Azure Logic Apps will be the Pro Version of Microsoft Flow

Microsoft yesterday unveiled a brand new service called Microsoft Flow.  Flow is an “If This Then That” (IFTTT) service that allows you to create cloud based workflows for connecting events generated by cloud services such as Twitter, Facebook, etc. that business processes that can send actions to other services.

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Microsoft also has another Azure service called “Logic Apps” that was introduced in February in preview.  Logic Apps is a configuration based workflow engine that connects cloud services together using Webhooks.  Sound familiar?

Sample workflow

When I tweeted the announcement yesterday about Flow, I received this tweet:

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The answer from Microsoft is that they are in fact the same platform and that Logic Apps will become the “Pro” version of Flow as the two services mature.

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Stay tuned for details as they come out from Microsoft….

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Microsoft Unveils Yet another RAD Tool with Flow

Microsoft today introduced a new type of tool known in the industry as If This Then That (IFTTT) which allows for the creation of pseudo applications based on combining cloud services into business driven workflows.  Microsoft Flow is designed to connect to cloud services such as Twitter, Slack, Google Drive, Office 365, etc. and use these services to both generate events (e.g. Twitter retweets your post or someone sends you an email) and drive actions to these cloud services (e.g. send out a tweet, copy a file, etc.) as part of a coordinated cloud based workflow.

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Microsoft has a long history of Rapid Application Development tools which are targeted to development of pseudo applications without the need for custom coding or developers.  In November, Microsoft launched PowerApps for building sophisticated web applications that harness cloud services such as Office 365, CRM, SalesForce, etc.

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If you imagine the two services working together, you could create quite a sophisticated line of business application that leverages these cloud services to drive business processes complete with a dynamic web application for viewing content, providing a customer experience view and then integrating with cloud services for communication and transacting.

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