Global Integration Bootcamp 2018

Global Integration Bootcamp 2018

Last Saturday was the second edition of the Global Integration Bootcamp, and we can certainly say it was another big hit! In total we had 15 locations in 12 countries running the Bootcamp, and about 600 participants including the speakers.

Locations all over the world

Locations all over the world

This is an amazing achievement, and I would like to thank all the local organizers, and of course my fellow global organizers.

The global organizers

The global organizers

We started preparations for the bootcamp shortly after finishing last year’s, taking the lessons learned to make this year’s edition even better. This meant a lot of Skype calls, even more communication on Slack and WhatsApp, and coming together whenever we could meet, like during Integrate and the MVP Summit.

Meeting with the organizers

Meeting with the organizers

One of the lessons we learned from last year, was to set up the labs differently. Where we had a continuous series of labs last year, where the output of one lab was the input for the next, we found this was not optimal. Some people indicated they got stuck on one of the labs, which meant they could not continue with the other labs as well. That’s why we decided to create stand-alone labs this year, so people could decide for themselves which labs they wanted to do, and could continue on another lab if they got stuck. Creating labs is a lot of work, which means we can only create a limited amount of labs, which is why we also decided to link to labs and tutorials already created by MS and the community, making sure everyone could find something they like. We also decided to put all the labs up on GitHub, where they will remain, so anyone can use them and adjust them. This helped a lot with reviews of the labs as well, as the reviewers could now easily fix any mistakes they found.

Hard work on preparing the labs paid off

Hard work on preparing the labs paid off

While we were creating the labs, we also started getting the word out there, first for onboarding new locations and after that for promoting the locations as well. During this time we coordinating with locations, helping out where we could, and making sure everyone knew what was expected from them. It’s always great to see how active this community is, and how people are always willing to help each other, whether it be by sharing content, bringing speakers and locations in contact with each other, or gathering ideas around sponsoring and locations.

Already a lot of buzz going on before the event started

Already a lot of buzz going on before the event started

And then it was March 24th, the day of the Global Integration Bootcamp! Once again it started in Auckland, and went around the world until it finished in Chicago.

Auckland kicking of Global Integration Bootcamp 2018

Auckland kicking of Global Integration Bootcamp 2018

It was great how to see Twitter full of pictures, showing all these locations where people are learning all about integration and Azure, and people having fun following the sessions and working on the labs.

Full house in Helsinki

Full house in Helsinki

Rotterdam in full swing

Rotterdam in full swing

If you want to have a full immersion of the day, check this Twitter Moments set up by Wagner Silveira, or these blogposts by Gijs in ‘t Veld and Bill Chesnut. Also remember, if you attended the Global Integration Bootcamp, there are several offers available from our sponsors!

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https://www.servicebus360.com/global-integration-bootcamp-offer/

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https://www.biztalk360.com/global-integration-bootcamp-offer/

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https://www.atomicscope.com/global-integration-bootcamp-offer/

Thanks to everyone who filled out the survey, we also have some clear insights in what people liked, and how we can improve. In general, people are very happy with the Global Integration Bootcamp, so that is amazing!

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Looking at what people told us they liked best, I’m glad to see people seem to be really happy about the content, the speakers and the labs, as well as the possibilities Azure is giving us.

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We already decided we will keep this going, so expect another Global Integration Bootcamp next year! It will be on a Saturday again, as we see this still is the favorite day for most people. Thanks again to everyone who helped us make this possible once again, whether you were an organizer, a speaker or an attendee, we can’t do this without all of you!

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Global Integration Bootcamp 2018 – Melbourne – Recap

Global Integration Bootcamp 2018 – Melbourne – Recap

I realize that several other of the Host form this years Global Integration Bootcamp Cities have posted recaps, mine is going to be a bit different, more about why these local events are import and valuable for the attendees and how they happen.

Again this year I organized the Melbourne, Australia city of the Global Integration Bootcamp, the biggest issue every year is finding a venue, this year we used The Cluster on Queens street in Melbourne, thanks to Mexia for sponsoring the venue, biggest issue out of the way.  The other sponsorship that is need is food, we thought the Microsoft was going to come thought with the Subway offer like they did for user groups, but for whatever reason that did not happen this year, so SixPivot, came to the party and covered the food, thanks Faith.

The next thing to organize was speakers, a big thanks goes out to Paco for stepping up and organizing the morning sessions with help of his colleagues from Mexia: Prasoon and Gavin.  For the remaining 3 session I went a little away from the global agenda and invited Simon Lamb from Microsoft to talk about VSTS build and release of ARM Templates, Jorge Arteiro contacted me about giving a talk about Open Service Broker for Azure with AKS, something different for the Melbourne attendees.  I decided that we always have people that are using BizTalk so I decided that the final talk that I would do would be “What’s new in Azure API Management and BizTalk”,  the API Management part of the talk was also BizTalk focused around BizTalk.

