Application integration has been around for a very long time. For years, businesses have been developing systems to communicate electronically instead of relying on humans for direct interaction. The problem that we have always faced is that different groups within a company use applications that natively cannot communicate with each other, let alone communicate with companies outside of the organization. The problem just gets worse when we start looking at connecting these businesses to automate business processes with trading partners. Differences in software, hardware, and network protocols produced difficult barriers to overcome in the past. There were solutions that attempted to solve these problems, but most were very expensive to implement, very time consuming, and did not react well to any change in the structure of the information.
BizTalk Server 2000 addresses these concerns by acting as the universal translator between the disparate systems that have evolved within an organization and between organizations. It is based on open industry standards and specifications to allow communication for application-to-application interactions.We will use BizTalk Server 2000 to create, integrate, manage, and automate business processes for the exchange of business documents. BizTalk Server 2000 is part of the .NET family of Enterprise Servers designed to work together to provide e-business solutions.The .NET Enterprise Servers are based on open Web standards such as XML to allow an organization to integrate and orchestrate their applications and service needs into a single comprehensive solution.
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