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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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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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Empowering your Integration Platform with Service Bus

In todays organisations there is a massive theme that API’s and iPaaS are the keys to building modern applications because these technologies simplify the integration experience. While this is true I think one of the things that is regularly forgotten is the power of a well thought out messaging element…

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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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Use Azure Function to Deduplicate Messages on Azure Service Bus

Recently Ive been looking at a scenario where we will be pushing a lot of messages to Azure Service Bus and then processing them into the backend application. The architecture looks a little like the picture below: Im a big fan of sending messages to topics and then processing messages…

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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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Microsoft Technology for each Integration Capability

Ive been thinking a little about some of the different technologies in the Microsoft stack and how they overlay on the different capabilities I need within the integration architectures I have been involved with over the years. Below I have tried to list as many of the different integration capabilities…

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Integration Session from BizTalk Summit

The video from the session I did with Oliver Davy at the London BizTalk Summit is now available online.  In this video we talked about why integration is important to the university of northumbria and how we saw the evolution of their integration platform. Finally we showed a demo from…

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Log4net & Azure Service Bus Event Hubs

A year or more ago on my old blog I wrote an article about how I think we could use logging information in hybrid integration scenarios to bring together this holistic view of whats happening across the stack.  The old link was: http://geekswithblogs.net/michaelstephenson/archive/2014/01/23/155259.aspx More recently Ive spent some time playing…

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London BizTalk Summit- An Integration Platform to Support Vision 2025

Hi All, Just wanted to share some thinking for my session at the London BizTalk Summit in April.  My session will be the details below  Title An Integration Platform to Support Vision 2025   Abstract Northumbria University is at an exciting point on its journey to become a new kind…

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