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Closing the gap: SOASTA offers new performance, automated testing capabilities

SOASTA has always been on the cutting edge of performance testing in the mobile and Web space. Now, we’re maintaining this title with the expansion of our industry-leading testing platform. Our updated solution now offers previously unavailable capabilities that address the gaps left by a range of legacy systems, including Hewlett Packard, IBM and Microsoft tools.

In the past, users found these legacy systems to be lacking, especially when it came to the performance testing of emerging technologies and mobile activities. SOASTA has addressed the gaps left by these other platforms with our newly updated solution, which incorporates fresh features in response to the shifting market environment. With the updated platform, teams can now:

  • Load test mobile and Web responsive “push” technologies
  • Access collaborative views among team members
  • Create and run test with JMeter, an open source tool
  • Run automated tests for Android applications
  • Directly test current databases
  • Leverage virtual private clouds for internal and hybrid user traffic generation

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We didn’t stop there. The new SOASTA platform also includes other never-before-seen capabilities, including:

  • A new test suite dashboard for improved access to test management aggregate status
  • The ability to record and replay mobile and Web apps created with full-duplex WebSocket protocol designs
  • Test behind the firewall with virtual private cloud resources
  • Run test written in JMeter directly in CloudTest, and the ability to use SOASTA’s Global Test Cloud and real-time analytics

Besides enhancing our automated and performance testing capabilities, our Real User Monitoring solution, mPulse, also seeks to close the gaps left by other legacy tools. mPulse enables teams to see how users are interacting with their Web and mobile services in real time. Additionally, testers can leverage information collected about real-user habits to gain insights on peak usage periods, user distribution and click paths.

Using these new performance testing and real user monitoring capabilities, teams leave no stone unturned with their testing capabilities.

Studies shows increased investment in enterprise apps, automated software quality
These capabilities are no doubt powerful, but they become even more impactful when taking recent study findings into consideration.

According to an Oracle-sponsored study from July, enterprises will spend a projected 50 percent more on mobile capabilities within the next two years. This translates to a significant increase in per-employee, per-device expenditures. The survey found that the while the average IT department currently spends $157 per device, per employee, this figure will likely increase to $242 by the end of 2016.

“This survey is reassuring in that enterprises see potential for great payoff from making a strong mobile commitment,” said Suhas Uliyar, Oracle’s vice president of mobile strategy and product management. “They are recognizing that mobile applications provide a new way to develop and maintain relationships with customers.”

In addition to Oracle’s findings, a recent IDC study showed that besides increased investments in mobile technology, enterprises are also spending more on automated software quality. These growing ASQ investments signal the need to address the rising intricacies of mobile, social and cloud systems.

As enterprises continue to leverage mobile and cloud technology for their business processes, performance testing becomes all the more critical. Companies will continue investing in the solutions that help them achieve their goals, and ensuring that these systems work properly is key. In order to help guarantee that there are no gaps in the testing process, teams should examine the new capabilities offered to them through SOASTA’s CloudTest, TouchTest and mPulse solutions.

“Enterprise customers utilize the SOASTA platform for internal and external testing, day and night, in their test labs and on production systems,” noted SOASTA CEO Tom Lounibos. “We continue to develop the features that our customers need to be successful to enable new processes driven by continuous delivery. As legacy providers fail to keep up, SOASTA continues to innovate so customers can stay competitive.”

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