A Custom Performance Test — Is It for You?

  • by Susanne Janssen, Performance and Benchmark Group, SAP AG
  • Dr. Ulrich Marquard, Head, Performance and Benchmark Group, SAP AG
  • May 15, 2000
A load test makes sense — in fact, it's an absolute must — for large, complex, or highly customized systems with add-ons. In these situations, a load test, whereby you physically test a heavily loaded system before it is deployed, is the only way to verify that the hardware sizing, configuration, and parameterization of your system will be powerful enough to support your business transactions with adequate response times and throughput. How do you know if your system requires a custom load test? The first part of this article shows you how to answer this question. And, supposing your system does warrant a custom load test, how do you proceed? What steps must you take to successfully devise and then execute the test? This article answers these questions as well.

Susanne Janssen

Susanne Janssen joined SAP in 1997. She is currently a member of SAP AG’s Performance & Benchmark Group, a team consisting of performance specialists who consult and support SAP colleagues and customers on mySAP.com performance and scalability. Her responsibilities include information rollout for performance, benchmarks, and sizing. Susanne is also co-developer of the Quick Sizer, SAP’s web-based sizing tool.

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Dr. Ulrich Marquard

Dr. Ulrich Marquard joined SAP in 1990. He is head of the Performance & Benchmark Group, and does extensive research in the fields of system architecture, system analysis, scalability, and performance.

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