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Do you know the 5 myths of mobile application performance testing?

mobile mindshift1.jpgTesters are stretching the limits of reality to fully understand how a mobile application will behave. Enterprises are now focusing on how to test mobile applications—but there are myths that abound within the space.

 

Keep reading to learn about the five biggest myths of mobile application performance testing and how you can address them.

LoadRunner 12.02 released, just in time for the holidays!

loadrunner logo.PNGIts that time of year again... Time to find the best gift, at the best deal. For many shoppers, finding the best deal means online shopping.  Shopping sites are experiencing peak capacity and the impact of failure could be catastropic to the bottom line.

 

HP LoadRunner can help pinpoint those performance issues before they reach production. Keep reading to find out how the newest version of HP LoadRunner can help keep your site up at peak capacity.

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Get started on the path to effective Performance Testing

big data analytics.jpgApplications are continuing to grow in complexity. It can be challenging to know where to begin when designing and executing performance tests. Hot on the heels of the publication of his book “The Art of Application Performance Testing”, second edition, Ian Molyneaux will give a high level overview of the essential elements of effective performance testing.

 

Keep reading to find out how to join us at this webinar. 

Performance Lifecycle Virtualization – Join the Open Group Tweet Jam on Tuesday, Dec. 9th

It’s no secret that virtualization has played a significant role in all developers, testers, and operations team members over the last decade. However, when it comes to Performance Lifecycle Virtualization and how this enables you to have a complete environment for Development / Test / Operations by using Virtual Users, Virtual Services, Virtual Networks and Virtual Data are some old challenges or concepts with a new complete answer.

We are going to Gartner AADI, the premier gathering of today’s leading application professionals

caesars.jpgWe are going to the Gartner AADI Summit—the premier gathering of today’s leading application professionals. We will be showing the latest in application development management and load testing.

 

Keep reading to find out what are showing and how you can connect with us!

HP Discover Barcelona: Hot off the press

Just got to Barcelona last night and already feel that HP Discover EMEA will be a great event to share, learn and network with customers.

 

Today we are just starting the Customer Advisory Board (CAB) for all our HP Software products. It is exciting to see andDiscover Zone.PNG hear what customer are doing, how they are leveraging our solutions and discuss with them the future of our Performance testing and lifecycle virtualization products. For those that doesn’t know, the CAB is a meeting with the HP Product team (including RnD, Support and Professional services) and various customers to get input and needs for future releases. If you are interested to be part of future CABs, you can let me know adding a comment in this blog or contacting your HP sales representative.

 

Tomorrow is also a big day for HP Software Performance solutions At HP Discover, it is a day that our sessions will start, demos will be available in the Discover Zone, and demo of future products.

 

If you missed the CAB, you can still attend the Best Practices Forum for Performance and Lifecycle Virtualization. The forum will be a unique experience to hear about the Performance Engineering Vision, Continuous Integration and customer experience. In this forum, you can bring your questions and discuss with peers your challenges and solutions.

 

Best Practice Forum Information

Happy Thanksgiving from the Performace Product Team!

Hi dear performance engineer,

 

Just want to say big thanks for using our products!

 

For the countries that celebrate thanksging, HAPPY THANKSGIVING day. Enjoy Black Friday tomorrow and share your stories below.

 

Silvia Siqueira & HP Product team.

 

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Get the latest on Application Performance Engineering at HP Discover Barcelona 2014

I can’t believe it’s already been almost a year since we left the Fira Barcelona in Spain for HP Discover Barcelona 2013. That was one of the best Discover events I have been a part of, and I’ve been to a few over the year. The numbers speak barce_2351656b.jpgfor themselves, as shown on the right. Last year’s event was so spectacular that we couldn’t help but return for a 2nd straight year! But as amazing as last year’s conference was, I am even more
 excited for what’s in store this time around.

