In 1998, the IBM Global Testing Organization established a Performance Test infrastructure solely responsible for certifying the performance of all IBM enterprise Lotus Notes and Web applications before their worldwide deployment to IBM end-users. This infrastructure was designed and implemented in the spring of 1998, and is today a software testing best practice and a Standard requirement in the IBM Global Web Architecture and IBM Global Notes Architecture. This paper documents how this infrastructure for performance testing was created, established, and became an IBM best practice.
The key areas illustrated include the test processes involved in planning testing tasks and daily workflow activities. Test methodologies covering entrance and exit criteria and modeling workload profiles and customer expectations are also detailed. Additional insight in the selection of performance and monitoring tools are discussed as well as the design of the appropriate test environment. In closing, this paper examines the critical management approaches, which ultimately ensured the success of the whole performance-testing infrastructure.
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About the Author
Naomi Mitsumori works for the IBM Global Testing Organization as a certified IT Specialist in System Integration and Test. She along with Terri Vines and Annie Hoefs led the team who planned, designed, implemented, and managed the IBM Performance Test infrastructure, known within IBM as the Cross-Application Performance Reliability Stress (XPRS) Test Center.