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March 2019

Persistence and Recoverability on the Microsoft Platform

By |2019-03-04T00:27:39+00:00March 4th, 2019|Azure Functions, BizTalk, Integration Playbook, Logic App, Service Bus|

Recently I added an article to the integration playbook which compares the different approaches used for Durability, Persistence and Retry across the various microsoft technologies such as BizTalk, Logic Apps, Event Grid, Event Hubs, Service Bus Messaging and Functions You can read more here -

February 2019

Integration Playbook

By |2019-02-27T13:09:15+00:00February 26th, 2019|Azure, BizTalk, Integration Playbook, Logic App|

I have just launched the Integration Playbook which I have had in mind for a few years but only recently got around to doing. The idea is a community resource aimed at Architects, CTO and Leads. The resource will provide information, guidance and insights around common architecture and integration topics and relate them to the Microsoft technology stack. Where do I use which technologyHow does Microsoft relate to this IT or architecture topicHow can integration architecture help me be successful with Microsoft technologiesWhat can I do with technology XHow does technology X compare to technology Y The above are the [...]

June 2018

Discussions about BizTalk Support Product Lifecycle at Integrate 2018

By |2018-06-07T01:02:30+00:00June 7th, 2018|BizTalk|

At the recent Integrate 2018 summit the Q&A drew some contentious questions from the audience about the next version of BizTalk and when it is going to be.  What was clear is that the product teams new approach of having a customer feedback driven back log means they have been busy and successful in delivering changes to Logic Apps and also the BizTalk feature pack and having just completed those they have not planned the next major release of BizTalk. Now that being said, the team should have expected these questions because they always come up and I think an [...]

October 2017

Can the user modify the Integration solution – Discuss

By |2017-10-01T20:25:39+00:00October 1st, 2017|BizTalk, Logic App, Uncategorized|

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 get asked this quite often but I don't remember being asked this one for a while. I do know that the technology landscape has changed a lot since I last got asked this and after a very interesting discussion I thought id share my thinking of this space. Why would [...]

August 2017

July 2017

Custom CRM Portals Super-Charged by an Azure Data Layer

By |2017-07-22T10:40:54+00:00July 22nd, 2017|API, Azure, BizTalk, CRM, Logic App, Service Bus, Uncategorized|

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 would integrate with Dynamics CRM and other applications in the application estate. One of the challenges I could see coming up in the architecture was the level of coupling between the Portal and Dynamics CRM. Ive seen this a few times where an architecture has been designed where the portal [...]

May 2017

BizTalk Map as an Azure Function

By |2017-05-11T00:39:01+00:00May 11th, 2017|Azure, BizTalk, Functions|

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 head from executing the map internally to BizTalk. There were a number of solutions which evolved to do this, even the ESB toolkit offered some of these kind of features. At the same time on Azure, the integration offerings were dabbling with different ways of implementing a map as a [...]

BizTalk + Azure Functions – Upload to AWS S3

By |2017-05-05T23:55:40+00:00May 5th, 2017|BizTalk, Functions, Uncategorized|

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 of all users to a partner so they could setup access control for our users to their system. This is quite a common scenario when you use a vendors application which doesn't support federation. In this instance I was initially under the impression that we would need to send the [...]

March 2017

Mulesoft IPO and what it means for Microsoft System Integrators

By |2017-03-12T23:46:47+00:00March 12th, 2017|Azure, BizTalk, Uncategorized|

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: It is really interesting to see a major move like this by one of the big iPaas players. Mulesoft is a company I have followed for some time, in particular during the years when Microsoft were making such a marketing disaster around their integration offering up until 2015. At that point Microsoft has lost their way in the integration [...]

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