Recently, Neotys (the company responsible for NeoLoad) held their first Performance Advisory Council in Scotland. Their idea was to get 15 of the top performance testers together to talk about some of the trends that are influencing the future of the industry, such as IoT, AI, shift-right, and DevOps.
Performance testers traveled from the U.K., France, New Zealand, Germany, USA, Australia and India to share their ideas on the the changes they are seeing to load and performance testing. Holding the event at Borthwick Castle (built in 1430) gave us a picturesque (if slightly incongruous) backdrop to our discussions about advanced technologies.
While everyone else was talking about advanced, future-looking ideas, I gave a presentation on the importance of getting the basics right. I have seen that a huge proportion of performance testers are writing bad scripts, or don’t know how to do Workload Modelling correctly, or are ignoring the errors that are right in front of them during their load tests.