What is BizTalk?

BizTalk Server is Microsoft’s Integration and connectivity server solution. A mature product on its sixth release, BizTalk Server 2009 provides a solution that allows organizations to more easily connect disparate systems. Including over 25 multi-platform adapters and a robust messaging infrastructure, BizTalk Server provides connectivity between core systems both inside and outside your organization. In addition to integration functionality, BizTalk also provides strong durable messaging, a rules engine, EDI connectivity, Business Activity Monitoring (BAM), RFID capabilities and IBM Host/Mainframe connectivity.

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Why BizTalk?

Microsoft BizTalk Server 2009 helps organizations meet the challenges of integrating diverse systems.  Most organizations have a multitude of systems and technologies that are required for their daily operations.  By bringing together these technologies in an agile and scalable way, BizTalk can help unleash the potential of your existing infrastructure.  BizTalk Server 2009 lets organizations:

  • Simplify and automate interoperability to reduce costs and errors
  • Gain critical insights on business processes and performance
  • Shield processes from change impacts
  • Promote agility and manageability
  • Integrate to eliminate redundancy
  • Automate your business interactions with partners

Top New Features

Updated Platform Support

  • Support for Visual Studio 2008 SP1 and .NET Framework 3.5 SP1
  • Support for Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V support and SQL Server 2008

Developer & Team Productivity

  • New Application Lifecycle Management (ALM) experience - with Support for TFS - integrated source control, bug tracking, unit testing, MSBuild automation
  • Enhanced Developer Productivity with Visual Studio project system updates & Map Debugging

SOA and Web Services

  • ESB Guidance 2.0
  • New UDDI v3 Web Services Registry
  • New and enhanced LOB adapters (Oracle eBusiness Suite, SQL)
  • Enhanced host systems integration (WebSphere MQ, CICS, IMS)
  • Enhanced BAM support

Business to Business Integration

  • Mobile (Windows CE, Windows Mobile) RFID Platform
  • New RFID device management and industry standards support
  • Enhanced Support for EDI and AS2 Protocols and Drummond certification
  • Updated SWIFT Support and SWIFTReady Financial EAI Gold certification

BizTalk 2009 Wiki Pages

See Also

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Another important place to find BizTalk related articles is the TechNet Wiki itself. The best entry point is BizTalk Server Resources on the TechNet Wiki.