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Top Takeaways from “Process Automation – Performance Considerations and Best Practices” Infor Webinar

This 1 hour, interactive briefing from Infor provides an overview of the best practices for performance tuning your IPA process flows, grid tuning considerations, and tips to leverage the most from your system.

The full webinar can be accessed through a link on this page: (https://technology-blog.infor.com/2015/12/13/recording-now-available-for-ipa-performance-considerations-and-best-practices-webinar/)

Here are some notable takeaways from the video:

  1. IPA Settings Tuning
    Basic tips for improving performance:

    • Ensure you are on the latest release of Landmark Environment.
    • Upgrading your system to a newer release of Java will often result in performance improvements.
    • Core Pool Size: pfi.dispatcher.CorePoolSize setting within Grid determines how many simultaneous workunits can process at a time. Rule of thumb is to start by setting this value to the number of CPU Cores in your Landmark Server. (8 core CPU = 8 max workunits) In order to fully optimize, you can start simultaneous flows equal to your server’s cores and check Task Manager’s Performance tab. For example, if only 50% of your CPU is being used with 8 simultaneous flows in progress, you can probably safetly increase the maximum workunits to 12 or even 16 for improved performance.
    • Max Heap: grid.jvm.maxHeapMB setting within Grid sets the max amount of server RAM a particular Grid Node can use for processing. When setting this value, be aware of how much total RAM is available to use on the server. All the Max Heap sizes for all Grid Nodes, Operating System Memory, and Memory Footprint of other programs needs to be less than the total RAM of the server. The Max Heap should be set as high as possible with these considerations in mind.
    • LmrkDeferred Node: When installing Landmark, some grid deployments create this LmrkDeferred grid gode which combines the functionality of Async and IPA into one node. You should not be running Process Automation with this grid node. Infor recommends that the Async node and IPA node be broken out into their own grid nodes.
    • Configure the system so that there is only one IPA Grid node per Data Area that processes workunits.
  2. Process Tuning
    Basic tips for improving processes/flows:

    • Most important factor is the number of nodes. Try to minimize the number of nodes in your flow as flows take approximately 5-20ms time between nodes and 2-5ms time per variable assignment. An important tip when trying to reduce nodes is to remember that values returned from a query or processing node will automatically be assigned an internal variable name that we can refer to. There is no need for an additional assignment.
    • When using a query to cycle through records and write to a file, using a MsgBuilder versus a FileAccess or Assign node is more efficient as it is keeping the records in memory to write all at once at a later time. FileAccess in between a query is the most inefficient as it requires opening and appending onto a file once for every record encountered.
    • Turning on logging will decrease flow performance so it should only be turned on when troubleshooting flow failure or performance issues. When a flow is failing, turn on Workunit and Activity Logging and turn this off when done troubleshooting. For performance issues, run the flow with Workunit only logging turned on.
    • When creating a large csv file, consider using SysCommand node instead of writing to a file by looping through records.

For more details and the most recently updated KB articles, refer/subscribe to:
KB 1671693 – IPA Support Best Practices

Nogalis Webinar: Using Lawson and Big Data to Improve outcomes and reduce Employee Attrition (May 3rd, 11 AM PST)

During this 50 minute webinar, hear from Big Data experts how your Lawson (and other data) can be used to improve outcomes and reduce employee attrition. The webinar will cover other big data related topics as well and there will be industry examples to suit all audiences. Some of the topics covered include:

What is Big Data?
+ How does it differ from BI?
+ How does it apply to your Lawson data?
+ What is possible? Examples and use cases
+ How and where to begin?

 

We use anymeeting for our webinars. The application sometimes asks you to install a plugin. In order to be ready on time. Please give yourself an additional 10 minutes before the webinar begins.

When: Thursday May 3, 2018

11:00 AM to 12:00 PM PST

This webinar is free to attend. Register Now

Nogalis Webinar: Copying Landmark Productline (October 26th, 9 AM PST)

Copying productlines in S3 is a breeze, but Landmark is a different story. There are several possible scenarios and a lot of things to consider. Join us for this one hour webinar and gain access to a free tool that will help with the process.

A few things to keep in mind:

  1. Our webinars always fill up and we only have the capacity to host 200 attendees so sign up now!
  2. The time of the webinar is 9:00am PST. So please mind your time zone.
  3. Once you sign up, you can’t share the webinar link as each link allows for one unique session. So if you have colleagues who are interested in attending, please have them signup separately or else their session will kick you out.

