Azure Service Bus in the Logistics Industry: Managing Asynchronous Messages and Workflows

Tue Dec 20 2022 08:42:01 GMT+0200 (South Africa Standard Time) - QikTruck Media

How Azure Service Bus is Revolutionizing Logistics and Streamlining Asynchronous Messages and Workflows at QikTruck

At QikTruck, we are consistently striving to provide one of the most reliable and efficient delivery services on the market. To stay ahead of the competition and ensure that global supply chain networks can support our clients, we highly prioritize the continuous improvement of logistics technology. Specifically, we have recently implemented Microsoft Azure Service Bus to help both manage and streamline asynchronous messages and workflows. By leveraging Azure Service Bus, we are able to seamlessly integrate it into our existing software architecture and enhance communication between different systems of our logistics infrastructure. Not only does this enable us to adequately manage and process asynchronous load within our network, but it also helps to maximize the effectiveness of order deliveries.

What is Microsoft Azure Service Bus?

Azure Service Bus is a hosted integration service in the cloud provided by Microsoft. It is a messaging system that allows us to effectively manage asynchronous messages and workflows between various systems securely, reliably, and quickly. It consists of ‘queues’ and ‘topics’ — in a queue, you have a list of messages that are sent from a single sender and are received by a single receiver; whereas in a topic, you have a list of messages that can be sent from a single sender which can be read by multiple receivers. This kind of message routing system is called ‘publish-subscribe’. Azure Service Bus provides numerous additional benefits, such as filtering, ordering messages, and session-based messaging that can optimize our logistics operations even further. Furthermore, because Azure Service Bus was designed with large-scale cloud solutions in mind, this makes it extremely well-suited for our needs — in the case of QikTruck, we need to process asynchronous messages on a massive scale in order for our customers’ orders to arrive on time and in perfect condition.

How Can We Leverage Azure Service Bus?

At QikTruck, we have implemented Azure Service Bus to enable us to combine asynchronous messaging and reliable delivery in order to ensure that our logistics operations run as smoothly as possible. We use Azure’s queues and topics to facilitate communication between systems within our network and it has revolutionized the way in which we manage asynchronous messaging and workflow. For example, we deploy Azure’s messaging service to transfer orders between different nodes in our logistics network. After an order is created in our system, it is placed in an outbound queue. Then, the order is passed to the Azure Service Bus, which in turn routes the order to the relevant node in the network. Upon receiving the order, the receiving node then processes it and sends a response to the same queue. Using the publish-subscribe model of Azure, the same process can be applied for the multiple nodes that receive the same order. This minimizes the delays associated with order delivery and thus allows us to guarantee faster, more reliable orders for our customers.

Writing the Code

We now have a better understanding of just how Azure Service Bus can revolutionize our logistics operations. So, let’s take a look at some of the code behind the scenes. We have written a few simple pseudocode snippets that demonstrate how to create a queue in Azure Service Bus, as well as how to send an asynchronous message to that queue and receive the response.

Creating the Queue in Azure

//Connect to the Azure Service Bus CloudIdentity identity = new CloudIdentity("ACCOUNT_NAME", "ACCOUNT_KEY"); NamespaceManager namespaceManager = new NamespaceManager(identity); //Create a queue and specify the maximum size QueueDescription qDesc = new QueueDescription("QUEUE_NAME"); qDesc.MaxSizeInMegabytes = 1024; namespaceManager.CreateQueue(qDesc);

Sending a Message

//Prepare the message BrokeredMessage message = new BrokeredMessage("YOUR_MESSAGE_HERE"); //Send the message through the queue QueueClient client = QueueClient.Create("QUEUE_NAME"); client.Send(message);

Receiving the Message

//Receive the message from the queue QueueClient client = Queue


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