Who Is BizTalk Server For?
BizTalk Server 2002 solves critical integration problems for a wide-ranging audience, from small shops that rely on sole partnerships for their livelihood, to large manufacturing companies that maintain hundreds of partnerships and handle thousands of documents each second.
Smaller companies might use BizTalk Server for point-to-point connectivity, but for larger corporations, this becomes less efficient. In the largest corporations, multiple BizTalk Server groups can be joined together to form a distributed integration bus. The largest organizations are typically organized into autonomous, discrete business units that develop and maintain their own systems. These business units need to both share data with applications controlled by other business units and communicate with external trading partners.
The following illustration shows how data might be shared within a company that has built its integration architecture piece-by-piece as needs arose. The right side shows how BizTalk Server 2002 helps make data interchange more organized and efficient.
Established companies find that BizTalk Server enables their legacy systems to operate more efficiently and helps them re-tool their architecture for business-to-business e-commerce. A startup company can use BizTalk Server from the beginning as a key link around which to integrate a new system into its enterprise.
Consider these real-world cases:
- A health care manufacturer uses BizTalk Server to interact with a variety of e-commerce platforms.
- A privately held company that develops and markets business-to-business e-commerce and process automation solutions for the global business finance market uses BizTalk Server technologies to build an infrastructure that enables data integration to happen seamlessly, less expensively, and more efficiently.
- A PC manufacturer is using BizTalk Server to rapidly deliver data and documents, and to integrate its supply chain relationships in order to improve its supply chain, increase efficiency, and deliver a smooth, trouble-free experience to customers.
- A digital marketplace company is using Microsoft Windows 2000, Internet Information Services (IIS), and BizTalk Server, to build an Internet hub that provides one-stop shopping for prospective college students, high school guidance counselors, and university recruiting and admissions departments.
- A firm that offers a suite of financial and accounting services designed for small- and medium-sized businesses uses XML and BizTalk Server to create Web services based on its internal SAP R/3 application suite.
The following topics are covered in this section:
- How BizTalk Server Fits into an Organization's IT Infrastructure
- How BizTalk Server Fits into the .NET Platform
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