BizTalk 2006 deftly connects enterprise apps
Boasting across-the-board improvements, BizTalk 2006 carries on product line's rich EAI heritage
It would be difficult to compare the BizTalk Enterprise and Standard Editions to all of these products; as a first step, however, an evaluator might want to make a list of the company’s internal and external end-point applications for integration and see whether all of the applications can be connected to each integration product under consideration.
If the integration product passed that step, the second step might be to price out the configuration, including all the necessary adapters and the cost of the needed server infrastructure.
A third step would be to evaluate the capabilities of the remaining candidates in depth from the viewpoints of the developers, analysts, administrators, and business users of the system.
BizTalk Server 2006 is a huge product, and I have only hit the high points of describing its capabilities. It appears to be much improved from BizTalk 2004. The updated product has more capability, better tools, better scalability, better security, better value, and cleaner deployment. Enterprises that support Windows Server 2003 and SQL Server 2000/2005 in their server infrastructure and have developers familiar with Visual Studio 2005 would do well to consider BizTalk as the centerpiece of their EAI and b-to-b e-commerce solutions.