If you are not sure whether your PLM Software is performing up to the mark, benchmarking will help you make sense of things. Through benchmarking, it is possible to identify the reason for inadequate performance of your PLM software. Load testing and benchmarking give companies a detailed report of their software’s health.
If you are considering an upgrade, chances are you might not need it. You could achieve the same performance through fixes after benchmarking while saving valuable time and resources.
This article expands on the method of performing load testing and benchmarking for Agile PLM and what they help you achieve.
Applying pressure to assess performance – Load testing:
The process of load testing involves running Agile PLM at full capacity and testing out all the different modules through rigorous tasks. This process helps in general identification of hidden issues by assessing Agile PLM’s capability to run each function.
Xavor improves this process by creating custom load tests to mimic the actual workload that users might face.
This is done by modifying load testing scripts to emulate customer scenarios and identifying where the issues occur. Customized load testing enables a more realistic situation and uncovers bugs and issues that would arise only in those situations. This method is, therefore, more accurate and saves on costs by eliminating unnecessary bug fixes. While other service providers might write up a bill for it.
Load testing is carried out as a part of a health check, or after an upgrade to ensure the level of performance. Following load testing, recommendations are given to solve the outstanding issues in Agile PLM as well as all integrated software and add-ons.
Determining where you stand – Benchmarking:
Comparing your performance to industry standards is important to gauge an estimate of your Agile PLM’s standing. A load test alone is not enough to know whether your PLM is in good enough shape to keep you at par with competitors.
Benefits of benchmarking involves gauging industry averages for the performance capability of each module on Agile PLM and; comparing the industry average score to the results of load testing from your own software.
Benchmarking answers important questions such as the need to upgrade, crucial hardware requirements and the capacity to improve via certain add-ons/integrations.
Xavor recommends benchmarking as the first step in making a decision for upgrading Agile PLM.
The reason is simply that you may not need to upgrade Agile PLM. It could solve the existing problems without the lengthy process of upgrading PLM.
Benchmarking helps to avoid additional costs and mitigate risks associated with upgrades (such as downtime and loss of data). It highlights key areas of improvement and based on that Xavor provides recommendations for alternate solutions.
Xavor determines the benchmark for comparison through industry analysis. The set benchmark has high credibility due to Xavor’s decade long experience in providing PLM services across several industries. Clients also have the option to set their own benchmark and let Xavor evaluate their benchmark rating.
The process of load testing and their benefits of benchmarking is central to properly maintaining Agile PLM’s health and extending its useful life to the maximum. It is a much more time efficient option as compared to an outright upgrade.
However, depending on your requirements and the situation, an upgrade still might be the best option for you.
The best way to know for sure is to contact Xavor for a health-check and benchmarking for your Agile PLM. Get an in-depth report plus recommendations to make the correct decision to ensure the continued success of your business.