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18.09.2017

 

Specflow and Step Argument Transformation

Have you ever wanted to automate your acceptance testing process but been put off by complex custom classes? Specflow's Step Argument Transformation feature could be the answer. In this blog, we'll go over what step argument transformations, what they look like and how to use them.

12.09.2017

 

Database as a Service

Currently Microsoft offers 2 different types of Database as a Service; the classic Microsoft SQL Server run in a Platform as a Service offering, and the new no-sql DaaS called Cosmos DB. In this article we will give an overview of what Azure is offering and the differences between the two.

04.09.2017

 

Azure, or AWS? Making the decision when hosting applications in the cloud

The choice between your cloud services provider is an important one, and making the right decision could save your business money in the long run. This post will help to highlight some of the features of two of the key players in the game: Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Microsoft Azure.

30.08.2017

 

BizTalk 101 – How to consume a Complex SQL Stored Procedure XML Response, without a custom Pipeline

Many developers rely on custom pipeline to solve simple issues in Biztalk. In this article, we discuss how to consume a Complex SQL Stored Procedure XML Response, without a custom Pipeline.

25.08.2017

 

Embracing PaaS, and leaving IaaS behind

In this article we focus on PaaS and IaaS, and why Microsoft is pushing a shift to one from the other.

23.08.2017

 

Building Azure Logic Apps for Enterprise Integration scenarios

Building workflow or Integration based apps for the Cloud is a lot more easier now. With Azure's Logic App offering developers can now develop Simple or complex Workflow or Integration apps to be hosted on Azure. For more complex B2B scenarios developers can used the Enterprise Integration pack to integrate on-premises to Cloud business processes.

03.08.2017

 

BizTalk schemas and maps – some interesting tips

Schemas and Maps in Biztalk can be challenging. This article contains tips that Biztalk developers can use to resolve common issues faced while developing Biztalk Solutions.

28.07.2017

 

MODERN VS TRADITIONAL TECHNOLOGY INTEGRATION

Every business today is looking for ways to unlock the value of their data, connect disparate systems, increase efficiency, optimise the use of current IT while at the same time keeping the organisation secure. Why? Because competitive advantage, positive customer experience and a bulging bottom line are all dependent on it.

20.07.2017

 

5 REAL-WORLD DRIVERS OF MODERN INTEGRATION

Technology is becoming increasingly flexible, mobile and connected- the evidence is probably either in your pocket or your hand.
Smart devices are now built around a huge number of modern applications, many of which are tied directly into business functions – in essence the line between consumer and business has blurred.

11.07.2017

 

Comparison between DPA & GDPR

Before we start comparing, it’s worth highlighting that this is a bit of an “oranges & apples” thing because, technically speaking, the UK DPA (Data Protection Act) 1998 was enacted to bring British law into line with the 1995 EU DPD (Data Protection Directive, aka 95/46/EC) which is the one that is, now, being repealed and superseded by the GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation, aka 2016/679) that was adopted in 2016.

14.12.2016

 

Creating an Azure Virtual Machine with a Custom Image

When creating a virtual machine in Azure, Microsoft provide a set of images for you to use that your virtual machines get built from. These include simple images such as Server 2012 r2 with nothing installed up to images with different operating systems and various pieces of software already installed, such as Ubuntu, CentOS and many third party applications. There are other reasons why you may want to use a custom image.​

19.07.2016

 

Microsoft Flow

The public preview of Microsoft Flow was announced at the end of April and was showcased in a session at the recent Integrate 2016 summit in London. In this blog, Ed Loveridge demonstrates how to set up a simple Flow to send all tweets with a specific hashtag to a channel on a Slack team site​.

18.02.2016

 

System tests using Specflow

During a recent BizTalk project, one of the customer requirements was that system tests were to be written using Specflow. Specflow is an open-source framework which allows automated tests to be defined as Behaviour Driven Design (BDD) style specifications​. In this blog I will demonstrate how to install Specflow and outline the steps that were used throughout the project to create the tests.​

09.12.2015

 

Engineering Chaos

"The best way to avoid failure is to fail constantly". Over the last few years, Netflix has been improving their resiliency with the help of the ‘Chaos Monkey’ and an ever expanding ‘Simian Army’. Nathan Cooper looks at the lessons that can be learned from their rather unorthodox automated testing approach.​

08.07.2015

 

Microsoft Application Integration offering

Nino Crudele will be producing a series of articles about the latest and greatest in Microsoft technologies, some being directed to sales and management, others being more technically focussed towards the developer community.

30.06.2015

 

Managing object lifetimes with Owin and Unity

Owin is the new open source standard for building and hosting web applications, bringing huge improvements to web development both in terms of flexibility and developer productivity. This article will solve a particular problem that may be encountered when moving to Owin for applications using Microsoft's Unity dependency container.

20.04.2015

 

Introducing Self-Service BI with Power BI

In this series of blog posts, Nicholas Revell will discuss how Power BI and related Microsoft technologies can help you to implement a successful self-service business intelligence (BI) strategy.

01.03.2015

 

Power BI: Realise the benefits of self-service BI

Power BI is uniquely placed to help your organisation realise the benefits of self-service business intelligence (BI), whether you are starting from scratch or building on top of a traditional BI platform.

24.02.2015

 

Making Azure SQL more secure - Part 2

I had planned to review Row-level Security and Transparent Data Encryption (TDE), but support for TDE has not been announced yet (even though I can see the relevant system tables in V12 databases). So in this part I will just be giving you my assessment of row-level security.

23.02.2015

 

Making Azure SQL more secure - Part 1

There have been a number of new security enhancements recently to control and audit access to Azure SQL databases. These include Auditing, Dynamic Data Masking, Row-level Security, and Transparent Data Encryption. In this first part I give my assessment of auditing and dynamic data design and how likely I am to be using them.

19.02.2015

 

Can Azure ML replace SSAS Data Mining?

The data mining tools in SSAS (multidimensional mode) have been available since SQL Server 2000, and the range of data mining algorithms that are bundled are generally considered to be sufficient for most requirements.