Platform Engineering

We regularly write about our technical experiences (good and bad) and what we're learning from the market.


    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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    Logic Apps: Correlation and Message Dependency Management on Logic Apps with Service Bus

    Posted by Prasoon Madnawat on 09 December 2017

    Azure, Logic Apps, Service Bus, Dependency Management, Correlation


    While working on an integration project, we came across a very interesting requirement of sequencing file fed to a system based on pre-defined dependencies. This problem was complex because the target system did not want to see a file in S3 bucket (or blob container) unless the system has already processed and...

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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


    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


    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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    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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    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


    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 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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    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


    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


    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. 



    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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