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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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Can the user modify the Integration solution – Discuss

Recently I had a chat with a few people at a company about integration solutions and a question came up which I remember not having been asked in a while. “Will the business users be able to modify the solution after its live”. Back in the day you used to…

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Dynamics CRM Online Availability and Recovery

Having worked with a number of customers over the last few years who use CRM Online I have found that during the project lifecycle the discussion often comes up that we have chosen the SaaS version of CRM but what does that mean in terms of how high availability works…

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Documenting a Logic Apps solution

One of the biggest challenges in integration projects over the years is how to manage the relationship between the implementation of your solution and the documentation describing the intention of the solution and how it works and how to look after it. We have been through paradigm shifts where projects…

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What type of integration do you do?

Over the last few years I’ve worked with a number of different organisations and one of the interesting trends I have seen is around the core mindset to how that organisation does integration. Your first thought is probably “Mike isn’t this just their architecture” but I would argue that many…

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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 App – Upsert to SharePoint List

Recently I wrote an article about how I was uploading bank info from Barclays to my Office 365 environment and into a SharePoint list. http://microsoftintegration.guru/2017/06/29/logic-apps-integration-for-small-business/ In the article I got the scenario working but I mentioned that I didn’t really like the implementation too much and I felt sure there…

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BizTalk + Azure Functions – Upload to AWS S3

Recently I had a requirement to extend one of our BizTalk solutions, this solution was around user synchronisation. We have 2 interfaces for user synchronisation, one supporting applications which require a batch interface and one which supports messaging. In this case the requirement was to send a daily batch file…

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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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Tactical Integration with Logic Apps

As an integration architect you usually work with customers trying to build a platform which deals with all of the different types of integration they want to do and you try to find the right balance of technologies to build an effective and efficient platform which will have a good…

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