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This group is for blogs related to BizTalk Server. This includes Community Syndicated blogs and Stephen W. Thomas’s blog.
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  • Blog Post: Node.js and Visual Studio: From Zero to a Cloud Foundry Deployment in 2 Minutes

    Microsoft just released the 1.0 version of their Node.js Tools for Visual Studio. This gives Windows developers a pretty great environment for building clean, feature rich Node.js applications. It’s easy to take an application built in Visual Studio and deploy... Read More › Blog Post by: Richard...
  • Blog Post: Docker Q&A for Windows Users

    I’m a Windows guy. I’ve spent the better part of the past fifteen years on Windows laptops and servers. That fact probably hurts my geek cred, but hey, gotta be honest. Either way, it really seems that the coolest emerging... Read More › Blog Post by: Richard Seroter
  • Blog Post: New Pluralsight Course – Cloud Foundry for Developers – is Live!

    Cloud Foundry is a fast-growing open source Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS). It has an impressive array of Foundation members/contributors including Pivotal, Intel, SAP, IBM, Hortonworks, Docker, and many more. I’ve spent the past few months building a new Pluralsight course that explores... Read More ›...
  • Blog Post: Comparing Clouds : IaaS Scalability Options

    In my first post of this series, I looked at the provisioning experience of five leading cloud Infrastructure-as-a-Service providers. No two were alike, as each offered a unique take. Elasticity is an oft-cited reason for using the cloud, so scalability... Read More › Blog Post by: Richard Seroter
  • Blog Post: MABS EAI Bridge LoB Lookup (Part 1 of 2)

    Microsoft Azure BizTalk Services (MABS) has a lot to offer for companies looking for a PaaS Middleware solution. EAI bridges provide B2B communication as well as LoB access functionality for EDI, XML, and flat file interchanges. The new mapping system offers some exciting and powerful new functionality...
  • Blog Post: Service Bus Authentication and Authorization

    If you’re working in any MABS development that use the typical LOB Relay pattern, there have been changes associated with the security models for the same. When creating a Service Bus namespace in the Azure portal only SAS (Shared Access Signature) authentication will be enabled/created by default...
  • Blog Post: Comparing Clouds: IaaS Provisioning Experience

    There is no perfect cloud platform. Shocking, I know. Organizations choose the cloud that best fits their values and needs. Many factors go into those choices, and it can depend on who is evaluating the options. A CIO may care... Read More › Blog Post by: Richard Seroter
  • Blog Post: Continuous Integration with TFS and Azure Cloud Services

    Microsoft provides a useful tutorial (located here) for running a TFS Continuous Delivery configuration, and automatically publishing to Azure. This tutorial, while instructive, is somewhat out of date, and it may be useful to have a more personalized experience of building such a continuous deployment...
  • Blog Post: 8 Characteristics of our DevOps Organization

    What is the human impact of DevOps? I recently got this question from a viewer of my recent DevOps: The Big Picture course on Pluralsight. @rseroter just watched your DevOps Pluralsight. Great tool discussion was hoping you could talk more on org structure….— Tim Barcz (@TimBarcz) August...
  • Blog Post: What Would the Best Franken-Cloud Look Like?

    What if you could take all infrastructure cloud providers and combine their best assets into a single, perfect cloud? What would it look like? In my day job, I regularly see the sorts of things that cloud users ask for from a public cloud. These 9 things represent some of the most common requests: Scale...
  • Blog Post: What’s the future of application integration? I’m heading to Europe to talk about it!

    We’re in the midst of such an interesting period of technology change. There are new concepts for delivering services (e.g. DevOps), new hosts for running applications (e.g. cloud), lots of new devices generating data (e.g. Internet of Things), and more. How does all this impact an organization’s application...
  • Blog Post: New Pluralsight Course – “DevOps: The Big Picture” – Just Released

    DevOps has the potential to completely transform how an organization delivers technology services to its customers. But what does “DevOps” really mean? How can you get started on this transformation? What tools and technologies can assist in the adoption of a DevOps culture? To answer these...
  • Blog Post: Integrating Microsoft Azure BizTalk Services with Salesforce.com

