Designing a workflow for performance using SharePoint 2013 workflow RRS feed

  • Question

  • Hello, and thank you in advance.  I am in the process of designing a workflow and this variation I thought may improve performance. This is a multi-step workflow which will have 8 workflows (instead of packing it all into one). Each workflow will be executed based on a dollar amount in the list item.

    When a list item is created do all 8 workflow files get stored in memory? Will there be performance issues? I'm more curious what happens behind the scenes. 


    Thursday, July 18, 2019 4:27 PM


  • Hi AdamDoubleYou,

    If you create workflows using SharePoint designer everything will be stored in the content database.

    Testing has confirmed that a SharePoint web server can activate a maximum of 6 workflow instances per second. This number is cumulative, and therefore scales with the number of web servers in the farm. For example, 2 web servers can activate 12 workflow instances per second, and 3 web servers can activate 18.

    More information:


    Given your situation, running 8 workflows at the same time doesnot cause performance issues.

    And it's a good idea to execute the sub-sequent 8 workflows through a parent workflow.

    Best regards

    Itch Sun

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    Friday, July 19, 2019 2:58 AM

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