Join me at INTEGRATE 2018 London | JUNE 4-6, 2018 | BizTalk Server: Lessons from the Road

Join me at INTEGRATE 2018 London | JUNE 4-6, 2018 | BizTalk Server: Lessons from the Road

INTEGRATE (formerly known as BizTalk Summit) is the primary conference for professionals working in the Microsoft Integration Space and once again is back to London. From June 4 to 6, 25 speakers – 11 MVPs and 14 Microsoft PM – will address the entire Microsoft Integration Platform landscape on topics like BizTalk Server, Logic Apps, Service Bus, Event Grid, Event Hubs, Microsoft Flow, API Management, Azure Functions and many more.

And once again I will be there delivering a session – since the first BizTalk Summit event, I’m a constant presence as a speaker at these events – about BizTalk Server! And if you are wondering why I don’t speak about other integration topics the reasons are:

  • The organization team specific ask me to talk about BizTalk Server…
  • … and I really love to speak about BizTalk Server so I couldn’t refuse! I have plenty of other events to speak about other topics hehe

INTEGRATE 2018: Sandro Pereira

From June 4 to 6, and our MVP Sandro Pereira is one of the guest speakers for the sixth year in a row. Following the last event in Seattle, DevScope joins Integrate once again as a Silver Sponsor.

About my session

After receiving a huge amount of positive feedback regarding my previous talk last year: “BizTalk Server Fast & Loud” I fill a little pressure to continues to match the attendee expectations… almost! Because I’m confident that you will enjoy! Why wouldn’t you enjoy? In this session, I will address real cases that happen to all of us daily.

Session Name: BizTalk Server: Lessons from the Road

INTEGRATE 2018: BizTalk Server Lessons from the road

Abstract: The session will cover small pieces of stories with practical real examples from the field to address certain scenarios/requirements. See real techniques being used in some of the most important features of BizTalk Server, some of them are out-of-the-box capabilities others are custom extensions been made on the platform. Topics include BizTalk migration strategy, content-based routing techniques, Mapping, JSON support, BizTalk administration tips, extending BizTalk out-of-the-box capabilities and many more.

Content is not all you get from this event…

Content is hugely important, and as you read previously, this event will address the entire Microsoft Integration Platform landscape… but that’s not all!

This will also be an amazing opportunity to Network, Connect, and Reconnect with Colleagues. Meet some of the people you have been following on Twitter and blogs and network with them and others who are interested in the same things you are. To hang out with the smartest people you know – and I’m not talking about the speakers or Microsoft PM’s! I’m talking about you guys! – last year were 400 attendees from over 150 companies across 25+ countries attending the event, so imagine the experience that all of us have combined!

INTEGRATE 2018: Networking

The knowledge and experience of all the attendees, speakers and product group members at these events is unreal!!! You will not find an opportunity like this every day.

So, this event is a huge opportunity for you to:

  • Get insight and answers to your questions from these real-world experts: attendees, MVP’s and/or Microsoft PM’s;
  • Know and became friends of people you are interested or that you follow for social media: again, maybe there are attendees, MVP’s and/or Microsoft PM’s
    • I have to say that in this last 8 year I was able to meet and became good friends of several amazing people and all of that because of this type of events and all post-event activities like coffee breaks, dinner with speakers, …
  • Build your personal Business Networking and it is also a good opportunity for Partnerships… and new opportunities

And finally: Refresh and recharge and have some fun!

DevScope is sponsoring INTEGRATE 2018 event

I’m extremely happy to announce that, for the second consecutive time, DevScope is also joining this event as a sponsor. The first time was in INTEGRATE 2017 USA and now it will be the first time in London event.

I’m extremely happy for that for several reasons:

  • It is the only Portuguese company sponsoring the biggest Microsoft Integration focused event in the world.
    • It shows the commitment that my company has in the Integration landscape.
  • But we are also one of the unique partners that, not only can support you in the Integration landscape challenges but also in other Microsoft key areas like BI/Power BI, SharePoint, Dynamics and of course Azure.
    • which show not only the diversity present in our team but also its quality that can be proven by the diverse certifications and distinctions attributed to our professionals

INTEGRATE 2018: DevScope MVP Team

Fill free to contact DevScope at info@devscope.net if you want to know more about us, what we do and/or how can we help you and your business.

INTEGRATE 2018 Registration

You are still on time to register for the conference here.

INTEGRATE 2018: Registration

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. View all posts by Sandro Pereira

Integrate 2016 – What an Event!

Integrate 2016 – What an Event!

Last week I had the privilege of attending the world’s largest integration event this year, Integrate 2016 in London. A big thanks to my employer Mexia for sending me. As is typical for events organised by BizTalk360, it was on an especially grand scale (27 sessions with 25+ speakers) and did not disappoint in the content presented by members of the Microsoft product team and the MVP community.

Day 1 of the three day event featured a number of announcements from Microsoft that clarified their vision and direction for integration, even more so than the Integration Roadmap delivered at the end of last year. Showing their commitment to BizTalk Server as the on-premises integration platform and Logic Apps as the cloud platform provided some much-needed reassurance and comfort to the community. “BizTalk and Logic Apps better together” is the mantra underpinned by the addition of a Logic Apps adapter in the upcoming BizTalk 2016 CTP2 release and the new BizTalk Connector soon to be introduced in Logic Apps.

