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Microsoft BizTalk Server 2010 Patterns by Dan Rosanova

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When to use BizTalk Server

Perhaps most strikingly, unlike a lot of other software, such as Office, Windows, and even SAP or PeopleSoft in the enterprise space, after installation BizTalk doesn't actually do anything yet. I think this really confuses people and a good analogy is in order. BizTalk Server is much like its close companion SQL Server. Once you install SQL Server, it doesn't actually do anything; you must build solutions that use a database before it does anything useful. The same is true of BizTalk. Both products are platforms on which solutions are built, not solutions in and of themselves. In fact, BizTalk is an application built on top of SQL Server and .NET. To a certain extent, the same can be said of SharePoint; SharePoint doesn't ...

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