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LoadRunner is Grand Prize Winner: 2008 Rockstar of Testing

Okay – after a very long couple of weeks crawling through the jungle of the back office systems at HP and days of constant writing up new sales kick-off materials for next month, I got some news to truly improve my mood.


You will find in the November (2008) edition of Software Test & Performance a summary of the 2008 Tester Choice Awards—which they also called the "2008 Rockstars of Testing." You might notice the Grand Prize Winner: HP LoadRunner. We won a total of 7 awards – more than any other vendor this year. What a really great award!


In the very generous introduction from Edward J. Correia's writeup: "I mean like last year; the players were the same, dude, but the awards went to Hewlett-Packard, which acquired Mercury in November 2006. Bonus! These tools have received our standing ovations for four years running. They are like truly amazing and excellent." Muchas gracias to all who voted at STP and to Edward for the enthusiastic review! I would also like to include very kind recognition to all the other testing vendors also nominated in these awards – our products wouldn't be nearly as strong without each other. We might all be lost without the brilliant persistence of our testing practitioners and performance engineers.


But truly, this award is to be credited to the HP and Mercury individuals who didn't take their foot of the accelerator during a potentially disruptive acquisition last year. My hat is off to them – each one. Nice work!


  • Erez Barak…former LoadRunner Product Manager
  • Stephen Feloney…Performance Center Product Manager
  • Priya Kothari…Product Manager
  • Ravit Danino…Functional Architect in R&D
  • Alexey Demidov…Tester of testers in LoadRunner QA
  • Lior Manor…former manager of LoadRunner R&D
    …just to name a few!


Oh by the way – LoadRunner Beta program is open now, so send me an email if you want to join up and give feedback. (loadrunner@hp.com)

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