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© XWebServices, Inc. BizTalk Server 2006 Presentation Transcript

  • 1. BizTalk Server 2006 Business Activity Monitoring (BAM)
  • 2. BizTalk Server 2006 Prerequisites
    • IIS 6.0
      • HTTP/HTTPS/SOAP Adapters
      • Windows SharePoint Services Adapter
      • Business Activity Services (BAS)
      • Human Workflow Services (HWS)
    • Office Excel 2003
      • Business Activity Monitoring (BAM) – BAM workbook used to define business processes to be monitored
    • Office InfoPath 2003
      • BAS – used as BAS client
    • Visual Studio 2005
      • All BizTalk Development
  • 3. BizTalk Server 2006 Prerequisites (continued)
    • SQL Server 2005 / 2000
      • Main data repository – required piece of the overall architecture
      • BAM Requirements:
        • Analysis Services
        • Notification Services
        • Integration Services
        • Reporting Services (optional)
    • Microsoft Visio 2003
      • Required by Orchestration Designer for Business Analysts
    • SharePoint Services
      • Microsoft’s Portal solution
      • Built in support for accessing / publishing documents stored in SharePoint Document Libraries
  • 4. BizTalk and BAM
    • BAM Portal
      • New for 2006 – out-of-the-box information portal
      • Real-time insight into key performance indicators of the business process being monitored
    • BAM Alerts
      • Leverages SQL Server Notification Services (SQL 2005 only)
      • Email, SMS notifications
      • Enables business users to make real-time decisions
    • BAM Web Service
      • Exposes
        • the query of aggregate and instance data
        • creation of alerts
        • retrieval of BAM configurations
  • 5. BizTalk BAM Workflow
    • Business Analyst
      • Specifies what data to collect for all business users using the BAM Activity Wizard
      • Defines the view for each category of business user using the BAM View Wizard
      • Saved as Excel Workbook – BAM Definition Workbook
      • Exports the Workbook to XML (optional)
  • 6. BizTalk BAM Workflow
    • System Administrator/Developer
      • Uses BAM management utility to deploy BAM infrastructure from the Workbook or XML exported by Business Analyst
      • Maps XML exported to an orchestration using the Tracking Profile Editor
      • Deploys the Profile to BizTalk Management Databases
  • 7. BizTalk BAM Workflow
    • Business Users
      • Can view the data results in:
        • Excel
        • BAM Portal
  • 8. BizTalk BAM Strengths
    • Seamless integration into a Microsoft Windows Network
      • Identity Management through Active Directory
      • Display and access data in Microsoft SharePoint Services
      • Easily configurable/maintainable N-Tier environment
    • Toolset leverages Microsoft’s Office product suite
      • Familiarity with the products eliminates training costs
      • No additional license requirement
    • BAM Web Service (API)
      • All data and features exposed
      • Any client application can consume and integrate
  • 9. BizTalk BAM Drawbacks
    • Convoluted process, error prone
    • Requires different skill-sets for each step of the process
    • System administrator/developer must redeploy the Excel Workbook every time changes are made
    • Any changes to orchestration also result in redeployment
    • Data does not refresh automatically:
      • User must manually refresh Excel workbook
      • User must manually refresh web page
    • BAS Website – must reside on same server as BizTalk