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Dealing with Bad Data in Integration Solutions

When we build integration solutions one of the biggest challenges we face is “sh!t in sh!t out”. Explained more eloquently we often have line of business systems which have some poor data in it and then we have to massage this and work around it in the integration solution so…

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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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BizTalk 2016 – SFTP Adapter – How to set it up properly

Cutting a long story short I was exploring migrating a BizTalk 2013 solution to BizTalk 2016.  The solution uses SFTP and I wanted to migrate from the open source Blogical SFTP adapter to the out of the box SFTP adapter which has had some enhancements.  The documentation around this enhancement…

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Integration Monday with BizTalk Product Group

Tonight we had loads of people on the integration monday webcast and there were a few people who wanted the slides asap to share with their teams.  We will be posting the video from tonights session and the slides on the link below tomorrow once the video is processed as…

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BizTalk Monitoring – User Experience

At the university one of the cool features we have on the monitoring dashboard is to split it so services are monitored at 3 levels: Infrastructure Platform User Experience If you imagine a table which looks something like this: Service User Platform Infrastructure API Public Website Identity Synchronisation BizTalk Office…

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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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