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Windows Azure BizTalk Services Just Became 19% More Interesting

February 21, 2014

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Buried in the laundry list of new Windows Azure features outlined by Scott Guthrie was a mention of some pretty intriguing updates to Windows Azure BizTalk Services (WABS). Specifically, this cloud-based brokered messaging service can now accept messages from Windows Azure Service Bus Topics and Queues ( there were some other updates to the service […]

Upcoming Speaking Engagements in London and Seattle

February 12, 2014

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In a few weeks, I’ll kick off a run of conference presentations that I’m really looking forward to. First, I’ll be in London for the BizTalk Summit 2014 event put on by the BizTalk360 team. In my talk “When To Use What: A Look at Choosing Integration Technology”, I take a fresh look at the […]

Data Stream Processing with Amazon Kinesis and .NET Applications

January 9, 2014

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Amazon Kinesis is a new data stream processing service from AWS that makes it possible to ingest and read high volumes of data in real-time. That description may sound vaguely familiar to those who followed Microsoft’s attempts to put their CEP engine StreamInsight into the Windows Azure cloud as part of “Project Austin.” Two major […]

How Do BizTalk Services Work? I Asked the Product Team to Find Out

December 23, 2013

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Windows Azure BizTalk Services was recently released by Microsoft, and you can find a fair bit about this cloud service online. I wrote up a simple walkthrough, Sam Vanhoutte did a nice comparison of features between BizTalk Server and BizTalk Services,  the Neudesic folks have an extensive series of blog posts about it, and the […]

Window Azure BizTalk Services: How to Get Started and When to Use It

December 11, 2013

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The “integration as a service” space continues to heat up, and Microsoft officially entered the market with the General Availability of Windows Azure BizTalk Services (WABS) a few weeks ago.  I recently wrote up an InfoQ article that summarized the product and what it offered. I also figured that I should actually walk through the […]

Where the heck do I host my … cloud database?

October 14, 2013

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So far, I’ve looked at options for hosting .NET and Node.js applications in the cloud. But what about the  services that web applications rely on? It’s unlikely that your cloud application will use many on-premises services, so you’ll need things like databases nearby. There are a LOT of relational and NoSQL cloud databases out there. […]

Using the Windows Azure Service Bus REST API to Send to Topic from Salesforce.com

September 18, 2013

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In the past, I’ve written and talked about integrating the Windows Azure Service Bus with non-Microsoft platforms like Salesforce.com. I enjoy showing how easy it is to use the Service Bus Relay to connect on-premises services with Salesforce.com. On multiple occasions, I’ve been asked how to do this with Service Bus brokered messaging options (i.e. […]

Where the heck do I host my … .NET app?

August 16, 2013

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In this short series of posts, I’m looking at the various options for hosting different types of applications. I first looked at Node.js and its diverse ecosystem of providers, and now I’m looking at where to host your .NET application. Regardless of whether you think .NET is passé or not, the reality is that there […]

Heading to the UK in September to speak on Windows Azure cloud integration

August 2, 2013

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On September 11th, I’ll be speaking in London at a one-day event hosted by the UK Connected Systems Group. This event focuses on hybrid integration strategies using Windows Azure and the Microsoft platform. I’ll be delivering two sessions: one on cloud integration patterns, and another on integrating with SaaS CRM systems. In both sessions, I’ll […]

Where the heck do I host my … Node.js app?

July 29, 2013

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It’s a great time to be a developer. Also a confusing time. We are at a point where there are dozens of legit places that forward-thinking developers can run their apps in the cloud. I’ll be taking a look at a few different types of applications in a brief series of “where the heck do […]

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