Appian Performance Tuner

On-prem and Cloud performance optimization for Appian Applications

Appian Performance Tuner

On-prem and Cloud performance optimization for Appian Applications

Dedication to Optimization

Our Appian Performance Tuner (APT) enables organizations to get the most from previous investments. Appian (appian.com) is an industry leading low-code development platform that provides a one-stop-shop for building robust workflow, robotic process automation and AI centric applications. Appian is an extremely powerful solution that can solve a variety of business problems using data centric innovative easy to build tools. Appian allows citizen developers to rapidly create enterprise applications, but sometimes the number of applications outpaces the server power required to ensure Appian runs fast and efficiently. As a result, Appian applications can start running very slow.

The Problem

A slow application can be more detrimental than a down application. Slow apps lead to stopped business and lost customers. Side effects can include erroneous data, end user frustration, disrupted operations, overwhelmed support teams and expensive time-consuming fixes.

The Solution

Odesso provides the most comprehensive, cost effective and fast solution to speed up your Appian applications. Our proprietary method is complex and has been perfected over 20 years, and the results are simple.

Dedication to Optimization

Our Appian Performance Tuner (APT) enables organizations to get the most from previous investments. Appian (appian.com) is an industry leading low-code development platform that provides a one-stop-shop for building robust workflow, robotic process automation and AI centric applications. Appian is an extremely powerful solution that can solve a variety of business problems using data centric innovative easy to build tools. Appian allows citizen developers to rapidly create enterprise applications, but sometimes the number of applications outpaces the server power required to ensure Appian runs fast and efficiently. As a result, Appian applications can start running very slow.

The Problem

A slow application can be more detrimental than a down application. Slow apps lead to stopped business and lost customers. Side effects can include erroneous data, end user frustration, disrupted operations, overwhelmed support teams and expensive time-consuming fixes.

The Solution

Odesso provides the most comprehensive, cost effective and fast solution to speed up your Appian applications. Our proprietary method is complex and has been perfected over 20 years, and the results are simple.

Odesso’s performance tuning services will:

Reduce Load Time

Reduce application load times from from seconds to sub-seconds. Typically, a page that loads in 10-15 seconds will be reduced to under 2 seconds. timeouts are reduced by 99%

No Lost Data

Say goodbye to data loss. Any transactional data that gets ‘stuck’ due to high traffic or an outage will be queued and available when services are restored.

Agile Monitoring

Proactive alerts and fixes, over and beyond the standard health check and application monitoring provided by Appian will be put in place.

Increase Processing Output

External Service calls like APIs or SFTP will be optimized for maximum speed and processing throughput.

Virtually Eliminate Timeouts

Timeouts are reduced by 99%

Odesso’s performance tuning services will:

Reduce Load Time

Reduce application load times from from seconds to sub-seconds. Typically, a page that loads in 10-15 seconds will be reduced to under 2 seconds. timeouts are reduced by 99%

No Lost Data

Say goodbye to data loss. Any transactional data that gets ‘stuck’ due to high traffic or an outage will be queued and available when services are restored.

Agile Monitoring

Proactive alerts and fixes, over and beyond the standard health check and application monitoring provided by Appian will be put in place.

Increase Processing Output

External Service calls like APIs or SFTP will be optimized for maximum speed and processing throughput.

Virtually Eliminate Timeouts

Timeouts are reduced by 99%

What is the Appian Performance Tuner?

The Appian Performance Tuner (APT) refers to a way to speed up your applications, often achieving 10-20X previous speeds. It allows your workflow automation investment to scale with ease over simple internet connections. This allows your customers and employees to continue accelerating business while your orchestrated processes, organizational data and securitization mechanisms are responsive and resilient to unexpected loads

A typical Appian application utilizes processing power at the web, application, engine and database layer. APT is engineered to identify and remediate latency issues (potentially residing in more than one layer of the technology stack) quickly and with minimal impact to business continuity.

What is the Appian Performance Tuner?

The Appian Performance Tuner (APT) refers to a way to speed up your applications, often achieving 10-20X previous speeds. It allows your workflow automation investment to scale with ease over simple internet connections. This allows your customers and employees to continue accelerating business while your orchestrated processes, organizational data and securitization mechanisms are responsive and resilient to unexpected loads

A typical Appian application utilizes processing power at the web, application, engine and database layer. APT is engineered to identify and remediate latency issues (potentially residing in more than one layer of the technology stack) quickly and with minimal impact to business continuity.

