I Just returned from TechEd 2012 and one of my favorite sessions was ‘Application Integration Futures – The Road Map and What’s Next in Windows Azure‘. It was refreshing to see the first slide’s title “Key takeaways: we are innovating in BizTalk”.
Here is the abbreviated message from the slide deck:
Continued investment in BizTalk – take your investment forward
BizTalk Server: releasing 6 months after Windows 8
Enabling new Azure based BizTalk scenarios in IaaS & PaaS
Bringing together BizTalk on-premises and Azure
Bet on BizTalk and continue to buy
BizTalk on IaaS coming soon – reduce hardware procurement lead time; reduce time & cost setup and configuration (expect “base BizTalk images”; move apps to Azure and back easily
BizTalk on PaaS – we are already seeing EAI & EDI on Service Bus using Bridges, Transforms, and trading partner management
Here is the timeline (taken from the presentation slide deck)
The first keynote of Build was all about the launch of new Windows 8 for developers. As they said, Windows 8 is a reimaging of the way we interact with devices and use computers. With all this reimaging comes some major changes to the development paradigms that we are currently use to and it seems as though this conference is focusing on getting the developers up to speed with all the changes that affect how software will be created for the next version of Windows.
The keynote centered around 2 main topics. First is the changes in computing, including hardware, mobility, and the way in which we interact with multiple devices of all sizes. Second, is the new Metro UI , which is the way in which immersive Windows 8 applications are built and developed to provide rich experiences on the…
Two big pieces of news on the Microsoft BI front:
Performance Point Server is being dismantled. After the next service pack, MS will cease develop of the product as its own entity. The Monitoring & Analytics capabilities will be bundled into the enterprise version of SharePoint. The Planning application looks to be dead in the water, however.Although PPS was complicated and unwieldly, it had potential and an interesting vision. I don’t see the failure of any part of the MS BI stack as a positive thing. The official press release and blog reactions are here.
While Microsoft had previously described a major-minor release schedule as the model for SQL Server going forward, the next version sounds like an interesting departure from that. Code-named “Kilimanjaro”, the next SQL Server release has been described as minor and BI-focused.Two components described thus far are “Madison”…
Some interesting links:
BizTalk Server Database Optimization White Paper – This is an excellent MSDN write-up on how to optimize your BizTalk systems. The title is somewhat incorrect as it describes how to optimize the hardware (which RAID level to use, turn off hyperthreading), the Network (usage of subnets), the OS (Registry and other settings) , IIS and SQL Server tuning. This is an extensive and through document that includes lab performance tests and results, recommended configurations and links to helpful tools and utilities.
Some of the suggestions can be helpful even if you aren’t using BizTalk.
Enterprise Service Bus (ESB) Guidance Documentation and Source Code – This is the CodePlex community site for the latest release (CTP3) of the ESB Guidance package for BizTalk. Current plan is to release the final version in October.