Understanding BizTalk Server 2004
Friday, January 16, 2004
It would be nice if we could wake up some morning to find that every application in the world now understands web services. Since this isn’t going to happen, we’re going to need technologies that let us access diverse applications in more traditional ways for some time to come. And although they’ve been customarily viewed as part of EAI, these products have been morphing into platforms for business process management as the value of BPM has become evident. Anybody who's interested in web services, service-oriented architecture, or BPM should certainly know something about this class of products.
Microsoft’s entry in this space is BizTalk Server. I’ve written a white paper that gives an architectural overview of the forthcoming version, BizTalk Server 2004, in about 20 pages. Sponsored by the BizTalk people in Redmond, the paper is available in a couple of different formats. The best one, a zipped Word document that’s a little under 2 megabytes, is here