IBM Rational Performance Tester Review

It allows non-programmers to create performance tests, but the system that detects why certain scripts fail to play back as recorded needs improvement.

Valuable Features

  • Easy to create scripts if you are not a programmer
  • Nice GUI feel
  • Easy to maintain servers

Improvements to My Organization

Non-programmers can now create performance tests.

Room for Improvement

  • Make expression editing more automated
  • A better way of the system detecting why certain scripts are not playing back as recorded
  • Need the app to tell us at a higher level what went wrong

Use of Solution

I've used it for one year.

Deployment Issues

No issues encountered.

Stability Issues

No issues encountered.

Scalability Issues

No issues encountered.

Customer Service and Technical Support

Its English speaking support who responds the same day.

Previous Solutions

We previously used HP Performance Center. We changed due to HP overcharging for additional protocols needed for testing. IBM Rational Performance Tester does not charge any additional fees.

Initial Setup

Straightforward. Some issues if you previously had HP UFT, QTP or Performance Center software installed. I would recommend a re-imaging prior to installing IBM if you had HP previously.

Implementation Team

In house IBM implementation team. Also, it gave us a one week training course that was helpful


ROI is big because we do not need vendors to assist some with performance testing.

Other Advice

The HP tool is overall a little better but much more expensive. More apps can use this tool for their performance tests.

Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
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