The recording from the talks can be found currently at SixPivot GoToWebinar site they will eventually be moved to YouTube and the links will be posted here.

The key ingredient to a successful local event is the attendees, once the registration site went up, the registrations poured in and we eventually issued all 70 tickets (venue holds between 55-60) so we typically expect a 30% to 35% no-show rate for free events, we decided to enable the waitlist feature and released an additional 20 tickets, for a total of 90 (it turns out not to be 90 there were a few duplicate registrations).  So the days before the event planning everything I was a bit nervous that more than 60 people might show up, but I figure that we would just make it work.

On the day everything got started of really good, we ended up with a total attendance of 37 people including speakers.  I think it was one of the most engaged audience that I have every had a pleasure to be a part of for a hand-on-day event, Thank you very much, but I was still a bit disappointed that we had over a 50% no-show rate, I need to figure out a way to help prevent this in future events, so if anyone has any suggestion please contact me.

The networking that took place during the breaks was great and I really think that it this is one of the key ingredients of a good technical event, I hope all of the attendees enjoyed this aspect of the event.

Thanks again to everyone that help may Global Integration Bootcamp 2018 Melbourne the success that it was again this year.

Microsoft Integration Weekly Update: March 26, 2018

Microsoft Integration Weekly Update: March 26, 2018

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Global Integration Bootcamp 2018 – Melbourne – Session Webcasts

Please register for GIB2018 Melbourne – Session – Microsoft Azure iPaaS – What’s new on Mar 24, 2018 8:45 AM AEDT at:
https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/2935781098126484739

Please register for GIB2018 Melbourne – Session – Azure Event Grid on Mar 24, 2018 9:05 AM AEDT at:
https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/456452835428133120

Please register for GIB2018 Melbourne – Session – Cognitive Services Overview on Mar 24, 2018 11:00 AM AEDT at:
https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/6960477440902941443

Please register for GIB2018 Melbourne – Session – Azure Build / Release ARM Templates on Mar 24, 2018 1:15 PM AEDT at:
https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/907195758065145421

Please register for GIB2018 Melbourne – Session – What’s new in Azure API Management & BizTalk on Mar 24, 2018 2:00 PM AEDT at:
https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/549235344040350489

Please register for GIB2018 Melbourne – Session – Open Service Broker for Azure with AKS on Mar 24, 2018 3:15 PM AEDT at:
https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/4336076226308658947

BizTalk360 v8.7 Released

BizTalk360 v8.7 Released

We are excited to launch version 8.7 of BizTalk360 where we have added improvements to existing features and resolved quite a few number of outstanding support tickets raised from our customers. No one looks forward to spring-cleaning. But think how much better your house/Ticketing system will feel when it’s done!

So, in this version, we decided to roll up our sleeves, and get down to business to resolve some of those dusty cobwebbed tickets and some much-needed fixes. Whenever a support ticket is received and identified as an issue, the support team moves it to bug status, so that it can be added to the development pipeline to be fixed.

As the years have gone by, BizTalk360 has really matured as a product, bringing out new features and enhancements every release (we typically plan a release every quarter). But this release, the team decided to concentrate on bug fixes and help the customer even more by giving them some much needed resolutions.

Resolving Issues from different areas

In this release, we have picked up about 63 support tickets across a wide range of areas. The number of tickets from each module can be seen below.

Support tickets statistics BizTalk360 v8.7 Release

Providing alternate solutions to feedback portal issues

As a product based company, the suggestions and feedback from the customers are very important for the development of the product. We always welcome the feedback which the customers post on the feedback portal. Although at times we are unable to provide a fix in the product immediately, we do try and provide some workaround so the customer can keep using the product in the desired way.

1. Publish SQL Query as a custom widget

Here the customer wished to display the result of a SQL query in the Operations dashboard as a widget. We have taken a sample query and displayed the same as a widget.

2. BizTalk360 to run a BHM Monitoring Profile

In this scenario, the customer wished to run a BHM profile from BizTalk360. We analysed and found another way for BizTalk360 to pick up and run the BHM Profile setup with specific rules rather than the Default profile.

3. PowerShell Notification Channel

Another popular request was for BizTalk360 to perform some action along with the alerts that it sends. This can be actioned via a PowerShell script. This article outlines the steps to be followed to achieve this integration with BizTalk360.

