Sunday, April 02, 2017

Logic Apps and why do we need them?

Logic Apps is a integration Platform as a Service (iPaaS) to automate and orchestrate integration workflows and provides connectivity to other Software as a Service (SaaS) applications. It provides the ability to build powerful enterprise grade integration solutions. The Visual designer allows any technical user or developer to model and automate business processes.
Why do we need Logic Apps?
Integration with Enterprise, custom or Commercial Off-The-Shelf (COTS) APIs are always considered as complex and time consuming. As business moves towards digitization integrating with Legacy systems and SaaS applications becomes extremely important. With Logic Apps, API Integration is made easy.
Logic Apps has large number of connectors for SaaS APIs and on-premise APIs. The connectors are added regularly to Logic Apps. Full list of the connectors can be found here.
Advantages of Logic Apps
  • Logic Apps are metadata driven. Metadata is exposed in a format using Swagger.
  • Logic Apps has a simple User Interface and developers can get started using Logic Apps within minutes. Logic Apps are built for faster and agile development. Pre-defined templates allow developers to start developing workflows quickly.
  • Scaling APIs based on the demand has been really hard historically. With Logic Apps service being on Azure and is "serverless" you can meet the demands of your client needs easily. Logic Apps will handle scale, availability and performance automatically to meet demand.
  • Exception Handling is really key for any Integration solutions and Logic Apps provides tools and patterns to make sure that the integrations are robust and resilient against failures using features like retries, scopes, and results.
Always keep an eye on the pricing with Azure solutions. The details around Logic Apps pricing is here.
Ideas & Feedback
You can also provide your feedback or ideas on Logic Apps here.
Release updates
Microsoft updates Logic Apps with new features and enhancements on a regular basis and release updates can be found here.

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