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BizTalk is well suited as middleware. Where you wish to translate an input file into an output file and send it to some endpoint. In our case, we used it to convert and send files to SAP. In many ways, it very flexible, and you can do almost anything you want with it. In many ways, it's a better solution than your SAP XI or PI as middleware, since it's much less expensive, and allows you do interface with non-SAP systems.
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Azuqua is well suited to connect data based systems or to add an extra level of automation to Smartsheet without requiring the control center. It is also well suited for people who don't have in depth understandings of programming. The UI is mostly visual with click and drag systems instead of requiring manually entered variables.
Read full review Pros It is very user friendly. Users can change rules during run time and change workflow. Huge capacity for queueing messages. It supports all types of adapters like Oracle, Salesforce, SMTP, FTP, etc. Also users can built custom adaptors. If users want to dynamically deploy their solution without any downtime, this is a perfect solution. BizTalk will be a good fit, especially for public-facing websites. Well-proven in the market. I used it when developing a website for Virgin Trains, catering more than 800K user requests per day. Helps in load balancing. Read full review The concept of reduced code to simplify use by less technical teams lowers the barriers to integration and allows teams to collaborate with ideas and concepts much easier The ability to review simply any error cases simplifies the old approaches of debugging and reviewing large and complex logs While not strictly part of the platform the support team's efforts to assist, to help clarify issues and then (where necessary) to resolve bugs was a large benefit and a key driver to extend the platform's footprint. Read full review Cons Microsoft BizTalk is over engineered for some situtations Microsoft BizTalk can be frustrating to use as it forces you to use the GUI as opposed to code Microsoft BizTalk is very resource intensive to create integrations Read full review The lack of connection/card documentation. Every card does have a section with details, but they are sometimes lacking. The help center and community also need some structuring work. Every single connection/app should have a section with detailed documentation regarding its triggers and actions. The FLO history section needs to be more refined. It sometimes does not load and choosing the date doesn't actually show execution results from that particular day. Read full review Likelihood to Renew
BizTalk will always be required at this hospital.
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I gave a 7 because this product BizTalk does need time and training to get familiar with the usability and features, it is not that easy to use.
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BizTalk Server has been supported for more than 15 years. It is well proven in the market. Microsoft has provided excellent support with technical issues.
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Make sure you have everybody and all depts. On board during testing on test server.
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BizTalk was selected here mainly because it is easy to integrate to a .NET application (most of them are Web Service, WCF SOAP, WCF REST and Web API) and many backend databases are
Microsoft SQL Server
. Another benefit is that the monitoring job is easy to set up and centralize with other .NET application monitoring jobs.
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I had to use the Automate tool for funneling image assets in bulk (tens of thousands) from FTPs into various destinations on an eCommerce platform. The user interface was quite harsh in comparison to Azuqua. Far more text/code line driven.
Read full review Return on Investment A positive impact has been the quicker turnaround time of a part request and that part showing up in SAP using Biztalk as middleware. A somewhat negative impact has been the somewhat insufficient error logging/message capture settings that Biztalk provide. This has caused occasional delays when attempted to create parts for the business. A somewhat negative impact has been the need to have a specialized developer who understands Biztalk to troubleshoot issues with the Biztalk and SAP interaction when creating parts, and when adding new fields to the parts. Read full review Even though our revenue has grown 3x since we started using Azuqua we have only marginally increased many of the teams due in large part to the efficiency gains that we have been able to realize with Azuqua. Before Azuqua we spent a large amount of time talking about technical complexities in solving for customer success and value. Now we only talking about solving for customer success and values because the technical complexities disappeared with the introduction of Azuqua. Read full review ScreenShots