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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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    TimeKeeper: Using Azure Logic Apps to generate updates from Tempo in Jira

    Posted by Kris Barton on 28 June 2019

    Azure, Azure Functions, Logic Apps, automation, innovation, transparency, TimeKeeper

    Two of the more consistent problems faced by service management professionals are transparency around billed hours and a lack of automation within this space. At Deloitte Operate, we leverage Jira Tempo to keep track of our clients’ billed hours and current utilisation levels. 

    Currently, Jira Tempo lacks...

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    Messaging Endpoints: Enterprise Integration Patterns on Azure Integration Services

    Posted by Paco de la Cruz on 05 June 2019

    Azure Functions, Enterprise Integration Patterns, Logic Apps, Service Bus, Azure Event Grid, Azure Integration Services

    In the previous post of the series, I described how messages can be transmitted from a sender application to intended receiver applications through Messaging Channels, and how the Azure Integration Services can be leveraged to implement these Enterprise Integration Patterns. Messaging Endpoints are the application...

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    Messaging Channels: Enterprise Integration Patterns on Azure Integration Services

    Posted by Paco de la Cruz on 09 May 2019

    Azure Functions, Enterprise Integration Patterns, Logic Apps, Service Bus, Azure Event Grid, messaging, Azure Integration Services

    In the previous post of the series, I covered how application data are to be serialised and packaged into messages so they can be transmitted between applications. In this post, I’ll describe the Messaging Channels patterns, which focus on solving the challenges of transmitting messages from a sender application to...

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    Message Construction: Enterprise Integration Patterns on Azure Integration Services

    Posted by Paco de la Cruz on 10 April 2019

    Azure Functions, Enterprise Integration Patterns, Logic Apps, Service Bus, Azure Event Grid, Azure iPaaS

    When we are designing a message-based integration solution, one of the first things we need to define is how the application data are going to be serialised into messages, so they can be transmitted to other applications. The Message Construction Enterprise Integration Patterns provide documented knowledge that can...

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    Separation of Concerns: Logic App from ARM Template

    Posted by Justin Yoo on 13 June 2018

    Architecture, Logic Apps, ARM Templates, Blog, Technology, Latest Post, Separation of Concerns

    Introduction

    Azure Logic App is a set of workflow definitions, which is written in JSON format. The nature of JSON object results in this being tightly bound with ARM template. In other words, the Logic App has a dependency on an ARM template. Due to these characteristics, when any update is made on the workflow, the...

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    Azure Durable Functions vs Logic Apps: How to choose?

    Posted by Paco de la Cruz on 10 May 2018

    Architecture, Azure Functions, Logic Apps, Serverless, Article, Technology, Azure Durable Functions, Latest Post

    Introduction

    Azure currently has two service offerings of serverless compute: Azure Logic Apps and Azure Functions. Until recently, one could argue that Azure Functions were code triggered by events while Logic Apps were event-triggered workflows. However, that changed after the release of Azure Durable Functions...

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    Converting UTC to Local Time via Azure Functions and Logic Apps

    Posted by Justin Yoo on 05 February 2018

    Azure Functions, Logic Apps, UTC, Time Zone, Blog, Technology

    In many information system development scenarios, including integration scenarios, handling date/time value is always problematic. If your information systems reside in your office or data centre located in your area, that won’t bring about too much trouble. However, if your organisation runs applications in several...
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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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    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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