BizTalk Server 2000 is Microsoft's next initiative for supporting e-commerce and Enterprise Application Integration (EAI) solutions. Built on open industry standards, BizTalk 2000 provides the capabilities to build intercompany workflow solutions and/or control the flow of information required to complete a business task while enforcing business rules.

This chapter introduces BizTalk's role in the new .NET initiative from Microsoft and provides an understanding of the concepts upon which BizTalk is designed. BizTalk Messaging and BizTalk Collaboration services provide the foundation to which we can provide solutions with the marketplace. We also talk about how BizTalk provides the capabilities to talk with other non-Microsoft systems, and we delve into the framework that specification 2.0 provides.

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