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Chakray: Your trusted Azure Partner

Chakray is a Microsoft Azure partner focused on Azure Integration Services. Our partnership with the company gives us the ability to utilise Azure to solve common IT concerns faced by organisations today.  Our partnership with Microsoft allows us to supply our customers with experienced Azure integration professionals in the UK, Spain, Canada, LATAM, Africa and APAC regions. We help our clients realise the full potential of their investment in Azure by utilising its integration tools such as Azure API Management and Azure Logic Apps, off-the-shelf connectors, and extensible workflows in a comprehensive manner.

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How we help with Azure

For any company, being at the cutting edge of digital integration is a massive organisational capability. That’s why every step of the integration process—no matter how small—must be performed with care. Chakray, as a trusted Azure Partner, makes sure that organisations thrive from the get-go; this starts at choosing the right technologies during the planning phases so that a refined integration strategy can be established. Chakray’s own Integration Centre of Excellence (ICoE) or another ICoE may be beneficial in validating technologies, following appropriate methodologies, and undertaking initiatives that help organisations acquire the capability of IT integration.

For some organisations, the technological solution to their integration problems might involve deploying Microsoft Azure. Using the range of integration services on Azure’s platform, Chakray assists organisations in mapping out their integration journey and strengthening their approach to digital transformation. This can mainly be achieved by remediating legacy systems through the incorporation of technologies such as APIs, connecting an organisation’s platform to external SaaS applications to improve its interactions with customers and partners, and implementing these components in Azure workflows. The end result is the modernisation of business processes.

We provide the following Azure services:

  • Azure Training

    As an Azure partner, we offer essential training to equip your team with the necessary skills in Azure, ensuring maximum operational efficiency.

  • Design

    We create custom and scalable solutions tailored to your specific needs, ensuring a robust and high-performance design.

  • Architecture

    We develop solid and secure architectures for your cloud applications, ensuring optimal performance and efficient resource management.

  • Integration Accelerator

    Our Integration Accelerator provides organisations with a rapid and cost-effective solution to showcase the benefits of Azure implementation.

  • Azure Managed Services/ Azure Support

    We provide 24/7 Azure support and managed services to ensure everything runs smoothly at all times.

  • Azure Implementation/ Development

    We handle the development and implementation of Azure, using best practices and cutting-edge technologies to ensure high-quality results.

  • Delivery/ Project Management

    We manage and supervise every phase of your Azure project, from planning to delivery, ensuring deadlines are met and objectives are achieved.

Through their everyday business processes, companies handle and generate large volumes of data whose potential can only be unlocked through digital innovation. Azure Integration Services checks that box; with its robust feature set, it smooths operations within enterprises, boosts efficiency, and curtails costs. A variety of businesses benefit from Microsoft Azure, including companies across industries and verticals such as manufacturing, telco, retail, game development, real estate, etc.

Why Azure?

Azure’s key benefits are its comparative ease of use and consumption based cost model. Most of Azure’s services follow consumption-based pricing, which means that customers are only expected to pay for what they use, whether that be virtual machines, databases, storage, networking services, or other products. Although the cost for each Azure service is calculated differently, Microsoft is completely transparent about all of its pricing structures. Azure’s pricing strategy, coupled with features such as autoscale that facilitate the addition and removal of resources according to customer specifications, introduces greater flexibility, scalability, and cost-effectiveness to its solutions. Organisations can opt out of their subscriptions at any time (flexibility) and resize their infrastructure to match fluctuations in business throughout the year (scalability). Ultimately, this improves their IT budget management (cost-effectiveness).

Azure has many positives

For instance, it acts as a user friendly platform for application developers.

  • The Azure development platform

    Despite its expansive list of services, the Azure development platform avoids feeling cumbersome; it successfully leverages the value of cloud computing without compromising on the experience of working with its features. In fact, it simplifies the creation, hosting, and maintenance of new and existing applications and their resources, whether it be in the cloud or on-premises.

  • The Azure portal

    A centralised console that helps handle applications as well as resources ranging from virtual machines to databases—further streamlines the platform’s powerful suite of development tools by acting as an alternative to using the command line. Through its graphical user interface, users can do everything from managing their subscription to creating and deploying web applications. Other notable features of Microsoft Azure include its availability (boasting an uptime rate of 99.95%), security, and speed.

  • Azure’s line of integration services also bring their own set of advantages to the table

    By connecting internal and external applications through the cloud medium, Azure Integration Services strengthens B2B messaging, communication, and relationships. This is extremely valuable for businesses seeking to enhance their user base, customer relations, corporate tie-ups, and the overall impact of their operations.

