Cloudy my BizTalk is

BizTalk just got a whole lot easier

by Dec 5, 2018News0 comments

Now that the dust clouds are settling down and we can all see hybrid is the most powerful future of cloud and on-premises solutions, many organizations are wondering how to move forward. “Just” moving everything to the cloud isn’t a solution that works for everyone in the real world. Next to the point that for your
on-premises systems it may not even make sense to move to the cloud at all, we very likely also have an existing infrastructure and team that has been (heavily) invested in over the past years or even decades. So our question to BizTalk developers and managers is:

"Why would you ‘throw’ away perfectly good hardware, existing and proven solutions
or have your expert staff shift their expertise, just because we ‘have’ to go cloud?"

Sometimes it’s best just to keep your feet firmly on the ground. Using the best of what is available in both worlds, and use it when you need it, makes far more sense. Though we have preached this for many years now, we finally see movement in this direction from the major companies (including those like Microsoft) too. This is no different for the world of systems integration. The domain where we ‘tie’ together data and business, processes and (complementary) systems that lets you collaborate within your business and partner organizations. 

System integration insight

To integrate or share data there are several well-known and proven platforms out there. MuleSoft (recently bought by Salesforce), Tibco, etc. and from the Microsoft stack of course: BizTalk. The very powerful and scalable framework that has been around for almost two decades now. Are these platforms disappearing now that the cloud is there? No, of course not. Microsoft has rolled out more versions and updates of BizTalk the last few years, than the years before when it’s role was undisputed.

But there is a whole new generation of platforms like Logic Apps, Dell Boomi and similar microservices solutions that claim to be capable of ‘solving’ all your integration needs. Well; maybe.. Those platforms are very flexible, but also have many restrictions. For example, they talk HTTP, which is not always what you want or need. They have limitations in size, are always in the cloud and that may therefore cause some security concerns.

And above all it requires a very different expertise than the developers, (that know your business well!) currently have. Of course, you can have them explore new technology (and so you should), but now that we live in a time where the demand from the business side goes faster and faster, you just do not always have the luxury to toss out the old and start tinkering with something new. Especially now that General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) enforces that you should always at least think twice before you start tossing your data in all directions. And above all it requires a very different expertise than the developers, (that know your business well!) currently have.

The BizTalk extension suite allows to

  • Keep your currently solutions that you’ve invested in and that work well
  • Treasure the expertise your staff has. Let them keep using what they are great at
  • Add new functionality in a modular way
  • Design and configure processes with a similar drag&drop experience as the new cloud solutions
  • Reuse components from your old solutions when extending your business
    why redo something you already had developed and tested a year ago?
  • Integrate on-premises and cloud systems any way you prefer
  • Move parts of, or the entire platform to and from the cloud at your own pace and demands

The Easy bus platform has been around for over a decade and extends any BizTalk 2006r2 or newer environment to a very flexible Enterprise Service Bus/ Microservices platform. It can be hosted on-premises, in the cloud or both.

Easy bus ESB is designed to

  • Know and see what is going on. To open the ‘magic black box’. It features a browser based integrated process monitoring solution. Displaying functional processes and useful information to the administrators. No technical gurus required
  • See in a uniform way if a process has successfully completed or for some reason failed. Have the platform notify your staff when things go different than intended. So you don’t have to hear from a customer that something went wrong anymore
  • Create safe and secure solutions by design, not by sealing the cracks after you went into production
  • Develop modular extensions quickly. Easy bus generates everything you need for ‘plumbing’. So your developers can focus on the what the business actually requested
  • Stitch together your old solutions, out-of-the-box modules and your own new ones by configuration. There is no longer a need for big monolog and rigid solutions
  • Be on time with fulfilling the demands of the business and even enable the business by coming up with new ideas and opportunities
  • Create uniform and durable solutions. It no longer matters if Bart made a solution last year and today Jane and Sue are each making their own brand-new module. They will fit together guaranteed
  • Speed up the project and reduce time to market. Easy bus features a software factory (integrated in Visual Studio), boilerplate, deployment and maintenance tooling. All to make the entire development process faster and easier
  • Create the flexibility your business requires. You can swap out components and systems when you need to. Switching from SAP to Dynamics? Don’t let your integration platform be the limiting factor.

Best of both worlds 

Of course, you can have them explore new technology (and so you should), but now that we live in a time where the demand from the business side goes faster and faster, you just do not always have the luxury to toss out the old and start tinkering with something new. Especially now that General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) enforces that you should always at least think twice before you start tossing your data in all directions.

Does that mean cloud and those platforms are just toys? No, definitely not. They serve specific scenarios better than any of the ‘old’ platforms. If they would teach us one thing it is, that with the right, flexible tooling, you can simplify many tedious tasks.

By using a smart platform and therefore making the developers focus on the business problem at hand, instead of all the plumbing, it will speed up and shorten the projects you need done. And by simplifying development you will reduce costs, while being able to answer quickly to demands from the business.

Wouldn’t it be great if we could combine (hybrid) the power of the proven integration platforms and the easy of the new microservices cloud platforms? Well; you can have the best of both worlds with the BizTalk extension suite of the Easy bus platform, that makes using BizTalk a whole lot easier.

 

<- Click to read more about the BizTalk extension suite and Easy bus capability's .

Read more about the platform on the Easy bus page here

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