Getting Started with BizTalk Services
By Karthik Bharathy, Jon Fancey
Publisher: Packt Publishing
Final Release Date: March 2014
Pages: 180

In Detail

BizTalk Services is a service based on Windows Azure that was introduced by Microsoft in the summer of 2013. It provides integration capabilities in the cloud to connect enterprises together in scalable and flexible ways that go beyond what traditional on-premises integration products (such as BizTalk Server) can manage. BizTalk Services provides the ability to construct integration solutions using familiar tools (Visual Studio and Microsoft .Net) and also provides a bridge metaphor to connect applications and technologies.

Whether you are a neophyte or an expert in integration solutions, Getting Started with BizTalk Services provides you with a comprehensive look at cloud integration, covering the many features and capabilities of BizTalk Services. More importantly, the purpose of each feature is explained together with how to use them effectively.

The book starts by introducing the capabilities of BizTalk Services and then expands on them, providing insights on when to apply them yourself in your own integration solutions.

The book then goes on to cover both the Enterprise Application Integration (EAI) and Business-to-Business Integration (B2B) features of BizTalk Services, explaining how to build cloud-hosted integration solutions that connect to your own datacenter as well as to your customers’. Each available option is discussed in turn, from FTP-based data transfer to Service Bus queues. The book ends with tips and tricks on tracking and troubleshooting.

Getting Started with BizTalk Services will give you all the knowledge and hands-on experience you need to use Microsoft’s integration service on cloud effectively through the many examples and real-world scenarios provided.


A practical book that acts as a clear and concise introduction to BizTalk Services. Full of real-world scenarios, each area of BizTalk Services is explained in detail, essentially enabling you to smoothly design your own integration solutions with minimal effort.

Who this book is for

This book is intended for those who want to understand BizTalk Services, what it can do, and how to build integration solutions using it in their organizations. If you are a developer, architect, or project manager, this book will quickly get you acquainted with this powerful cloud integration technology. It would be helpful to have some experience with BizTalk Server; however, this is neither required nor assumed. It is recommended to have a subscription with Windows Azure to try out the examples in the book.

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A must have for BizTalk Professionals

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      Comments about oreilly Getting Started with BizTalk Services:

      Considering the dominance and a canon ball speed of application of cloud in the IT industry, the knowledge of Windows Azure BizTalk services is a must have for BizTalk professionals - for new comers as well as for seasoned professionals. Needless to say, the authors have built on their experience with BizTalk and and have done a great job in making the book accessible to both the groups in a clear, concise fashion with a plethora of examples to help the readers grasp the concepts.

      The structure of the book is linear and starts off with the basic concepts of the BizTalk services like Messages, Transforms, Bridges, API, Tracking, Troubleshooting, EAI,B2B and very nicely summarizes with comparing and linking each of the concepts with its counterpart in BizTalk Server. The code samples and solution provided along with the book help drill down the concepts and is fairly easy to get some practical hands on - albeit simple but a good start for everyone to understand the system and to leverage this in enterprise systems in real life.

      Since the cloud offering of BizTalk is relatively new, I find this book a very valuable addition to the BizTalk learning resources available today and will definitely recommend it to my colleagues.

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