The Centricity

A well designed Appian application is data centric. The data is designed to be the fulcrum upon which the overlying operational business workflows rest. This data is often millions of records, supplemented by service backed data from 3rd party data sources that are brought in via FTP or Web Service connections. The power of Appian applications depends heavily on the efficiency of data throughput and the design of the data with its related keys and metadata. While most expert Appian developers know how to do this from the onset of creating a new app, many mid to junior developers do not. This leads to layers of nested design patterns in data objects, reducing the ability to index, search and process data efficiently. The APT identifies these design issues and, using its proprietary methods, improves data processing efficiency 10 to 20x.

All newly deployed Appian applications are seldom tested with realistic production data loads and provisioning mechanisms. Therefore, a new application performs well when it's deployed, but as concurrent users, data volumes, external services and transactional processing loads peak in a production setting, the responsiveness of the application very quickly dwindles.

At this point, it's too late. Symptoms start appearing during the most important peak hours for a business. And while customers are waiting patiently, internal teams are scrambling because systems are timing out, operations are disrupted, transactions aren’t completing, data is lost and support teams are overwhelmed. Ultimately, customers are lost.

Furthermore, remediation tends to mostly rely on trial and error tactics instead of a methodical scientific approach to resolution. This is because, in most cases, only production environments present these symptoms. All testing and staging environments are humming along nicely, while the production environment is in the proverbial ICU.

Slow applications are a result of environmental factors unique to a production setting seldom reproducible for expedient root cause determination. With the advent of smart Application Monitoring Systems, root causes can be inferred but without a comparable lower environment to recreatQe the exacerbated conditions leading to the slowness, a trial and error method is relied upon to address the problem. However, these monitoring systems just tell you what is wrong, not how to fix it, nor why it occurred in the first place.

Odesso’s APT solution identifies the quickest path to resolution for poorly performing production systems.


Here's a overview of APT's features and benefits when deployed:

Instant Results

Improve performance by over 50% within minutes after installation

Hot Deployment

Servers and systems don’t need to be rebooted, they keep running to maximize business continuity

Data Security

Back up data that is at risk of being lost immediately

Eliminate Redundancy

Queue any transactions that may be at risk, avoiding the need for re-entry and reprocessing.

Odesso’s APT solution identifies the quickest path to resolution for poorly performing production systems.


Here's a overview of APT's features and benefits when deployed:

Instant Results

Improve performance by over 50% within minutes after installation

Hot Deployment

Servers and systems don’t need to be rebooted, they keep running to maximize business continuity

Data Security

Back up data that is at risk of being lost immediately

Eliminate Redundancy

Queue any transactions that may be at risk, avoiding the need for re-entry and reprocessing.

Fast Acting & Long Lasting

APT is your best option in a ‘fire fighting’ scenario when mission critical apps are slow and a reactive approach is needed. However, APT is also custom-instrumented to monitor apps of highest criticality, in the areas of highest vulnerability in performance. While Appian itself provides a health check report and performance analytics, the onus is on Appian administrators to instrument, monitor, set thresholds and appropriate alerts to proactively catch problems before they occur.

Flaws in market solutions

Several off the shelf Application Performance Monitoring tools can help identify latencies in Appian’s tech stack, but these tools lack critical visibility by virtue of the fact that Appian is a low-code development platform. Much of the performance vulnerabilities and non-functional risks in Appian are inconspicuously embedded within the application layer where citizen developers are visually coding their business logic. For example, a citizen developer could draw a process model that is a loop that repeats recursively. When this process model is published for use, it will indefinitely process a transaction and lead to memory leaks that will eventually crash Appian’s engines. An off the shelf APM tool will not be able to pinpoint the exact root cause in the application layer, beyond identifying a resource-intensive process running in the app layer that needs to be addressed.

The Odesso Advantage

In contrast, the APT finds this memory leak in seconds, as opposed to hours. The APT is attuned to examine the application layer in the context of Appian being a development platform. It flags and identifies areas for improvement and quickly resolves them in a systematic and automated manner.

