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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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    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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    Azure API Management CI/CD Best Practices

    Posted by Grant Samuels on 13 April 2018

    Azure API Management, Continuous Integration, Microsoft, VSTS, ARM Templates, Article, Technology

    Introduction

    Azure API Management is a great product that we often use on customer solutions. It is an extremely effective way to provide a layer of abstraction between your callers and back-end APIs, and provides centralised governance across your API surface.

     

     

    However, one of the most common questions from our...

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    Logic Apps and the Service Bus Connector - The Case of the Incomplete Message!

    Posted by Adam Craven on 18 September 2015

    Logic Apps, Microsoft, Service Bus, Blog, Technology

    When an Azure App Service Logic App Service Bus Connector trigger does not complete the Service Bus message...

    (Cross-posted on DevZone.ChannelAdam.com)

    The Symptom

    The other day I tracked down an issue my team was seeing with an Azure App Service Logic App. The Logic App was being triggered by an Azure Service Bus...

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