Seasonal Readiness Testing
How can you ensure that key IT systems will remain functional during extreme weather events such as thunderstorms, hurricanes, and winter blizzards? The answer: perform Seasonal Readiness Testing.
This performance testing is crucial for assessing the health of select storm-critical applications and interfaces such as Outage Management (OMS), Mobile Workforce Management (MWFM), Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA), and Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI) systems and its ability to handle high volume outages during summer and winter storms. Olenick’s Seasonal Readiness Performance Testing uses simulated system loads that span a range of storm levels from very small to extreme. Under these various system loads, we verify that applications do not fail, that queries complete in a reasonable amount of time, and that response times of user actions are realistic. We have also introduced a rapid and pronounced storm profile to simulate customer traffic under worst-case conditions.
Olenick has been on the front line of this high-priority performance testing initiative with our Utilities partners for several years, including leading the first-ever company-wide SRT for a large U.S. based multi-Operating Company (OPCO) Investor Owned Utility (IOU).
The key pillars of Olenick Seasonal Readiness Testing are:
The Right Tools
Custom performance testing tools such as the “Perfect Storm” tool
Complete analysis of the client’s applications
Quality driven best practices
Experienced staff supported by Olenick’s Delivery Assurance, our way of ensuring delivery excellence
Is Your Utility Ready for the Next Storm?
Read one of our consultants’ firsthand account of the Texas power grid failure, and how to prepare systems for unexpected weather events.