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Anybody used Facilita\'s Forecast tool?
My company is looking at bringing in a professional service provider to performance test a new provisioning system that we are developing / integrating.
Due to the amount of testing effort involved (our QA Team is too small to do all the work) we are looking to outsource the whole of the testing effort.
One of the companies we have approached for the outsourced testing has recommended buying the Facilita Forecast tool for performance testing instead of a separate short term tool lease through a professional service provider, subject to a successful proof of concept.
I am wary of this approach - not least since any tool we bought would have many different protocols and environments to test in, not all of which are the same as those that will be used in a proof of concept on the provisioning system.
Does anyone have any experience they would be willing to share regarding the Forecast tool? I've looked at the Facilita website, and it's as glossy as you would expect a website to be, but doesn't tell me enough about the nitty gritty of using the tool.
I've used a bit of LoadRunner myself in the past, and since we have other Mercury tools in house they would instinctively be my first port of call.
I'm not put off by the prospective costs, I'm more concerned with trying to get the right tool for the right job. I'd rather spend the money once and get software that is used [img]images/icons/smile.gif[/img] , than go for what on paper is a cheaper option that simply gathers dust on a shelf [img]images/icons/mad.gif[/img] .
All contributions are welcome,
Re: Anybody used Facilita\'s Forecast tool?
Yep, used them last year. The tool is simple, C++ based, not hugely polished. However, it does the job, is remarkably cheap, the guys who wrote it are very available and are willing to get involved in delivering the solution for you.