What a great time we're in at the moment. Cloud(s) are knocking a the door, local devices, windows 8 etc.
No complaints from me that this world is getting more and more connected.
To maintain those connections and handle new ones - Microsoft BizTalk Server serves as your on-premise middleware platform.
We're running a course shortly on Design, Build and Manage your solutions within BizTalk Server.
We have a wealth of knowledge around Integration and Cloud technologies. As you and I know, integration is all about the systems you're integrating with.
Here's the details - and hope to see you there. Mick (you're new Azure Integration MVP)
Come along to our office for a week of BizTalk 2010 Bootcamp Training!
We will take care of you with delicious catering, friendly staff and provide our state of the art BizTalk trainer. There are a limited amount of seats, so book now!
Click here to register
Start: Monday, November 12, 2012
End: Friday, November 16 2012
What is BizTalk?
For your business, BizTalk provides the "glue" to giving you a very good integration foundation for both internal applications as well as the outside world and giving you consistency across those interfaces as well.
BizTalk is a platform that is durable, reliable and fault tolerant right across your services, from email, FTP services, web services, database calls and much more, you will have something that retries all of those for you.
BizTalk provides a level of maturity to customer operations as well as consistency. It is harder for customers to build themselves, the capabilities that BizTalk can offer out of the box. Our experience is that customers often start out building smaller applications here and there with eventually having over 100 applications talking to each other in a very specific way, all in a very ad-hoc approach and all very speciailised. Over time to maintain those systems becomes a big challenge for the client with increased complexity along the way.
Whereas by introducing a uniform, a best practice way of doing something, "business rules" such as within BizTalk, it eases that integration with the company to make it a lot simpler and easier to manage and everyone gets visibility in to the activity of those calls within the applications.
What our customers are doing with BizTalk today
BizTalk being a middleware product is being used in many different scenarios, from simple file transfers right across to complex business process automation.
Customers in one instance are getting real time notifications around FTP, where certain files appear, then systems have to react or respond immediately instead of within a polling interval that may occur at any time during the day. So being able to build out that infrastructure and apply or update databases, all of that happens right across the BizTalk layer, then exposed out via web services.
In-short BizTalk forms another tool in the client toolkit, using the MS integration stack, so on top of not only BizTalk and all of its' capabilities and adapters, we have WCF (Windows Communication Foundation), messaging, MSMQ and many others in the integration stack, not to mention Azure and cloud hybrid solutions we can deploy and employ today. So with clients it's not just about providing BizTalk to solve a problem, it's about using the tools in the toolkit to meet their requirements, whatever the tools may be, to solve their immediate challenge.
The opinions expressed herein are my own personal opinions and do not represent
my employer's view in any way.