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  • BizTalk Server 2010 Beta

    Posted by sumeethevans on May 22 2010, 1:53 AM. Posted in Biztalk.

    BizTalk Server 2010 offers significant enhancements to help integrate heterogeneous Line-of-business systems with Windows .NET and SharePoint based applications to optimize user productivity, gain business efficiency and increase agility .

    BizTalk Server 2010 allows .Net developers to take advantage of BizTalk services right out of the box to rapidly build solutions that need to integrate transactions and data from applications like SAP, Mainframes, MS Dynamics and Oracle. Similarly SharePoint developers can seamlessly use BizTalk services directly through the new Business Connectivity Services in SharePoint 2010. BizTalk Server 2010 includes new data mapping & transformation tool to dramatically reduce the development time to mediate data exchange between disparate systems. It also provide a new single dashboard to manage performance parameters and streamline deployments from development to test to production.

    BizTalk 2010 includes new, scalable Trading Partner Management (TPM) model with a graphical interface for flexible management of business partner relationships and efficient on-boarding process. BizTalk Server 2010 also provides extended connectivity to IBM systems with Host Integration Server.

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  • BizTalk Server 2006 R2 Service Pack 1

    Posted by bink on January 29 2010, 3:59 PM. Posted in Biztalk.

    Microsoft BizTalk Server 2006 R2 Service Pack 1 (SP1) is an update for BizTalk Server 2006 R2. The SP1 installation program that’s available on this page offers a unified installation experience: It will automatically detect and update all of the BizTalk Server components that are currently installed on your machine. It will also detect all BizTalk Server hotfixes currently installed, and will distinguish between hotfixes that predate this service pack, and those which were issued after this service pack was released. An SP1 Guide document is also available for download on this page, and describes the installation experience in detail. SP1 includes a roll-up of hotfixes from the BizTalk Server 2006 and 2006 R2 releases, some hotfixes from the BizTalk Server 2009 release, as well as some additional enhancements. Some of the key fixes and enhancements in this service pack are the following: Better reliability, performance, and scale for the following key features:

    • Throttling and dehydration of orchestrations.
    • Archiving and purging operations.
    • BAM alerts and archiving.
    • HIPAA.
    • Reduced memory consumption in scenarios using scripting functoids.
    • Improvement in the bts_FindSubscription stored proc, resulting in faster execution and lower CPU utilization.
    Better management and deployment experiences:
    • Performance and user experience improvements of key scenarios.
    • WCF configuration management.
    • Significant improvement in deployment time for send ports using a map.
    Improved support:
    • X12 and EDIFACT updates.
    • Increased footprint of supported FTP servers and locale.
    • XMLDocument message types in orchestrations.
    • Configurable timeout for Basic HTTP.
    • WCF adaptor now suspends messages instead of terminating when the host instance is stopped.
    • Configurable transaction timeout for WCF Adaptors.
    • Mapping of inline schema for SQL Adaptor now allows for using $ characters as part of the updategram.
    • The SQL Adaptor now supports calling from a BizTalk Server dynamic send port. The following properties can be set on the call to the dynamic port:       Connection string (all the SQL connection properties)       Document Target Namespace       Response Document Root Element
    • Ability to disable generation of Routing Failure Report.
    • Fixes to some issues that used to cause high CPU usage by BizTalk Server hosts due to certain .NET updates.
    • Ability to use multiple certificates for signing outbound messages.
    • Message Pack 2009.
    • Message property tracking with BAM for all messages in the interchange, irrespective of the usage of pipeline or mapping.
    • Integrated tracing to help in debugging EDI specific issues. This improvement is aimed at reducing the time taken for diagnosing and isolating an EDI problem.
    New Features:
    • For WCF-Custom and WCF-CustomIsolated Adapters, the ability to look up custom bindings from locations other than machine.config.
    • Support for using multiple certificates to sign outgoing AS2 messages.

    To see a list of the customer-reported issues that are fixed in this service pack, go to http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=164985. For the documentation of the new feature updates included in this service pack, see http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=163958.

     

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  • Microsoft Releases BizTalk Server 2009; Customers Win With Cost-Effective, Simple Enterprise Application Integration

    Posted by sumeethevans on April 28 2009, 4:34 AM. Posted in Biztalk.

