For the past 16 years, Mercury Interactive dominated the enterprise application test market with its QTP and LoadRunner licensed solutions. But these times, they are a changin’! Back in 1994, the IT world was disrupted by an architectural, vendor-driven gold rush called Client Server. New applications, such as Business Intelligence and CRM, emerged every day….and Mercury Interactive was the testing solution.
Today, we are in the midst of a new architectural gold rush called cloud computing. This rush is driven primarily by the economics of on demand services and the emergence of intelligent mobile devices that consume those services. With every new generation of architecture there has been a shifting of the guard amongst vendors. With the cloud, we are beginning to see several new game changers emerge. In the testing space, after 16 years of domination, Mercury appears ready to relinquish its leadership position to a new breed of on demand testing vendors, such as SOASTA and uTest.
SOASTA led the innovation around cloud computing by using the cloud to test applications, deployment platforms, and end user experience. The founders realized early on that the best way to simulate real world conditions of unpredictable and spiky traffic, which requires enormous amounts of servers to replicate, is through the cloud. But, the real genius of SOASTA CloudTest is not its approach, but in the engine under its slick UI. SOASTA built its test platform on top of a real time OLAP engine to easily and quickly get to the reason you test: actionable results…to discover and diagnose sources of latency and poor performance. It turns out that testing today’s applications, with their dynamic content, distributed architectures and millions of users, is a very Big Data problem, which makes testing, difficult, and in many cases impossible, if not for on demand services such as SOASTA CloudTest.
New startups, as well as enterprises, are flocking to use SOASTA’s on demand testing services. Leading websites such as TurboTax, Hallmark, Mattel and Netflix, as well hot new properties such as Gilt Groupe, Zappos and Chegg.com have all moved away from traditional tools to use CloudTest, citing speed, scale, quality and cost as their primary decision criteria.
So get ready to change the names on your vendor scorecard, as the next generation of technology leaders emerge. After all, new problems need new approaches and new solutions…Game Changers, like SOASTA!
About the Author
As CEO of SOASTA, Tom brings more than 30 years of experience building early stage software companies, leading two companies to successful IPOs. Tom is a regular speaker at both cloud and testing events, and has become a leading advocate in using the cloud to empower individuals and accelerate changes in how applications are built, tested and deployed. Most recently, Tom served as President and CEO of Kenamea. Prior to Kenamea, he was CEO of Dorado Corp., a financial services software provider. Previous to Dorado, he was EVP of Sagent Technology through its 1999 IPO, entrepreneur-in-residence at Crosspoint Venture Partners, and held executive positions at Digitalk Corp., Knowledgeware (KWI) and Encore Financial Services. Tom also serves on several boards in the Silicon Valley.