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Updated: October 1, 2014

BizTalk Services enables you to:

But how and where do we start creating solutions to achieve each of these business objectives?

  • For business-to-business messaging using EDI, AS2, and EDIFACT, there is a BizTalk Services portal where you can add your trading partners and create agreements between them. See Configuring EDI, AS2, and EDIFACT on BizTalk Services Portal.

  • You use the BizTalk Services project system to create a part or all of a BizTalk Services solution. The core element of any such solution is a BizTalk Service project — a collection of items such as XML bridges, BizTalk Adapter Service component, Transforms, and schemas that you can build and deploy to Azure. These items are used together to configure an end-to-end message flow.

    For example, a message is sent to an XML bridge, which processes it and sends it over to the BizTalk Adapter Service component, which updates the backend LOB application.

When you create a BizTalk Service project, you generally include one or more of the components from the following list. These components play specific roles in creating your solution:

  • Bridges: Bridges are message mediation patterns that process the message as it is relayed from the client to the destination endpoint. As part of the message mediation, bridges also extract/promote properties that can be used for message routing/processing.

    See What are Bridges? and Configure Bridges.

  • Sources: These represent the message sources from which a bridge can receive messages. See Configure Message Sources.

  • Destinations: These represent the endpoints where the messages, processed by the bridge, are routed to. See Configure Message Destinations.

  • BizTalk Adapter Service : Provides connectivity from BizTalk Services application to on-premises LOB applications such as SQL Server, SAP, Oracle, Siebel, and so on. See Using the BizTalk Adapter Service.

  • Schemas: A schema describes the structure of an XML document. Schemas exchange information among applications within an organization or among trading partners.

  • Transforms: A Transform maps data from one format to another. Transforms present source schemas and destination schemas side-by-side and enable you to define mapping between data elements of different messages. See Message Maps and Transforms.

You must meet the following prerequisites before you can start creating BizTalk Services applications:

  • Install Azure BizTalk Services SDK to start creating BizTalk Services applications, including extending the reach of your BizTalk Services applications to on-premises LOB applications like SQL Server, SAP, and so on.

  • You must have a valid Access Control and Service Bus namespace with credentials.

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