Software Testing Enterprises in Awe of Black Friday
Often on crucial days, the web and mobile applications let us down. By crucial days, we mean say on a weekend when the customers are all game to shop online, lo and behold due to heavy traffic on the sites, the app flops. This is such a worse situation because on a day where the app could hold max customers it loses them all hence creating a recession. This is where our Performance testing collapses. And one such day is the Black Friday – the busiest day of the year!
Apps downfall on the Black Friday can create a huge disaster on the revenue and fame. It creates a buzz in the news which store became a victim of Black Friday and as a result the backend team goes through a lot of mental pressure. With all the survey of the previous years, it is evident that performance testing has to be more robust for Black Friday.
Thought it is extremely challenging to be a success on Black Friday, we can discuss a few ways to handle the chaos of Black Friday.
- Typical load tests are essential but the need is to go beyond it, move ahead of it and opt for continuous integration. Black Friday traffic requires a unique load profile and it needs all the APIs to be tested at the same time.
- You can opt for an open source load testing tool like, say JMeter and buy several Virtual Private Servers (VPS) in multiple geo-locations to test your apps under heavy load that are distributed over locations.
- You, yourself exhaust the application! This will take you to the root cause of any failure that can occur, when you increase the load to any limit, you will then be successful to know the nitty gritty of the failure.
- Black Friday brings in huge business so make sure you have a power backup lest even if the app is going good, the power fails you.
- Take no risks – Make sure you have back-up servers and locations ready so you can bounce back just in no time if there is power outage.
- Incorporate end user performance tracking into your backend testing. There are many available tools in the market that you can pick and kick start.
Software enterprises are well aware that online application performance is critical – keep no doubts! And this time it’s also controversial whether Black Friday 2014 will generate a consumer backlash.
P.S. Black Friday is on the 28th Nov 2014. The busiest shopping day of the year in the U.S.