Microsoft announces general availability of Azure Logic Apps to enhance SaaS, enterprise applications

Microsoft announced Wednesday announced general availability of Azure Logic Apps, Microsoft’s Integration Platform-as-a-Service (iPaaS) offering that enables rapid, enterprise-grade, hybrid application connectivity.

At the Integrate 2016 conference in London, the Redmond, Washington-based software vendor shared its vision to build a comprehensive hybrid integration platform that allows customers to seamlessly connect traditional on-premises systems and cloud-native applications. Logic Apps forms an integral part of this strategy, and its general availability marks an important milestone for us in delivering against Microsoft’s Enterprise Application Integration vision.

Businesses are going through digital transformation. Applications, data and devices are proliferating. Agile enterprise integration forms the backbone of this journey, making it possible for companies to connect systems and optimize processes as they evolve. With the launch of Logic Apps, customers can seamlessly consume SaaS and enterprise applications, unlock value from their existing on-premises systems and enhance their integration solutions to make informed business decisions.

Integration has traditionally been a complex and tedious process. Logic Apps makes it possible to complete projects faster and iterate more efficiently by offering a vast set of out-of-the-box connectors that can help integrate SaaS applications like Office 365, Salesforce and Dynamics CRM. With a new visual designer, clients can now spend less time coding and more time composing workflows that help automate complex business processes.

With modern enterprise IT being hybrid, relying on data across both on-premises and cloud, Logic Apps can connect to any existing on-premises system directly through on-premises data gateway, providing the flexibility needed to choose relevant integration strategy for businesses.

With Logic Apps’ extensive (and growing) set of connectors, users can expand existing Azure Cloud solutions to gain actionable intelligence, automate processes, and make better informed business decisions. Microsoft has made it easy to integrate Azure offerings such as Azure IoT Suite, Cortana Intelligence and services such as machine learning and cognitive services with Logic Apps.

Logic Apps also works together with BizTalk Server to form the core of enterprise integration story, along with API Management and messaging service (Azure Service Bus). Microsoft recently shipped BizTalk Server 2016 Community Technology Preview 2 with many new features, including compatibility with latest first party platforms such as Visual Studio 2015, Windows Server 2016, SQL Server 2016 and Office 2016, SQL Server 2016 AlwaysOn Availability Groups and many more. Logic Apps and BizTalk Server are “better together,” making it possible to leverage current BizTalk Server investments to connect to SaaS applications.

Microsoft also made enhancements to the purchasing options for Logic Apps. Customers have expressed that they wanted flexibility in how they purchase and consume Logic Apps. Starting Wednesday, customers have the option to purchase Logic Apps as a standalone service or continue to use current pricing plans such as App Service or IoT Suite.

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