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    Custom Distributed Tracing and Observability Practices with Azure Functions – Part 3: Implementation

    Posted by Paco de la Cruz on 10 March 2021

    Azure Functions, Integration, Microsoft, Application Insights, Technology, Microsoft Azure

    Introduction

    In the previous post of the series, we described the design of an approach to meet common observability requirements of distributed services using Azure Functions. Now, in this post, we are going to cover how this can be implemented and how we can query and analyse the produced tracing logs.

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    Establishing Guardrails with Azure DevOps Pipelines

    Posted by Ross McDermott on 03 March 2021

    Microsoft, Delivery, Microsoft Azure, Azure Pipelines, Azure DevOps, cloud computing

    With the constant evolution of governance, compliance and security, it can be a daunting prospect to balance best practices while promoting lean and efficient delivery approaches.

    In this post, we will walk through and demonstrate how using best practices pipeline structures, standardisation, and cross-team...

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    Custom Distributed Tracing and Observability Practices in Azure Functions – Part 2: Solution Design

    Posted by Paco de la Cruz on 24 February 2021

    Azure, Azure Functions, Microsoft, Application Insights, Microsoft Azure

    Introduction

    In my previous post, I discussed why it is important to consider traceability and observability practices when we are designing distributed services, particularly when these are executed in the background with no user interaction. I also covered common requirements from an operations team supporting...

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    Custom Distributed Tracing and Observability Practices in Azure Functions – Part 1: Introduction

    Posted by Paco de la Cruz on 19 February 2021

    Azure Functions, Microsoft, Application Insights, Microsoft Azure

    Introduction

    As developers, we tend to focus our efforts on building and shipping our services and apps to production, but it’s quite common that we forget to think about what happens after go-live. Once we reach production, the solution becomes someone else’s problem. But, even if we could build bug-free services,...

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    Smart Stubbing Framework

    Posted by Sandeep Kumar Pandey on 06 January 2021

    Integration, Digital Transformation, api, mule, mulesoft, stubs

    Consider an Integration project in which the timelines of the different layers make it hard to synchronise the development and test phases across different systems. Or an application integrating with an external system that charges for every call made. Wouldn't it be desirable to limit the paid invocations to such...

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    Start from where you are

    Posted by Liz Douglass on 17 December 2020

    DevOps, Modern Engineering, Software Delivery

    Recently I've been reading Designing Your Life, by Bill Burnett and Dave Evans, who are both lecturers at Standford's famed d.school. The book introduces some of the theories of design thinking and one of the points they revisit a few times is the idea of "start(ing) where you are". I really like how practical and...

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    Platform Management: Enterprise Integration Patterns on Azure Integration Services

    Posted by Paco de la Cruz on 10 December 2020

    Azure, Azure Functions, Enterprise Integration Patterns, Service Bus, Azure Event Grid, Logic App

    When implementing modern application integration solutions, we rely on platforms that abstract many of the challenges inherent to these types of solutions. While the Enterprise Integration Patterns previously covered in this series describe architectural and implementation patterns, the Platform Management patterns...

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    Tech delivery challenges affecting market share and how to navigate them

    Posted by Charu Agarwal on 01 December 2020

    Digital Transformation, agility, Modern Engineering, Software Delivery, service delivery

    Once upon a time, I believed that the global multinational organisations who were thriving when I was growing up could not be shaken, that they were too large and well established in their respective domains for new players to enter.

    My observations from periods of economic turmoil such as the pandemic, the global...

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    The monumental rise of "Buy Now Pay Later" Solutions

    Posted by Nikolaos Nikoletopoulos on 20 November 2020

    Open Banking, open data, fintech

    Show me the Money

    You probably have heard of one of the Buy Now Pay Later (BNPL) platforms: Afterpay, Openpay, ZipPay, Sezzle, Klarna, and lately Paypal?; as the graph above from the Reserve Bank of Australia indicates, credit cards are on the decline and BNPLs are on the rise. I believe the key lies with the fact...

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    Map your way to understanding and agreement

    Posted by Liz Douglass on 04 November 2020

    DevOps, Modern Engineering, Mapping

    "Surely this is a simple change" or "I've got a nephew that built a mobile app in days".

     

    These are common reactions from stakeholders immediately after they hear the expected cost to get a new feature/product into the hands of their customers. These needn't be difficult conversations - you just need a map to...

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