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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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BizTalk and Azure Functions

Recently I had the opportunity to look at the options for combining BizTalk and Azure Functions for some real world scenarios. The most likely scenarios today are: Call a function using the HTTP trigger Add a message to a service bus queue and allow the function to execute via the…

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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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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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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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How do I get to Dynamics CRM Admin Centre post Dynamics 365?

Recently microsoft brought out dynamics 365 which im sure if a cool step forwards for the dynamics eco-system but one thing bamboozled me.  When opening CRM from the Office 365 admin screen it takes you to a page to admin your CRM instances where you can do updates and resets…

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Microsoft Teams for Integration Teams

Today we have so many technologies available when it comes to developing integration solutions. In some ways things are a lot easier and in other ways things are harder. One thing is for sure that in technology there has been a lot of change. For many organisations one thing that…

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