I made the bold (or “reckless”, depending on your perspective) decision to show off as many technology demos as possible so that attendees could get a broad view of the options available for integrating applications, data, identity, and networks. Being a Microsoft conference, many of my demonstrations highlighted aspects of the Microsoft product portfolio – including one of the first public demos of Windows Azure BizTalk Services – but I also snuck in a few other technologies as well. My demos included:
- [Application Integration] BizTalk Server 2013 calls REST-based Salesforce.com endpoint and authenticates with custom WCF behavior. Secondary demo also showed using SignalR to incrementally return the results of multiple calls to Salesforce.com.
- [Application Integration] ASP.NET application running in Windows Azure Web Sites using the Windows Azure Service Bus Relay Service to invoke a web service on my laptop.
- [Application Integration] App running in Windows Azure Web Sites sending message to Windows Azure BizTalk Services. Message then dropped to one of three queues that was polled by Node.js application running in CloudFoundry.com.
- [Application Integration] App running in Windows Azure Web Sites sending message to Windows Azure Service Bus Topic, and polled by both a Node.js application in CloudFoundry.com, and a BizTalk Server 2013 server on-premises.
- [Application/Data Integration] ASP.NET application that uses local SQL Server database but changes connection string (only) to instead point to shared database running in Windows Azure.
- [Data Integration] Windows Azure SQL Database replicated to on-premises SQL Server database through the use of Windows Azure SQL Data Sync.
- [Data Integration] Account list from Salesforce.com copied into on-premises SQL Server database by running ETL job through the Informatica Cloud.
- [Identity Integration] Using a single set of credentials to invoke an on-premises web service from a custom VisualForce page in Salesforce.com. Web service exposed via Windows Azure Service Bus Relay.
- [Identity Integration] ASP.NET application running in Windows Azure Web Sites that authenticates users stored in Windows Azure Active Directory.
- [Identity Integration] Node.js application running in CloudFoundry.com that authenticates users stored in an on-premises Active Directory that’s running Active Directory Federation Services (AD FS).
- [Identity Integration] ASP.NET application that authenticates users via trusted web identity providers (Google, Microsoft, Yahoo) through Windows Azure Access Control Service.
- [Network Integration] Using new Windows Azure point-to-site VPN to access Windows Azure Virtual Machines that aren’t exposed to the public internet.
Against all odds, each of these demos worked fine during the presentation. And I somehow finished with 2 minutes to spare. I’m grateful to see that my speaker scores were in the top 10% of the 350+ breakouts, and hope you’ll take some time to watch it. Feedback welcome!