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BizTalk Server 2006

helps customers efficiently and effectively integrate systems, employees, and trading partners through manageable business processes enabling them to automate and orchestrate interactions in a highly flexible and highly automated manner.

With the March 2004 release of BizTalk Server 2004, the third generation of the Microsoft business process integration server, customers gained the benefits of integration with Microsoft Visual Studio .NET 2003 and the Microsoft Office System. BizTalk Server 2004 also enhanced the existing business process orchestration functionality, introduced new capabilities for business activity monitoring (BAM), enabled human-based workflow, and provided a highly scalable rule engine. Today, applications built with BizTalk Server 2004 run on the Microsoft .NET Framework. This makes it easier for customers to automate and manage complex business processes by using the BizTalk Orchestration Engine to integrate applications, trading partners, and employees.

BizTalk Server 2006 builds on the core architecture of BizTalk Server 2004 and makes strides in all dimensions of application-to-application, business-to-business, and business-process automation.

Connecting trading partners and integrating systems is no longer the end goal of enterprise integration. Companies require highly automated business process management functionality, with the flexibility to incorporate a human touch at appropriate stages throughout the workflow, as provided by BizTalk Server 2006 orchestration services. Additionally, with the BizTalk Server 2006 rules engine, companies can implement flexible business rules and make them visible to the information worker.

BizTalk case studies
The most recent repository of videos, case studies, and ROI analyses can be found at te microsoft site

Now in its fourth generation, BizTalk Server 2006 has reached the leading position in the Gartner Magic Quadrant (April 2005) for Application Integration Vendors with features such as:
 

  • Simplified Setup and Configuration
    BizTalk Server 2006 helps you get started faster. With a simplified installation wizard, a component updater, and one-click configuration, installing and configuring BizTalk Server is more straightforward and efficient than ever before.
    Seamless upgrade from BizTalk Server 2004
  • Better Management and Operations
    BizTalk Server 2006 provides new capabilities that enable the IT administrator to be more productive in managing and operating an enterprise deployment. A new management console delivers enhanced support for management, monitoring, and deployment of BizTalk servers and the applications on which they run. With BizTalk Server 2006 you can package complete applications into .msi file packages using Microsoft Windows Installer.
    A single management tool for configuring, deploying, managing, and monitoring your BizTalk Server applications.
    Updated management pack for use with Microsoft Operations Manager (MOM) 2005.
    Support for clustering BizTalk Hosts that provide 100 percent availability.
    Visual Studio is no longer required or recommended in the production environment.
    Introduction of the BizTalk application, which is a collection of BizTalk Server artifacts for simplified deployment, management, and troubleshooting.
    One-click start and stop operations for deploying and undeploying BizTalk applications.
  • Empowerment for Business Users
    BizTalk Server 2006 empowers the business user by extending capabilities introduced in BizTalk Server 2004, such as Business Activity Services (BAS) and BAM; providing better integration with Windows SharePoint Services; and providing real-time support for business activity subscriptions and notifications.

    There is now a new customizable BAM portal built on ASP.NET 2.0 technology.

    Orchestration Designer for Business Analysts (ODBA) makes it possible to model high-level business process workflows.

  • Empowerment for Developers
    BizTalk Server 2006 empowers the developer by providing upgraded, more powerful versions of established BizTalk developer tools built on top of the latest .NET Framework and Visual Studio 2005. BizTalk Server 2006 includes new tools such as the Flat File Schema Creation Wizard and new adapters like the Windows SharePoint Services and POP3 adapter.

    Adapters are now shipped in the box. (Even those for SAP, Oracle, …)

  • Deeper Windows Server System Support
    BizTalk Server 2006 provides deeper support of the Microsoft Windows Server System integrated server software by including an x86-based 64-bit version of the Windows Server 2003 operating system, and by supporting the latest versions of Microsoft SQL Server 2005, Microsoft Visual Studio 2005, and Microsoft Virtual Server 2005.
  • Some other important enhancements
    The following are some other new and enhanced features available with BizTalk Server 2006:
    • Ability to resume more types of failed and suspended messages
    • Ability to route failed messages together with detailed error information for automated error handling
    • Support for routing messages with errors to business owners for correction, instead of suspending them
    • In-order delivery for all transport types that preserves the message order from the publisher to the subscriber
    • Nonatomic and recoverable interchange processing
    • Engine throttling
    • Transactional pipelines
    • Execution of pipelines from within orchestrations
    • New and more detailed performance counters