Logic Apps is Officially GA + New Features

Logic Apps is Officially GA + New Features

Today the Logic Apps team has officially announced the general availability of Logic Apps! We’ve been following developments in the space since it was first unveiled back in December of 2014. The technology has certainly come a long way since then, and is certainly becoming capable of being a part of enterprise integration solutions in the cloud. A big congratulations is in order for the team that has carried it over the finish line (and that is already hard at work on the next batch of functionality that will be delivered)!

Along with hitting that ever important GA milestone, Logic Apps has recently added some new features that really improve the overall experience in using the product. The rest of this post will run through a few of those things.

Starter Templates

Starter Logic App Templates

When you go and create a new Logic App today, rather than being given an empty slate and a dream, you are provided with some starter templates with which you can build some simple mash-ups that integrate different SaaS solutions with one another and automate common tasks. If you’d still rather roll up your sleeves and dig right into the code of a custom Logic App, there is nothing preventing you from starting from scratch.

Designer Support for Parallel Actions

Ever since the designer went vertical, it has been very difficult to visualize the flow of actions whenever there were actions that could execute in parallel. No longer! You can now visualize the flow exactly as it will execute – even if there are actions that will be executing in parallel!

Parallel Actions

Logic Apps Run Monitoring

Another handy improvement to the visualization of your Logic Apps is the new runtime monitoring visualization provided in the portal. Instead of seeing a listing of each action in your flow alongside their statuses – with tens of clicks involved in taking in the full state of the flow at any given time – a brand new visualizer can be used to see everything in one shot.

The visualization captures essentially the same thing that you see in the Logic App designer, but shows both the inputs and the outputs on each card along with a green check mark (Success), red X (Failure), or gray X (skipped) in the top-right corner of the cards.

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Additionally if you have a for each loop within your flow, you can actually drill into each iteration of the loop and see the associated inputs/outputs for that row of data.

For Each Monitoring Visualization

Visual Studio Designer

There is one feature that you won’t see in the Azure portal. In fact, it’s designed for offline use – the Visual Studio designer for Logic Apps. The designer can be used to edit those Logic App definitions that you’d rather manage in source control as part of an Azure Resource Group project – so that you can take advantage of things like TFS for automated build and deploy of your Logic Apps  to multiple environments

Unfortunately, at the moment you will not experience feature parity with the Azure Portal (i.e., it doesn’t do scopes or loops), but it can handle most needs and sure is snappy!

Visual Studio Designer for Logic Apps

That being said, do note that at the moment, the Visual Studio designer is still in preview and the functionality is subject to change, and might have a few bugsies still lingering.

Much More

These are just a few of the features that stick out immediately while using the GA version of the product. However, depending on when you last used the product, you will find that there are lots of runtime improvements and expanded capabilities as well (e.g., being able to control the parallelism of the for each loops so that they can be forced to execute sequentially).

Be Prepared

So how can you be prepared to take your integrations to the next level? Well, I’m actually in the middle of teaching all of these things right now in QuickLearn Training’s Cloud-based Integration using Logic Apps class, and in my humble and biased opinion, it is the best source for getting up to speed in the world of build cloud integrations. I highly recommend it. There’s still a few slots left in the September run of the class if you’re interested in keeping up with the cutting edge, but don’t delay too long as we expect to see these classes fill up through the end of the year.

As always, have fun and do great things!

Microsoft Integration MVP 2016– 7th Time in a row!

Microsoft Integration MVP 2016– 7th Time in a row!

A few weeks ago I received an e-mail from Microsoft with exciting news that my MVP status has been renewed again. I am now an Azure MVP!

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For me this is the seventh time to receive this award. The sixth year in the program has been again an awesome experience, which gave me the opportunity to do great things and meet inspiring, very skilled people. I have had some interesting speaking engagement, which were fun to do and were very fulfilling. I learned a lot through speaking thanks to the community and fellow MVP’s. I was able to share my experiences through these speaking gigs and other channels like this blog, MSDN Gallery, and above all the TechNet Wiki.

