April 16, 2009, 12:00 AM

Keynote Systems introduces three apps to enhance web and mobile testing

The testing and measurement firm has unveiled three new applications that transform many of their services into more of a self-serve model. Two of the systems test mobile sites and web site load handling. The other helps users manage Keynote accounts.

Keynote Systems Inc., a mobile web and Internet testing and measurement technology and services firm, has introduced three new products that transform many of their services into more of a self-serve model.

The company now offers a free version of its MITE (mobile interactive testing environment) technology. The on-demand application, run on desktop computers connected to the Internet, enables retailers developing mobile commerce sites to interactively test and validate mobile web pages and their content across more than 1,600 mobile device profiles to quickly see what the customer experience will be like. The free version of MITE is available at mite.keynote.com.

Because there are so many unique mobile devices, each with its own screen size and technological capabilities, mobile developers are increasingly challenged to create web content that will perform correctly. The added complexity of intricate carrier networks further complicates the process. Using MITE, mobile developers, quality assurance professionals and other executives can quickly validate mobile content optimized for unique devices.

“Keynote’s emulation technology will quickly enhance the testing regimen of anyone developing mobile content,” says Nisheeth Mohan, mobile product manager at Keynote. “Developers who are using real device solutions will quickly reduce the number of hours they require with those devices.”

Keynote Systems also has introduced the latest version of its web site load testing technology. The beefed up LoadPro 2.0 includes a new end user portal, an expansive overview dashboard, complete and precise visibility into real-time tests as they are being executed, and comprehensive enterprise-level account management. LoadPro 2.0 testing can deliver up to 1 million concurrent users from 12 locations around the world.

When conducting load tests, the importance of precisely monitoring the ongoing test is paramount, Keynote Systems says. LoadPro 2.0 provides this capability in a single pane that includes a comprehensive overview of the ongoing status of a live test as it is running. It also offers real-time graph modification and drill-down metrics, giving system administrators and technical staff from various departments the ability to access the portal to correlate LoadPro load metrics to data in their own systems.

And finally, Keynote Systems has unveiled FlexUse, a new type of software as a service account that allows customers to manage their subscriptions to Keynote testing and measurement services. FlexUse offers a built-in cost calculator; maximum flexibility to configure and use Keynote services and its global on-demand network; and the ability to visualize daily actual and projected costs. The firm says FlexUse better enables customers to manage the multiple software as a service offerings from Keynote.

Keynote`s worldwide test and measurement network comprises 3,000 devices and configurations, approximately 20% of which are mobile, and multiple Internet backbones.

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