Interconnecting disparate systems is a critical component to successfully harnessing business technology at your enterprise. Microsoft BizTalk helps companies of all sizes and industries accomplish this critical task.
BizTalk adapters, or components that send and receive messages with different systems, is the base that makes system interoperability possible.
What’s important here is not whether a BizTalk adapter sends or receives a message but whether it can understand it and translate it into a language the other system or application can understand…successfully transmitting these message is a crucial component to making interoperability possible.
Prior to current BizTalk versions, consultants had to custom make adapters for each process
As you can imagine, this took a lot of time. The latest versions of BizTalk though build adapters as WCF channels, which allow Microsoft to sell adapters they develop for common applications.
Some of these adapters come standard with newer versions of BizTalk. They include – HTTP, SOAP, File, SMTP, MSMQ, MQSeries and WCF.
Many of these adapters come in various packs designed to support various ‘line-of-business’ applications like SAP, Siebel, Oracle and Oracle EBS databases.
Well I understand why adapters make interoperability possible, but what exactly do they do?
Think about your company and the many ‘transactions’ occurring on a daily basis. By transaction, we mean messaging, file sharing or common business procedures like ordering and so on.
Your human resources department may use a particular system while purchasing may be using an entirely different one.
Adapters and BizTalk in general makes it possible for these different systems to transact messages, files, data or whatever the company deems necessary to accomplishing its goals.
Microsoft pre-develops adapters to allow for the connection of common business applications like PeopleSoft, Oracle, JD Edwards One World and others.
BizTalk adapters are indeed to oil that runs the machine. Consultants at Innovative Architects possess a wealth of experience in developing custom adapters for any enterprise.