I would like to thank:

  • My MVP old lead William Jansen, and new MVP lead Tina Stenderup-Larsen.
  • The BizTalk Product Team, Jim Harrer, Ed Price, Mandi Ohlinger, Tord G. NordahlDan RosanovaJon FanceyPaolo Salvatori, and all other Microsoft employees involved.
  • People at my former employers: Rene BrauwersEldert Grootenboer, fellow MVP Edward Bakker and many others. 
  • At my current company DutchWorkz : Rutger van Hagen and colleguaes.
  • Fellow Microsoft Integration MVP’s: Richard SeroterKent WeareMikael HåkanssonJohan Hedberg, Saravana KumarNino Crudele, Sandro PereiraStephen W. Thomas, Mick Badran (Azure), Micheal StephensonTomasso GroenendijkNicholas HauensteinSalvatore Pellitteri,Sam VanHoutteGlenn ColpeartBill ChesnutHoward S. Edidin, Martin Abbott, Leonid Ganeline, and Ashwin Prabhu, who I got learn even better and supported me in this program.
  • The BizTalk community: Mikael SandLex HegtColin Meade, Naushad Alam, Johann Cooper, Mark Brimble, Mitch VanHelden, Sven Van den Brande, Jérémy Ronk,  Maxime Labelle, Jean-Paul Smit, Dean Robertson and the collegueaes at Mexia, and many others that make the BizTalk community strong! 
  • Andrew Slivker from Sentinet.
  • Finally my wife Lian and children StanEllis and Cato for their support.

I’m looking forward to another great year in the program.

Cheers,

Steef-Jan

Microsoft Integration MVP 2016– 7th Time in a row!

Microsoft Integration MVP 2016– 7th Time in a row!

A few weeks ago I received an e-mail from Microsoft with exciting news that my MVP status has been renewed again. I am now an Azure MVP!

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For me this is the seventh time to receive this award. The sixth year in the program has been again an awesome experience, which gave me the opportunity to do great things and meet inspiring, very skilled people. I have had some interesting speaking engagement, which were fun to do and were very fulfilling. I learned a lot through speaking thanks to the community and fellow MVP’s. I was able to share my experiences through these speaking gigs and other channels like this blog, MSDN Gallery, and above all the TechNet Wiki.

I would like to thank:

  • My MVP old lead William Jansen, and new MVP lead Tina Stenderup-Larsen.
  • The BizTalk Product Team, Jim Harrer, Ed Price, Mandi Ohlinger, Tord G. NordahlDan RosanovaJon FanceyPaolo Salvatori, and all other Microsoft employees involved.
  • People at my former employers: Rene BrauwersEldert Grootenboer, fellow MVP Edward Bakker and many others.
  • At my current company DutchWorkz : Rutger van Hagen and colleguaes.
  • Fellow Microsoft Integration MVP’s: Richard SeroterKent WeareMikael HåkanssonJohan Hedberg, Saravana KumarNino Crudele, Sandro PereiraStephen W. Thomas, Mick Badran (Azure), Micheal StephensonTomasso GroenendijkNicholas HauensteinSalvatore Pellitteri,Sam VanHoutteGlenn ColpeartBill ChesnutHoward S. Edidin, Martin Abbott, Leonid Ganeline, and Ashwin Prabhu, who I got learn even better and supported me in this program.
  • The BizTalk community: Mikael SandLex HegtColin Meade, Naushad Alam, Johann Cooper, Mark Brimble, Mitch VanHelden, Sven Van den Brande, Jérémy Ronk,  Maxime Labelle, Jean-Paul Smit, Dean Robertson and the collegueaes at Mexia, and many others that make the BizTalk community strong!
  • Andrew Slivker from Sentinet.
  • Finally my wife Lian and children StanEllis and Cato for their support.

I’m looking forward to another great year in the program.

