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 :).

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