Software Quality Insights

Jun 21 2012   2:56PM GMT

Performance testing is critical: A conversation with voke’s Theresa Lanowitz

Melanie Luna Melanie Luna Profile: Melanie Luna

Pre-deployment testing has always been important, but now we are much more aware of it, as many high-profile failures are related to performance, according to Theresa Lanowitz, founder of voke, inc. She discussed the importance of performance testing, the distinction between “apps” and “applications” and mobile testing trends.


Careful testing of software is critical because “the software that runs your company is now inextricably linked to your brand. So your brand is reflected through the software you are putting out there; your brand is reflected through the software that your customers are using,” said Lanowitz.


Testing tools and approaches must meet numerous performance testing standards in both pre-deployment testing as well as infrastructure testing. In a recent voke press release announcing the voke Market Mover Array™ Report: Testing Platforms, Lanowitz stated, “Organizations can no longer dictate where, when, or how software is used. Workers are mobile, customers are global and every individual has a preference as to how they want to consume software. As a result, the testing market of the future will not have one dominant vendor; rather the market will be defined by software from testing vendors that is open and integrated with a wide variety of tooling options.” In response to this need, voke offers analysis of a number of vendor tools.


Companies must thoroughly test both apps and applications, as both are critical to business functions and company branding. Lanowitz explained the differences between these two categories: “The term app has evolved into our daily lexicon to mean something that is really small, consumable, easy to use, lives on our smartphone—and you’re certainly not going to run your entire company from a mobile app, whereas you’re going to have everything you need on these applications that are inside your organization.” Yet, businesses are using apps to become more competitive and appeal to their customers in new and varied ways.


Testing across various devices, operating systems and networks presents complex challenges for testers. And the market is responding. “We’re seeing this proliferation of mobile test vendors come about, and it’s great to see that. These mobile testing vendors are doing a really great job of building out that incredibly complex matrix and helping people figure out: when you’re doing your development, which devices do you test on? Which operating systems are you going to test on? What do you build for? Once you start to expand your testing, you go a little bit further. And then once you put it into production, here are the devices and operating systems we’re going to support. And that’s something enterprises really need to have a strategy for.”


“Performance is really central to the success of every app and application—performance and security.” Lanowitz concluded. “A lot of these newer types of technologies, these newer platforms that we have to be concerned about that are adding another layer of complexity, bring about the need for performance and security in a bigger way.”

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