Insights on Logic Apps and Service Bus with BizTalk360

Published on : Apr 24, 2024

Category : BizTalk Server




In a business, different departments handle specific tasks, like sales, marketing, and customer service. But what if they all operated in separate buildings, unable to easily share information? That is where cloud integration comes in!

Cloud integration acts like a bridge, connecting your various applications and data in the cloud. Think of it as a central hub where everyone can access and share information seamlessly. This becomes especially helpful when companies are:

  • Moving more to the cloud: Cloud integration ensures a smooth flow of data between your cloud-based applications.
  • Embracing hybrid environments: It allows your cloud and on-premises software to work together as a unified system.

Now, let’s explore the benefits of cloud integration for BizTalk Server:

  • Scalability on Demand: Need to ramp up your operations quickly? Cloud integration allows you to easily scale up your BizTalk environment as your needs change, just like adding more stalls to your marketplace during peak season.
  • Adapting to New Opportunities: Business needs can evolve, and cloud integration provides the flexibility to integrate new applications or functionalities with ease, keeping your marketplace adapting to changing customer demands.
  • Cost-Effective Solutions: Compared to traditional methods, cloud integration can offer a more economical approach. It is like renting space instead of building a whole new marketplace, reducing upfront costs.
  • Unlock the Power of Innovation: Cloud-based BizTalk integrations open doors to cutting-edge technologies like AI and analytics. Imagine using AI to analyse customer behaviour in your marketplace and personalize their experience!

Understanding Logic Apps Monitoring

Logic Apps

Logic Apps are like the glue that holds your business processes together.They connect and automate tasks between different apps, data sources, and systems, helping businesses work better. This allows businesses to streamline workflows, improve efficiency, and react faster to changing conditions. Say for example,

Traditionally, processing an insurance claim required manual data entry and approval steps. Logic Apps automate data transfer and trigger approvals based on claim details, streamlining the process.

One key advantage about Logic Apps is how easy they are. With a simple interface and pre-built connectors, businesses can create automated workflows without needing to know a lot of code. This is especially good for BizTalk users who want to switch to a more flexible system, especially if they are using a mix of cloud and local servers.

For instance, imagine an e-commerce company using Logic Apps to automate order fulfilment. When a new order arrives, a Logic App can trigger actions like updating inventory, sending a notification to the warehouse, and generating a shipping label.

Monitoring these Logic Apps ensures everything runs smoothly – identifying potential bottlenecks, preventing errors, and keeping the entire fulfilment process efficient.

Why is monitoring needed?

Monitoring Logic Apps integrations is super important to make sure they work smoothly and catch any problems before they disrupt the business processes. Let’s see why monitoring is so crucial, along with a few example metrics to track:

Proactive Problem Detection: By monitoring metrics like execution duration, success rates, and error counts, you can identify potential bottlenecks or errors before they impact the workflows. Imagine a Logic App that handling customer orders. A sudden spike in execution time or a rise in error counts might indicate an overloaded system or integration issue, allowing you to intervene before orders are delayed.

Performance Optimization: Monitoring metrics like resource utilization (CPU, memory) and latency helps pinpoint areas for improvement. You might discover a specific Logic App consistently uses high resources, impacting overall performance. By looking at how long it takes and what resources it needs, you can optimize workflows and improve efficiency.

Faster Debugging: When things go wrong, monitoring provides a detailed audit trail with error logs and exception details. This allows you to quickly diagnose the root cause of the issue and take corrective actions. For instance, if a Logic App fails to connect to an external system, the error logs might reveal authentication problems or network connectivity issues.

Example Metrics to Track

Execution Duration: Time taken for a Logic App workflow to complete. Monitor for sudden increases or deviations from the average.

Success Rates: Percentage of Logic App executions that run successfully. A dip in success rates indicates potential errors.

Error Counts: Number of errors encountered during Logic App execution. Monitor for specific error codes to diagnose issues.

Resource Utilization (CPU, Memory): Percentage of computing resources used by the Logic App. High utilization might indicate performance bottlenecks.

Latency: Time taken for a Logic App to respond to a trigger or event. Monitor for increased latency impacting responsiveness.

By monitoring these key metrics, business can proactively maintain the health and performance of your Logic Apps integrations, ensuring business processes run smoothly and efficiently.

Leveraging BizTalk360 for effective monitoring

Direct Slowness Indicators

Run Duration (Avg): This metric directly indicates the average time taken for a Logic App workflow to complete. A significant increase in this value compared to the baseline or average suggests slow execution.

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Potential Bottleneck Indicators

Throttled Runs: This metric shows the number of workflow executions throttled due to resource limits. A rise in throttling events suggests your Logic App might be hitting resource limits and slowing down.


