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Paco de la Cruz

Paco de la Cruz
Microsoft Azure MVP and Senior Development Consultant who since 2001 has been working with different technologies and platforms architecting, designing, and implementing a range of different software solutions, including Cloud Integration, Application Integration, and Collaboration. He is currently certified as MCSE: Cloud Platform and Infrastructure by Microsoft.
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Publishing Custom Queries of Logic Apps Execution Logs

Posted by Paco de la Cruz on 07 December 2017

Logic Apps, Monitoring, Azure Log Analytics, Blog, Technology

In a previous post, I showed how to implement Business Activity Monitoring for Logic Apps. However, sometimes developers, ops, or business users want to query execution logs to get information about the processing of business messages. Whether for troubleshooting or auditing, there are some questions these personas...

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Business Activity Monitoring on Azure Logic Apps with Azure Log Analytics

Posted by Paco de la Cruz on 03 December 2017

Azure, Logic Apps, Monitoring, Azure Log Analytics, BAM, Business Activity Monitoring, Blog, Technology

Introduction

Azure Logic Apps provide built-in monitoring tools that allow you to check the run history (including all inputs and outputs of triggers and actions), trigger history, status, performance, etc. Additionally, you can enable diagnostic logging on your Logic Apps and send all these runtime details and events...

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Preparing Azure Logic Apps for CI/CD using ARM Templates

Posted by Paco de la Cruz on 11 October 2017

Azure, Continuous Integration, Logic Apps, ARM Templates, Blog, Technology

Introduction

Logic Apps can be created from the Azure Portal, or using Visual Studio. This works well if you want to create one Logic App at a time. However, if you want to deploy the same Logic App in multiple environments, e.g. Dev, Test, or Production, you want to do it in an automated way. Azure Resource Manager...

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Monitoring Configuration Drifts on Azure with Event Grid and Logic Apps

Posted by Paco de la Cruz on 06 September 2017

Logic Apps, Azure Event Grid, Azure Automation, Azure Resource Manager, Blog, Technology

Introduction

Azure Event Grid is a first-class and hyperscale eventing platform with intelligent filtering that has recently been released in preview and is a real game changer to build event-driven serverless apps on Azure. There have been many other posts, including this one from my colleague Dan Toomey, which...

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When to Use an Azure App Service Environment v2 (App Service Isolated)

Posted by Paco de la Cruz on 08 August 2017

App Service Environment, App Service Isolated, App Services, Architecture, Azure, Blog, Vision & Digital Transformation, Technology

Introduction

The Azure App Service Environment (ASE) is a premium feature offering of the Azure App Services which is fully isolated, highly scalable, and runs on a customer's virtual network. On an ASE you can host Web Apps, API Apps, Mobile Apps and Azure Functions. The first generation of the App Service...

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The Logic Apps Webhook Action and the Correlation Identifier Pattern

Posted by Paco de la Cruz on 17 July 2017

Development, Enterprise Integration Patterns, Twilio, Logic Apps, Webhook, Blog, Technology

Introduction

In many business scenarios, there is the need to implement long-running processes which first send a message to a second process and then pause and wait for an asynchronous response before they continue. Being this an asynchronous communication, the challenge is to correlate the response to the original...

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Triggering an Azure Logic App by SMS messages with Twilio

Posted by Paco de la Cruz on 05 July 2017

Development, Twilio, Logic Apps, Blog, Technology

Introduction

SMS messaging has been a widely adopted way of communication over the last decades, not only for people but for organisations as well. Even though nowadays there are many messaging apps that are more popular and flexible than plain SMS, there are still scenarios in which businesses find SMS messaging a...

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Transforming JSON Objects in Logic Apps

Posted by Paco de la Cruz on 18 May 2017

Azure, Development, Enterprise Integration Patterns, iPaaS, JSON, Logic Apps, Blog, Technology

Introduction

Many integration scenarios require translating messages from one data model to another. This is described in the Message Translator Enterprise Integration Pattern. Some of these might be:

  • Translation between two different proprietary data models
  • Translation between a proprietary data model and an...
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Implementing the Polling Consumer Pattern using Azure Logic Apps

Posted by Paco de la Cruz on 11 May 2017

Azure, Development, Enterprise Integration Patterns, iPaaS, Logic Apps, Polling, Blog, Technology

Introduction

When implementing integration projects, it's quite common that upstream systems don't have the capabilities to push messages to downstream systems, or that due to different constraints or non-functional requirements, the receivers are required to pull for messages from those systems. Gregor Hohpe...

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Microsoft Azure Integration Platform as a Service (iPaaS) – Logic Apps, Azure Functions, API Management and Service Bus working together

Posted by Paco de la Cruz on 10 February 2017

Azure, Azure API Management, Azure Functions, iPaaS, Logic Apps, Microsoft iPaaS, Service Bus, Blog, Technology

[UPDATE] A newer version of this post has been published here. 

 

Introduction

If you work for an established organisation going through Digital Transformation or in a modern company born in the digital era, the chances are that IT is required to implement integration solutions more than ever before. Whether an...

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