BizTalk360 v8.7 Enhancements

There have been few enhancements that are added as part of BizTalk360 v8.7. These include

Triggering alert emails to admin users

Alert Notification will be sent to the admin users in case of any errors that occurred during the monitoring process. Admin users can be configured in the system alert settings section.

Triggering alert emails to admin users

Pagination added for applications to improve performance

The pagination has been implemented for the “Application Support” section in BizTalk360. This will improve the performance while fetching the application artifacts where there are many applications and artifacts in the environment.

Data monitoring filter option in the dashboard

The performance of the filters in the data monitoring dashboard has been improved by having a filter option to select the specific alarms and corresponding status.

Data monitoring filter option BizTalk360 v8.7 release

Installer logging capability

One challenge that we faced during the installation and upgrade of BizTalk360 is that, if the installation fails, then the support team would ask the customer to run the installation again with logging enabled and share the installation logs to identify the root cause. Now this logging is enabled as part of the installer itself and it would be easy to identify the problem in case of any installation issues.

BizTalk360 Installer Changes v8.7

Stop alerts for maintenance Notification in the dashboard

During the maintenance window, no notification was earlier shown in the UI. This is enhanced now and the notification ‘Environment is currently under Maintenance’ will be shown in the dashboard.

Stop alerts for maintenance BizTalk360 v8.7 release

Feedback Portal News

We have been monitoring the feedback portal requests, and have been picking up the requests that have been popular.

>>Which feature would you like to see coming in BizTalk360 in the upcoming releases?<<

Now we would like to request you, our customers, to please take the time to fill this questionnaire to help us prioritize the next upcoming feature tasks, to let us know what are your main pain points and help us to further improve the product.

Author: Praveena Jayanarayanan

I am working as Senior Support Engineer at BizTalk360. I always believe in team work leading to success because “We all cannot do everything or solve every issue. ‘It’s impossible’. However, if we each simply do our part, make our own contribution, regardless of how small we may think it is…. together it adds up and great things get accomplished.”

Microsoft Integration Weekly Update: March 19, 2018

Microsoft Integration Weekly Update: March 19, 2018

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Microsoft Integration Weekly Update: March 12, 2018

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BizTalk Server Community Extensions Utility Packs GitHub Repository

BizTalk Server Community Extensions Utility Packs GitHub Repository

During the last years I developer and make it available several BizTalk projects like tools, components (functoids, adapters, …) or samples on several platforms like CodePlex, Microsoft MSDN Code Sample or Microsoft TechNet Gallery. And because CodePlex shut down last year, many people were asking me if I will make it available that existing CodePlex projects on GitHub.

Well, I’m happy to announce the BizTalk Server Community Extensions Utility Packs GitHub Repository where I will make it available all my BizTalk Server related community projects or samples.

BizTalk Server Community Extensions Utility Packs GitHub Repository

Initial, my intention was to start to contribute into the Microsoft Integration Repository on GitHub and put everything there but I found out they have several restrictions and that will not be practical or possible… so, I decided to create a repository where everyone can easily contribute and be a central community place for any kind of BizTalk Server Resources:

  • Sample Projects
  • Custom Adapters
  • Custom Pipeline Components
  • Custom Pipelines
  • Schemas
  • Custom Functoids
  • Tools
  • SQL and/or PowerShell Scripts
  • PowerPoints
  • and so on

The main goal is for this repository to be a central public repository for Microsoft BizTalk Server open source community resources.

For now, it has available:

  • BizTalk Mapper Extensions UtilityPack for BizTalk Server 2010, 2013, 2013 R2 and 2016
  • BizTalk Mapper Extensions Functoid Wizard for BizTalk Server 2010
  • Microsoft Message Queuing Testing Tool

Soon, I will be adding more projects and samples and create some documentation regarding the projects available and credits to the authors.

JOIN ME IN THIS INITIATIVE! And add your projects to this common repository.

BizTalk Server Community Extensions Utility Packs GitHub Repository:
BizTalk Server Community Extensions Utility Packs GitHub Repository
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Author: Sandro Pereira

Sandro Pereira lives in Portugal and works as a consultant at DevScope. In the past years, he has been working on implementing Integration scenarios both on-premises and cloud for various clients, each with different scenarios from a technical point of view, size, and criticality, using Microsoft Azure, Microsoft BizTalk Server and different technologies like AS2, EDI, RosettaNet, SAP, TIBCO etc. He is a regular blogger, international speaker, and technical reviewer of several BizTalk books all focused on Integration. He is also the author of the book “BizTalk Mapping Patterns & Best Practices”. He has been awarded MVP since 2011 for his contributions to the integration community.

Microsoft Integration Weekly Update: March 5, 2018

Microsoft Integration Weekly Update: March 5, 2018

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