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Introduction to BizTalk Server 2004 and Web Services

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BizTalk Server 2004, the latest and third version of BizTalk, is an exciting tool that all .NET application developers should know about. BizTalk fills
two key business needs:
  1. enterprise application integration
  2. business process automation.

The powerful messaging platform allows for easy integration between applications, and also between enterprises. The business process automation engine, based on the new BPEL XML specification, allows for automation of even the most complex business processes. Throw in InfoPath 2003 for a user interface into BizTalk, tight integration with Visual Studio, Sharepoint, and Office-based monitoring and reporting tools, and you get an incredibly powerful tool.

This session will be an overview of BizTalk Server 2004. Concepts and tools will be shown by walking through several real-world, practical examples of BizTalk usage. Particular attention will be paid to Web service integration and orchestration, showing why BizTalk Server 2004 deserves consideration as the integration "glue" in a services-oriented architecture.

More Stories By Brian Loesgen

Based in San Diego, Brian Loesgen is a principal consultant with Neudesic, a firm that specializes in .NET development and Microsoft server integration. A Microsoft MVP for BizTalk Server 2004, Brian has over 18 years of experience in building advanced enterprise and mobile solutions. He's a coauthor of six books, including the recent "BizTalk Server 2004 Unleashed," and has written technical white papers for Intel, Microsoft and others. Brian has spoken at numerous major technical conferences worldwide and is a cofounder and past President of the International .NET Association ( He is the president of the San Diego .NET user group, leads the San Diego Software Industry Council Web Services SIG, and is a member of the Editorial Board for .NET Developer's Journal. Brian is also a member of the Microsoft BPI Virtual Technical Specialist Team. Brian's blog is

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