Gathering requirements by asking the right questions

Although, this is not an exact recipe, asking questions to obtain requirements for your BizTalk environment is important. Having a clear view and understanding of the requirements enables you to deploy the desired BizTalk environment that meets expectations of the customer. What are the right questions you may ask yourself? Well, there is quite a large area in general you basically need to cover with questions. These questions will be around the following topics:

  • A BizTalk work load(s) that is functional
  • Non-functional (high availability, scalability, and so on)
  • Licensing (software)
  • Hardware
  • Virtualization
  • Development, Test, Acceptance, and Production (DTAP) environment
  • Tracking/Tracing
  • Hosting
  • Security ...

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