Sunday, April 02, 2017

What is Microsoft Flow and how it differs from Logic Apps?

Microsoft Flow is a new cloud based workflow application that will allow business users to automate routine tasks through applications. Other cloud services like IFTTT (If This Then That) and Zapier have similar functionality and also work across many services. Flow also comes with a list of pre-defined templates. I have been using Zapier until now and moving my zaps to Microsoft Flow.

Flow

Flow vs. Logic Apps

  • Both Flow and Logic Apps are configuration based Integration services which allows users to automate their tasks including integration with SaaS APIs. Flow is built over Logic Apps.
  • Flow is targeted against business users while Logic Apps is targeted against IT Pros/Developers.
  • Flow is used for small scale integration while Logic Apps are used for mission critical applications.
  • Develop a Flow in production directly while with Logic Apps you can use Visual Studio, Source Control, testing, support and Automation.
  • Flow has standard security practices like data sovereignty, encryption at rest for sensitive data, etc. while Logic Apps has the security assurance of Azure.

In general if it is a simple integration and doesn't require Enterprise capabilities then go with Flow or use Logic Apps for simple/complex integrations requiring Enterprise capabilities (DevOps, Security, Source Control) and if functionality is not available in Logic Apps then use Azure Functions to write your own transformation code.

Pricing - https://flow.microsoft.com/en-us/pricing/

Flow Templates - https://flow.microsoft.com/en-us/templates/

Feedback & Ideas - https://powerusers.microsoft.com/t5/Flow-Ideas/idb-p/FlowIdeas

Release Notes - https://flow.microsoft.com/en-us/documentation/release-notes/

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