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(MCTS) Microsoft BizTalk Server (70-595) Certification and Assessment Guide Second Edition by Kent Weare, Morten la Cour, Johan Hedberg

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Electronic Data Interchange

Since BizTalk Server 2006 R2, Microsoft has implemented out of the box EDI capabilities in BizTalk.

EDI documents are like Flat Files, which we discussed in an earlier chapter. However, there are two major differences, which are as follows:

  • EDI is standardized, the Schemas are already created
  • EDI deals with the header information not found in the actual message (Schema) but must be configured using Parties and Agreements

Out of the box, BizTalk ships with numerous Schemas for the following EDI standards:

  • X12
  • EDIFACT
  • HIPAA
  • EANCOM

In this chapter, we will use EDIFACT as an example, but most of the mechanisms surrounding the BizTalk EDI capabilities will be the same, whether the standard used is X12, EDIFACT, or any other standard. ...

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