2 Approaches to Software Performance Testing

Software quality is primarily determined by how well it performs under any condition.  Performance is the determining factor whether end users will continue to deploy the software to their systems or if they will discard it due to bad behavior.  No matter how numerous its tools and functionalities, a computer application would be useless if it cannot perform well during actual implementation.  That is why most software developers are focusing their efforts on the performance aspect of their program.

There are two ways to approach software performance testing.  The first approach to performance test is the workload paradigm.  This kind of testing approach tests the capability and performance of the software under different types of workloads.  Normally, end users utilize software for different purposes.  Some users load simple utilities while others maximize the different functionalities of the application and load them simultaneously. 

If the software can perform excellently if subjected to different computing workloads, then it could be said that the application will also perform well on actual deployment.  Developers then could finalize the development so that they can roll out the software in the market.

The second approach to testing software performance is to distribute the early development of the application and allow real end users to test the program.  The beta concept follows this approach wherein the software is subjected to actual usage.  Issues and performance problems that could arise will be resolved by the developers through the creation of patches, fixes, or a totally new version of the software.