With such question I would say a most popular answer from IT department:
"Did you try to restart your computer?"
Thanks for the reply but I guess I'm looking for a more serious answer
I have only been doing in design scripting for about three days now. I wasn't sure if there was some sort of guidelines or standard practice for speeding up the data merge process or in general the creation of pdf's using in design server. I tried searching but couldn't find any answers so I decided to post here.
Sure and right,
but you are running for miliseconds and it depends on details where devil use to sleep.
So better way is to discuss details.
For general example: real speed up is to process with arrays instead of collections
(doc,pages.everyItem().textFrames.everyItem().getElements() vs doc,pages.everyItem().textFrames)
but it would do not matter if your workflow is set with network connections.