Overview: B2B scenarios and communication with the Enterprise Integration Pack
For business-to-business (B2B) workflows and seamless communication with Azure Logic Apps, you can enable enterprise integration scenarios with Microsoft's cloud-based solution, the Enterprise Integration Pack. Organizations can exchange messages electronically, even if they use different protocols and formats. The pack transforms different formats into a format that organizations' systems can interpret and process. Organizations can exchange messages through industry-standard protocols, including AS2, X12, and EDIFACT. You can also secure messages with both encryption and digital signatures.
If you are familiar with BizTalk Server or Microsoft Azure BizTalk Services, the Enterprise Integration features are easy to use because most concepts are similar. One major difference is that Enterprise Integration uses integration accounts to simplify the storage and management of artifacts used in B2B communications.
Architecturally, the Enterprise Integration Pack is based on "integration accounts". These accounts are cloud-based containers that store all your artifacts, like schemas, partners, certificates, maps, and agreements. You can use these artifacts to design, deploy, and maintain your B2B apps and also to build B2B workflows for logic apps. But before you can use these artifacts, you must first link your integration account to your logic app. After that, your logic app can access your integration account's artifacts.
Why should you use enterprise integration?
- With enterprise integration, you can store all your artifacts in one place -- your integration account.
- You can build B2B workflows and integrate with third-party software-as-service (SaaS) apps, on-premises apps, and custom apps by using the Azure Logic Apps engine and all its connectors.
- You can create custom code for your logic apps with Azure functions.
How to get started with enterprise integration?
You can build and manage B2B apps with the Enterprise Integration Pack through the Logic App Designer in the Azure portal. You can also manage your logic apps with PowerShell.
Here are the high-level steps you must take before you can create apps in the Azure portal:
What are some common scenarios?
Enterprise Integration supports these industry standards:
- EDI - Electronic Data Interchange
- EAI - Enterprise Application Integration
Here's what you need to get started
- An Azure subscription with an integration account
- Visual Studio 2015 to create maps and schemas
- Microsoft Azure Logic Apps Enterprise Integration Tools for Visual Studio 2015 2.0
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