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Don’t Overlook the Importance of Integrated Performance Testing

Steve Gilde July 5, 2023
Don’t Overlook the Importance of Integrated Performance Testing

In the fast-paced world of consumer payments, ensuring optimal system performance is an essential requirement of any well-designed payment testing environment. 

Effective performance testing capabilities help guarantee a seamless payment experience for your customers no matter how, when or where they choose to transact.

In this blog we’ll discuss how integrating performance testing capabilities into your functional payment testing environment will help optimize system performance, improve quality, and provide a superior customer experience on every transaction.

Why Performance Testing Must Be Integrated Into Your Payment Testing Environment

Ensuring that your payment systems and applications are available anytime that your consumers want to access them requires that you continually monitor and test the performance characteristics and capabilities of all your software and systems. 

Not surprisingly, the rapid growth of digital transactions, combined with ever more sophisticated technology, security enhancements and regulatory pressure means that payment systems have grown incredibly complex.

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Unfortunately, many organizations still rely on customized simulators that are difficult to use and expensive to maintain – causing performance testing to be marginalized and only done infrequently. This legacy approach is inconsistent with the requirements for current Agile development or DevOps practices, where regular performance testing is considered an absolute requirement. 

The good news is that setting up and running performance tests no longer requires specialized resources and applications.

 Modern, web-based applications, like Paragon’s Web FASTest solution, allows users to incorporate functional tests, automated regression testing, as well as performance analysis into a single platform that supports a variety of performance testing options including:

  • Load testing
  • Stress testing
  • Scalability testing
  • Endurance testing

Given the importance that any single transaction has to an individual or business, whether they are standing at an ATM to get cash, in the supermarket checkout line buying groceries or processing payroll, it is imperative that we do everything we can to ensure that every transaction is processed correctly. Integrating performance testing into your standard testing processes helps to identify and correct issues before they result in a system failure or cause a negative customer experience.

The Benefits of Integrated Performance Testing

✔️ Immediate Reuse of Any Functional Test Scripts

No more need for specialized, performance testing only scripts. Any tests that have been created for functional testing can easily be incorporated into performance test sets

✔️ Performance Tests Can be Run Any Time

No more headaches associated with when and how to schedule performance test runs. Since no special scripts or set-up is required, performance test runs can be scheduled to run after every build, every night or anytime that is appropriate for your organization.

✔️ Optimized System Performance

Regular performance testing helps identify potential bottlenecks or resource limitations so they can be resolved before they cause slowdowns or outages that impact your consumers.

✔️ Operational Efficiency

Integrated performance testing will improve quality, increase productivity and reduce project delivery times, establishing a solid framework for continuous improvement.

 ✔️ Superior customer service

A comprehensive and integrated performance testing strategy will help ensure that you deliver a superior payment experience for every consumer on every transaction, no matter how, where or when they chose to transact.

By embracing and integrating performance testing capabilities into your testing environment, you will unlock these benefits and position your organization for success in today's competitive landscape.

 Interested in learning more about how you can integrate performance testing into your payments testing environment? Request a consultation with our team of payment testing specialists today.

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