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.

What is most valuable?

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

How has it helped my organization?

Non-programmers can now create performance tests.

What needs 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

For how long have I used the solution?

I've used it for one year.

What was my experience with deployment of the solution?

No issues encountered.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

No issues encountered.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

No issues encountered.

How are customer service and technical support?

Its English speaking support who responds the same day.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

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.

How was the 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.

What about the implementation team?

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

What was our ROI?

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

What other advice do I have?

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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