in search results if it loads too slowly. Moreover, even if customers find your website, they might not make a purchase if it does not perform up to their standards. About 20 percent of all shopping cart abandonment comes as a result from website performance problems. This is quite a significant figure when you consider the amount of lost transactions and revenue here. How can retailers perform at their peak this season? So how can merchants ensure a positive experience for their customers? We have a few tips and best practices to recommend, including:
  1. Scaled website performance tests to reveal how the website actually functions
  2. Real user monitoring to provide a look into actual user experiences
  3. Year-round website optimization to ensure that the platform isn’t just ready for holiday shoppers, but all users
Even a single second of delay can mean a huge difference for a vendor’s overall business. By leveraging SOASTA’s industry leading performance testing and Real User Monitoring solutions, retailers can gain valuable insights and better prepare their resources for the holiday rush and beyond. Soasta_RetailReadiness_revised300]]>
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3 Predictions for Mobile App Development in 2015 http://www.soasta.com/soastas-trends-blog/3-predictions-for-mobile-app-development-in-2015/ http://www.soasta.com/soastas-trends-blog/3-predictions-for-mobile-app-development-in-2015/#comments Thu, 20 Nov 2014 22:42:00 +0000 http://www.soasta.com/soastas-trends-blog/3-predictions-for-mobile-app-development-in-2015/ Mobile app development focus will shift to accessories

“Performance testing is increasingly key to ensuring that programs meet users’ demands and expectations.”

In the current marketplace, wearable devices are being offered by a rising number of companies and at the same time are becoming increasingly popular among users. However, Forrester analyst Michael Facemire noted that the mobile ecosystem doesn’t end there: It also includes other smart items like cars, televisions and even homes. As a result, developers will have to design programs not just for a singular device, but for an entire connected ecosystem. However, choosing between these ecosystems may prove difficult. “We predict that while products within an ecosystem will ‘just work’ together, that won’t be the case across ecosystems,” Facemire predicted. “As a result, developers should anticipate that customers will increasingly choose one ecosystem or another.” Furthermore, when designing for an ecosystem, developers must ensure that their applications ‘just work,’ as Facemire suggested. In this realm, performance testing is increasingly key to ensuring that programs meet users’ demands and expectations. The shift toward micro-moments Another prediction from Forrester comes from analyst Jeffrey Hammond, who noted that the mobile user engagement techniques are shifting toward “micro-moments,” and that this transition will continue into 2015. Hammond defines the micro-moments approach as “brief interactions where developers can get customers’ attention – and anticipate their needs.” This shift will result in the need for developers to think differently about their application projects, and ensure that the program will provide a way to connect with users via these short interactions. “Instead of customers intentionally using apps a few times a day, developers need to think about how they engage customers in a 5-10 second interactions many times a day,” Hammond noted. “As a result, development focus shifts to favor notifications, widgets and cross-device interactions.” Hammond pointed out that this will likely lead to an end of self-contained, singular applications. Instead, developers will have to utilize messages, notices and other capabilities to their advantage to connect with users in short bursts multiple times a day. The need for additional security Gartner researchers also discovered that over 75 percent of mobile apps will be unable to pass basic security tests through 2015. Furthermore, Gartner estimates that 75 percent of mobile breaches will come due to misconfigurations in mobile apps through 2017. As more business users leverage their smartphones and tablets for work purposes, this could potentially put the sensitive data of the company at risk. “Enterprises that embrace mobile computing and bring your own device (BYOD) strategies are vulnerable to security breaches unless they adopt methods and technologies for mobile application security testing and risk assurance,” said Dionisio Zumerle, principal research analyst at Gartner. For this reason, developers must place a higher focus on the security of their mobile apps, particularly those created for enterprise users. However, security testing isn’t the only trial that should take place within an application development project. In order to ensure the overall functionality of the app, proper performance testing of mobile apps is needed. Developers should leverage industry-leading testing solutions, such as TouchTest, a mobile app testing tool provided through the  SOASTA platform.]]>
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