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User sees high points in HP Performance Center 9.5; complexity an issue

After discussing HP’s new Performance Center 9.5 release with voke analyst Theresa Lanowitz, I asked a user — Constellation Energy Group’s software engineer Srinivasa Margani –- for his take on it.

Marconi is happiest about two additions to HP Performance Center 9.5: HP Protocol Advisor and HP LoadRunner.

“Protocol Advisor is the best from 9.5. When it comes to the administration side, I liked the project-level privileges. We were looking for this kind of facility for a long time.”

Also, Margani will use 9.5’s Results Trending feature to compare tests. “It’s a very easy way to compare the results and avoids lot of manual errors.”

HP LoadRunner will take a lot of the guess work out of running load tests. Margani welcomes all the help he can get in that area, and he learned the hard way: “Don’t rush to do a load test. Think twice about pros and cons before kicking off a load test.”

Constellation and Margani started out using Mercury ITG, a change and demand management application, and moved to HP Performance and Quality Center after HP acquired Mercury a few years ago. Margani heads a group of three developers and four system administrators.

In general, Margani has found HP Performance Center easy to implement and user-friendly. “It was never difficult to create or run a load test using HP Performance Center or LoadRunner,” he told me.

On the other hand, the complexity of Performance Center makes it difficult for Margani to get and keep his development team up to speed on how to write test scripts and accurately execute them. He’s had to hire third-party consultants in the past to run the application testing phase for high-profile and time-constrained projects.

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