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Performance Testing for Hyperion – What’s the Point?

Author: Jonathan Berry | | October 4, 2017

The business technology landscape is both always in flux and growing ever more complicated. From cloud computing to DevOps to microservices, the popularity of new trends, solutions and methodologies is constantly waxing and waning.

In turn, this increasing complexity makes it harder to predict how an application will perform once in production. This is particularly difficult–and yet particularly important–for large enterprise software suites such as Oracle Hyperion. In response to these challenges, the answer is clear: frequent, careful performance testing in order to ensure that your applications are fulfilling your business needs and expectations.

The Goals of Performance Testing

The primary goal of performance testing, as with all software testing, can be summarized with a single objective: to reduce the amount of risk faced by the application and your business.

Performance testing, in particular, seeks to minimize this risk by analyzing applications’ performance in a variety of scenarios, changing variables such as hardware, the number and type of users, users’ activity level and users’ geographical location. Every performance test should be focused on assessing how well the application functions with regard to one or more of three key factors: speed, stability and scalability.

The Importance of Performance Testing in Hyperion

Oracle Hyperion is an enterprise software suite that is one of the most popular choices for large organizations seeking solutions for corporate performance management (CPM) and business intelligence (BI). According to a 2015 Gartner study, 61 percent of companies using Oracle Hyperion had average annual revenues of at least $1 billion.

The fact that Oracle Hyperion enjoys strong support among massive enterprises, however, means that conducting performance testing is even more important. Far too many organizations treat the act of performance testing as nothing more than a box to be checked, or even rely on the application’s users to do the testing for them. End users, who are by and large untrained in testing and QA, cannot report issues or provide advice in the way that IT administrators need to correct the application’s performance.

The Benefits of Performance Testing in Hyperion

Business-critical software such as Oracle Hyperion, which is used for complex assignments such as financial close and reporting and budgeting and planning, is far too important to install without conducting in-depth performance testing. Organizations who care about the speed, stability and scalability of their Hyperion instances must conduct in-depth performance testing before, during and after deployment.

Not all performance testing is created equal, however. The use of automated performance testing tools can save you time, money and effort as well as give you a competitive edge. Depending on the solution, you can reduce the time that you spend on testing cycles and even take advantage of pre-recorded scripts to make testing a much more pleasant process.

How Datavail Can Help

Datavail is an Oracle Premium Partner offering our Hyperion automated performance testing platform developed by Accelatis, which was recently acquired by Datavail. The Accelatis team of Hyperion experts developed this platform to circumvent the cost and efficiency challenges of traditional performance testing – we can get you up and running in days instead of weeks. In addition, our team of professional, knowledgeable consultants have an average of nine years of experience with Hyperion EPM and are available 24x7x365 to provide support and an outstanding user experience.

Want to know more about what performance testing can do for your Oracle Hyperion deployment? Check out our white paper, Hyperion Performance Testing the Easy Way

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