To augment staffing and payroll, organizations all over the world are leveraging human resource management systems (HRMS). Cloud-based software as a service (SaaS) solution is the preferred choice of the enterprise to manage their resources efficiently. They eliminate the requirement of expensive IT infrastructure and resources.
From managing work hours and leave to disbursing paychecks and filing income taxes, modern HR solutions have become more complex. However, to roll out a robust and reliable HR solution, it is essential to test it properly. Thorough quality assurance can help in eliminating security vulnerabilities, usability issues, performance glitches, and more.
Here is how QA teams can ensure robust performance testing services of a HR solution.
Also termed as flood testing, it is conducted on large volumes of data. The heaps of data can be related to input files, database files, and data records. It identifies the correct amount of data that an online HR solution can handle at any point in time. Volume testing results help in evaluating the app productivity under a simulated environment with continuously increasing heaps of data.
Scalability testing is the non-functional process that gauges the capacity of HR solutions to scale up or scale down with reference to the architecture and processing power. It is done to identify the accurate capacity of the system by right-sizing and conducting the right scalability testing. It is done to ensure that the application functions efficiently during peak hours without breakdown.
QA test engineers use advanced testing techniques to develop virtual load traffic on the HR application to measure and validate its performance. The test is primarily conducted to decrease the time taken by the app to process a function or command under the peak load conditions.
Stress testing is used to identify the resilience of the HR solution under extreme conditions including a large number of users using the app at a particular point in time. It is also used to find out how it would behave in the event of a random crash or system failure.
Also termed as endurance testing; Soak testing is conducted to identify and fix memory leaks in the system. It is basically done to check out the human resource management systems’ behavior under peak load conditions. It also helps in improving the response time of the application during sustained pea load situations.
Spike testing helps in identifying how an app behaves under abrupt load increase including the number of requests, users, and more. Apart from analyzing the performance of HR solutions under burst situations, it also helps in identifying the ability of the app to recover back after the spike testing.
How does performance testing help?
As the organizations grow along with your clients, the number of users accessing the HR solutions also increases significantly. Hence, it becomes crucial to increase the capacity of utilized servers and make them capable of handling increased request counts.
Once the main application server reaches its threshold levels, it stops accepting new requests. This would also mean that the HR application will not be able to manage the incoming traffic anymore and it will reflect on the performance of the website.
Hence, load testing is crucial to rectify business-critical performance glitches including slower load time, crashes, unidentified errors, and more. It also helps in determining the real capacity of the server and assists in enhancing the performance during the influx of real traffic of users.
You can treat load testing results as a benchmark to make required adjustments and changes. By rectifying the performance issues identified through load testing, you can significantly enhance the performance of HR solutions under peak load conditions.
In today’s times, when the time-to-market to release applications has shrunk considerably and there is always a demand for new features and security updates, it is crucial to conduct load testing along with the development.
Organizations need to reevaluate their performance testing strategies as per the market conditions to meet desired demands. As per current market trends, businesses need an agile HR solution that is capable of scaling up instantly whenever required and should be able to handle desired amounts of traffic efficiently. Having a robust performance testing strategy can help businesses to offer a highly scalable and efficient HR solution.