Without explicitly stating it, it also became rather apparent as to what is “on the outs” in the integration space:

  • Microsoft Azure BizTalk Services (MABS) is likely to be deprecated as both the VETER pipelines and the EDI/B2B functionality moves into Logic Apps by way of the Enterprise Integration Pack;
  • Azure Stack is no longer being touted as the on-premises integration platform; rather BizTalk Server will continue to be king of that domain.

I’ve already posted an article on Mexia’s blog giving my rundown on all the sessions presented by Microsoft and the  significant announcements. Soon after I followed up with a summary of the many MVP sessions that rounded out the conference.  In addition, there are plenty of other blog posts from the community giving their thoughts and recaps of the event; here are just a few:

Besides Microsoft’s clear roadmap message and the excellent presentations, perhaps the best thing about this conference was the opportunity to catch up with colleagues and friends from around the world – and meet new ones as well!


(photo by Thomas Canter)


(photo courtesy of BizTalk360)


(photo by Tara Motevalli)


(photo by Steef-Jan Wiggers)

Kudos again to Saravana Kumar, BizTalk360, Microsoft and all the sponsors for making this such an outstanding event! Looking forward to Integrate 2017!

Integrate 2016 – What an Event!

Integrate 2016 – What an Event!

Last week I had the privilege of attending the world’s largest integration event this year, Integrate 2016 in London. A big thanks to my employer Mexia for sending me. As is typical for events organised by BizTalk360, it was on an especially grand scale (27 sessions with 25+ speakers) and did not disappoint in the content presented by members of the Microsoft product team and the MVP community.

Day 1 of the three day event featured a number of announcements from Microsoft that clarified their vision and direction for integration, even more so than the Integration Roadmap delivered at the end of last year. Showing their commitment to BizTalk Server as the on-premises integration platform and Logic Apps as the cloud platform provided some much-needed reassurance and comfort to the community. “BizTalk and Logic Apps better together” is the mantra underpinned by the addition of a Logic Apps adapter in the upcoming BizTalk 2016 CTP2 release and the new BizTalk Connector soon to be introduced in Logic Apps.

Without explicitly stating it, it also became rather apparent as to what is “on the outs” in the integration space:

  • Microsoft Azure BizTalk Services (MABS) is likely to be deprecated as both the VETER pipelines and the EDI/B2B functionality moves into Logic Apps by way of the Enterprise Integration Pack;
  • Azure Stack is no longer being touted as the on-premises integration platform; rather BizTalk Server will continue to be king of that domain.

I’ve already posted an article on Mexia’s blog giving my rundown on all the sessions presented by Microsoft and the  significant announcements. Soon after I followed up with a summary of the many MVP sessions that rounded out the conference.  In addition, there are plenty of other blog posts from the community giving their thoughts and recaps of the event; here are just a few:

Besides Microsoft’s clear roadmap message and the excellent presentations, perhaps the best thing about this conference was the opportunity to catch up with colleagues and friends from around the world – and meet new ones as well!


(photo by Thomas Canter)


(photo courtesy of BizTalk360)


(photo by Tara Motevalli)


(photo by Steef-Jan Wiggers)

Kudos again to Saravana Kumar, BizTalk360, Microsoft and all the sponsors for making this such an outstanding event! Looking forward to Integrate 2017!

Upcoming speaking engagements in April

Upcoming speaking engagements in April

In my last post I created some awareness on the upcoming BizTalk Summit in London, 13 and 14th of April. This event will be the biggest Microsoft integration focussed summit in Europe. Microsoft BizTalk product group, Microsoft Integration MVP and veterans will speak about integration, Azure and API Management.This event is once again, like the previous two events, being organized by BizTalk360 in conjunction with Microsoft and the BizTalk Product group. There are various reasons you can think to attend like for instance described in the blog post by one of the speakers Sandro Pereira.

My topic is on Hybrid connectivity and more specifically what BizTalk Server 2013 R2 platform offers today. You can read the details below.

Hybrid Solutions with the current BizTalk Server 2013 R2 platform

The IT world has changed with the rise of the internet (cloud). Google, Amazon and Microsoft offer a variety of services in the cloud for storage to applications. Besides them there are a ton of other vendors selling software as a service (SaaS), or provide a dedicated service for instance Drop Box offering storage on demand. This means that integrating on premise, cloud services and software will generate a new demand. Enterprises will now face these challenges as they will need to integrate their on premise systems that are not likely to move to the cloud like SAP with cloud services or solutions. The latest BizTalk Server release 2013 R2 offers capabilities to full fill the demand for a new hybrid type of integration solution. In this talk various hybrid integration scenario’s will be discussed and how you can leverage Microsoft BizTalk Server 2013 R2 to build these solutions.

After this event, I will the week after travel to Sweden for Swedisch User Group event in Gothenburg and Stockholm. I am invited by Johan Hedberg to join him on stage to talk about API Management, on-premise (Sentinet) and Azure API Management.

The last stop for me in April will be the BizTalk Bootcamp in Charlotte, US. Two years I was invited to come over and talk, but was unable to make it. However, this time I will be there! I will speak on similar topics like the London event, with probability to do other talks on API management and BizTalk extensibility. The event is being organized by Mandi Ohlinger who works for Microsoft and is responsible for a lot of the technical content that you find on Azure BizTalk Services and BizTalk Server. This is a free event and registration is necessary!

See you on the road on any of these events.

Steef-Jan