    Microsoft today announced the availability of Microsoft BizTalk Server 2009, the company’s enterprise integration and connectivity server solution. In its sixth release, BizTalk Server is already being used by 90 percent of Global 100 customers to integrate systems and automate processes. BizTalk Server 2009 delivers new capabilities to help customers more effectively integrate disparate systems, enhance end-to-end enterprise connectivity and more quickly exchange data across multiple platforms, resulting in increased efficiency and lower costs.

    “In today’s economy, it is more important than ever for Microsoft to deliver innovation that drives immediate customer value,” said Dan Neault, general manager of Microsoft SQL Server and BizTalk Server at Microsoft. “With BizTalk Server 2009, Microsoft has delivered an enterprise-ready scalable platform that enables our customers across the globe to more efficiently connect processes, systems and data, which is critical to reducing costs and enabling informed business decisions across their organizations.”

    Expanded Platform Support Enables More Flexible and Cost-Effective Systems

    BizTalk Server 2009 expands support for the latest Microsoft application platform technologies, including Windows Server 2008, Microsoft Visual Studio 2008 and Microsoft SQL Server 2008. With BizTalk Server 2009, customers can now utilize the improvements available within these Microsoft products to boost their integration initiatives through enhanced developer productivity, improved system performance and better manageability. With Microsoft BizTalk Server 2009 Enterprise Edition, customers can further reduce the cost of infrastructure using Microsoft Hyper-V virtualization technology to run unlimited virtualized instances on virtual machines.

    With upfront costs that are often less than offers from other vendors, BizTalk Server 2009 empowers customers to use industry standards and line-of-business adapters to more efficiently link partner as well as internal information systems across various domains. The adapters available for BizTalk Server 2009 enable organizations to quickly and easily access and use data from mainframes, databases, third-party applications and radio frequency identification (RFID) devices using familiar, simple-to-use management and development tools with less complexity and lower costs.

    Industry-leading companies around the globe are relying on BizTalk Server as their mission-critical business process management solution. Customers including American Apparel Inc., Continental Automotive, Florida Community College, Gulf Coast Seal Ltd. and Sempra Energy Solutions have been using BizTalk Server, and many have plans to upgrade to BizTalk Server 2009 to take advantage of the benefits provided with this latest release.

    “We’ve been using Microsoft BizTalk Server products for years as the backbone for our electronic data interchange and order processing mechanism and more recently for our extranet account management process, and we continue to believe BizTalk Server is the best solution for our needs,” said Chris Lavoie, application development manager, Enterasys Networks Inc. “We’re looking forward to upgrading our systems to BizTalk Server 2009 to take advantage of the improvements in this latest release such as enhanced business activity monitoring and tighter integration with the Microsoft .NET 3.5 Framework, which will help to reduce our implementation and maintenance costs.”

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  • BizTalk Server 2006 R2 Evaluation

    Posted by sumeethevans on October 18 2007, 4:27 PM. Posted in Biztalk.

    Regardless of the size of your organization, you need best-in-class infrastructure. BizTalk Server 2006 R2 delivers enterprise-class infrastructure. Through BizTalk Server 2006 R2, Microsoft delivers the tools to connect both proprietary and standards-based systems. The Server Infrastructure pre-integrates .NET technologies making BizTalk a central part of any SOA strategy. BizTalk Server 2006 R2 is a strong asset to enable visibility into all of your business process data from the core of your enterprise but also to data at the edge. The edge includes devices such as RFID but also extends to customers and partners throughout the supply chain.
     
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  • Grupo Santander Selects Microsoft Technology for Its Enterprise Payments Infrastructure

    Posted by bink on October 2 2007, 3:34 PM. Posted in Biztalk.

    New flexible system to provide leading Spanish banking group with faster payment services and increased efficiency of process development and business operations.

    Yesterday at Sibos 2007, Microsoft Corp. announced that Grupo Santander, the world’s 10th-largest financial group by market value, has chosen to use Microsoft® technology as part of its strategic payments infrastructure. The solution, due to go live during the next year, will see the consolidation of the Group’s individual banks’ payments systems from multiple mainframes into one homogeneous IT infrastructure.