 

The Performance & Lifecycle Virtualization team has been working extremely hard all year to bring you the new version of HP LoadRunner and Performance Center as well as our much anticipated launch of HP StormRunner Load.

 

 

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HP Discover 2014 Barcelona -- MUST ATTEND SESSIONS

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Are you ready for HP Discover 2014 in Barcelona? I know I am! Check out this blog to learn more about the 'Must Attend Sessions' you need to sign up for now.

 

 

Results from HP and Vivit Worldwide Experts: Part 1 of 3, Focus on Mobile

Deliver Amazing Apps with Confidence Now! Focus on Mobile Webinar

 

This thought leadership webinar focuses on Mobile: Trends; Themes; and Future, all from Experts and your peers in the Vivit Woldwide Community.

 

We have accelerated past ‘normal’ in the business world: a customer-focused and real-time feedback culture where expectations are higher and impacts faster. We must ‘Deliver Amazing Apps with Confidence Now’. As Developers, Testers, and Operations team members; you need the latest capabilities and proven practices to most effectively deliver these results.

 

Join us to grab ahold of HP’s latest capabilities and practices to deliver Mobile:
•How to develop mobile applications faster
•How to test with complex composite applications
•How to mitigate the risk of the mobile network and other distributed systems and services
•How to test earlier and throughout the development and testing lifecycle
•How to reduce time and effort to build and maintain development and test environments
•How to use ‘Lifecycle Virtualization’ to eliminate dependencies on hardware, software, and services

Advanced script enhancements in LoadRunner’s new TruClient – Native Mobile protocol

p9.pngIn my previous blog post I introduced LoadRunner’s new TruClient – Native Mobile protocol. In this post I’ll explain about advanced script enhancements. We’ll cover the area of object identification parameterization, adding special device steps and overcoming record and replay problems with ‘Analog Mode’. This post will be followed by the final post in this series on the TruClient – Native Mobile protocol that will focus on debugging using the extended log, running a script on multiple devices and transaction timings.

 

(This post was written by Yehuda Sabag from the TruClient R&D Team)

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Deliver Amazing Applications with Performance Lifecycle Virtualization featuring Forrester

Deliver Amazing Applications with Performance Lifecycle Virtualization featuring Forrester

Mike Facemire, Principal Analyst of Forrester Research and Todd DeCapua, Senior Software Executive of HP Software

 

Composite applications and the complexity of Mobile, Cloud, and Agile has had significant impact on developers, testers, and operations team members over the last decade and consequently on the quality of software applications. Now there’s a new way to approach the challenges.

Performance Lifecycle Virtualization enables you to develop a complete environment for Development, Test and Operations by using Virtual Users, Virtual Services, Virtual Networks and Virtual Data. It provides an effective answer for how to get to market faster, increase the value of your brand, increase customer attraction and retention, and reduce costs.

Join this webinar to hear from our guest speaker, Michael Facemire, Principal Analyst of Forrester Research, how virtualized Users, Networks, Service, and Data should be used to create production environments in pre-production. He will also discuss the many benefits of doing this including less production defects, eliminated dependencies, and competitive advantage among others.

Don’t miss this informative event!

Introduction to LoadRunner’s new TruClient – Native Mobile protocol

p1.pngWe introduced a new protocol, “TruClient – Native Mobile”, in LoadRunner 12.01. This protocol provides a solution for testing the end user performance of native mobile applications using TruClient’s ability to easily and quickly develop scripts, and is part of HP’s complete mobile performance suite. This post provides solution highlights and basic information for using the protocol. This post will be followed by another one for advanced features and script enhancements.

 

(This post was written by Yehuda Sabag from the TruClient R&D Team)

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URGENT NEWS IN LOAD TESTING - A Storm has arrived

We interrupt this broadcast (or blog) for important breaking news!

 

StormRunner Load has arrived coming on the wings of a cloud near you.  As you know StormRunner Load extends our industry-standard LoadRunner and Performance Center load testing technology with a 100 percent service offering to help ensure that web and mobile apps are able to handle just about any load...

