INTEGRATE 2022 is one of the largest Microsoft Integration Events, and this year it was back with an in-person event in London, from 13th June to 15th June.
Along with many amazing Microsoft Product People and Azure MVPs, the lead of platform services at Microsoft, Balan Subramanian gave an amazing Keynote and made some major announcements about upcoming features and services and the importance of Integration in large digital transformation projects.
Here is a brief summary of Balan's keynote:
Based on many pieces of research and surveys, a lot of transformation is going to happen gradually. Many of the large customers, who are utilizing Logic Apps, APIM and other services, are still keeping their on-prem data centres and legacy apps, but they are building new applications on Azure.
Along with the other 6 major services, the Event Hubs was a new entry in the mix (not a new service though!).
Throughout the event, there were multiple sessions that were focused on Event Hubs. Balan mentioned that the focus is more and more on Real-time integration.
Balan shared some of the stats that demonstrated how widespread AIS is in the market and the investment from Microsoft to continuous improvement:
This one topic has been a consistent one for the past few years, as the Azure Platform matures with its iPaaS services, more and more customers are now migrating from BizTalk to the cloud. Microsoft has re-visited the BizTalk Migration and tried to understand many challenges customers and partners are facing; they are committed to making the migration better and smoother.
A lot of this commitment comes in the form of enhancing the Logic App Standard, and it's been a common theme around the INTEGRATE event. Microsoft is investing heavily in the Logic App Standard.
Some of the short-term strategies that he laid out were:
The BizTalk Maps with Assemblies support, and .NET framework support, are certainly our favourite ones.
As part of the Medium-term strategy, the below items were covered.
The BizTalk Rules Engine Support and the event tracking utility have been widely anticipated and will certainly make migrations much easier.
Logic Apps and Connectors play a major role in Integration. Balan announced some upcoming features that the Integration Community will surely welcome!
A welcome announcement on the APIM front was that Microsoft is taking the Azure APIM to the next level, from current Management (only) functionality it's getting a major lift with a full API lifecycle tooling. As Balan mentioned, Microsoft has partnered with third parties like Postman and Stoplight.io to achieve greater functionalities within the APIM. We can expect some sort of API Discovery features along with API cataloguing in a near future (about 6 months).
Cluster Reply has been speaking about Azure Integration Services being a bunch of Lego Bricks, of different sizes and colours, and over the many years of being an Integration Champion, Cluster Reply has mastered the art of putting the right bricks together to make a better-shaped integration, that delivers high ROI for our clients.
It was encouraging to see that towards the end of the keynote, Balan described Azure services as Lego Blocks, and it's up to customers and developers to use them to build various integrations. Not to mention that this task comes with the challenge that you don’t have a single pane of view of all of the artefacts in one place. That is where the Integration Resource Grouping will be handy. It's similar to Resource Groups, but with Integration Resource Groups, you will be able to manage the boundaries of all the integration solutions.
The closing notes emphasized again with “Integration is Everything" thought. Business depends on all kinds of Mission Critical Applications. And is very critical to integrate them well to get exponential value out of them. Without a proper integration solution, the value is lost.
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