Integration Issues

Failed Runs: A surge in errors can slow down the entire workflow due to retries. Analyse trends and specific error codes to pinpoint the root cause of errors that might be impacting speed.


Monitoring Latency

Trigger Latency: If it takes longer for a Logic App to respond to a trigger can contribute to overall slow execution, especially in real-time workflows.


Gain Real-Time Visibility with Intuitive Dashboards

Once the Azure resources are enabled for monitoring, a comprehensive and user-friendly BizTalk360 monitoring dashboard becomes your central hub. This intuitive interface provides: Live Status at a Glance: View the current health of your critical Azure components in real-time. Big-Screen Ready: Present the dashboard on a large screen for clear visibility across your team or operations centre. logic apps This way business keeps the focus on the benefits (real-time visibility and team awareness) without mentioning specific services.

Stay Informed with Powerful Alerts

BizTalk360 doesn’t just watch over things – it keeps you in the loop before problems get out of hand. With its strong alert system, both techies and business folks stay on top of important situations.

Imagine a scenario where the monitoring logic apps or service bus queues malfunction. BizTalk360 spots the problem and send alerts right away (as shown in the image). This empowers you to:

Respond Quickly: Address problems faster with real-time notifications.

Prioritize Effectively: Focus on critical issues with clear alerts highlighting deviations from expected states.

Improve Collaboration:Make sure everyone knows what’s going on, promoting teamwork and quick solutions with alert escalation rules.

In our upcoming V11.0 version, we have added monitoring for Standard Logic Apps, allowing users to track state and metrics efficiently.

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Azure Service Bus Monitoring

BizTalk Server often uses Azure Service Bus for reliable message exchange within integration workflows. Monitoring the service bus is important to make sure messages flow smoothly and to find any problems quickly.

Service bus monitoring tracks key metrics like message counts (active, dead-lettered, etc.), queue/topic health, and message throughput. This helps identify situations like message backlog, resource constraints, or errors in message processing.

By setting up alerts based on these metrics, BizTalk administrators can be notified of potential issues before they disrupt integrations. For example, an alert might trigger if the dead-lettered message count exceeds a threshold, indicating potential integration errors.

Imagine a BizTalk integration that processes customer orders. Service bus monitoring might reveal a sudden increase in message processing time. This could be caused by a surge in orders or a temporary service bus overload. By receiving an alert and investigating the metrics, the BizTalk team can identify the root cause and take corrective actions quickly, minimizing the impact on order processing.

Why is monitoring needed?

Ensuring Smooth Communication:

Service bus monitoring acts as a watchful eye on the communication channels within your BizTalk integrations. It looks at things like how many messages are flowing, how healthy the queues are, and how long it takes to process messages. This helps you understand how well your message exchange is working and if there are any problems.

By keeping track of these things, you can spot issues like too many messages waiting to be processed, not enough resources, or errors before they cause trouble for your integrations and affect your business.

Proactive Problem Detection and Resolution:

Think about a situation where customer orders are handled using BizTalk. Service bus monitoring can spot problems before they become big issues, like if there’s suddenly a lot more messages or if it’s taking longer to process them. By setting up alerts for these things, you can find out right away if there might be a problem. This allows for early intervention and troubleshooting, preventing disruptions in order processing and ensuring a smooth customer experience.

Leveraging BizTalk360 for effective monitoring

Azure Service Bus Queues are really important for making sure different apps can talk to each other without having to wait around. But it’s super important to make sure they’re always available, working well, and reliable. But it’s super important to make sure they’re always available, working well, and reliable. Real-world scenarios where this functionality proves invaluable include:

Real-World Scenario BizTalk360 Benefits
Monitoring Queue Length Detecting spikes in queue length can indicate potential bottlenecks or performance issues, allowing administrators to take proactive measures.
Tracking Message Delivery Monitoring message delivery rates ensures that messages are processed within expected time frames, preventing delays or message loss.
Alerting on Threshold Breaches BizTalk360 allows users to set threshold-based alerts, notifying administrators when queue metrics exceed predefined limits, enabling prompt action.
Subscription Activity Monitoring BizTalk360 offers Subscription Activity Monitoring, enabling users to track the activity of subscriptions within Azure Service Bus Topics.
Latency Monitoring BizTalk360 offers Latency Monitoring, allowing users to track the time taken for messages to be delivered within Azure Service Bus.
Dead-letter Queue Monitoring BizTalk360 provides Dead-letter Queue Monitoring, enabling users to monitor and track messages that fail to be processed and are routed to the dead-letter queue within Azure Service Bus.
Real-World Scenario Metrics
Monitoring dead-letter queue Queue Size, Dead Letter Messages Count
Tracking message delivery rates Message Count
Identifying potential bottlenecks Message Count
Ensuring timely message processing Active Messages Count
Scheduled message processing Scheduled Messages Count
Resolving message processing errors Dead Letter Messages Count
Monitoring message routing Transfer Messages Count

Below BizTalk360 screen allows to configure alerts for monitoring various metrics linked to Azure Service Bus queues with different rule sets. By setting alerts for these metrics, BizTalk360 can proactively notify you of potential problems within your Azure Service Bus queues. This enables you to take timely corrective actions and ensure smooth message flow.