    The consolidated payments system will utilize Microsoft BizTalk® Server 2006 as part of its core, as well as Microsoft SQL Server™, Microsoft BizTalk Accelerator for SWIFT, and Web services, to enable faster payment process times, reduce operating costs and bring significant cost efficiencies to the entire Grupo Santander. The initial phase of the project will see the Group’s larger banks — Banco Santander S.A., Abbey National plc and Banesto S.A. — implementing the technology first, followed by the smaller banks and building societies in the Group. The Microsoft-based core payments system will enable connectivity and transactions processing for Single European Payments Area (SEPA), connecting to the Euro Banking Association (EBA) and UK Faster Payments.

    Grupo Santander is currently developing different projects that will culminate in a common payment infrastructure for the whole Group. These include STP Manager, a system designed to handle all financial message interchanges between the Group and external institutions; Faster Payments, a key initiative that will significantly increase the speed of credit transfer from one account to another, enabling Internet and telephone banking users to benefit from near-real-time payment processing; and SMS Text Messages Banking, which will offer new services to mobile users, increasing customer loyalty and the bank’s revenue.

    In addition to a core infrastructure for domestic and non-domestic payments services, it is anticipated that the project will also bring the Group further benefits, including the ability to receive payments information in a variety of formats by consolidating interfaces with the various Automated Clearing Houses (ACH) and corporates it is connected to. The system’s flexibility will enable the payments engine to be modified and routing rules to be altered as required. In addition, having one global payment infrastructure will allow the Group to move payments processing from batch to online.

    “Having explored and evaluated various solutions, we chose Microsoft technology after the Group’s architecture team ran a proof of concept at the company’s headquarters in Redmond that proved the system would be able to handle 62 million messages per day, with processing rates of 1,156 messages per second,” said Maite Agujetas, chief architect of Grupo Santander. “The speed of the system and the potential cost savings that could be achieved across the Group as a result helped us come to our decision. In addition, we believe that this project will help us easily adapt our current systems with minimal disruption to our customers.”

    “Enterprise payments is a complex and rapidly evolving area. Regulation, compliance, security and technology are all matters affecting the global payments business,” said Sheida Hadji-Ashrafi, worldwide industry manager payments at Microsoft. “Grupo Santander has been looking for a more flexible, open architecture to respond faster to those requirements driven by new EU financial regulations. Microsoft is very pleased to be the platform of choice of Grupo Santander, providing an integrated and flexible infrastructure that will be capable of adapting to the changing market demands as well as reducing costs and inefficiencies from existing systems.”

  • Microsoft’s Latest Innovations Take Productivity to the Edge

    Posted by sumeethevans on September 11 2007, 9:15 AM. Posted in Microsoft Corp, SQL 2005, Sharepoint Services, Biztalk.

    Microsoft® BizTalk® Server 2006 R2, Microsoft Corp.’s core service-oriented architecture (SOA) and business process management (BPM) technology, is generally available today. This product includes advancements for radio frequency identification (RFID) and electronic data interchange (EDI), and extended interoperability such as Enterprise Service Bus (ESB) Guidance and Line of Business Adapters. Together, these capabilities make it easier for companies to connect systems within their own organizations and across those of trading partners.

    The availability of BizTalk Server 2006 R2 underscores Microsoft’s long-term commitment to deliver extensive SOA and BPM capabilities as part of the overall Microsoft application platform. The platform spans products and technologies to develop, deploy and manage applications and IT infrastructure across the organization locally and worldwide.

    “For customers to successfully extend their core business processes to reach across applications, partners and platforms, they need a way to connect their existing systems regardless of vendor, age, platform, protocol and geography,” said Steven Martin, director of the Connected Systems Product Management at Microsoft. “With BizTalk Server 2006 R2 customers choose how they want to connect applications, platforms and people — we provide them with the tools to do it.”

    Extending Business Process “to the Edge”

    Increasingly, companies need to extend business processes out to the edge — such as to branch locations, business partners and vertical supply chains. With innovations such as RFID, native support for EDI and Applicability Statement 2 (AS2), and integrated support for vertical industry standards such as SWIFT, HL7, HIPAA, and RosettaNet, BizTalk Server 2006 R2 delivers an integrated platform for supply-chain connectivity and process collaboration. BizTalk Server 2006 R2 is also available in a new Branch Edition version that enables connecting intraorganization hub-and-spoke supply-chain processes.