Cheers,

Steef-Jan

Author: Steef-Jan Wiggers

Steef-Jan Wiggers is all in on Microsoft Azure, Integration, and Data Science. He has over 15 years’ experience in a wide variety of scenarios such as custom .NET solution development, overseeing large enterprise integrations, building web services, managing projects, designing web services, experimenting with data, SQL Server database administration, and consulting. Steef-Jan loves challenges in the Microsoft playing field combining it with his domain knowledge in energy, utility, banking, insurance, health care, agriculture, (local) government, bio-sciences, retail, travel and logistics. He is very active in the community as a blogger, TechNet Wiki author, book author, and global public speaker. For these efforts, Microsoft has recognized him a Microsoft MVP for the past 6 years.

Microsoft Integration MVP 2016- 7th Time in a row!

A few weeks ago I received an e-mail from Microsoft with exciting news that my MVP status has been renewed again. I am now an Azure MVP!For me this is theseventh timeto receive this award. The sixth year in the program has been again an awesome experience, which gave me the opportunity to do great things and meet inspiring, very skilled people. I have had some interesting speaking engagement,

#robustintegration Reviewers – Howard Edidin & Glenn Colpaert

#robustintegration Reviewers – Howard Edidin & Glenn Colpaert

Howard S. Edidin, @hsedidin

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Howard S. Edidin is a Cloud Architect/Consultant specializing with Azure PaaS Integration. He is a well know speaker and contributor to BizTalk community. He is also been awarded as Data Platform MVP.

Currently he is working as a Senior Azure Solution Architect with VNB Consulting, Inc. He is specialized in Healthcare and Life Sciences Integration using BizTalk Server and Azure.

He is certified as Microsoft Certified Technical Specialist (MCTS) in BizTalk Server 2010 and is also a Gold Member of the HL7 Organization. He is a Microsoft Virtual Technical Specialist (BizTalk, Azure) for Healthcare (P-TSP) and a member of the Azure Advisory Group.

He is considered the “go to” person for HL7 Integration. Howard is working with Microsoft Healthcare and Life Sciences on the integration of HL7 FHIR with Azure. He was the first to implement FHIR using Microsoft BizTalk Server.

Howard has co-authored three books on BizTalk Server. He also maintains a blog, The Azure DocumentDB  and publishes a Daily newspaper Healthcare Integration

He has also spoke few times in Integration User Group – Integration Monday.

It’s really great to have him as one of the reviewer of our book– Robust Cloud Integration with Azure. Now that he is in the reviewer team of our book, I asked him to share his thoughts on the following couple of questions about the book.

1. What do you think about the outline of the book?

The outline is very thorough.  The biggest issue is trying to keep up with the constant updates and new functionality on Azure.Many of the products and service available in Azure today are in preview.

2. What is your expectation from the book or how do you think this book would be valuable for its reader’s time and money?

The most difficult task is to provide content that is not publicly available on the Azure site or a blog.  Every topic requires at least one good tutorial.

Glenn Colpaert, @GlennColpaert

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Glenn Colpaert is an Integration Consultant and Microsoft Azure MVP at Codit.

He believes its shame to let his learning, experiences, POCs / demos, sit there with no purpose. So he often share his learning and experience with the community by writing a blog post or giving a talk on that subject.

Glenn is also part of the Microsoft Azure Insider program as well as the BizTalk Advisors group.

He became a board member of BTUG.be, the Belgian BizTalk User Group and is an active blogger on the Codit Blog.

He has also spoke couple of times in Integration User Group – Integration Monday.

He has also created a video for Microsoft Channel 9 about Microsoft Cloud Integration and SAP.

He was the first who showed keen interest for reviewing the book after reading the blog post. Here is his thought on the following couple of questions about the book.

1. What do you think about the outline of the book?

After reading the announcement blog post about the robust integration book I reached out to the team behind it and asked if they could use some help with the review of the book. The outline of the book immediately triggered my interest as it tried the cover the broad spectrum of the current integration landscape without losing sight of what’s coming next within the integration space..

2. What is your expectation from the book or how do you think this book would be valuable for its reader’s time and money?

The team behind robust integration is setting some high expectations as they try to cover all important areas of modern/hybrid Integration. Covering the broad spectrum from Logic Apps over API Management to Hybrid Integration with BizTalk Server 2016, this book will definitely will be a must read for all people involved or interested in the current and to be integration landscape.

I welcome both Howard and Glenn to our book reviewer team.

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