Azure Logic Apps
Our businesses have multiple processes running through our daily works and it gets challenging when all the diverse services need to work together. Azure Logic Apps gives you pre-built components to connect hundreds of such services and automate business processes without writing a single line of code.
Azure Logic Apps is a cloud service that helps you schedule, automate, and organize the execution of tasks, business processes, and workflows. It is a serverless application. As the name suggests there are no infrastructural requirements because it’s a fully managed service. There are hundreds of ready-to-use connectors for building enterprise integration solutions with Azure Logic Apps. These connectors provide triggers, actions, and sometimes both to securely access and process data in real-time.
LogicApps consists of four components; connectors, triggers, conditions, and actions.
Connectors: allow connectivity to different data sources and services. Microsoft gives prebuilt managed connectors that connect, access, and work with the data. One can also create their own custom connectors. Connectors expand the capabilities of cloud and on-premises apps.
Triggers: are the starting point for Azure Logic App workflow. Triggers provide fire when events or new data meet specified conditions. Triggers are generally of two types: – Built-in triggers which are the predefined triggers and Managed API triggers which are based on the API connections / API Webhook connections.
Conditions: These are optional and can be used to inject some logic into the workflow.
Actions: Actions are the steps that run after a trigger is initiated. It is what developers choose to do with the input that is received from a connector.
Azure LogicApp workflow starts with a trigger due to a specific event, or when a new set of data meets explicit criteria. Every time the trigger fires, the Logic Apps engine creates a logic app that runs the actions in the workflow. It works best when integrating multiple services with some added control logic
Azure LogicApps have significant advantages for cloud-based workflows.
- Cost: LogicApps have no upfront setup costs, neither ongoing costs nor infrastructure costs. It is charged for executed actions only.
- Performance: LogicApps are infinitely scalable and are always ready for execution.
- Deployment: LogicApps are extremely lightweight which makes the DevOps very simple and efficient. Moreover, they are easy to deploy as developers can either use built-in tasks in Visual Studio Team Services for deploying LogicApps or can create a custom deployment task.
- Integration: It is easy to integrate the on-premise legacy systems with the new ones in the cloud or integrating different LogicApps together.
- Inbuilt Connectors: There are hundreds of built-in connectors, triggers, and actions that include many of the regular business situations.
- Inbuilt Diagnosis: Azure portal have tools that can diagnose any issue related to LogicApps at each step.
Azure LogicApps is a very powerful service that allows developers and enterprises to create cloud-based integrations and workflows. They are not just easy to develop but easy to deploy as well. Using Logic Apps the aim is to go from development to production in very few simple and reproducible steps.
Recently, Microsoft added new capabilities to Azure Logic Apps. Such as; Logic Apps will now run on a new containerized runtime, New Visual Studio code extension, integration with Github Actions to name a few.
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