    “Microsoft has unveiled a road map that demonstrates a renewed commitment to BPM, starting with additional supply chain features in BizTalk Server 2006 R2. The delivery of the promised functionality will go a long way in helping the vendor to provide its customers with real-world process improvement capabilities,” wrote Ken Vollmer and Colin Teubner of Forrester Research Inc. (July 2006, “Microsoft Announces BPM Enhancements For BizTalk Server 2006”).

    Facilitating Real-World SOA for Real-World Business

    Today’s enterprises require technologies that are flexible, scalable and interoperable to adapt to unique and constantly evolving business environments. BizTalk Server 2006 R2 enables customers to realize the benefits of BPM and SOA, ultimately bringing people and processes together to achieve business goals. To help customers extend their SOA capabilities, Microsoft also released ESB Guidance, which provides customers with architectural guidance, patterns and practices. These new offerings, along with 19 partner offerings, help ensure that customers will have the flexibility, scalability and interoperability they require. Microsoft also released BizTalk Server Adapter Pack Beta 2 for testing today, to help customers integrate their line of business applications. The adapters work with BizTalk Server 2006 R2, SQL Server™ 2005 and Microsoft Office SharePoint® Server 2007, and are scheduled to be available in the first half of 2008. Additional information on Microsoft BizTalk Server 2006 R2 and related technologies can be found at http://www.microsoft.com/biztalk/default.mspx.

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  • BizTalk Server 2006 R2

    Posted by bink on July 12 2007, 2:03 AM. Posted in Biztalk.

    Today at Microsoft’s annual Worldwide Partner Conference in Denver, Microsoft announced that BizTalk Server 2006 R2 will be generally available in September. Microsoft also disclosed, pricing, licensing and two new SKUs – Branch Edition and SOA & Business Process Pack.<?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" /?><o:p></o:p>

    The following quote from Microsoft’s Burley Kawasaki summarizes the value the BizTalk Server 2006 R2 will bring to customers and partners:<o:p></o:p>

    “The Business Process Management market represents a huge, growing opportunity for partners of all sizes and in all areas,” said Burley Kawasaki, Director, Connected Systems Division. “And with the innovations coming with BizTalk Server 2006 R2 such as RFID, Branch Edition, SOA & Business Process Pack and new ISV licensing, we’re hoping to continue to work toward bringing BPM  into the mainstream.”<o:p></o:p>

     The news highlights include:

    · New Branch Edition: Intra-organizational connectivity (hub / spoke) is an important scenario for a number of customers – especially those in manufacturing and retail industries.  Our new Branch Edition of BizTalk Server will significantly reduce the cost and complexity associated with connecting applications that are distributed across multiple locations that are often geographically diverse.   Branch Edition includes Microsoft’s RFID functionality enabling customers to manage devices and capture RFID events.  This functionality combined with the robust supply-chain functionality in BizTalk Server, Enterprise Edition, empowers customers to quickly build an end to end supply chain solution that covers RFID, EDI and integrates with backend applications.  (Note: Deployment requires at least one installation of BizTalk Server Enterprise Edition).

    · SOA & Business Process Pack: A single offering that includes key technologies and guidance for creating a Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA) using the Microsoft platform. Assets included in this six-month promotional SKU are: BizTalk Server 2006 R2, Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 (MOSS), SQL Server 2005, Visual Studio Team System, and OBA guidance. The SOA & Business Process Pack represents the products that customers most frequently purchase together when starting SOA and BPM projects.  The Pack, along with additional guidance from Microsoft will allow new customers and new projects to get started more easily.

    · ISV Embedded Licensing: This will make the build vs. buy decision that ISVs face today easier. The new embedded licensing, enables partners to build upon BizTalk and focus on higher level capabilities.<o:p></o:p>

    Microsoft is committed to cultivating a rich partner ecosystem; therefore, we wanted to follow up with the latest statistics for Microsoft’s recently formed Business Process Alliance (BPA). Formed four months ago, the BPA represents a set of strategic partner alliances aimed to deliver greater customer choice of end-to-end BPM solutions on the Microsoft process platform. Since the formation in February 2007 the BPA has delivered: <o:p></o:p>

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    · 7 product releases highlighting deeper integration with MS process platform technologies

    For a link to today’s press release please visit here; For additional information and a fact sheet please visit http://www.microsoft.com/presspass/events/wwpc/docs/MSBizTalkServer2006FS.doc<o:p></o:p>

    or http://blogs.msdn.com/stevemar/.

