Micro Focus LoadRunner Professional Review

Cost effective performance validation tool

Valuable Features:

Powerful scripting tool to best record user actions programmatically. Flexible and versatile scripting engine to extend tests with success-failure checks, thus making testing more intelligent. Ramping of many concurrent users to make the most representative testing possible. Integration of external measurements in test scenario's. Extensive vendor documentation and help system included. Extensive experience and support on various fora, blogs and many other support resources. Good availability of expertise in the form of programmers and hardcore testers.

Room for Improvement:

Complexity. LoadRunner is not simple to learn by installing it and "doing it". Especially when using different data sources to do cross measurements of system performance. Performance testing with a tool like this requires planning and skilled resources. Fortunately these are easily acquired these days. 

Price. I've used LoadRunner for performance testing purposes for a number of years on various projects and I've always been impressed by the versatility and plain power of this testing tool. LoadRunner's scripting engine is very flexible and the fact that it's able to quickly and easily simulate hundreds of concurrent users makes it the performance testing tool of choice for years running. LR is constantly updated and improved to cope with a changing world.

Use of Solution:

10 years

Other Advice:

HP offers extensive documentation and support services to help its customer base. True, the product costs a few bucks more than the (open source) alternatives like Neoload, QA Load and others, but in my opinion you get a solid performance test in return (if properly executed of course).

**Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
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author avatarit_user3876 (Database Manager at a tech services company with 501-1,000 employees)

Cost is the major factor that should be considered by HP because it prevents many users from using this product. Despite many advantages of Loadrunner, other open source alternate solutions like Neoload are mostly used.

author avatarit_user129477 (Performance Tester/QA at a tech services company with 10,001+ employees)
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LoadRunner is a good performance testing tool. But it takes lots time in scripting, if the test cases are very complex, it can take even days to make one script. Re-usability of these complex scripts also becomes a complex job, mostly when the application build are changing frequently. The tool always demands a script modification or re-scripting, in case of changes in application build.

author avatarit_user733185 (Managing Partner with 51-200 employees)

Screw NeoLoad..useless tool. Stick with LoadRunner....and you will never go wrong.