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BizTalk 2016 Relay Endpoint

In this post, I want to describe a hybrid integration scenario where a BizTalk 2016 service is exposed to Azure using a service bus relay. Note that the relay is not found under Service Bus, but under resource named Relays. This may be a point of confusion. First you will have to create a relay…

Low Code via OutSystems

LowCode platforms are a very important trend to catch up with. Check out this link. If you look at the Gartner Magic Quadrant, OutSystems is among the top LowCode service providers. The video below gives a good introduction to the OutSystems platform with Service Studio as the development environment. Within our company, OutSystems was first…

Micro Services

Micro services are regular REST services with a narrow functional scope. Micro services don’t implement full CRUD functionality, but just a one or more POST methods. Micro services and their underlying resources are deployed in a single container. Containerization gives micro services specific performance and reliability benefits that sets them apart from other types of…

Master Data Management

Master Data Management (MDM) provides processes for collecting, aggregating, matching, consolidating, quality-assuring, persisting and distributing critical business data throughout an organization to ensure a common understanding, consistency, accuracy and control of those critical business data. At a basic level, master data management seeks to ensure that an organization does not use multiple (potentially inconsistent) versions…

Azure AD Tokens and Claims

First let’s take a look at how tokens work in Azure AD. A client wants to call a service with validation taking place via Azure AD. The server redirects me to Azure AD. Here I log in with my username and password. Azure AD returns an access token(AT1) and a refresh token(RT) to the client…

AD On-Prem and Azure AD

Most often, people think Azure AD is just another copy of Active Directory in the cloud. Despite the similarity in names, this is actually not the case. Active Directory is a true directory service with a hierarchical structure. hierarchical structure is created using organizational units (OUs) and Group Policy Objects (GPOs). on-premises you can connect…

Azure B2B versus Azure B2C

Trying to get your head around Azure B2B versus Azure B2C. I found an excellent YouTube video by John Savill. Check it out: Azure B2B Is used in conjunction with Azure AD, no separate product. Is used to give business partners access to all resources that are linked to Azure Active Directory. This can be…

Best of Breed

When talking clients about cloud integration, I alway used to recommend a service oriented architecture approach. I noticed though that many clients are scared off this approach because it’s very complex, time consuming and risky. More and more clients turn to a best-of-breed strategy. This approach has implications for integration. You will have to interact…