Segues SilkPerformer upgrade is a good choice for developers who need to stress test applications before deploying them to the Web. New tools ease simulation setup, and extended tests can be run with a changing number of simulated users.
LONG-TERM BUSINESS IMPACT // Because SilkPerformer requires very little maintenance while providing useful guidance to developers, it should contribute to reducing the costs associated with Web application development. PROS // Pinpoints most application errors with screen shots; easy to set up tests. CONS // Not as many predefined performance modules as competitors. Segue Software Inc., Lexington, Mass.; (781) 402-1000; www.segue.com
SHORT-TERM BUSINESS IMPACT // SilkPerformer V should speed up regression tests, thereby reducing the time between Web application conception and actual use. Staff will likely spend far less time testing and more time fine-tuning.