Fast Acting & Long Lasting

APT is your best option in a ‘fire fighting’ scenario when mission critical apps are slow and a reactive approach is needed. However, APT is also custom-instrumented to monitor apps of highest criticality, in the areas of highest vulnerability in performance. While Appian itself provides a health check report and performance analytics, the onus is on Appian administrators to instrument, monitor, set thresholds and appropriate alerts to proactively catch problems before they occur.

Flaws in market solutions

Several off the shelf Application Performance Monitoring tools can help identify latencies in Appian’s tech stack, but these tools lack critical visibility by virtue of the fact that Appian is a low-code development platform. Much of the performance vulnerabilities and non-functional risks in Appian are inconspicuously embedded within the application layer where citizen developers are visually coding their business logic. For example, a citizen developer could draw a process model that is a loop that repeats recursively. When this process model is published for use, it will indefinitely process a transaction and lead to memory leaks that will eventually crash Appian’s engines. An off the shelf APM tool will not be able to pinpoint the exact root cause in the application layer, beyond identifying a resource-intensive process running in the app layer that needs to be addressed.

The Odesso Advantage

In contrast, the APT finds this memory leak in seconds, as opposed to hours. The APT is attuned to examine the application layer in the context of Appian being a development platform. It flags and identifies areas for improvement and quickly resolves them in a systematic and automated manner.

How Does Appian Performance Tuner work?

APT is an adaptive technology that can be deployed in Appian’s AWS Cloud installation or in an On-Premise setting. APT is not an analytics only solution, it remediates performance issues instead of simply identifying them. APT’s key features include:

01

Analyze Processes

Analyze Appian processes, SAIL, data structures and transactional throughput metrics in real time.

02

Convert

Proprietary technology to convert interchangeable objects between SAIL, SQL and Process Models (BPMN) to quickly redesign non-performant objects.

03

Customize

Custom Instrumentation of the most critical business processes at the application layer.

04

Analyze Database

Analysis, Monitoring and Notification within the Application, Engines and Database layers.

05

Transactional Throttling

Transactional Throttling features to batch, spawn, optimize and add exception handling to high data loads.

06

Stop Data Loss

Intelligent Queuing to eradicate data loss from network, system, server or connection outages.

07

Kafka Streaming

Kafka enablement to enhance responsiveness of data intensive interfaces and provide real-time application streaming.

08

Optimize Server

Server Resource Optimization to reallocate network/compute/storage resources to critical business functions.

How Does Appian Performance Tuner work?

APT is an adaptive technology that can be deployed in Appian’s AWS Cloud installation or in an On-Premise setting. APT is not an analytics only solution, it remediates performance issues instead of simply identifying them. APT’s key features include:

01

Analyze Processes

Analyze Appian processes, SAIL, data structures and transactional throughput metrics in real time.

02

Convert

Proprietary technology to convert interchangeable objects between SAIL, SQL and Process Models (BPMN) to quickly redesign non-performant objects.

03

Customize

Custom Instrumentation of the most critical business processes at the application layer.

04

Analyze Database

Analysis, Monitoring and Notification within the Application, Engines and Database layers.

05

Transactional Throttling

Transactional Throttling features to batch, spawn, optimize and add exception handling to high data loads.

06

Stop Data Loss

Intelligent Queuing to eradicate data loss from network, system, server or connection outages.

07

Kafka Streaming

Kafka enablement to enhance responsiveness of data intensive interfaces and provide real-time application streaming.

08

Optimize Server

Server Resource Optimization to reallocate network/compute/storage resources to critical business functions.

Key Benefits of Appian Performance Tuner:

Built from the ground up on Odesso's proprietary platform the Appian Performance Tuner (APT) enables organizations to get the most from previous investments. Appian (appian.com) is an industry leading low-code development platform that provides a one-stop-shop for building robust workflow, robotic process automation and AI centric applications. Appian is an extremely powerful solution that can solve a variety of business problems using data centric innovative easy to build tools. Appian allows citizen developers to rapidly create enterprise applications, but sometimes the number of applications outpaces the server power required to ensure Appian runs fast and efficiently. As a result, Appian applications can start running very slow.

Accelerate

Speed up Appian apps by 10x to 20x within hours and with zero downtime.

Data Retention

Say goodbye to data loss or failed transactions due to outages or timeouts.

Proactive Fixes

Don’t settle for just identifying system slowdowns, have a toolkit to fix them on the spot customized to your most critical business workflows. 

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