BizTalk’s Interconnects Multiple Systems and Applications
Microsoft’s integration server product, BizTalk, has become the model for interconnecting disparate systems and unifying different platform applications together either within or outside the organization. This allows data exchange, business-to-business (B2B) communication and collaboration and otherwise enables important business decisions to be made with the most current information..
In the move toward a service-oriented economy, BizTalk has been the integration solution to automate and streamline business processes as well as orchestrate processes requiring multiple systems. BizTalk uses also Enterprise Application Integration (EAI) technology, which presents the unified integration solution and interoperating services for the entire infrastructure.
By connecting various systems, BizTalk enables IT staff to set up interlinking across trading partners so they can interact – they’re also able to oversee data flow and manage business processes, in addition to carrying out business oriented tasks.
BizTalk Server Components
BizTalk Server has a messaging component and a multi-platform adapter that makes interconnection of diverse software applications possible. Different systems are allowed to interact and communicate even over various protocols and data formats.
The chief component of the BizTalk server allows orchestration for processing messages. In essence, this provides a defined workflow to receive and send messages to an external system or application via port configurations and outgoing adapters.
Of course, these are not the only components of a BizTalk server. In fact, it has a Business Rules Engine (BRE) to apply one or more business rules to business processes, a Group Hub to manage the BizTalk Server system’s engine and an Enterprise Single Sign-On (SSO) utility.
The server also includes a Business Activity Monitoring (BAM) framework to analyze the state of the BizTalk applications and business process sources in real time.
How BizTalk Works: The Entire Process
This is how BizTalk can work for a real business. BizTalk, for example, could help a business automate its stock replenishment system. BizTalk can follow the process from the moment a shortage is recorded in a business inventory to the moment the replenishment is ordered.
A store inventory (on an IBM framework) application could send BizTalk a request to order a product that is low on inventory. BizTalk automatically involves a different application to request a purchase order. This application could be a Unix-developed ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning) application.
The approved purchase order (PO) is sent back to BizTalk that sends an order for fulfillment to another application that could be Windows-based.
BizTalk is then able to make different systems communicate, so that a business can automate business processes across different platforms. An automated process means no human intervention and possibly cost savings for a business.
To learn more about how BizTalk interconnects different software applications, check out our knowledge center piece – Microsoft BizTalk Server Interconnects Different Software Applications – for more.