Empirix: A New Spin on Testing
That's the pedigree behind Empirix, one of the up-and-coming makers of software to automate testing, measuring and monitoring of distributed computing environments. It was spun out of Teradyne in 2000, combining the network and software testing elements of Teradyne with recently acquired operations from Hammer Technologies, RSW Software and Software and Systems Test.
With Empirix' background, customers say they don't feel like they're dealing with a typical start-up. They also say its technology is more deeply rooted than some other choices.
J.D. Edwards selected Empirix' e-Test suite in 2001 to run tests and moni- tor performance on many of its Web sites, as well as an employee intranet. Service Assurance Engineer Joe Serrano says the company looked at products from Mercury Interactive and BMC, but liked Empirix because it provided more options for customizing reports and views. "We wanted a product that would allow us to emulate a complete user transaction," he says.
While highly satisfied with the product, Serrano says it's not perfect. J.D. Edwards asked the company for improvements in such areas, for example, as getting more detailed transaction statistics on how long an individual image takes to load. He says Empirix has responded to that and other suggestions.
Andrew Boyd, a lead application engineer for mutual fund firm AIM Funds Management, liked the platform's open architecture, which allowed his team to customize the software using J2EE patterns.
While users appreciate the ability to customize the platform, they say that flexibility can make the system more difficult to learn. Lynne Paul, quality assurance manager for BigChalk, a provider of online learning resources, says the system is easy to use for basic testing and monitoring tasks, but getting to the next stage can be a hurdle. "When we have hit that learning curve, though, Empirix has been great about stepping up to the plate and helping us," she says.
Lead Application Engineer
Project: Canada-based mutual fund company uses Empirix products to ensure that the tools it offers financial advisors are performing to standards.
Director, Quality Assurance
Project: Waltham, Mass., company offers businesses a suite of Web-based human resources applications. It uses the e-Test suite from Empirix to test and measure application performance.
Manager, Quality Assurance
Project: The Berwyn, Pa.-based company offers teachers, librarians and students a variety of online learning resources. It uses e-Test suite to automate Web site monitoring and testing.
Director of Technology
Project: Chicago company uses e-Manager Enterprise from Empirix to test and measure Web-based applications it offers retailers and manufacturers to help them extend print advertising initiatives onto the Internet.
Service Assurance Engineer
Project: The software maker and consulting firm uses e-Test suite to monitor performance of Web sites, as well as company intranet.
Director, Services and Support
Project: Rochester, N.Y., company provides a Web service that allows manufacturers of medical and industrial devices to monitor their equipment in the field. Uses Empirix to simulate load tests.
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A legend in Boston's computing scene, d'Arbeloff is best known for cofounding Teradyne Corp. and helping to build it into a top maker of semiconductor testing equipment.
Before leading Empirix, he held a variety of senior management positions at Teradyne, including chief financial officer.
VP, General Manager
Directs Empirix' communications infrastructure test group, which includes the Hammer line of products for testing call-center response times. Began his career with Wang Labs, and cofounded Hammer Technologies in 1991.
Offerings are divided into three core areas: Web application test and performance monitoring systems (e-Test suite, e-Load, e-Manager Enterprise, e-Tester, FirstAct for SOAP-based Web services testing, OneSight, FarSight); call center test and performance monitoring systems (Hammer On-Call, IT Test System, CallMaster, CTI DaRt Testing, Voice Watch, IM Monitoring, Port Watch); and software to test and monitor both VoIP network and IP storage systems (Hammer NXT, ST, IT, ST, RealStreamer, SIP Test System, Hammer PacketSphere, Network Emulator).