If you were talking to someone whose organization is considering Micro Focus LoadRunner Enterprise, what would you say?
How would you rate it and why? Any other tips or advice?
Make sure that you get someone who knows what they are doing before you get into it. I have learned that unless you put the time in at the beginning, it doesn't do the job. You have to learn how it works and how to write the scripts for it to run. If you don't do that, then you are just wasting your time. It runs a script and gathers data points. You have to make sure that your script tells it which data points to gather based on what you are looking for. If you don't do that then it won't work. If you are looking for a specific product, make sure that you have picked the product that is going to be right for you. Don't just assume this one is going to do the load testing you want, as there are hundreds of load testing systems out there. It's a good product and it does what it says it will do but it doesn't work outside of those realms. I would rate this solution a nine out of ten.
We're partners with Micro Focus. I haven't found many products in this particular niche that have compared to JMeter and BlazeMeter tools. I'd rate the solution eight out of ten. I suggest other potential users review Micro Focus. If the client has the budget for the solution, I'd recommend it. If they don't have a budget, I'd suggest they instead opt to look a freeware solution, and I'd suggest they evaluate JMeter or BlazeMeter.
The advice I would give to someone considering this product is that they should try LoadRunner first before they start using Performance Center — especially if it is a small company. They need to know and be able to compare LoadRunner to Performance Center in the right way. After you have used LoadRunner then compare Performance Center. If they are part of a small company and they expect to expand they will know the difference. If they are already a very big company, they can save some money by using Performance Center directly. We are quite a big company, so Performance Center makes sense for us. On a scale from one to ten where one is the worst and ten is the best, I would rate Performance Center as an eight. It is only this low because we have had so many problems here installing it and upgrading it. Sometimes it runs very slow just to set up tests, or it just crashes. Like when setting up a spike test, you start using the spike test process and it suddenly crashes after you have almost finished everything. Executing the tests were a lot easier and more stable in LoadRunner. You can manage to make Performance Center work, but you have to be patient.