Monday, October 31, 2016

Microsoft pushes integration into the new era of digitalization

Just recently Microsoft has released its tenth version of BizTalk Server: BizTalkServer 2016. This latest version will bring the cloud closer to the enterprises with connectivity to Azure Service Logic Apps. The Logic App adapter will close the gap with regards to connectivity with SaaS solutions. The Logic Apps has a myriad of connectors of various SaaS solutions like Dropbox, GitHub, Marketo, Salesforce and with Azure Services like DocDb, Machine Learning and Functions.

SaaS connectors that will grow in numbers in the near future and connectors to Azure Services. Connectors that provide connectivity to anything, anywhere, which is basically the key driver for integration. Hence the centralizing Logic Apps and BizTalk Server at the heart of Microsoft’s Enterprise Integration Platform.

We have arrived in the digital age, where applications and data is everywhere. With all types of devices, we are connected 24/7 and surrounded by data we consume. And enterprises need to be connected and have access to data in- and outside their data center or cloud. Therefore, integration plays an essential role that it always had.

Microsoft technology has evolved over the years and matured into the tools we can use in this digital age to build integrations that fulfill current business needs. BizTalk Server, and Logic App each serve the need for enterprise requirements for integration and can work together nicely. And this Microsoft’s vision for integration i.e. the unified integration experience.

BizTalk Server can provide deep integration with divers line of business systems like SAP and Oracle and act as a gateway to the cloud. Logic Apps can make enterprises more agile to quickly deploy small integration solutions with minimal overhead and lead time. Both collaborate well with API Management and the Azure Service Bus, two other key Azure Services, forming Microsoft Integration Platform. A platform designed and built for the digital age!



Creating a basic integration with Logic Apps

The new kid on the block in Microsoft’s integration portfolio is Logic Apps. And for those who do not know what a Logic App is; it’s a hosted piece of integration logic in Microsoft Azure. To be more precise the hosting is done in Azure in a similar way as a Web App and the logic are built by creating a trigger followed by a series of actions similar to a workflow. And you can simply create and built them in a browser reducing development and lead-time. In just a couple minutes up to perhaps an hour you can have one running.

The beauty of Logic Apps is that Microsoft provides tons of connectors that will enable you to connect quickly through various protocols and with an wide range of applications. And runs in the cloud meaning that you as developer have to worry less about hosting, scalability, availability and management. As a developer, you can focus on the connectivity and logic in the Logic App. Add a trigger, a few actions, configure, save, secure, test and you are ready to add value to your business. Integration at the speed of light as figure of speech or in other words integrations will no longer be the bottleneck for IT to run at the speed of business.

With Logic Apps, its connectors and other capabilities, there are numerous, if not countless, scenario’s you can think of. For example, you can setup HTTP trigger i.e. endpoint that accept a payload, which subsequently is handled in the Logic App to be processed.

Read the full article on the TechNet Wiki: TNWiki Article on create a basic integration with Logic Apps.