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Can you give us strategies to cope with throttling errors in SharePoint Online?

Question asked by shaunlub on Jul 13, 2016
Latest reply on Nov 21, 2017 by callum

Recently, I have been hitting more and more throttling related errors in SharePoint Online ... finding workflows stuck in Suspended state, and unable to continue due to the density of demands on the workflow environment (probably).

It's explained to some extent here:

How to: Avoid getting throttled or blocked in SharePoint Online

But I'd really like to know what strategies we could employ when building workflows to avoid this pitfall. I have been adding 1 minute pauses (or longer, as required) when workflows have become suspended. But always feel that this should only really be a remedial solution.

Is there any specific advice we could get with the following types of actions to help reduce their impact:

1. Assigning Approval tasks

2. Updating List Items

3. Using List Lookups to set Workflow Variables or list item values

4. Parallel actions

....anything else that could overload the system.