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Recent trends in IT such as service-oriented architecture (SOA) and Web sevices, in conjunction with the still-increasing popularity of the .NET framework, put Microsoft's BizTalk Server in the center of attention for CIOs, CTOs, architects, and enterprise developers. Apparently everyone who is involved with the Microsoft platform now wants to implement BizTalk. Frequently we see that BizTalk is not implemented in areas where the benefits of the technology can be maximized. This leads to disappointment about the value of BizTalk, even though the problem is in the application of the technology instead of in the technology itself. In this article I will point out where, how, and when the third generation of BizTalk Server can provide real business value. BizTalk Server Is Hot In March 2005 BizTalk Server (BTS) reached an implementation base of 4,000 organizations. Mi... (more)

Goodbye Hub-and-Spoke, Hello ESB? Integration Architecture With BizTalk 2004

BizTalk Server is often positioned as a means to create a hub-and-spoke architecture. However, the popularity of the hub-and-spoke architecture, the traditional model for enterprise application integration (EAI), is declining. More and more architects and CIOs are targeting SOA (service-oriented architecture), and its infrastructural incarnation: the enterprise service bus (ESB). Does BizTalk fit into this ESB picture? Integration Architecture Trends and hype like SOA, EDA (event-driven architecture), and BPM (business process management) put integration on top of the list for mos... (more)