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NeoLoad and LoadRunner

What’s the difference?

Organizations are increasingly finding that the Micro Focus suite of performance testing tools, that they’ve relied on for years, cannot keep pace with modern software development and testing approaches.

That’s where NeoLoad comes in.

Rapid performance test design

Low-code or no-code approaches

Automated script maintenance

Short learning curve

CI pipeline automated

Native multi-cloud flexibility

Simple integration into traditional and modern tech stacks

Slow performance test design

All code all the time

High script maintenance

Long learning curve

Not natively designed for CI

Limited cloud options

Complex to integrate into tech stacks

NeoLoad vs LoadRunner: A comparative guide

Performance testing for the modern enterprise

Enterprises that successfully moved from LoadRunner to NeoLoad

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Business benefits of better performance testing

Test fast to release fast

Reduce testing cycles from weeks to days, from days to hours. Our drag-and-drop approach avoids time-consuming scripting “by hand.” Automatic updates means no more rewriting scripts every time code changes. Get more done faster with fewer resources.

Team reviews performance test results before deployment

Make performance a team sport

Open up performance testing to all different teams with different skill sets. A standardized platform that’s both easy for non-experts and has enterprise-grade muscle for the experts, promotes effective and efficient collaboration and scales performance expertise without adding more experts.

Team celebrates successful performance results in their application

Simplify the transition to Devops

Complexity is the #1 obstacle to “test early and often.” Simplify testing to empower every team to automate continuous performance testing into their go/no-go decisions every time they check in code — when it’s easier and less expensive to fix problems, before they ever see the light of day.

Dev team running load tests before releasing code to production
Enterprises migrating from LoadRunner graphic showing person rocketing onward and upward

Here’s what enterprises who migrated from LoadRunner to NeoLoad say

Image shows easy path from A to B instead of a chaotic path for making NeoLoad easy to learn and use as a performance tool.

5 steps for migrating from LoadRunner to a modern, enterprise-grade performance testing solution

The NeoLoad difference

Rapid test design
  • Simple performance design for complex scripts
  • Automatic script update
  • One-click functional test reuse (from Tricentis Tosca, Selenium, Ranorex, and Worksoft Certify) as performance tests
One-click APM integration
  • One-click APM integration for bi-directional Dynatrace, AppDynamics, and New Relic data for quick analysis and pass/fail automation
Easy implementation
  • Expert level in three days of training
  • Thousands of certified NeoLoad resources globally
  • Tasks take an hour vs. an entire day
Cloud native
  • Vendor-agnostic to support multi-cloud strategy
  • Native integration with container platforms (i.e., Docker, OpenShift, Kubernetes, EKS, AKS, GKE)
  • Integrates with cloud CI tools (e.g., GitLab, AWS CodeBuild, etc.)
Native CI automation
  • Automate performance tests as code in CI pipelines
  • Prebuilt API integrations with Jenkins and other CI servers/tools
  • Unblocks dynamic, parallel load testing in CI through support for Docker/Kubernetes
SAP testing made simple
  • Simpler test creation, fewer steps
  • Native SAP support certified by SAP
  • Reuse SAP functional test assets Worksoft Certify and Tricentis Tosca
Fast, reliable support
  • Create a ticket and get a response in a few hours from a skilled expert
  • Customer support proactively communicates
Technology openness
  • SDK to build custom protocols and custom plugins
  • Open APIs make it easy to integrate with development and business tools: Splunk, Tableau, Slack, etc.

Migrating to NeoLoad is actually less work than sticking with LoadRunner

Tricentis has been migrating some of the world’s most complex application environments from LoadRunner to NeoLoad for 10+ years. Enterprise customers consistently find that switching to NeoLoad is far faster, easier, and higher in business value than they anticipated. Their key takeaways:

Migration is not a technical challenge

Enterprises who’ve made the switch agree: there is no technical difficulty in migrating. It’s more a cultural misperception about the effort involved.

Everything’s faster in NeoLoad

Writing scripts in NeoLoad once is no more effort than updating them in LoadRunner once — but then NeoLoad’s automatic maintenance is 60-75% faster than LoadRunner’s manual maintenance.

Proven migration strategy

Tricentis has developed a time-tested, proven strategy for a painless migration from LoadRunner to NeoLoad. We know what works — and what doesn’t. Our four-point action plan is based on practical experience, not theory.

Migration is a great time to reassess

Changing tools is a golden opportunity to reassess your approach to performance testing and focus on your most important goals (think: DevOps).

Start realizing ROI in about 3 months

The average enterprise migration to NeoLoad takes only three months. Most (± 70%) scenarios can be migrated in just a couple of weeks. You start reaping the benefits immediately.

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