A huge percentage of organisations have inadequate processes and procedures in place for performance testing new applications according to research commissioned by Morse, the technology integration and services company.
The survey of 100 IT directors conducted by Vanson Bourne found that only one in ten firms have the necessary performance testing in place. Morse warns that the majority of organisations are leaving themselves exposed to poor application performance or even application failure when they go live with new applications.
In addition, a third of organisations admit that the impact of poor application performance costs them over £1 million and 15% over £2 million each year.
Three quarters of organisations also admitted that they encounter some performance problems when deploying new applications, highlighting, says Morse, the deficiencies in the performance testing most organisations undertake.
Comments Chris Reid, Managing Consultant, Morse, 'Ideally, businesses need to be thoroughly testing any IT implementation or deployment, from new storage and security to migrating business data, before it goes live. Otherwise there can be serious impact to critical business processes and, more often than not, the bottom line. Obviously testing costs, but this is insignificant when you consider hundreds of thousands, and in some cases millions, of pounds are being wasted due to unforeseen application and IT infrastructure problems.'
Additionally, three quarters of businesses said they have to tune components of the application and IT environment, and nearly two thirds said they had to make changes to the application or database design. Just over half had to buy extra hardware to increase capacity to combat performance problems.
This was first published in September 2006