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With BizTalk360’s Auto healing feature, BizTalk administrators can keep an eye on Azure services like Logic Apps, Service Bus queues, and topics. Once Auto healing is enabled for these Azure services, the monitoring service automatically heals them at any time there’s a mismatch between the expected state and the current state. For instance, a business might expect critical Logic Apps to always be in the ‘Enabled’ state. But due to unforeseen challenges, if a Logic App is stopped, BizTalk360 will automatically attempt to start it, ensuring business continuity during critical times.


Streamline Azure SQL Management using BizTalk360

BizTalk Server as a pivotal integration platform, facilitating seamless communication between various systems and applications. Central to this communication infrastructure is the utilization of SQL queries, which play a fundamental role in accessing and processing data stored within Azure SQL databases. These queries are super useful for BizTalk users, enabling them to retrieve, manipulate, and analyse data across diverse Azure SQL database environments. Moreover, efficient monitoring of SQL queries within the Azure SQL ecosystem is essential for identifying performance bottlenecks, troubleshooting issues, and optimizing system performance.

BizTalk360 emerges as a complete solution tailored to address the unique challenges of managing SQL queries within Azure SQL databases securely and effectively.

Centralize & Secure Queries: Eliminate scattered queries across machines. Secure SQL Queries lets you create, save, and run them directly within BizTalk360. Grant access to specific users for enhanced security.

Automate Reports & Gain Insights: Schedule reports based on saved queries and share them with relevant users. This ensures timely delivery of accurate data.

Monitor Beyond Scalars: Go beyond basic value monitoring. BizTalk360’s SQL Query Data Monitoring allows you to schedule queries to run at intervals and monitor the entire result set.

Benefit Description
Boost Efficiency Eliminate scattered queries, saving up to 50% time on updates.
Strengthen Security Grant granular access control, reducing data breach risk by up to 90%.
Simplify Collaboration Securely share queries with teammates, improving communication.
Automate Reporting Schedule automated reports in minutes, freeing up hours.
Gain Unprecedented Insights Monitor entire query results for a deeper understanding.

Stay in the Know with Automated BizTalk Reports

This powerful feature automatically emails you reports containing key performance metrics at scheduled intervals.

What does this mean for you?

Effortless Monitoring: Get a clear picture of server health without manual data gathering.

Proactive Alerts: Be notified when performance falls outside expected ranges, allowing you to address issues before they impact your business.

Deeper Insights: Go beyond basic reports to gain valuable analytics that inform strategic decisions.

See Your Data Clearly, Securely

Sometimes, people can’t directly access databases for security reasons. BizTalk360 helps with that! Its “Secure SQL Queries” feature lets users run specific queries and see the results, even without full database access. Users can run specific reports without needing full database permissions.

There is option available to select the different mode to monitor the different SQL queries.

Authentication Mode Selection

Authentication Type Advantages Use Cases
Windows Authentication (Default) – Simpler setup (leverages existing Windows credentials) – On-premises environments (application & database in same domain)
SQL Server Authentication – Manages separate user credentials for database access – External databases
Azure AD Authentication – Modern cloud-based authentication with Azure Active Directory – Azure environments leverage the Azure AD Authentications
  • Azure AD Password
  • Azure AD Service principal
  • Azure AD Access Token
What’s improved?

Before, results came in PDFs, which sometimes cut off data. Now, results are sent as Excel files, so you can see everything clearly. This update makes sure everyone can get the information they need, securely.



Effective monitoring of cloud integration solutions like Logic Apps and Azure Service Bus is important for ensuring smooth business operations and pre-emptively addressing potential disruptions. Logic Apps monitoring involves tracking metrics such as execution duration, success rates, error counts, and resource utilization to detect bottlenecks and optimize performance. Leveraging BizTalk360 enables direct indicators of slowness and integration issues, facilitating prompt resolution. Similarly, monitoring Azure Service Bus queues through BizTalk360 provides real-time insights into queue health, message throughput, and dead-letter messages, ensuring message delivery reliability. By proactively monitoring these components, businesses can maintain operational efficiency, improve system reliability, and deliver exceptional customer experiences.

For easy cloud integration monitoring and better efficiency, try BizTalk360 today to proactively monitor Logic Apps and Azure Service Bus. Experience real-time insights, proactive issue resolution, and optimized performance. Upgrade your monitoring capabilities now with our free 30-day trial!