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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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Create a hybrid API when you have brittle underlying LOB applications

Recently I have been thinking about a sample use case where you may want to expose legacy applications via a hybrid API but you have the challenge that the underlying LOB applications are not really fit for purpose to be the underlying sub-systems for a hybrid API. In this case…

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Returning Static Data from Azure APIM Operations using Blob Storage

Recently I was working with Azure API Management creating an API and I needed to create an operation which would return some relatively constant/static data. Lets say for example this was some configuration data such as a list of settings an app could use. With this scenario the challenge is…

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BizTalk and Azure File Service

For a while now the Microsoft Azure Cloud has had a service called the Azure File Service. In this article I want to look at the option of using this with BizTalk. How do I use it? The below video will show you how you can set up the file…

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Modern Business Intelligence with Microsoft Tech

Recently I was discussing some thoughts on how to apply the current Microsoft technology stack to solving Business Intelligence problems.  Although I am not a BI guy and instead I am really an integration and cloud guy, but people still seemed to like my interpretation of how Business Intelligence could…

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How did we use Azure on a recent BizTalk project?

I have been involved in a BizTalk project recently and often people assume “I am doing BizTalk on premise so why do I need Azure”.  On the face of it this project would have been one of those who a few years ago probably wouldn’t use the cloud but today…

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