Appvance is a company which offers the Appvance PerformanceCloud - an app performance testing platform that has the first true beginning-to-end load testing solution that can help ensure you are delivering what your customer needs. It is the only Agile app performance testing platform that drives true beginning-to-end load and performance validation, and the company claims is up to 10X faster to develop and run tests than other tools. Mobile apps, social apps, HTML5 apps, corporate apps...they claim to be able to test them all. Let’s look at five key features that make this a must see solution for your app performance testing needs:
Faster testing = increased productivity. The Appvance platform is the first 3rd generation automated test platform. There were a set of tools out around 1995, then another batch around 2005. Each generation a little better than the last. This is the first of a 3rd generation of tools, and that in itself makes it interesting to investigate. Based on some 3rd party data the company shared with me, your team will create and execute tests of modern apps 5X to 10X faster than Loadrunner or SOASTA or other older generation tools. A recent 3rd party study measured this productivity improvement and soon the company will complete the compilation of that data and release it. So, it appears real. And in my discussions with them, its what they set out to do. Talk to Appvance about it – experience the difference.
Full beginning to end testing. The Appvance platform tests full beginning-to-end…from the presentation layer to the back end. Not simple protocol level tests (end to end) like other 1st gen and 2nd gen tools. That means real browsers fire up on thousands of servers to create load and meadure actual transaction times at the UX level…like what real users will see. Server stats integrated into reports alongside UX transaction times. No one else I have seen can ramp 100 to 10M real browsers, on local or remote machines instantly, to simulate actual users from beginning-to-end like Appvance.
Fully Agile. Appvance is fully Agile Integrated from the ground up. You can create Agile stories and integrate with Jenkins, Cloudbees, Rally, Hudson etc. so that your tests run automatically each time code is checked in. The platform seamlessly generates reports into the repository each time. It’s an agile world…and they designed this platform to help you move to agile workflows quickly.
Their cloud or yours. The company lets you use the platform in their cloud or behind your firewall. Many others give you only one choice which isn’t the one you need.
Support. While I guess this is number 6…it’s a hot button with me for all vendors. It’s no question that with any software or service technical support is always the next concern beyond product performance. This is a big complaint in the testing tools world with larger vendors offering poor support. Appvance provides 24-hour support, multi-day upfront training, and 24-hour turnaround on patches or connectors for new constructs. No one is more flexible to work with and responsive to your needs to keep your team productive.
I have watched this space for many years and while I know there are experts out there who love their old tools, I think it’s ripe for disruption. Why? It really gets down to ease of use and QA productivity. Modern apps are hard t test fully. Appvance claims they have solved that and improved speed and ease of use substantially over others. That means that there is no excuse to skip performance testing in your software project…to find out where it breaks or to improve response times. Either way…leads to happier users. So I think Appvance is certainly worth a closer look.
They have several helpful and informative data sheets available on the Appvance site, as well as platform comparison discussions, and tutorials and videos. I suggest you request a demo and free trial through the contact form on the products page to see for yourself.