There are several areas to take note of when building workflows with Nintex for Office 365. Be sure to also review the Nintex Migration White Paper for migration considerations.
Nintex recommends keeping the number of actions within a workflow design in Office 365 less than 200 actions. While business processes can range from simple notifications to complex ETL processes, there are some guidelines around workflow size that you will want to follow:
While the SharePoint on-premises versions of Nintex Workflow continue to utilize the Legacy Workflow Infrastructure, workflows designed with Nintex for Office 365 now use the Workflow Manager system (also known as the SharePoint 2013 Workflow Engine).
Things to be aware of with Workflow Manager:
One of the most prevalent issues caused by poor workflow design within SharePoint Online is workflow throttling. Below are some of the causes of workflow throttling, and ways to avoid throttling events.
Note: Much of this information will be the same as Microsoft's documentation around how to avoid workflow throttling within SharePoint Online.
In order to bring additional functionality to the SharePoint Online workflow platform, Nintex has leveraged our Nintex Live service to help extend the available actions within our workflows that are running within SharePoint Online.
The actions below also use Nintex Live, but are acquired through the Nintex Store inside of the designer:
The actions that work with Nintex Live bring incredible extensibility to the workflows that can be designed within Office 365. Here are a couple points to remember when using the Live actions: