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How does your SharePoint perform?

How does your SharePoint perform?

by: David Rubinstein

People implementing SharePoint concern themselves with business value, and governance, and adoption. But performance seems to be one area that too often is either overlooked, or put off until major problems arise.

Performance, though, can be a key factor in whether your users actually adopt your SharePoint implementation or find alternatives.

This topic came up in a discussion I had with Andreas Grabner, performance advocate at Dynatrace, which earlier this year was taken out of Compuware by equity partners. Dynatrace has its roots in root-cause analysis tools, which detect where systems are struggling, and is now making a new push into SharePoint.

Grabner told me the solution is more targeted for on-premises SharePoint, because it involves the installation of monitoring agents, and Microsoft, he said, does not allow agents on its Office 365 servers. He did note that Dynatrace can do Web page analysis on Office 365 installations, and he said, "If things are rendering slowly, we can see why, whether it's an issue with JavaScript, or too many images are being downloaded...?

Today, with hardware essentially a commodity, companies can easily throw more hardware at performance issues. But Grabner said this is not the right way of dealing with those issues. Instead, it's about architectural optimization.

"Code optimization is one thing. Perhaps the custom development is making too many calls to the back end,? he said. "But from an architectural standpoint, you can't forget what calls to an API mean. Perhaps you're transferring megabytes of data that simply aren't needed.?

Dynatrace is offering a 30-day free trial of its full-featured product, and Grabner said his team will be recording performance-related podcasts to help users understand the issues.

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