Don’t commit to a tool and start with POC

Which performance testing tool you’re going to use in your next project , each one of us has a favorite tool or a go to tool , one that always in your mind.

But this is not the case always , we may have some limitations which affect which tool we should use , I will list some of it below :

  1. Corporate decision : some corporates / organizations are not preferring to use an open source tool and also some of them already invested heavily in one tool and they are not going to use something else.
  2. Financial decision : This is the quite opposite from the previous point , we don’t have a budget and we’re going to use an open source tool.
  3. Technical constraints : This is the core of this blog post that we are fine to use anything but which tool is more suitable to our project , an open source tool or a paid tool ?

So why we commit to a tool that may not fit later in the project or wasting time try to make it work.

Let’s do a POC (Proof of concept) , we can try the basic application functionality like login , register , …. to make sure that we don’t have a limitation , and if the current tool is not working properly we can switch to another tool.

Sometimes the limitations is more complex than a basic functionality ,like the application protocol is not supported by the current tool , some of the following protocols are somehow complex that it has a modules available in a specific performance testing tools :

  • Citrix
  • Oracle
  • Siebel
  • SAP

In summary , don’t commit to a tool in the beginning of a performance test project except you’re 100% sure that it is going to work , take your time and make your own POC to make sure that you don’t and you will not have a limitation or unsolvable complexity during your project.

Please share your tips, experience, comments, and questions for further enriching this topic of discussion.


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