Azure API IntegrationThe Azure API Integration process. As we know Logic Apps is excellent to visually create business process and workflows, automate EAI/B2B and connect to on-premises data. If we remember the SaaS connectors that we were talking about earlier, they have the objective to facilitate Logic Apps and its use.

Microsoft has made a big effort to facilitate the Azure API Integration process so all the API Apps created are able to easily interact with Logic Apps. This way you can use an API App as part of a Logic App workflow.

This way anytime you create a Logic App, you can use your Azure API Apps as connectors to bring new functionality to your Logic Apps.

Azure Logic Apps and the Azure API integration process

With Logic Apps you can model your process and message interchange with other systems using connectors. You can connect to a variety of public services, services within your organization or in your on-premise systems.

Logic Apps designer is a visual tool you can use to generate your workflow in a very intuitive way. Communication is made using REST services. There’s a market place full of standard connectors you can use to connect to different systems like databases (SQL, DB2, Informix), mail servers (Office Outlook  365, SMTP), service bus connectors, cloud storage systems (OneDrive, DropBox, Azure blobs), CRMs (SalesForce), FTP and SFTP and more.

You can also create your own connectors to connect to your APIs or buy third party connectors too.

There’s also a list of out of the box connectors that makes our lives easier when it comes to integration. They are part of the Enterprise Integration Pack (EIP).

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Here in Art2link we have helped some customers that didn’t want to expend money and resources in a BizTalk implementation or in an Azure BizTalk Services subscription to build and migrate their systems to Azure Logic Apps using this approach.

In a next post we will go deeper in the technology aspects of this tools and show you some real world scenarios and examples.

I’d recommend taking a look at this blog post by Derek Stever about what you need to consider when it comes to the decision of Cloud vs On Premises vs Hybrid systems.

Feel free to contact us if you have further questions, we’ll be glad to help you.

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