Micro Focus has enhanced its SilkPerformer application testing and management solution with support for performance testing of mobile web applications. Citing a recent survey by analyst firm Forrester, which showed that more than 50% of enterprises are most interested in using mobile applications or mobile optimized websites to reach out to their customers, the company says that now is the time to embrace mobile application development more fervently than ever before.
"Internet access is changing rapidly and device diversity is putting mixed loads on websites. Today's users expect the same response times but websites behave differently when accessed by mobile devices depending on the operating system, browser, and network service they have. This makes simulating peak demands and client complexity, as well as diagnosing system performance, harder than ever. When you add testing peak demand loads from multiple global locations into the mix, the challenge is clear to see," said Archie Roboostoff, Borland solutions portfolio director at Micro Focus.
In response to these mobile realities, SilkPerformer has now been engineered to offer simulation capabilities for a variety of mobile phones, such as Android, iOS, and Blackberry devices. Micro Focus says this is important because different screen sizes and input methods (such as touch screen technology) mean many web applications look different when loaded on a mobile device compared to a full site.
"These mobile versions of a web page need to be treated as separate applications when being put through performance testing as they have different performance implications on the back end. Micro Focus SilkPerformer also simulates the bandwidth limitations of mobile network connections and supports all existing and upcoming mobile phone standards like GPRS, EDGE, UMTS, HSDPA, HSPA+, and LTE, while its Mobile Browser Simulation emulates mobile device traffic from different parts of the world," said Roboostoff.
Micro Focus SilkPerformer mimics realistic user behavior loads from just one browser, containing server resource and cost to present insight into system performance problems. The solution delivers a visual representation of server performance diagnostics for issue resolution. This combination, says Micro Focus, ultimately ensures optimized performance of business applications for the enterprise.