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Integrating Microsoft Azure BizTalk Services with Salesforce.com

July 14, 2014

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BizTalk Services is far from the most mature cloud-based integration solution, but it’s viable one for certain scenarios. I haven’t seen a whole lot of demos that show how to send data to SaaS endpoints, so I thought I’d spend some of my weekend trying to make that happen. In this blog post, I’m going […]

TechEd NA Videos Now Online

June 4, 2014

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I recently had the pleasure of speaking at Microsoft TechEd in Houston, TX, and the videos of those sessions are now online. A few thousand people have already watched them, but I thought it’d be good to share it here as well. The first one– Architecting Resilient (Cloud) Applications – went through a series of […]

Join Me at Microsoft TechEd to Talk DevOps, Cloud Application Architecture

April 30, 2014

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In a couple weeks, I’ll be invading Houston, TX to deliver a pair of sessions at Microsoft TechEd. This conference – one of the largest annual Microsoft events – focuses on technology available today for developers and IT professionals. I made a pair of proposals to this conference back in January (hoping to increase my […]

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. […]

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