Developing Chat Bots using Microsoft BOT framework

We built a chat bot for our customer that allows web site visitors to ask questions related to quality standards for hospitals and medical clinics. The chat bot would respond with answers or ask additional questions. If an answer could not be found, the chat bot asks the user to enter contact information and routes the transcript of the conversation to an internal rep who can follow up with answers to the customer questions. Click here to download the PDF document.

Global Integration Bootcamp will be held on March 24, 2018, at Microsoft, Downers Grove, IL.

The second annual Global Integration Bootcamp is being held on Saturday, March 24, at Microsoft in Downers Grove, IL. Sign up quickly to reserve your seat for this FREE full day event covering Serverless computing, Logic Apps, API Management, Service Bus, Event Grid, IoT, BizTalk, Analytics, Big Data, Cognitive Services and more.

Using Azure Cognitive Services to do sentiment analysis of your brand in social media.

Great turnout of fifty attendees at the Global Azure Boot Camp in Chicago on Saturday, April 22nd, 2017! Jaidev did a presentation and demo on using Azure Logic Apps, Functions, and Cognitive Services to do sentiment analysis of your brand in social media. For example, during marketing campaigns, you can measure and monitor your marketing campaigns to see how well they are performing by using sentiment analysis on Twitter Tweets. In addition to dashboards displaying sentiment, you can route negative feedback to an internal channel used by your company employees so that they can review and take some action on the negative Tweets. Deck and hands on lab to build the demo can be found here.

Notes from first ever Global Integration Bootcamp in Chicago on March 25th 2017, sponsored by Microsoft and EnkayTech

We had 30+ attendees at Microsoft MTC in the Chicago AON building, and some were from out of state e.g. Wisconsin, Indiana, Minnesota for example. The event was kicked off at 9 am by Microsoft’s David Giard, a Senior Technical Evangelist who covered Azure and App Services and provided guidance on subscriptions. Next Jaidev Kunjur covered API Management, Logic Apps, Remote Data Gateway, Service Bus, Azure Functions, Azure Storage and Power BI and the attendees were assisted in completing the four hands on labs associated with these topics.  In the afternoon, Eric Boyd did a great presentation and demo on IoT using a real device for input and Power BI to display real time charts showing temperature and other signals coming from the device. The last session was on EDI in the Cloud presented by Jaidev, with a demo showing how we can do EDI and AS2 in Azure using Integration Accounts and Logic Apps, all without needing BizTalk Server. The event ended on time at 5 pm.

Microsoft Integration Newsletter – September 2016, Issue 24

EnkayTech was mentioned in Microsoft’s Integration Newsletter. Here’s the extract from the newsletter.

Monitoring on premise BizTalk applications using cloud based Power BI SaaS
In this session, Jaidev Kunjur demonstrated how they implemented a BizTalk application monitoring solution using Azure cloud based Power BI and multiple on premise data sources. The goal was to quickly build an easy to use monitoring solution for the Network Operations Center team (that didn’t know BizTalk) but also provide more visibility into business processes so that Production support staff (who knew BizTalk) could use this as an additional tool to track and debug performance issues. The Power BI dashboard was also used to provide daily reports to business and IT so they could see the KPIs and the value provided by BizTalk that was being used as an enterprise service bus for processing claims, billing, and policies. You can watch the video of the session here.

Please contact us if you’d like to see a live presentation of the work we’re doing with Power BI SaaS and analytics.

Cloud based EDI on Microsoft Azure using Enterprise Integration Pack (EIP)

With Azure and Logic Apps, we can now implement “serverless”, cloud-based business-to-business (B2B) communication, without the need for BizTalk Server or SQL Server. We can quickly and reliably process business transactions, easily track and troubleshoot B2B events and leverage more out-of-the-box connectors. Some key features include:

  • Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) capabilities on Azure: The integration accounts within EIP quickly creates and manages cloud based B2B related artifacts such as maps, schemas, trading partners, agreements and certificates. We can send, receive and troubleshoot B2B transactions across a wide variety of protocols including AS2, EDIFACT and X12.
  • Management capabilities: We can track B2B events in a number of flexible ways like built-in tracking which can be routed to Microsoft Operations Management Suite (OMS) using the out-of-the-box tracking portal. We can easily view and troubleshoot B2B transactions over AS2 and X12 formats (with EDIFACT too).
  • Enterprise connectors: With Logic Apps, we can use pre-built enterprise connectors that make it simple and faster to establish connections with business applications. There are several connectors we can use, for example, MQ Series and SAP ECC connectors. For a full list of all our connectors, please visit the Logic Apps connectors reference.

Microsoft Integration Roadmap

Microsoft has published a new integration roadmap, which can be downloaded from here:

The article describes how the platform can now support both the Pro integrator and the Citizen integrator based on use cases each has to develop. We can now build increasingly sophisticated solutions (e.g. mobile applications, internet of things, mobile engagement, software as a service, service bus etc.) on Azure using App Services (Web Apps, Logic Apps, API Apps, and Mobile Apps). We also learn more about Microsoft BizTalk Server 2016 and Host Integration Server 2016.