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When data in CRM is updated I want to send it to another application

Having worked a lot with Dynamics CRM/365 over the last few years I thought it would be interesting to discuss a common use case and some of the architecture patterns you may consider to implement the solution. Lets imagine a scenario where the business requirement is as follows: The user…

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Considerations for Hardening API’s Built with Azure API Management + Azure Functions

In the current feature set available on Azure one of the most common patterns for implementing an API is to use a combination of Azure Functions to act as the back end of the API where the bulk of the work is done and then to use Azure API Management…

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Upsert into Azure Table Storage from BizTalk in 10 minutes

A quick you tube video to show how easy it is to send messages to to table storage from BizTalk   Facebook Twitter Google+ LinkedIn

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Azure Data Factory and Dynamics CRM Online

Recently ive been looking at downloading some data from Dynamics CRM Online to Azure Data Lake using Azure Data Factory but I found there was little if any guidance on how to do it with CRM.  There is an OData connector in Data Factory but there was no samples to…

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Custom CRM Portals Super-Charged by an Azure Data Layer

I wanted to talk a little about the architecture I designed recently for a Dynamics CRM + Portal + Integration project. In the initial stages of the project a number of options were considered for a Portal (or group of portals) which would support staff, students and other users which…

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Logic Apps Integration for Small Business

When Logic Apps was first announced at the Integrate summit in Seattle a few years ago one of my first comments was that I felt that this could be an integration game changer for small business in due course. The reason I said this was if you look across the…

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BizTalk Map as an Azure Function

Every now and then as an architect you would get a request to be able to expose a mapping service for another application to consume and the requirement was preferred if the map was exposed over HTTP so it could be called in real time without the message box over…

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Mulesoft IPO and what it means for Microsoft System Integrators

A friend shared a couple of links with me recently about the Mulesoft IPO which is happening soon and it got me thinking about how this might affect us in the Microsoft integration world. First off those links: http://tomtunguz.com/mulesoft-s-1/ https://www.sec.gov/Archives/edgar/data/1374684/000119312517047884/d287291ds1.htm http://www.cnbc.com/2017/03/06/mulesoft-ipo-test-public-markets-appetite-for-unicorns.html It is really interesting to see a major move…

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Azure Resource Groups and Cloud Integration Platform

One of my favourite things in Azure is the ability to group stuff into resource groups. Maybe it’s a reflection on myself but I hate looking at messy environments that look like a kid has just emptied their toy box over the floor. With resource groups you have the ability…

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Serverless vs Codeless in the Microsoft Integration Platform

While chatting to Jeff Holland on integration Monday this evening I mentioned some thinking I had been doing around how to articulate the various products within the Microsoft Integration Platform in terms of their codeless vs Serverless nature. Below is a rough diagram with me brain dumping a rough idea…

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