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Professional BizTalk® Server 2006 by Ewan Fairweather, Kevin B. Smith, Darren Jefford

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6.6. Summary

This chapter introduced the concept of Business Activity Monitoring and highlighted how it can be used to collect real-time information about your business processes implemented both in BizTalk and other Microsoft technologies.

This information can then be used to provide a real-time view into the associated business processes for both operations and business users, or in fact for any stakeholder who has a requirement to access such information.

The built-in BAM portal provides a rich view into data collected via BAM and enables activity data to be searched and viewed in a variety of ways. Because the BAM data is held in SQL tables and views, it's incredibly easy to access the information from a variety of tools, including SQL Server Reporting Services, which can produce a highly detailed tracking portal providing very rich business intelligence.

Performance of any solution is critical, and instrumentation can often impact solution performance. BAM has been designed with this in mind and incurs minimal overhead for your solution through a variety of techniques.

In summary, BAM is an incredibly powerful technology that has a place in almost every BizTalk solution. Once implemented, it can provide highly valuable information with little to no development overhead.

It's also important to note that BAM can be used from within non-BizTalk-based solutions following the BizTalk Server 2006 licensing changes, which can enable a common instrumentation platform across your ...

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