According to Forrester, mobile development has been a top five initiative in 2011 for nearly all enterprises. A recent survey by the analyst firm showed that more than 50% of enterprises are most interested in using mobile applications or mobile optimized websites to reach out to their customers, and providing mobile support to employees isn’t far behind with 39% mobilizing employee intranets and 29% introducing mobile collaboration solutions. i Companies are challenged with delivering access to business applications 24/7, ensuring those applications continue to perform under peak loads to meet the ever-increasing expectation of users. Micro Focus (LSE: MCRO.L), the leading provider of enterprise application modernization, testing and management solutions, today announced that SilkPerformer, its world class software application performance testing solution, now fully supports performance testing of mobile web applications.
“As the number of users accessing business applications via mobile devices increases, the challenge faced by the enterprise becomes ever more complex,” said Archie Roboostoff, Borland Solutions Portfolio Director at Micro Focus. “Internet access is changing rapidly and device diversity is putting mixed loads on web sites. 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.”
Continuing, Roboostoff said: “Micro Focus SilkPerformer offers simulation capabilities for a variety of mobile phones, such as Android, iOS and Blackberry devices. This is important because different screen sizes and input methods such as touch screens 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 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.”
Whether load testing in the cloud, on premise or both, Micro Focus SilkPerformer mimics realistic user behaviour loads from just one browser, containing server resource and cost and delivering the best possible insight into system performance problems. The solution delivers one integrated, visual representation of server performance diagnostics to aid rapid issue resolution and ultimately ensures optimized performance of business applications for the enterprise.
Micro Focus Testing Solutions Help iPass Deliver Quality and Always-on Connectivity to Enterprise Mobile Workers
iPass, a leading provider of enterprise mobility services, has deployed Micro Focus SilkPerformer and SilkTest to openly facilitate access from any device on any network while giving the enterprise essential visibility and control.
“As mobile device platforms proliferate within the enterprise, mobility solution providers must find ways to deliver highly complex solutions to customers at a faster pace,” explained Roboostoff. “The exemplary use of Silk by iPass is just one example of how we are helping enterprises outpace the building momentum of today’s mobility trend. In fact, the business advantages that Silk provides are felt right across iPass operations.”
To read more about how iPass is using Silk, see iPass case history. For more information on SilkPerformer, visit: http://www.microfocus.com/silkperformer
About Micro Focus
Micro Focus, a member of the FTSE 250, provides innovative software that allows companies to dramatically improve the business value of their enterprise applications. Micro Focus Enterprise Application Modernization, Testing and Management software enables customers’ business applications to respond rapidly to market changes and embrace modern architectures with reduced cost and risk. For additional information please visit www.microfocus.com
iThe State Of Application Development In Enterprise And SMBs, Forrester Research, Inc., April 11, 2011