Microsoft Azure Logic Apps: Everything a Business Needs to Know

Microsoft Azure Logic Apps are designed to facilitate individuals with a mechanism for easy workflow application and integration in the cloud system. Besides, it also eases workflow configuration for visual designers. The inbuilt enterprise integration connectors allow individuals to handle the workflow by leveraging logic creation and connectors.

Azure Logic Apps is an IPAAS platform. On integrating it to your existing system you won’t have to deal with scalability, hosting, management, or availability. They automatically scale up for managing the demand. Moreover, this application is serverless. In other words, the developers aren’t required to manage the underlying infrastructure which means they can focus on their business in a better way. It results in code simplicity while speeding up the development process.

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Now let’s learn about various elements of Logic App –

Integration Account

The Apps’ Integration account is suitable for B2B solutions and Enterprise Integration. Integration of Logic Apps and Integration account allows individuals to store multiple artifacts and create B2B workflows, while integrating with SaaS applications of a Third-party.

Sentimental Analysis using Logic Apps

The Sentiment Analysis allows users to manage the ranking of tweets using Logic Apps and hashtag. Azure Logic App triggers when is tweet is written using a hashtag. The Cognitive Service of the apps scores the tweet and the score data is sent for analytics to Power BI.

Integration Service Environment of Logic App

ISE or the Integration Service Environment allows users to run their apps that have the potential of interacting with the virtual machines of the Azure Virtual Network. The storage of public app is cut off from public services Logic Apps which results in improved performance of the apps.

Azure Logic Apps Log Analytics

Log Analytics is potentially used for executing the Log Queries. Users need to turn on the Log Analytics when the Logic App is being created. It allows users to monitor and conduct diagnostics for Logic Apps. Additionally, it also offers the advantage of log query for debugging. Moreover, Log Analytics configuration gives users the complete view of the activities like number of failed actions, number of failed triggers, etc.

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Managing and monitoring Azure Serverless Applications with Serverless360

Azure Logic Apps are created for solving various challenges of the businesses with easy automation and workflow design but monitoring and managing the Logic Apps in context of application isn’t allowed on the Azure Portal. For solving this Challenge individuals need to go for the Serverless360. It is designed specifically for monitoring and managing Serverless Azure Applications. Serverless360 allows users to monitor and manage the Logic Apps efficiently.

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Top reasons to use Azure Logic Apps as enterprise integration platform

1.  It’s an affordable integration platform

Azure Logic Apps are counted among the most cost-effective platforms available in the market for enterprise integration. It doesn’t require any setup costs. Unlike other services users aren’t required to pay anything at the upfront. Plus, there is no infrastructure maintenance cost as Microsoft manages it on behalf of the users.

Furthermore, users aren’t required to bear cost of the Logic Apps resources that they won’t be using anyway. It’s a serverless engine hence users are billed as per their consumption. In other words, users pay only for what they use. Individuals having an Office 365 connector featuring ‘When a file or item is modified’ trigger are charged only for the modifications made in the files are actually modified. File modification brings the trigger into action.

Besides, Logic Apps users also have the advantage of testing and developing integration features before workflow deployment. And the best part is that there are no additional costs here.

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In a nutshell, Logic Apps being a serverless engine have the potential of bringing down enterprise integration cost and reduce the number of administrative manual tasks. Resultantly, users can focus more on refining their business logic and code deployment.

2.  Azure Logic Apps offer flexibility and scalability

Azure Logic Apps is a cloud-based computing service which makes it highly flexible in terms of scalability. Unlike the traditional enterprise app development users need not to worry about scaling, monitoring, and hosting. Azure Logic Apps is a unique serverless solution that takes care of all these elements.

Moreover, this Logic Apps scales out the workflow automatically while managing the resources, thus, eliminating the need for virtual machines. Also, it can handle multiple concurrent functions easily and efficiently within seconds, allowing the users to match triggers and changing events in real-time. There is no need for any manual configuration here.

