Load testing your Encompass360 set up before going live gives you a sense of how well it will perform when it is under stress. This allows you to identify bottlenecks and fix them beforehand rather than after users are counting on it to perform its critical functions. Load testing can also confirm that your set up is good and allow you to launch it with confidence.
If you do load testing right, you can experience these benefits without spending a lot of time and money. On the other hand, if you do load testing wrong, you will find yourself spending a lot of time and money without getting very useful data.
Here are the steps to properly setting up and executing load tests so that you get the best results possible.
Step 1: Select the Right Load Testing Application
Encompass360 is a sophisticated but elegant mortgage origination software. It is important to select a load testing application that is capable of effectively testing the performance capabilities of Encompass360 under different levels of stress.
Selecting the right load testing application makes all the difference in whether or not your load testing efforts of successful or not. If you choose the right load tester, then load testing is straightforward and almost guaranteed to give you the results that you want.
So what kind of load testing application should you select? In general, the most important features to look out for are protocol independence, testing from the end-user’s point of view, and ease of use. Protocol independence is important because it gives you more versatility and reduces your total costs. Testing from the end-user’s point of view is important because it will give you the best data possible. Ease of use will speed up load testing times, minimize costs, and allow you to set up and run multiple load tests.
Select a load tester which meets all three requirements will help your load testing efforts significantly.
Step 2: Set up the Load Test
Once you have the right load testing application, it is time to set up and execute your first load test. To do this successfully, you need to have a general idea of how much stress you expect your system to be under. To get an idea of this, evaluate your present mortgage origination processes and use the amount of usage that they receive to get an idea of what your normal expected usage is. In addition, determine what amounts of higher than expected usage your system may receive.
Once you establish the amount of stress that you expect your system to receive, you can set up your load tests. If you selected a good load testing application, setting up your load test should be a straightforward, intuitive process. Avoid load testing applications that require you to do special coding, as they are generally very difficult to set up and do not give you any load testing benefits.
Step 3: Run Multiple Load Tests
You want to set up and execute multiple load tests, both for the normal level of stress that you expect your system to be under along with higher than expected levels of stress that it may be under during certain periods.
By performing multiple load tests on different levels of stress, you can best gauge whether or not your set up is truly ready to go live. Even if it is put under a higher than normal level of demand, it will be able to hold up. This gives you some added confidence.
After running each load test, you will be presented with data that you can use to identify bottlenecks and coordinate with different departments to fix the underlying problems.
AppLoader is a load testing application which makes setting up and executing multiple load tests on Encompass360 and all other types of applications easy. It is protocol independent, tests from the end-user’s point of view and is easy to use.
To ensure that your mortgage origination software runs properly at all times, and that you maximize revenues and efficiency, a quality load testing application like AppLoader is a great investment to make.