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A Powerful Rules Engine for Microsoft Azure Users 

As enterprises increasingly turn to Microsoft Azure for self-hosted applications and VMs, the need to automate workflows and business rules becomes essential


While Azure Logic Apps provide basic rules engine functionality that may be sufficient for some enterprises’ simple decisioning needs, companies that rely on complex logic may need more advanced capabilities.

This article highlights decisioning options for the Azure ecosystem.

Azure Logic Apps are a cloud-based service provided by Microsoft Azure that allows users to automate and orchestrate workflows and business processes. While the visual designer provides a graphical interface for designing workflows, large and complex workflows can become challenging to manage and visualize effectively.

However, for highly specialized workflows requiring extensive customization or specific programming logic, Logic Apps has limitations. For example, Logic Apps can become complex to manage when dealing with large and intricate workflows. Debugging and troubleshooting these types of workflows can be challenging. Additionally, when dealing with high volumes of data or complex operations, Logic Apps may not be suitable for real-time processing scenarios with strict performance requirements. Finally, while Logic Apps provide various triggers and actions, users have limited control over the underlying infrastructure and execution environment. This can be a constraint for scenarios requiring fine-grained control or customization.

That’s where InRule comes in. InRule integrates with Microsoft Azure to provide sophisticated business rules management and decision automation capabilities within Azure-based applications and workflows.

InRule was the first enterprise-grade business rules management system (BRMS) with push-button deployment to Microsoft Azure, allowing developers and architects to leverage the performance elasticity of the cloud for greater agility. Additionally, InRule leverages built-in Azure load balancing to support scalability requirements of today’s most demanding enterprises.

Leveraging the InRule Rules Engine with Azure

InRule’s rule engine complements Azure’s services by providing a richer set of features for rules creation, testing, and deployment, which can be crucial for compliance-heavy industries or complex business logic scenarios. The integration of InRule with Azure provides a robust solution for managing complex business rules.

Additional key benefits of using InRule with Azure include:


  • Greater agility and scalability by both storing and executing rules in Azure
  • Deep integration with Azure Logic Apps provides for greater fidelity of rule processing
  • Deploying InRule with Azure allows for availability and execution in specific regions and/or the government cloud
  • Hot failover via mirrored deployments in alternate regions ensures uptime and availability
  • Greater visibility into performance by logging telemetry and metrics to App Insights

Real-World Applications Enhanced by Rules Automation in Azure

Several industries benefit from implementing decision automation within their cloud-based operational frameworks:

  • Finance: Automated credit checks and loan approvals can be implemented, speeding up service delivery and enhancing customer satisfaction.
  • Healthcare: Patient intake and treatment plans can be managed more effectively by automating data entry and decision-making processes based on patient data.
  • Retail: Inventory management and pricing strategies can be automated to adjust in real-time based on stock levels and demand forecasts.

Next Steps

For detailed information on integrating InRule within your Azure applications, visit InRule’s listing in the Azure Marketplace.