Thursday, July 21, 2011

WPC2011 and the Future of BizTalk

Following Tony Meleg’s presentation at Microsoft World Partner Conference, there’s a lot of discussion going on about the future of BizTalk Server. The following is a link to some pages with opinions about this issue:

This is just a sample of some of the discussion going on. My take?

  1. I’m sorry Microsoft has almost stopped evolving BizTalk since version 2004, in terms of core engine features, BAM, the rules engine, and low latency support;
  2. As much as love Azure and cloud technologies, including the new Integration stuff, I still can’t see how it can handle integration with onPrem systems such as SAP R/3 or Oracle, low latency, or large volumes of data.
  3. BizTalk is still the leading integration middleware world-wide.

To conclude: Cloud integration will probably gain its space and win some scenarios where it makes sense. But BizTalk, or perhaps more generally ESB/EAI scenarios, will not go away. Your car’s engine is not a utility that you can put on the cloud :).

Monday, July 11, 2011

Instrumentation Best Practices for High Performance BizTalk Solutions + BizTalk Software Factory for BizTalk 2010

This one slipped me last year. A Microsoft whitepaper about Instrumentation Best Practices for High Performance BizTalk solutions. A reminder of the impact of trace and debug on BizTalk Developments. It covers Pipeline Components, Maps, Orchestrations, custom .Net components and even Business Rules. An interesting read.

Another interesting link is BizTalk Software Factory 3.0. This new version supports BizTalk Server 2010/Visual Studio 2010, which you can download from Codeplex. Everything that further accelerates BizTalk development is welcome.