Multiple actions, inactivity, or skipped actions don’t affect the performance of Azure Logic Apps especially when it comes to scalability. It is indeed one of the most reliable integration platforms available in the market.

3.  Interactive design for better workflow

Azure Logic Apps comes with smart drag-and-drop interface. Its unique design creates simple workflows with the help of in-built features. The solutions allow users to ensure automated system integrations and business processes using pre-built connectors. Moreover, it requires minimal coding and the code is automatically generated in the background.

Logic Apps deployment slays out the workflows which starts with a trigger to execute the business workflows like social media posts filtering. The connectors used in the process facilitate integration or the process of taking action for achieving a desired target. It could be sending the filtered posts to a particular messenger channel team, connecting visual processes and others.

Logic Apps allows the developers with high-end expertise to check the coding view of different workflows that take place in the Azure Portal. It allows the users to edit or create definitions in JSON (JavaScript Object Notation) using Azure PowerShell commands and Resource Manager Templates. It is ideal for a particular set of tasks.

Additionally Logic Apps facilitates users with prebuilt templates that feature common patterns allowing the users to create maximum number of workflows in the real-time. Users can also consider implementing a personal template for setting organizational day to day reminders, creating to-do lists for critical works, and automating tasks to single user approval.

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4.  In-built tools for historical overview

The monitoring tools that are in-built in Azure Logic Apps make it easier for the individuals to access historical details of the integrated apps, services, data, and processes. The system makes it easy for the individuals to check current status, performance, trigger history, run history, etc. quickly and easily. Its integration with the cloud allows authorized users to access all important information anytime, anywhere.

Besides, users can get a detailed overview of all their logic apps on using Azure Management Solution on its Operations Management Suite that features report generation of Power BI, custom queries tracking, failure and success graph trends, and a history of your triggers, runs, failures, and actions.

5.  Excellent enterprise connectors

There are over 200 enterprise connectors in logic apps that can be used for connecting with any service, app, data, or device connected it. These connectors can be used for authorizing the logic apps for connecting, accessing and expanding cloud and on-premises apps’ capabilities. The entire process is driven towards automating the tasks with the help of data created by users and the ones existing in various disparate systems.

Logic App connectors can be considered as building blocks for connecting the resources and defining the actions that users are desirous of triggering on every end. Let’s say – a user wishes to set up a new calendar in Outlook for an event. And to add a new object in the Dynamics CRM they use a pre-built Dynamics and Outlook connector for allowing interaction of the services. In addition, it also helps in defining the actions on each end using a list of triggers and connector actions that are pre-built in the system.

Connectors eliminate and reduce potential enterprise integration challenges that connect the devices, services, apps, and data together as the app can be easily used by both non-coders and developers. The best thing is that Azure Logic Apps features highest number of connectors than any other integration platform in the market. Its connectors are ideal for SaaS apps such as Outlook, Dynamics, Dropbox, Salesforce, Twitter, and others.

6.  Gives users the benefit of enterprise messaging

Azure Logic Apps facilitates its users with B2B integration features through the Enterprise Integration Pack which is ideally created to enable the users exchange messages easily without any hassle irrespective of the protocols and formats they are using. The inputs received from the enterprise apps is decoded by the pack and then its processes using encodes and workflows. The final is interpreted into a standard target systems format.

Business to business workflows are efficiently handled with the help of XML transmission and processing. B2B exchanges come with standard protocols like X12, AS2, and EDIFACT. The advance system secures the messages using digital signatures and advance encryption.

Conclusion

Azure Logic Apps is updated constantly with new templates, connectors, and features to enhance the cloud integrated workflows constantly. With increasing number of individuals adopting Cloud based solutions, Logic Apps have turned out to be an amazing solution for the businesses. To start utilizing its full potential, contact Stridely Solutions – Microsoft’s Gold Partner for Cloud Platform Competency – today.

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