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At the BizTalk360 Integrate2016 conference today, Microsoft announced a whole slew of new features and functionality for both BizTalk 2016 and Logic Apps.

Some of these include:

1) BizTalk 2016 will have a Logic Apps Connector

2) Logic Apps will have a BizTalk Connector…

Yes, you read that right: it will be possible to execute/initiate a Logic App from BizTalk on-premises (or in a VM/IaaS); and from a Logic App, you will be able to send a message directly to BizTalk.

Now although both of these scenarios are possible today (by exposing a RESTful service on BTS, or using the REST/JSON functionality on BizTalk), these new announcements make this even easier.

The BizTalk Connector in Logic Apps connects directly to your BizTalk Server on-premises, although details of how this is achieved were not released.

3) Integration Accounts

Integration accounts are an EIP feature which will allow storage of schemas, maps, certificates, TPM etc. and allowing this data to be shared by a number of Logic Apps.

4) Visual Studio Integration

The Logic Apps designer will be available in Visual Studio… soon! They will be part of an ARM resource Group project (which exists in Visual Studio today) and when you open an ARM template (JSON file) which contains a Logic App, then that file will be opened in the Logic Apps designer, but within Visual Studio.

Additionally, Visual Studio will allow any items within your Integration Accounts (maps, schemas, etc.) to be added to a project and synced magically up to Azure.

And all of this can be stored in your source control repository (VSTS/Git).

And… this integrates with ALM/Build so you can deploy it all up to Azure: you can parameterise your ARM Templates so you can use a single template for Dev/Test/Prod etc.

And that’s just on Day 1.

Excited to see what Day 2 brings!