We use anymeeting for our webinars. The application sometimes asks you to install a plugin. In order to be ready on time. Please give yourself an additional 10 minutes before the webinar begins.

When: Thursday October 26, 2017

               9:00 AM to 10:00 AM PST

This webinar is free to attend. Register Now

AWS (Amazon Web Services) for Dummies

Whether you are a CIO or a SysAdmin, as the world moves to the cloud, all IT professionals need to understand the cloud and be able to speak its language. In this 1 hour webinar, get a quick primer of several of the services available through AWS. Some of the topics covered include:

EC2 – Virtual Servers in the Cloud
S3 – Scalable Storage in the cloud
RDS – Managed Relational Database Service
And several more (Lambda, DynamoDB, Redshift…)

 

Nogalis Webinar: AWS (Amazon Web Services) for Dummies (August 31st, 9 AM PST)

You won’t want to miss this one. Whether you are a CIO or a SysAdmin, as the world moves to the cloud, all IT professionals need to understand the cloud and be able to speak its language.

In this 1 hour webinar, get a quick primer of several of the services available through AWS. We’ll be launching an instance and logging onto it during the webinar. You can follow along if you sign up with AWS ahead of time. Some of the topics we’ll cover:
  • EC2 – Virtual Servers in the Cloud
  • S3 – Scalable Storage in the cloud
  • RDS – Managed Relational Database Service
  • And several more (Lambda, DynamoDB, Redshift…) as time allows

When: Thursday August 31, 2017
9:00 AM to 10:00 AM PST

This webinar is free to attend. Register Now

Nogalis Webinar: How to write an effective RFP (May 25th, 9 AM PST)

Learn how to write effective RFPs that get actionable responses

In this brief, 1 hour webinar, we will go over the components of a success oriented Request For Proposal (RFP). Get never before shared insights as to how vendors evaluate and respond to RFPs and maximize the responses to your next request. This Non-Technical session is directed towards anyone in a position to write and managed IT projects. The session will use Lawson projects for example purposes, but the points covered are usable across any range of IT related projects.

A couple of things to keep in mind:

  1. Our webinars always fill up and we only have the capacity to host 200 attendees so sign up now!
  2. The time of the webinar is 9:00am PST. So please mind your timezone.
  3. Once you sign up, you can’t share the webinar link as each link allows for one unique session. So if you have colleagues who are interested in attending, please have them signup separately or else their session will kick you out.
  4. We use anymeeting for our webinars. The application sometimes asks you to install a plugin. In order to be ready on time. Please give yourself an additional 10 minutes before the webinar begins.

 

When: Thursday May 25, 2017

               9:00 AM to 10:oo AM PST

This webinar is free to attend. Register Now

How to Apply, Stage, and Revert Application Patches (CTPs) in Lawson S3

In this brief, 1 hour webinar, we will go over the application maintenance tool set (AMT) and discuss how to find and apply patches to your Lawson application. We will also discuss how to stage multiple CTPs and back them out.  Lastly, we will go over some troubleshooting tips and how to handle issues that may come up during CTP installation.

Nogalis Webinar: How to Apply, Stage, and Revert Application Patches (CTPs) in Lawson S3

In this brief, 1 hour webinar, we will go over the application maintenance tool set (AMT) and discuss how to find and apply patches to your Lawson application. We will also discuss how to stage multiple CTPs and back them out.  Lastly, we will go over some troubleshooting tips and how to handle issues that may come up during CTP installation.

When: Thursday March 23, 2017

               9:00 AM to 10:oo AM PST

This webinar is free to attend. Register Now

Going Live with Lawson V10 By May 31 2017

In this short webinar we’ll show you our tried and true methodology for upgrading to version 10 as quickly as possible without making any compromises in quality. We’ll also leave a 30 minute QA session to answer all your questions regarding the upgrade process.

 

Infor Lawson 10x Upgrade

Nogalis Webinar: How to get on Lawson 10 by 5/31

Find out how you can start and finish your upgrade project before the May 31st deadline.
In this short webinar we’ll show you our tried and true methodology for upgrading to version 10 as quickly as possible without making any compromises in quality. We’ll also leave a 30 minute QA session to answer all your questions regarding the upgrade process.
When: Thursday January 26, 2017
               9:00 AM to 10:oo AM PST

This webinar is free to attend. Register Now