Event-driven Influencers - Microsoft Azure

Aug 9, 2017

We’re getting geared up for Emit—our conference on event-driven architectures. Emit has some of the most prominent speakers and sponsors in the field, and in this five-part ‘Influencers’ series we’re highlighting their contributions. Want to know more about where we think event-driven architectures will be in two years? Join us on August 17.


We spend a lot of our time talking to engineering teams. One thing that’s been made clear to us—for organizations across the board, digital products are monopolizing revenue focus. Inside Silicon Valley or not, every company is a tech company. Every company is looking to enhance its digital portfolio.

When Azure Functions busted onto the scene, they had a goal in mind: to be the serverless infrastructure for enterprise. They moved quickly to support a flexible range of deployment options and languages (C#, JavaScript, F#, Python, Batch, PHP, PowerShell); still the most of any serverless provider. They even let you try out Azure functions without making an account, so there’s little in the way of getting started.

And it makes sense. Having a lot of support and options means that when companies like Fujifilm decide to build new serverless apps, they can do so with minimal friction. Serverless architectures cut operational costs to a fifth of traditional (serverful) architectures. They shorten development test cycles and scale immediately with demand. Companies want to make the switch, but they also want it to be easy.

Looking to the future

When we talked with Jared Short a few months ago, he said that Azure was doing something “really, really well” that not a lot of people had seen yet. He was referring to their Logic Apps service.

Logic Apps is built around the idea of events, triggers and workflows. Think something like Zapier or IFTTT, except for cloud services. High level—when you think about building microservices, there are a lot of moving parts to manage. Logic Apps lets you stitch them all together much more easily. It gives you a central place to build and manage all of your event-driven services. As Jared put best: “I want this.”

What this shows is that serverless infrastructure is blooming. From its barebones start, providers are taking broad and detailed strokes to fill out the space of what’s possible. Azure is thinking forward to the unknown unknowns. What will developers need next year? How will their work environments change? How can we be one step ahead?

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