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    5 Reasons Why Great Integrations are like Great Relationships

    Posted by Admin on 05 February 2018

    Integration, Blog, Delivery

     As an Analyst we live and breathe the value integration brings to organisations, yet we still find that it is often an after thought. Here are my top 5 reasons you should prioritise integration in your organisation.

     

    1. Communication is king

    We value communication highly in all aspects of our life, it is how we...

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    Azure Integration Platform as a Service (iPaaS) – Logic Apps and the Azure Integration Services

    Posted by Paco de la Cruz on 01 February 2018

    Azure API Management, Azure Functions, iPaaS, Logic Apps, Service Bus, Blog, Vision & Digital Transformation, Technology

    Introduction

    A year ago, I wrote a post about this very same topic, the Microsoft Azure Integration Platform as a Service (iPaaS). At that time, the core iPaaS product offering, Azure Logic Apps, was roughly 6 months old, since it’s generally available launch. Since the launch date, we’ve seen an impressive release...

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    Testing ARM Templates with Pester #1 - PowerShell

    Posted by Justin Yoo on 22 January 2018

    ARM Templates, Testing, Pester, Blog, Technology

    ARM template is a great tool for Azure resources deployment. However, it’s very tricky to use because:

    • It’s a JSON object with massive number of lines,
    • Its JSON structure is quite complex so that it’s not that easy to read at a glance,
    • It’s hard to validate if there is a typo or not, and
    • We only know if the resource...
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    Externalising Business Rules on Azure Logic Apps using Liquid Templates

    Posted by Paco de la Cruz on 17 January 2018

    Logic Apps, Liquid Templates, Business Rules Engine, Blog, Technology

    Introduction

    In Azure Logic Apps workflows, you can implement conditions and switch cases to control the flow based on runtime inputs and outputs. This functionality is quite useful, and in many cases, can be used to implement the business rules required. However, those business rules are inherent to the workflow, and...

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    List of Access Keys from Output Values after ARM Template Deployment

    Posted by Justin Yoo on 05 January 2018

    Azure Functions, Logic Apps, Service Bus, ARM Templates, Application Insights, Cosmos DB, Storage Account, Blog, Technology

    There are many cases that we need to retrieve access keys and/or endpoints of Azure resources, as soon as they are deployed through ARM templates. Typical uses cases are:

    1. To display those values in the outputs section of ARM templates,
    2. To get a reference to the outputs section of nested ARM templates from their...
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    Dynamic Access to Azure Functions Keys without KUDU Dependencies

    Posted by Justin Yoo on 15 December 2017

    Azure Functions, Azure PowerShell, KUDU, Secret Keys, Blog, Technology

    I was asked by a previous client whether there would be a way to access to individual function keys, host keys and master key of an Azure Functions app instance without visiting Azure Portal. Because they wanted to use Azure Functions for their CI/CD pipeline with Deployment Gates, they would need direct access to...

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    SOAP over Azure API Management, Logic Apps and Functions

    Posted by Justin Yoo on 11 December 2017

    Azure API Management, Azure Functions, Logic Apps, WSDL, SOAP, WCF, Blog, Technology

    When we work for a service integration project for a customer’s information systems, not all systems use cutting-edge technologies. Rather, still many information systems use legacy ways to get integration works done. For example, some legacy applications still drop files to a designated folder so that other...

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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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    Securing SAS Token from Azure Logic Apps

    Posted by Justin Yoo on 07 December 2017

    Azure API Management, Azure Functions, Logic Apps, SAS Token, Blog, Technology

    When we are using Azure Logic Apps, especially HTTP trigger, their endpoint URLs are overwhelmingly long. Here is an example:

    The...

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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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