Microsoft Azure BizTalk Services (MABS) has a lot to offer for companies looking for a PaaS Middleware solution. EAI bridges provide B2B communication as well as LoB access functionality for EDI, XML, and flat file interchanges. The new mapping system offers some exciting and powerful new functionality as well, vastly simplifying certain tasks that previously required several functiods, and opening up new possibilities and enhanced performance with lists.
However, it is a new technology, and certain tasks that have been very straightforward in BizTalk Server 2013 require a different way of thinking for MABS. For example, it is a fairly trivial task to create an orchestration that accesses a LoB adapter (using, for example, WCF slqBinding) to do data validation or enhancement, and publishing this orchestration as a web service for client consumption. If your SQL database is SQL Azure, there…
Previously known as Azure EAI EDI Labs, the public preview launched today. I am especially excited about the EDI B2B solution in this new Platform as a Service (PaaS) offering.
Some of the tutorial links on Microsoft’s website are still being sorted out, but you can start with the Windows Azure BizTalk Services SDK here: http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=39087.
Learn more about the services and browse tutorials here: http://www.windowsazure.com/en-us/manage/services/biztalk-services/.