How to speed up scenario execution

I’m looking for tips on how to speed up scenario execution. This topic could be a repository for all kinds of strategies for reducing execution time.

Of particular interest to me at the moment is reducing the time to search Google sheet rows and HTTP requests to custom webhook scenarios.

With regard to Google sheets, I wonder how much a broad column range like A-Z is impacting time? What about columns with data but not used by the scenario? Or sheets within the workbook that are not being used? What about settings like Field Type, Value render option, and Maximum returned rows? Would migrating to a different spreadsheet or database speed things up?

With regard to HTTP requests, if data is only being passed using Query String, does the “Request compressed content” setting affect execution speed?

With regard to custom webhooks, would sequential processing be faster than parallel assuming that the odds of two execution requests are not likely to occur within seconds of each other?

Lastly, how does the “Commit trigger last” scenario setting impact execution time?

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These are all questions mostly dependent on the google api response.

You’ll have to experiment. Benchmarking hasn’t been done yet.

But the more important question: why does it matter how long it takes? Do you have a time sensitive automation? If so nocode won’t be most performant. Raw code will always be faster.

It matters because the webhook is serving as a form handler and after the user submits the form they have to wait for the webhook to finish execution before it responds with a redirect the appropriate webpage.

I don’t think that Make is suited for near real-time operations. If you insist on using a no-code solution you could try to integrate Make with other tools. For example, Glide platform lets you build apps based on sheets. Make provides a connector (Glide Integration | Workflow Automation | Make). Pls take this as an example, I have no ties to Glide btw., but you could use Glide to quickly build the front-end that saves stuff to a sheet (in real-time) and then use Make to do something in the background with the collected data.

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You may wish to separate out processing to another scenario via web hook and then send back the response. It’s sort of parallel processing, but if you put the webhook response at the end of a longish scenario it won’t be a pretty user experience.

Another interesting approach, and more intensive TBH that effectively parallelizes work between 2 platforms effectively.


Hi @Dmitri_Martin,

Great topic!

Can you show us your current scenario with Google sheets?


Excellent suggestion…thank you. I do that with a number of repetitive automations and I believe the referring scenario doesn’t wait for a webhook response if I don’t specify one within the webhook.


Here is one of many I’ve created:

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If those below (with red question marks) are search steps you could do a search that returns all the rows and create an array instead (instead of your second Sheets search). And just use the map function to extract the data for each subscription

This is a similar set up that I built a few weeks ago. I cut down run time by 25X


Thank you for your reply. What is the module to the left called “Get all contractors”? I’m not familiar with that icon. Also, are you for hire?

Thanks again Alex. I’ve followed your suggestions and found a few things that could be run via webhooks that don’t need to return responses so they can run parallel without slowing their parent scenarios. I also re-ordered a few modules so anything that doesn’t need to run before sending a redirect is placed after that redirect.

More time savings can probably be found by storing data in arrays instead of multiple requests to Google Sheets.

However, I’m wondering if using data stores instead of Google Sheets would also speed things up. I’ve experimented a bit but am getting hung up because searching data stores doesn’t return the number of bundles found which is important in some situations like this:

Make support suggests using an aggregator to determine the number of bundles. While that could work in the situation above, in other situations, I need to iterate through the bundles returned.

Would data stores be faster? And, is there another way to determine bundles returned?

Yes for sure.they are much faster as they are a native object.

As for bundles returned can you show an example output from a search data store. I think :thinking:


I set up a simple test scenario. Here is what can be selected in another module or filter in an iteration of the results:

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Here is the output of the search itself:

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Or in JSON

[ { “key”: “”, “data”: { “Email”: “”, “First Name”: “Vacant”, “Full Rec”: false, “Sandy”: false, “With Bar”: false, “Clear”: false, “Large”: false, “Shore”: false, “Deep”: false, “Nearest Shopping”: “N/A”, “Max Shopping Distance”: 100, “Property Type”: “Vacant Land”, “Max Price”: 10000000, “Min Beds”: 0, “Min Baths”: 0, “DateSubscribed”: “2022-10-13T20:44:00.000Z”, “NumAlerts”: null, “NumListings”: null } }, { “key”: “”, “data”: { “Email”: “”, “First Name”: “Home”, “Full Rec”: false, “With Bar”: false, “Clear”: false, “Large”: false, “Shore”: false, “Deep”: false, “Nearest Shopping”: “N/A”, “Max Shopping Distance”: 100, “Property Type”: “Home”, “Max Price”: 10000000, “Min Beds”: 0, “Min Baths”: 0, “DateSubscribed”: “2022-10-13T20:40:00.000Z”, “NumAlerts”: null, “NumListings”: null, “Sandy”: false } } ]

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@Dmitri_Martin starting to weigh in here, I agree with Alex that data stores are much faster in make. And raw code will run even faster.

I recently used airtable for a client scenario and the responses were lightning fast. I run for most of my clients and scenarios, but I was shocked how quick the api calls ‘with searches’ were to airtable.

Now they did not have a lot of records and at this point my experience is purely anecdotal, but I figured I’d weigh in and contribute to what Loic and Alex said.