    BizTalk Services is far from the most mature cloud-based integration solution, but it’s viable one for certain scenarios. I haven’t seen a whole lot of demos that show how to send data to SaaS endpoints, so I thought I’d spend some of my weekend trying to make that happen. In this blog post, I’m going...
  • Blog Post: TechEd NA Videos Now Online

    I recently had the pleasure of speaking at Microsoft TechEd in Houston, TX, and the videos of those sessions are now online. A few thousand people have already watched them, but I thought it’d be good to share it here as well. The first one– Architecting Resilient (Cloud) Applications –...
  • Blog Post: Exposing a service bus topic using Azure API Management

    Introduction Microsoft released a new service to Azure, called API Management. This service was released on May the 12th 2014. Currently the Azure API Management is still in Preview, but already it enables us to easily create an API façade … Read more › Blog Post by: René Brauwers
  • Blog Post: Deploying a “Hello World” App to the Free IronFoundry v2 Sandbox

    I’ve been affiliated in some way with Iron Foundry since 2011. Back then, I wrote up an InfoQ.com article about this quirky open source project that added .NET support to the nascent Cloud Foundry PaaS movement. Since then, I was hired by Tier 3 (now CenturyLink Cloud), Cloud Foundry has exploded in...
  • Blog Post: Is your federated user repeatedly prompted for credentials during One Drive for Business Sync?

    We had issues where federated users were continually prompted from their username and password when trying to sync their OneDrive for Business account. Even if you typed the password correctly authentication still failed. We were directed to this KB Article Our specific problem was resolved by disabling...
  • Blog Post: Join Me at Microsoft TechEd to Talk DevOps, Cloud Application Architecture

    In a couple weeks, I’ll be invading Houston, TX to deliver a pair of sessions at Microsoft TechEd. This conference – one of the largest annual Microsoft events – focuses on technology available today for developers and IT professionals. I made a pair of proposals to this conference back in January (hoping...
  • Blog Post: Changes to Azure SQL service tiers and pricing

    Today Microsoft announced changes to Azure SQL Database service tiers. I’ll simplify it for you: You’ll get larger databases for less money and a better uptime SLA. The Web and Business editions of Azure SQL Database are going away with retirement in 12 months. New service tiers of Basic and Standard...
  • Blog Post: Call your CRM Platform! Using an ASP.NET Web API to Link Twilio and Salesforce.com

    I love mashups. It’s fun to combine technologies in unexpected ways. So when Wade Wegner of Salesforce asked me to participate in a webinar about the new Salesforce Toolkit for .NET, I decided to think of something unique to demonstrate. So, I showed off how to link Twilio – which in an API-driven service...
  • Blog Post: New Azure cloud portal

    Hi everybody, since a long time from my last post (some post will be delivered soon), Microsoft has delivered a new portal design. This design is more graphic and more user friendly. So it’s not for developer :P. I like this design but I think it’s not very usefull. It refer to windows 8...
  • Blog Post: Co-Presenting a Webinar Next Week on Force.com and .NET

    Salesforce.com is a juggernaut in the software-as-a-service space and continues to sign up a diverse pool of global customers. While Salesforce relies on its own language (Apex) for coding extensions that run within the platform, developers can use any programming framework to integrate with Salesforce...
  • Blog Post: DevOps, Cloud, and the Lean “Wheel of Waste”

    I recently finished up a graduate program in Engineering Management and one of my last courses was on “Lean and Agile Management.” This was one of my favorite courses as it focused on understanding and improving process flow by reducing friction and waste. My professor claimed that most processes contain...
  • Blog Post: The Cloud is Here and Now

    I recently heard a cloud presentation by James Staten and that is what inspired this post. Cloud is not the future, cloud is NOW! The first thing you need to know is the cloud is not the future, the cloud is NOW! If you do not have a cloud strategy you are already behind the curve. Many [...] Blog Post...
  • Blog Post: Using SnapLogic to Link (Cloud) Apps

    I like being exposed to new technologies, so I reached out to the folks at SnapLogic and asked to take their platform for a spin. SnapLogic is part of this new class of “integration platform as a service” providers that take a modern approach to application/data integration. In this first blog post ...
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