  • Microsoft ups RFID support in BizTalk 2006

    Posted by bink on May 3 2007, 2:18 PM. Posted in Biztalk.

    The beta of Microsoft BizTalk Server 2006 Release 2 is upgrading support for RFID and EDI. And, not surprisingly, it's adding support for the latest Microsoft platforms, including Windows Vista and Office 2007.The highlight is RFID support. That's been a challenge for most servers because of the need to handle or filter huge volumes of data that would spew from these devices. And because these capabilities aren't cheap, developing them has been something of a chicken and egg question: demand for RFID has yet to hit critical mass, yet to spur market growth, middleware providers must invest in significant R&D.

    BizTalk's approach is based on adapting the kind of plug-and-play technology used for connecting computing peripherals such as printers to RFID. Microsoft has built a device interface, to which device manufacturers design the drivers.

    Developing the driver layer was child's play compared to the next piece: developing an event processing services that applies logic and rules to filtering huge torrents of data. Microsoft claims its RFID event engine is lightweight enough so it won't add too much computing load. It allows filtering to occur in layers, at BizTalk Server, or if the device or device aggregators are smart enough, to share some of the filtering there as well.Continue At Source

  • Leveraging the Value of Your Host Systems with Real World SOA

    Posted by spy on April 24 2007, 4:57 PM. Posted in Biztalk.

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    Starting with a concrete business problem, this article attempts to walk you through many considerations and different approaches available when integrating with IBM host systems. Using the example of electronic gift cards for a retailer, the document continues to show how SOA can be achieved quickly by using Microsoft technologies. The document dives deep into different mechanisms for accessing an IBM host system and provides some working examples using BizTalk Server and the BizTalk Adapters for Host Systems.
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  • BizTalk Server 2006 R2 - Beta 2 available

    Posted by bink on March 30 2007, 7:05 PM. Posted in Biztalk.

    Today marks an important milestone for BizTalk Server customers and the BizTalk team – the release of BizTalk Server 2006 R2 Beta 2.  As you know, the product team has a great history of getting products out the door and this yet another example of the priority placed on making sure our customers feel great about their SA value. We would encourage everyone to explore the latest release at http://connect.microsoft.com/ .

    BizTalk Server 2006 R2 will be 5th major release of BizTalk Server.  This is another huge step forward for our 6,500+ customers globally and will add new capabilities for customers that need EDI and RFID.  While there are numerous improvements to BizTalk, this release has three major themes:

      • EDI: The native support for comprehensive EDI and AS2 protocols in BizTalk Server 2006 R2 will provide much richer data integration and management capabilities for our customers. The Base EDI adapter that comes with BizTalk Server 2006 enables the sending and receiving of messages using X12 and EDIFACT. Customers can leverage this base functionality in order to build custom EDI solutions. <?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" /?> <o:p minmax_bound="true"> </o:p>
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      • Platform Alignment: BizTalk Server 2006 R2 features improved alignment with 2007 Microsoft Office system and Windows Vista, including key .NET Framework 3.0 technologies such as WF and WCF.  This alignment will help customers access LOB data, as well as system-to-system or supply-chain processes from within their Office System applications (like SharePoint Server, InfoPath and Dynamics).  <o:p minmax_bound="true"> </o:p>
  • Legacy Modernization with BizTalk Server 2006 and Host Integration Server 2006

    Posted by bink on March 30 2007, 6:44 AM. Posted in Biztalk.

    The scenario described in this guide provides context to the solution and it provides details about the tasks associated with exposing functionality on IBM mainframe (z/OS) and AS/400 (iSeries) platforms. DB2 and VSAM host file access, initiating IBM transaction programs, and terminal-based applications will be exposed to the Windows® platform by using Host Integration Server and the BizTalk Adapters for Host Systems.The intended audience for this guide is experienced BizTalk Server developers with limited knowledge of Host Integration Server. It is not expected that you have working knowledge of Host Systems.Download At Source