I Mean Seriously Fast
After evaluating several on-line business apps, I was frustrated with slow response times, refresh rates, etc. Made me wonder how SalesLogix SP1 Web compared. So I thought I’d do a Little unscientific testing to find out. We recently set up a temporary SalesLogix Web system at a VERY low end, low cost commodity hosting provider for testing our SalesLogix add-on modules, so I figured I’d use that for my little test.
Before I go further, I need to give a shout out to Mark Duthoy, Senior Engineer at CFX, for getting this set up correctly with our VERY low end hosting provider (remember, this is a temp install for internal testing porpoises only). Mark has been with us for 13 years, and it is awesome having him on our team. Mark blogs here.
For readers who have yet to see SalesLogix in action, the general design consists of a Nav Bar running down the left side of the app, and tabs running horizontally across the record your looking at, such as account, Contact, Opportunity, etc. Here’s a screenshot:
My Notebook and Other Details
I have a Vostro 1710 Dell notebook. It’s a consumer grade machine with a base price of $599 with the main performance related upgrade being 4GB RAM from 2GB. Yeah, I get the short end compared to the rest of our team when it comes to hardware. Can’t remember spending less than $4,000 on a machine for anyone else. My browser is IE 7 which is not nearly as fast as Firefox, but it is officially supported by Sage – most of our geeks use Firefox.
The hosting service is the cheapest we could find that included the cheapest version of MS SQL. My ISP at home (where the test was done) is Comcast, whatever their cheapest package is.
The very first time I logged into this instance of SalesLogix 7.5 SP1 Web I recorded the following results:
Login took about 33 seconds
Moving between Nav bar items (Main Entities) took 2 to 5 seconds
Moving between Tabs on a Main Entity took .5 to 1 second
Can’t comment on the first time Login, because I can only login for the first time once. Maybe Ryan can comment. The other times were better than most everything I’ve tested.
Second and Subsequent Logins Were Crazy Fast
After the first Login, I rebooted my computer to make sure there were not any controls or whatever stored in memory that would enhance performance. The goal being to remove as many variables as possible.
The second and every other time I logged on, the performance was stunning. Kudo’s to Stu Carnie and the whole dev team in Scottsdale.
Login took an average of 1 to 1.5 seconds
Moving between Nav bar items (Main Entities) took .25 to .75 seconds
Moving between Tabs on a Main Entity was INSTANTANEOUS
This is insane performance folks. I don’t care what we’re comparing it to.
Conclusions, Sort Of
For the real geeks reading, this test is full of holes for sure. But from a relative standpoint, I think it is informative. I’ve tested countless business apps, both hosted and on premise in my 20+ years in the CRM business and have yet to experience this sort of performance. That goes for both web AND Windows apps, hosted or on premise (installed onsite).
Obviously, many factors impact performance. Hardware, internal and external connectivity, transaction volume and many more factors need to be tested to assure a business app will scale to your environment. The rich functionality combined with cutting edge design and architecture of SalesLogix make it a high performance, cost effective contender for your CRM solution.
Did I mention what a great job Mark did getting this set up?