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HP released their new version of Application lifecycle Management (ALM) service at the end of last year and I will take a look into some of the updates they made.

One of the biggest changes was an update to allow the integration of external tests with ALM and users can now import external test results into the client. It seems this new feature has stemmed from the growth of automation tests being executed outside of HPE via the very popular testing tools such as Selenium, SoapUI or TestDrive, and it is refreshing to see HP continue their drive towards a ‘remarkable user experience’ they launched with the 12.0 release.

Importing external test results in ALM

In the same manner the release has also seen support in integrating HP’s own lightweight testing solution LeanFT with ALM. You can now run a LeanFT test from the Test Lab module and the corresponding HTML report is stored in the client. It looks like this update is a move to incorporate the modern programming languages like Java or C# with ALM that developers and testers like to script in, which will be a popular decision among many of its customers I feel.

LeanFT run results in ALM

Overall the new release has added to the ongoing ‘shift left’ approach HP has started to take. This allows integrated test execution and reporting from different environments as early as possible in the software delivery lifecycle. This can only have positive benefits for efficient and effective delivery of software products for the long term future.

Find out more about ALM here

StarBase are HP Gold Partners so if you need further information about ALM or other HP tools please contact us


So HP Enterprise (HPE) released LoadRunner version 12.5 last year and we thought we’d put together a list of the most useful features and the ones that excite us the most!

Firstly, there is now Javascript support for the Web (HTTP/HTML) protocol! Gone are the days of having to limit yourself to the C language, if you fancy the challenge (or the relief!) then you can select Javascript as the scripting language. You can even convert your existing scripts in C to Javascript.

All you need to do is select C as the language from the recording options:

Another feature we’re interested in is the improved integration with HP Network Virtualization. These include the following:

  • Simplified process for creating a test with Network Virtualization:
  • Predefined virtual locations.
  • Simpler access to Network Virtualization settings from the LoadRunner user interface.
  • Ability to define virtual locations for all protocols.
  • New Analysis graph comparing transaction response times by location.

In addition to the above, you also get two free Network Virtualization virtual users with the community edition!

There are a wealth of new features, so many that I can’t write about all of them, but one that stands out is the added support for Chromium (the open source code that Chrome runs on) for TruClient. Chrome is a very popular browser now and we are finding that more and more of our clients are switching from Internet Explorer; this is great because it allows us to move away from the nasty Microsoft browser and script using Chrome!

In addition to the increased TruClient support for Chrome, there is now added support for test reports from the Analysis tool for Chrome and Firefox.

And of course, being HP Gold Partners, we would encourage you to take a look at the LoadRunner page on our website which has more information or contact us

We’ve put together a short video that shows how we use our RAPID® AX Transaction Profiler tool to get your Dynamics AX performance back to where it needs to be.

You can see how one client's transaction run-time was slashed by over 80%

For a limited period, we will analyse your three slowest transactions free of charge

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To read more about how we help you succeed with AX, read here


Unified Function Testing, or UFT, is an automated testing tool for functional and regression testing. It is a combination of QTP and HP Service test. The current version of UFT is 12.5, and the 12.5 update included some major changes to 12.0. There are many new features added with 12.5, such as expansion of mobile testing and a new HTML run results report. Here are some that are worth highlighting:

The most outstanding feature of UFT 12.5 is the inclusion of LeanFT. LeanFT allows the user access to many welcome new additions: the ability to write scripts for UFT in a variety of modern programming languages such as C# and Java, and support for IDE’s such as visual studio. The key aspect of LeanFT is that it is fully compatible with UFT’s object identification system, meaning you can switch between UFT and LeanFT for your project’s needs. 

When installing UFT 12.5, if you wish to use LeanFT make sure it is selected.

There have been numerous changes to 12.5 to allow for more stable and accessible cross-browser testing, using the same script in UFT. This is important, as previous versions of UFT have struggled greatly with this feature, so it is good to see HP responding to the community’s needs and including upgraded cross-browser support.

A big difference to note is the migration from a Sentinel license server to HP’s own “Autopass” license management software. This means that any licenses that already exist for 12.02 and down will not work with UFT 12.5 and beyond, as they require different configurations. If you have any existing license servers, you will need a new license server that is configured to the 12.5 version of UFT.  

When using a license server with UFT 12.5, ensure your license server is configured for UFT 12.5’s AutoPass system.

Overall, 12.5 includes everything you would expect from previous versions, but adds some new functions which are very valuable, and is worth installing. 

Find out more about UFT here 

StarBase are HP Gold Partners so if you need further information about UFT or other HP tools please contact us


Microsoft Dynamics AX is a very powerful and versatile ERP system, but it can slow down, and when it does you may struggle to identify why.

Common causes of underperformance are custom functionality you’ve had written, integrations of AX with other core systems, excess user and transaction load, but there are also many other factors. Unpicking which of these it is and whose responsibility it is to fix it is often very challenging.

StarBase, the specialist in Performance Engineering for Dynamics AX, has created the RAPID® AX Transaction Profiler, a powerful tool that enables rapid identification of the sources of poor performance.


Providing vital information on performance

A client with a large Dynamics AX implementation found that it was taking over 30 seconds to run the Accounts Payable Edit Invoice action. Neither they nor their AX partner could work out why. Frustration was mounting among their business stakeholders.

Built on techniques developed in over 20 years of testing ERP systems, StarBase’s RAPID AX Transaction Profiler transforms the AX system trace reports into actionable information. It provides a dashboard view of the transaction and the elements that impact performance:



And it breaks out sequentially the individual components of the transaction and their run-times so that there is no doubt as to where the cause lies.



Armed with this information, it was clear where to focus remedial attention. StarBase worked with the client, its AX partner, and with Microsoft to resolve each of the areas of significant underperformance.

Read more about issues with Dynamics AX and how StarBase tackles them:

StarBase solutions  for Dynamics AX

StarBase's move into testing Dynamics AX

Top 5 reasons why your Dynamics AX might be running slow 

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