What is continuous performance testing?
Continuous Performance Testing (CPT) is, currently, performance testing or non-functional testing, operating in the software development lifecycle. At first it may seem complicated, as we need a team that can implement and visualize more feasible scenarios in real life, and to which the software application could be submitted simultaneously by end users. Today, large companies are in constant competition to provide faster and more efficient applications while respecting their functions. This is why competitiveness and the “time to market” have a significant impact on performance tests.
CPT is the successor to traditional performance testing because CPT is an integral part of DevOps.
How is the CPT part of CI / CD?
These are free and private tools, which will help you get correct risk points when analyzing the results obtained in your different proposed scenarios. Therefore, you should take into account the following points:
- Critical paths.
- Acceptance criteria or statistics.
- Test scenarios and strategy.
While continuous integration has come to change the traditional way of working in the way of performing performance testing, this new way of implementing performance testing is very beneficial to testers because they work closely with developers. and with other team members or cells at different stages of the software development lifecycle.
Continuous integration contains automated and sequential processes combined to mitigate errors in code. Here are the main functions to consider:
- Integration and participation in the early stages of the software development cycle.
- Availability of source code in different branches.
- Cleaner test run.
- Execution of tests based on compliance with acceptance criteria.
- Running tests in different environments.
This is how a performance project with continuous integration is part of DevOps, in the field of quality processes in compliance with software, with upstream error detection, error mitigation in production environments, optimization in level of functions, efficiency in response deadlines, mitigation of bottlenecks and reduction of costs. All of this impacts the benefits that benefit both businesses and end users and the associated metrics in real time.
Article written by Carlos Quiroz Vega, Arch. Performance Test