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The first three months of 2017 was a rollecoster ride, like the trip to Australia and New-Zealand, the very succesful Global Integration Bootcamp, the publication of the labs, the guest blogs I wrote for BizTalk360 blog, and the collobaration with Kent on Middleware Friday. And the Month April was not different in experience.

Month April

The month kicked of with a marathon run in Rotterdam. If there was any marathon in the Netherlands I wanted to do it was Rotterdam. The 9th of April was a very sunny beautiful day, however for running 42K it was a challenge. Yet I made it after 5:05:45.

Besides running a marathon I prepared myself for a trip to Sweden to talk to the Swedisch BizTalk Usergroup in Gothenburg and Stockholm. Thanks to Johan Hedberg we (Eldert and myself) were able to travel to these nice cities in Sweden and do our talks (see Elderts post on the recap of that trip). Moreover, in Stockholm Eldert and myself joined an very interactive architecture session organised my Mikael Sand together with Mikael Hakansson, Johan Hedberg, Robin Hultman, Mattias Logdberg, and Joakim Schütt at Enfo.

We talked about hybrid scenario’s, connectivity, workload driven design, Logic Apps/Functions and exchanged ideas, experiences and thoughts. It was a very useful sessions for all of us.

During the Usergroup sessions I did four new interviews for my YouTube series “Talking with Integration Pros”. And this time I interviewed:

Finally I also wrote an article on LinkedIn about Logic Apps and Functions:

Bet on Serverless: Azure Functions and Logic Apps


My favorite albums that were released in April were:

  • Aryeon – The Source
  • Life Of Agony – A Place Where There’s No More Pain
  • Ghost Bath – Starmourner
  • Novembers Doom – Hamartia
  • Royal Thunder – WICK
  • Deep Purple – Infinite

Afbeeldingsresultaat voor Ayreon - The Source


After my trip to Sweden I went with my family to Prague, the capital of the Czech Republic. We spend a couple of days here to visit some remarkable areas of this beautiful city. The food, city and vibe was great.

There you have it Stef’s fourth Monthly Update and I can look back again with great satisfaction. The marathon was a challenge, however I am happy I finished and completed my third marathon. I’m looking forward to my trip to Portugal, where I will be speaking at TUGA IT.



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. View all posts by Steef-Jan Wiggers