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    Dan Toomey

    Dan Toomey
    Dan is a Principal Consultant for Mexia as well as a Microsoft Azure MVP, a Microsoft Certified Solution Expert in Cloud Platform (MCSE), a Microsoft Certified Azure Developer (MCPD), and a Microsoft Certified Technical Specialist (MCTS) in BizTalk Server 2010. He’s also a Microsoft Certified Trainer (MCT) and a published Pluralsight author. He is a frequent speaker at Australian community events, including the Brisbane Azure User Group (which he currently leads), the Global Integration Bootcamp, the Global Azure Bootcamp, Xamarin Dev Days, and the Brisbane BizTalk User Group which he founded in 2005. He has also presented at INTEGRATE 2017 in London and at Microsoft Ignite in Australia. Dan has authored two courses for Pluralsight and is also an active blogger.
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    Hairy Causes: A Movember to Remember

    Posted by Dan Toomey on 07 November 2019

    Charity, Fundraising, people & culture, Movember

    You may notice a trend during the month of November where lots of normally clean-shaven blokes are suddenly sporting (often embarrassingly hideous) attempts at growing a moustache. There’s a good chance that they are making a spectacle of themselves for a worthy cause. Over the past sixteen years, the Movember...

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    New Dev SKU for Azure Integration Service Environment (ISE)

    Posted by Dan Toomey on 06 August 2019

    Azure, Integration, Logic Apps, Microsoft Azure, Azure Integration Services

    Last week, Microsoft responded to numerous requests from the community by announcing a new developer tier offering for Integration Service Environments (ISE). The ISE has been generally available for several weeks, but the single available SKU prior to this announcement carried a hefty price tag.

    I had the great...

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    Swift Service Fabric Deployments with PowerShell

    Posted by Dan Toomey on 05 March 2019

    Azure, Azure Service Fabric, Development, Azure PowerShell, DevOps, Microsoft Azure

    A few weeks ago I had the great privilege of presenting a 60 minute breakout session at Microsoft Ignite | The Tour in Sydney. It was thrilling to have over 200 people registered to see my topic “Seamless Deployments with Azure Service Fabric”, especially in the massive Convention Centre. 

    In the session I...

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    A Pace-Layered Integration Architecture

    Posted by Dan Toomey on 05 July 2018

    Architecture, Azure, BizTalk Server, Integration, iPaaS, Microsoft, Microsoft iPaaS, Article, Technology, Learning & Development, Integrate2018, Systems of Differentiation, Systems of Innovation, Message Bus, MSBTS, Systems of Record

    Integration at Pace Within the Adaptive Enterprise

    In the modern enterprise, it is rare to see a single monolith application that rules the entire landscape. While there still may be a large mainframe or another system which holds the principal data and source of truth (SoT) for an organisation, most landscapes today...

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    Serverless Logging & Alerting with Service Fabric & Azure Event Grid

    Posted by Dan Toomey on 01 September 2017

    Azure, Azure Functions, Logic Apps, Service Bus, Event Grid, Serverless

    Microsoft recently released the public preview of Azure Event Grid – a hyper-scalable serverless platform for routing events with intelligent filtering. No more polling for events - Event Grid is a reactive programming platform for pushing events out to interested subscribers. This is an extremely significant...

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    The New Azure Hybrid Connections

    Posted by Dan Toomey on 19 June 2017

    Azure, Azure Relay, Development, Hybrid Connectivity, Service Bus

    Microsoft recently announced that Azure BizTalk Services (MABS) is officially being retired. This was no great surprise, as those who actually used this service and its VETER pipelines to build integrations were well aware that the tooling was cumbersome, the DevOps story was terrible, scalability was severely...

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