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Azure Integration Services Platform

Here are some of the key product capabilities of Azure Integration Services:

Azure API Management

Azure API Management creates a secure environment for launching and monitoring APIs. Its features, which include API gateway, rate limiting, and transform policies, enable internal and external developers to build top-notch APIs and microservices. Using the API Management developer portal, organisations can get better insight into the performance of their APIs, expose them to consumers, and make required adjustments with the help of support resources like their API documentation. Azure API Management integrates smoothly with the other services in this line, such as Azure Logic Apps and Event Grid. Since it supports OpenAPI specifications, developers can record their APIs in a standard, programming language-agnostic documentation that is discernible to humans and computers alike.

Azure Service Bus

Azure Service Bus is a reliable enterprise messaging solution that bridges the gap between distinct services and applications. The message can consist of text, JSON, or XML data.

Azure Functions

Azure Service Bus is an on-demand serverless computing service that reduces the lines of code that users have to write. Functions also allows users to use virtually any programming language they want to. It significantly reduces the costs and complexities of infrastructure maintenance. This also decreases the practice of hard-coding and increases the reusability and modularity of the programs.

Azure Logic Apps

The main purpose of Azure Logic Apps is to automate workflows and business processes through the deployment of flexible integration solutions. This also facilitates communication between applications, resources, and services hosted on the cloud and on-premises.

Azure Event Grid

Azure Event Grid follows a publish-subscribe model and moderates events-based communication between applications. Through the Grid, events are routed from the publisher to the subscriber, both of which can be a variety of SaaS applications and Azure services. Users only need to react in case of a change in the system; this makes it easier for them to automate an action in response to the events. This can help construct an event-driven architecture in an organisation that deals with multiple subsystems handling common events and high data volumes that require real-time processing.

Azure Pricing and Costs

Azure follows a pay-as-you-go model, but the pricing for each product can be puzzling, changing based on its features and your region. To help you navigate Azure's intricate pricing landscape, we've broken down the costs for key products in the Azure Integration Services line, giving you an in-depth look of what to expect. Whether you're interested in Azure Logic Apps, Azure Event Grid, Azure Functions, Azure API Management, or Service Bus, we provide you with detailed pricing estimates tailored for your region, so you can make the best decision for your business.

  • It's important to note that Azure pricing is region-specific and can be influenced by factors like demand, infrastructure costs, and compliance requirements. Therefore, understanding the nuances of the platform's pricing in your specific region is important.
  • After reviewing the pricing options to get a general idea of the costs, we recommend contacting Chakray for a more customised and definitive quote based on your location.
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our approach

Our customers initially interact with us through an Integration Accelerator. This quick, fixed cost, and low friction engagement brings awareness to the value of implementing Microsoft Azure within organisations.
  • We employ a value-based approach by helping customers select meaningful use cases that demonstrate early return on investment (ROI).

  • We recognise the need to tailor Azure’s best features and services to meet the unique needs and challenges of an organisation. This will expand the scope of opportunities for the company, both within and beyond its walls.

  • The ability to reuse integration components within Azure, its PAYG model, and trouble-free maintenance are a few of its standout characteristics.

  • Integration is an important organisational capability. In some cases, we deliver integration as a complete end-to-end capability.

  • In others, we help build a company’s own capability or an associated centre of excellence

  • Our guidance covers a broad scope of integration activities including integration development, API design, deployment of API facades, assembling scrum development teams, deployment of industry-specific solutions, and so on.

Azure Considerations

Compatibility is one of the core considerations to make when deciding to migrate to Azure’s cloud infrastructure.

  • If a company is already utilising services with the Microsoft ecosystem such as Office 365, Azure would be a natural choice for cloud solutions and integrations.
  • Moreover, the users will already have a sense of familiarity as they are accustomed to using the Microsoft interface on multiple other products.

It’s also important to note the areas within the company that produces the most costs. This visibility into the organisation’s expenditure can allow you to analyse the costs that would arise from Azure. In turn, this will effectively influence how the company takes advantage of Azure’s consumption-based pricing model, avoiding the purchase of excessive or incongruous resources and curtailing TCO.

Chakray, as an Microsoft Azure partner, can guide you through the journey of building an integration capability. With our expertise, it isn’t too hard to employ the right product or capability, building the necessary skills, knowledge sharing, and establishing a strong centre of excellence

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about chakray

Chakray has been a specialized integration consultancy since 2013. Our entire team is dedicated to the knowledge and discipline of integration.

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