Tools like SharePoint are not only a great collaboration and productivity tool for users, it can also be a very low cost alternative to developing software applications in traditional .NET, Java or other languages. You may not have realized it, but there's a free version of SharePoint sitting right there inside your Windows 2003 or 2008 Server ready for you to use, at zero additional cost.
Donald Lutz, CTO of Technetronic Solutions, joins Mitchell Ashley of Converging Networks to discuss BizTalk and Microsoft's announcement that the long awaited BizTalk Server 2006 R3 will be released in early 2009 as BizTalk Server 2009.
Donald and Mitchell cover BizTalk basics; what an enterprise message bus is, how a message is communicated and handled within BizTalk, how BizTalk uses XML to transform message properties, etc. During the podcast they also talk about what's expected in BizTalk Server 2009 and why Microsoft chose to move forward with the release rather than opt for the much anticipated "Oslo". Oslo is Microsoft's future that ties together BizTalk, Visual Studio, Office clients, .Net Framework, WCF, Silverlight and other Microsoft products with workflow and a meta-data repository.
Donald gives examples how BizTalk can be used by the enterprise, including a situation where a legacy application was eliminated and applications dependent upon the legacy database and data structure could still operate by using BizTalk as the message transport mechanism, providing access to the data even though the application has been retired.
BizTalk and message bus technologies can seem a bit confusing to those unfamiliar with SOA. This podcast will help take away some of the mystery about BizTalk and ESBs (enterprise services bus.)
On this installment of the Converging On Microsoft podcast, Donald Lutz, CTO of Technetronic Solutions, talks with Mitchell Ashley about building .Net applications using a SOA-based architecture and moving apps to the Software+Services model.
Donald shares his views about building SOA and cloud services that don't look like typical applications. BizTalk isn't something we hear Microsoft talking about as much but it is a vital element of SOA and distributed cloud applications. If you are architecting or building SOA-based applications, you'll find this interview very interesting.