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Encyclopedia > Microsoft BizTalk Server

Microsoft BizTalk Server is a server product by Microsoft which provides the following functions: Business Process Automation, Business Process Modeling, Business-to-business Communication, Enterprise Application Integration and Message broker[1]. Microsoft is one of few companies engaging itself in the console wars Where they are up against sony, nintendo, and of course sharps new console which may cause a threat. ... Business process automation (BPA) is the process of integrating enterprise applications, reducing human intervention wherever possible, and assembling software services into end-to-end process flows. ... It has been suggested that this article or section be merged with Process Modeling. ... External Links International Chamber of E-Commerce: e-commerce store/catalog, point-n-click website builder, e-business tools & services ... Enterprise Application Integration (EAI) is defined as the uses of software and computer systems architectural principles to integrate a set of enterprise computer applications. ... Message broker is an intermediary program that translates a message from the formal messaging protocol of the sender to the formal messaging protocol of the receiver in a telecommunication network where programs communicate by exchanging formally-defined messages. ...


It's a server product targeted mostly at medium to large enterprises, but has been popular among small companies as well. In a common scenario, BizTalk enables companies to integrate and manage business processes by exchanging business documents (e.g., purchase orders and invoices) among applications, within or across organizational boundaries.


Development for BizTalk Server is done through Visual Studio .NET. The Visual Studio . ...

Contents

Versions for Windows

  • 2000 - BizTalk Server 2000
  • 2002 - BizTalk Server 2002
  • 2004 - BizTalk Server 2004 (First version to run on Microsoft .NET 1.0)
  • 2006 - BizTalk Server 2006 (First version to run on Microsoft .NET 2.0)
  • 2007 - BizTalk Server 2006 R2 (First version to utilise new .NET 3.0 technologies like WCF and WF)

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Features

Microsoft BizTalk Server is server software that aims to achieve the business objectives of

  • Seamlessly connecting disparate legacy systems with heterogeneous back-end data stores
  • Cutting costs and saving time of corporate operations by automating complex business processes
  • Supporting the notion of "Don't reinvent the wheel" for software development, by providing a graphical user interface to create business processes (called Orchestrations in BizTalk) instead of writing code.
  • Supporting the SOA paradigm, through the effective and efficient use of web services and WS-* specifications.
  • Align the corporate IT with the business objectives of the organization, through a greater involvement of business people with IT operations. This is achieved in BizTalk using BAM (Business Activity Monitoring), BAS (Business Activity Services), and HWS (Human Workflow Services)

The following is an incomplete list of some of the technical features in the BizTalk Server: Service-oriented architecture (SOA [pronounced sō-uh or es-ō-ā]) describes a software architecture that defines the use of loosely coupled software services to support the requirements of business processes and software users. ... Workflow at its simplest is the movement of documents and/or tasks through a work process. ...

  • A range of adapters for allowing easy integration to Line of Business Applications (eg. Siebel, SAP, JD Edwards, Oracle), Databases (Oracle, DB2) and other Technologies (Tibco, J2EE, etc)
  • An engine for modelling Business Rules in a pseudo-English format. This is a forward chaining rule engine.
  • Business Activity Monitoring, which allows a dashboard, graphical view on how the modelled Business Processes are doing
  • A unified Administration Dashboard for monitoring deployments of solutions, etc on BizTalk servers in your environment.
  • Accelerators which offer support for standards like RosettaNet, EDI, SWIFT, etc.
  • Ability to do graphical modelling of business processes in visual studio, graphically mapping between different message formats, and building pipelines to decrypt, verify, parse messages as they enter the system via adapters.
  • Microsoft sells the easy integration with their existing products as one of the strong features of BizTalk. BizTalk integrates with products like Office, Infopath and Sharepoint for interacting with humans during a Workflow.
  • Extensive support for Webservices (consuming and exposing)
  • RFID support in the newest version (BizTalk 2006 R2)

See also

Windows Server System logo Windows Server System is an integrated set of server software, from Microsoft, that forms the infrastructure for operating the backend of an institutions information technology system. ... WebSphere Process Server is the runtime engine for artifacts produced in a business-driven development process. ... This article is a comparison of business integration and business process automation software. ...

Footnotes

  1. ^ http://patternshare.org/default.aspx/Home.PP.ImplementingMessageBrokerWithBiztalkServer

External links

  • BizTalk Server Home Page
  • Service Interaction Patterns (with BPMN diagrams that match BPEL code samples)
  • WCF and Biztalk section on NetFXGuide.com
  • Microsoft TechNet Whitepaper explaining BizTalk concepts clearly

  Results from FactBites:
 
Microsoft's BizTalk Server 2006 Beta on Deck (660 words)
Microsoft had targeted summer 2005 as the time frame for the beta update of BizTalk Server 2004, and Steven Martin, group product manager for the business processes and integration division, confirmed to the IDG News Service that the beta would be ready within two weeks.
Microsoft does indeed plan to launch BizTalk Server 2006 on its scheduled launch date of November 7, as some published reports have indicated, but Martin says the product will not actually be available for shipping until the first quarter of 2006.
BizTalk Server 2006 will launch alongside SQL Server 2005 and Visual Studio 2005, both of which are expected to be ready for shipment at the November 7 launch in San Francisco.
Microsoft BizTalk Server 2000 Operations (10967 words)
Servers in a server group are configured to balance server performance and maximum throughput.
BizTalk ServerĀ 2000 stores the four types of databases it uses in SQL Server, so a majority of the administrative tasks associated with managing the databases are associated with managing SQL Server.
Because Microsoft must respond to changing market conditions, it should not be interpreted to be a commitment on the part of Microsoft, and Microsoft cannot guarantee the accuracy of any information presented after the date of publication.
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