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Keep reading to learn how you can take advantage of the Storm!

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Anaheim, California, home to Disneyland and, yes you guessed it, STARWEST!

Starwest.pngAre you ready for the most comprehensive event for software testers and quality assurance professionals alike? We are headed to STARWEST Anaheim and are looking forward to meeting with you to talk testing and quality assurance.

 

Keep reading to find out where we will be and how you can connect with us.

What happens inside of a hot dog stays in the hot dog and other lessons learned in NYC!

velocity pass2.jpgYes, you heard me right as long as the message I heard wasn’t lost in translation. I am currently reporting live from the Ignite event at Velocity Conference NY, and today was AMAZING!!

 

Keep reading to find out what happened at the event and to learn more about the presentations.

Speaking “Innovation” for performance engineering: HP at Velocity Conference

 

There is still time! You don’t want to miss it! You can still attend the Velocity Conference in New York City. This event is unlike any other application performance conference you will attend.

 

Keep reading to find out how you can connect with us and to find out what exciting sessions we are bringing to the event. 

 

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5 tips to help you correlate Web HTTP scripts in HP LoadRunner

record scan.pngWhen you record Web/HTTP scripts using HP LoadRunner’s Vugen, you might find that the script won’t play back without modification. This is often due to values that apply specifically to the current session. Because Vugen is playing back values that were recorded when the script was originally recorded, these values are not valid when played back. To make the script play back correctly, these values must be replaced with values from the currently executing session. The process of identifying and replacing these values is known as correlation.

 

Continue reading to learn some tips that will make it easier for you to correlate values in your Vugen scripts.

 

(This post was written by Yang Luo (Kert) from the LoadRunner R&D Team)

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Free meet-up: Talking application performance engineering in New York at Velocity

Are you attending Velocity NYC next week? If you are (or are in New York during that time) I encourage you to take the opportunity to meet with us during the event.

 

We are hosting a performance engineering meet-up on Monday. Keep reading to find out how you can join us!

 

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Are the tools that you are using to test your application affecting the results of those tests?

Success_failure.jpgVirtualization is all around us, and you may be considering using virtual servers as a load generator. There is support for this option in LoadRunner and Performance, but the question to ask is “Are the tools that you are using to test your application affecting the results of those tests?”

 

Keep reading to find out how noise and other factors could be impacting your tests.

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Recording HTTP traffic on iOS devices with HP LoadRunner

recording HTTP 2.pngiOS devices such as iPhones and iPads have become a valuable part of the IT infrastructure. As a result, there is a need to validate the performance of these devices as they run applications. HP LoadRunner, as the leading performance testing tool in the market, is the perfect choice for this validation. To get started, LoadRunner needs to obtain the HTTP activity performed by the device. Because LoadRunner’s network traffic recording mechanism doesn’t run on iOS, we have a way of getting at the HTTP activity.

 

Continue reading to find out how LoadRunner can be used to access and record HTTP traffic on the iOS device.

 

(This post was written by Gennady Gorenshtein from the LoadRunner R&D Team)

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Performance Center maintenance tasks - recommendations and guidelines

load testing.jpgHave you ever been driving down the road when suddenly your engine starts to stall out and your car stops? Does it ever happen at the exact 100,000 mile mark if you haven’t replaced the timing belt?

 

No of course that scenario doesn’t happen. But not taking care of your car (or your performance testing software) does have consequences. Keep reading for an easy-to-follow guide to maintaining your HP Performance Center installation.

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Need faster load testing? How does 9x’s faster sound? Look no further than HP StormRunner Load

Would you put up with a tool that wastes your time? I can’t imagine why you would.iStock_000021187110Medium.jpg

 

I have a zero-tolerance policy for slow tools, because tools are supposed to make me faster, and as you know, speed counts. In application delivery it’s all about who can release faster without compromising the experience for the end user.

