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  • 1. BizTalk, MOSS, and InfoPath Notes from the Bleeding Edge
  • 2. Agenda
    • Microsoft’s Strategy
    • Why BizTalk?
    • Integrating Across Server Products
    • Demo
    • Lessons Learned
  • 3. Microsoft’s Strategy – Name the Challenges
  • 4. Microsoft’s Strategy – APIO
  • 5. Move from ad hoc development on legacy systems to modern, team development and management throughout the ALM Move from managing disparate data silos to a scalable, integrated data management platform Move from disconnected applications and services to SOA and adaptive business processes Move from data silos and manual analysis to real-time and closed loop analysis Move from no UX awareness to proactive collaboration of design and development
  • 6. Snapshot of Infrastructure What to focus on:
    • Master data management
    • 24x7 systems management and monitoring
    • Fully integrated and flexible data services with continuous availability
    • Infrastructure for enterprise-wide centralized scorecards and self-service reporting
    • Implement embedded BI applications and Business Activity Monitoring
    • Fully managed ALM
    • Seamless integration between all development tools and platform
    • Limited integration of SDLC tools
    • Inconsistent use of methodology
    • Extend Business Activity Monitoring
    • Full Service Oriented Architecture
    • Core business processes automated
    • Some process visibility
  • 7. Why BizTalk?
    • Given: Other products have learned the best lessons of BizTalk and offer a number of similar features
    • Question: Does BizTalk still have a place?
    • Answer: YES!!
      • In Proc vs. Out of Proc
      • Adapters
      • Centralized Rules Management
      • Scalability
      • Support
    • Quod Erat Demonstrandum
  • 8. Integration Across Server Products
    • Who plays nice with BizTalk?
    • Everybody!
      • Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007
      • Microsoft Commerce Server 2007
      • Microsoft CRM
      • Microsoft Office Desktop Suite
      • Through Adapters…
        • Everyone Else (e.g. Oracle, SAP, AS400, etc.)
  • 9. Demo
    • InfoPath as Robust, Quick Data Entry Tool
    • Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 as Web Landing Zone, Document Library, and Simple Approval Workflow Provider
    • Microsoft BizTalk Server 2006 as Message Bus, Centralized Rules Manager/Processor, Business Process Manager
  • 10. Future Enhancements
    • Plan and Deploy for scalability
    • Add additional server products to the list (e.g. CS 2K7, CRM, etc.)
    • Demonstrate additional BRE capabilities
    • Suggestions?
  • 11. Lessons Learned – The Gotchas that Got Me
    • Plan Your Deployment!
    • Features may not be as compelling in execution as they appear in the feature list.
    • Tried and True methods of debugging BizTalk issues have real Tried and True value.
  • 12. Thank You!
    • Q&A
    • Andrew Schwarz
    • [email_address]
    • 763.398.4859