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BizTalk: Hotrod magazine latest issue….

The next issue of BizTalk Hotrod magazine (April 2009) is ready.

This issue has articles about EDI, AS2, Mapping Tips and Tricks, Business Rules, Naming conventions, Tools like BizTalk Terminator and BizTalkCop for Static Code Analysis for BizTalk. As BizTalk 2009 hits the streets 'Hotrod' offers some great help.

Get Hotrod here...

Posted On Monday, April 27, 2009 5:44 PM

Is Middleware an integration solution for small to midsized organisations?
There really is only two ways to integrate a companies applications: Custom coding Enterprise Application Integration (EAI)Tools Custom Coding The default for any small or midsized organisation facing an integration project between large numbers of applications is to write the data transformation and mapping code from scratch using Java or .Net based languages. However, writing custom code may create problems like: Code reusability Visibility into structure of the integration transactions Scalability, ......

Posted On Friday, April 17, 2009 7:39 PM

Credit Crunch!!! Are you paying too much for your EAI Platform?
With Microsoft BizTalk Server 2009 about to hit the streets I ask are you paying too much for your EAI solution? Every organisation in the world is forced to evaluate every £ spent. Have you looked at how much you spend on your EAI/Middleware Server/platform and associated services to deliver it? At Solidsoft we know how to make every £ count. By using Microsoft BizTalk Server 2006/2009 combined with the best EAI architects and solution developers in the business we can help make those pounds count ......

Posted On Tuesday, March 17, 2009 8:22 PM

Fun: Project fjord!

Who remembers this from 2007..

The future of surface and BizTalk mapper :-)

Posted On Saturday, March 7, 2009 10:52 PM

LoadGen 2007 and a Simple BizTalk WCF Test
An excellent posting covering the 'new' Microsoft BizTalk LoadGen 2007 coupled with a simple WCF test. Read all about it a the Connected Thoughts blog. The tool in a nutshell is a command line utility called LoadGenConsole.exe that takes an XML configuration file and generates the load tests described in the configuration file. The 2007 version of LoadGen can be used to simulate load in several types of transport (file, HTTP, MQSeries, MSMQ, SOAP, WSE, WSS, WCF) and to monitor certain types of systems ......

Posted On Sunday, November 4, 2007 7:10 PM

Head in the cloud
I have recently been invited to join the Microsoft Cloud Advisory group and have just spent the last week at an SDR getting to understand all the wonderful cloud stuff. Unfortunately I'm under NDA until PDC but it is looking good. On the topic of the cloud and BizTalk I came across a blog by Lori MacVittie ( that really has got it all wrong. The blog talks about BizTalk activities ......

Posted On Monday, October 6, 2008 5:21 AM

New BizTalk Series poster - BAM

Get it here:

Posted On Sunday, June 1, 2008 8:18 AM

SOA and BPM User Group UK

Today the  SOA and BPM User Group was formely announced at the Architects Insight Conerence 2008. Rising from the ashes of the former UK BizTalk User group - this is a new group with a new focus!!

Pop over to if you wish to join up....

Posted On Tuesday, April 29, 2008 6:34 AM

BizTalk Adapter Pack V1
Overview An adapter is a software component that enables you to send and receive messages to and from a line-of-business (LOB) system. The primary design goal of adapters is to facilitate the exchange of business documents between trading partners. The adapters provide the following advantages to clients: Consistent design-time experience. The adapters provide a common and user-friendly design time experience for browsing, searching, and retrieving metadata of LOB artifacts. Varied programming options. ......

Posted On Thursday, April 17, 2008 5:04 AM

Microsoft RFID goes mobile
Microsoft have announced that their RFID programme has now extended to mobile devices. From the Microsoft beta site the following information has been gleaned: Mobility and Standards Pack - Themes BizTalk RFID on Mobile Devices Support for key industry enablers Run on Handhelds, Forklift readers Better together with BizTalk RFID Server v1 Support for new readers with LLRP Tag Data Translation for richer EPC enabled applications Web Services for Devices for Discovery, Configuration, Initialization ......

Posted On Thursday, April 17, 2008 3:44 AM

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