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What advice do you have for others considering Micro Focus LoadRunner Enterprise?

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?

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reviewer1442223 - PeerSpot reviewer
Top 10Real User

Proper training is important. If you have teams that want to use the product, you need to ensure that they go through the right training. Get your guys to sit through the LoadRunner training or get someone experienced to train them. Make sure that your team trains before they go and apply the system because LoadRunner is not actually something that you do, plug-and-play. You do need a little bit of configuration, and it's not for beginners. It is meant for people with at least an intermediate understanding of networks, and an intermediate understanding of performance application — you need to have that. I would say it's always important to ensure that you work very closely with the development team. To get the best out of the tool, you need to have a solid collaboration. When you want to troubleshoot, you want to review or uncover the performance issues; you need to make sure that you work quite closely with the development teams as well. On a scale from one to ten, I would give LoadRunner a rating of eight. We have not used it for global distributed testing, and we also don't know its full capability from a mobile perspective. That's an area that I cannot comment on yet, so I'm reserving my judgment on that. That's the reason why I am giving it an eight. From my perspective, there's still a gap in terms of the area that LoadRunner is being marketed to. Its biggest strength, in my opinion, is the reporting. If they could keep the reporting, but give it a lighter engine to generate virtual users, that would be perfect.

Lloyd Witt - PeerSpot reviewer
Top 5MSP

Make sure you know what your use case is before you buy it. On a scale from one to ten, I would give this solution a rating of nine. It's very good at doing what it needs to do. I think that the reporting needs a little bit of work, but that's pretty much it. I think every reporting system needs a little bit of work, so take that with a grain of salt.

David Collier - PeerSpot reviewer
Top 5LeaderboardReseller

My advice to people considering LoadRunner is that if you are going to use the product, use it as part of your everyday application development lifecycle. Do not just use it right at the end, because it gives you some great insights during the development phase as well as at the end. You will end up writing cleaner application code with it. So bake the use of LoadRunner into your full application life cycle. On a scale from one to ten where one is the worst and ten is the best, I would rate this solution as between and eight and nine-out-of-ten. I could be slightly biased, having worked for the company that sells it. But it is a very good, professional solution. With the latest updates, it is very comprehensive and one of the best products of the sort. Let's say nine-out-of-ten because there is always room for improvement.

Mohammad Adil - PeerSpot reviewer
Top 5LeaderboardReal User

When it comes to organization, people compare automation testing with performance testing. Automation testing is something that is very easily integrated within an agile and faster delivery framework. The scripting in automation testing is robust because it is GUI-based. When it comes to performance testing, it is request-response-based and the scripts are not very robust in some of the application platforms. Because of that, people feel that performance testing is a bottleneck and it takes a lot of time. I would rate this solution a seven out of ten.

Lloyd Witt - PeerSpot reviewer
Top 5MSP

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.

RajaRao - PeerSpot reviewer
Top 5Real User

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.

Rune Midtvedt - PeerSpot reviewer

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.

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