 

Keep reading to see how fast you can really go.

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HP Webinar: ABCs for Performance Testing Series I

ABC blocks.pngPerformance testing is not just about creating scripts and executing the tests. Once you understand this fact, you begin to look deeper into the rationality behind how to design, execute and understand the results.

 

Keep reading to find out how you can join us for a series of webinars and learn how to gain this understanding.

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Mobile Load: Performance Testing for Mobile Applications

mobile load testing.jpgMobile applications are everywhere. They have infiltrated every aspect of our lives. They are much more than simply a trend, they empower us to do more and be more.

 

But these applications pose a challenge for developers. There are multiple devices and platforms that all have different performance requirements.

 

Keep reading to find out what developers can do to make sure the performance of their applications is satisfactory on multiple devices.

The Protocol Complexity Matrix and what it means for your load testing

protocol complexity matrix.PNGThere are a few general rules that apply to protocols and load testing. One is that if you want to make the job of scripting easier, it comes at the cost of memory.

This is because using more memory makes the protocol less scalable up to the point.

 

Keep reading to find out how you can easily understand the relationship between memory and how many users your load generator can run.

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You are invited to a party in the cloud, a public beta of StormRunner Load

We have a BIG Announcement!

 

This is your opportunity to get in on the ground floor of a revolution.

 

 

And as you know, revolutions often start with the sound of thunder in the distance.

 

 

Prepare yourself…a storm is coming!

 

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StormRunner Load bringing you fast and simple performance testing on demand

When you think of the word “Cloud”, chances are that you don’t immediately think of weather. (This is an industry-blog after all). Your mind most likely thinks of the ways you can save money by moving to the cloudiStock_000018646128Small.jpg.

 

Now what do you think about when I say the word “Storm”? (Now I bet you are thinking about weather.)  As of July 24, my hope is that you will think performance testing when I say “storm”.  Keep reading to find out why you should look to the cloud for the latest in performance testing.

 

 

 

 

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Working with HP LoadRunner and HP Network Virtualization

02.pngHP Network Virtualization (NV) helps you test the point-to-point performance of network-deployed products under real-world conditions. You can simulate network effects such as latency, packet loss and bandwidth, allowing your test to run in an environment that closely resembles the actual deployment of your application.

This becomes even more important in the mobile world, where performance testers must take into consideration the different communication conditions which are affected by the network operators, infrastructures, etc.

 

Continue reading to learn about how NV integrates with HP LoadRunner to provide the complete testing experience for all network situations.

 

(This post was written by Dan Belfer, Ilona Zaurov and Yoav Weiss, from the LoadRunner R&D Team)

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Big news! HP LoadRunner and Performance Center 12.01 are launching today!

I have been on such an emotional high the past month watching the World Cup. The games have all been so exciting, that now I am looking to replace that excitement.

 

Thankfully I have the excitement surrounding our latest LoadRunner and Performance Center release to keep me going. Keep reading to find out why I am so excited!

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  • I have been working in the computer software industry since 1989. I started out in customer support then software testing where I was a very early adopter of automation, first functional test automation and them performance test automation. I worked in professional services for 8 years before returning to my roots in customer support where I have been a Technical Account Manger for HP's Premier Support department for the past 4 years. I have been using HP LoadRunner since 1998 and HP Performance Center since 2004. I also have strong technical understanding of HP Application Lifecycle Management (Quality Center) and HP SiteScope.
  • Malcolm is a functional architect, focusing on best practices and methodologies across the software development lifecycle.
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  • Mukulika is Product Manager for HP Performance Center, a core part of the HP Software Performance Validation Suite, addressing the Enterprise performance testing COE market. She has 14 years experience in IT Consulting, Software development, Architecture definition and SaaS. She is responsible for driving future strategy, roadmap, optimal solution usage and best practices and serves as primary liaison for customers and the worldwide field community.
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