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Score 8 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
The BizTalk server here at Runnymede hospital handles communication from Meditech which is our EMR system, this communication is made up of hl7 messages. Biztalk allows these messages to be sent down to our other down systems like the food ordering system for patients. I personally use the product for my job of supporting applications and databases here at the hospital as well as supporting the EMR system which works with Biztalk.
  • Send and receive HL7 messages.
  • Logging of errors.
  • Ability to integrate with other systems.
  • Better help guide.
  • Better method to alert admins of issues maybe an email alert.
  • Performance could be faster.
Biztalk is best suited for use in hospitals that have multiple systems such as an EMR like Meditech and Computation for the kitchen software that handles patient data. Biztalk is not suited for environments with just one EMR system and no downstream software systems.
Viral Patel | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
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Verified User
We were required to develop a synchronizing tool for uploading, downloading and management for a huge set of documents. This synchronization should happen on daily basis. There should not be any downtime. Users should be able to change business rules dynamically. So we did a POC for using Microsoft BizTalk server for message queueing and using business rule engineering for dynamic rule changes.
  • 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.
  • It still could add more cloud features.
  • Need performance improvements.
  • It is expensive. Cost should be reduced.
  • Very few BizTalk experts. Usage is very low.
  • Simplifying the mappers and pipeline configurations.
It is perfectly suited if some heavy operation needs to be automated where jobs can be queued up. Scalable app which is required to develop in a lesser time frame. Good for when users should be able to change rules more frequently without any downtime, like promotions. The server is well proven in the market. BizTalk server is the best fit if all other integration adapters are developed using Microsoft applications and if all applications are meant to be processed on a Windows environment.
Kyle Kochtan | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 6 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Microsoft BizTalk is being used in a number of places as an integration hub. Years ago it was chosen as the integration hub for the organization. As of late we have started moving some things off of this hub as it no longer meets our needs for an agile development platform.
  • Microsoft BizTalk is extremely powerful
  • Microsoft BizTalk can connect to a number of different enterprise applications
  • Microsoft BizTalk utilities a GUI environment for development
  • 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
Microsoft BizTalk does what it sets out to do and does it very well. However many times the solution is far more complex than it needs to be. This also creates a lot of overhead for development and testing. Deployment is very difficult and requires the server to be recycled thus making all the users not able to use it.
Score 8 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
BizTalk is being used to move data between different systems of our company. Prior to BizTalk our old system were very unreliable but sense moving to BizTalk reliability has improved immensely
  • Pick up after faults quickly
  • Detailed messaging
  • Detailed Reporting
  • Hard to implement
  • Reporting can be tough to dig in to
  • Required 3rd party app for support
Great for moving data into Dynamics from multiple systems. If you don't have the staff it is difficult and time consuming to implement. Since implementing our failures have decreased dramatically and we have gotten positive feedback from end users.
October 10, 2016

Biztalk's to me :)

Score 7 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
We use BizTalk in combination with TOPdesk. Each time a network device enters the network it's checked ito make sure this use is valid. If not: the device is disabled from the network. This is a small example of how easy it is to use BizTalk. If users want to see which hardware is registered to their name they click a button on the intranet page, next BizTalk provides the data for the answer.
  • The frequently used capabilities are very strong. It's quite simple to create basic tasks or connections to other systems.
  • I would like to see a better error messaging system.
BizTalk fits perfectly in our environment. While the quantity of work is rising, the tech-department is not growing :(
Score 7 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
BizTalk is used as middleware to interface various engineering applications with SAP. It's used primarily by engineering and material governance users. Their applications create materials and bill of materials, and BizTalk interfaces with those applications to create and update those materials and bills of materials in SAP.
  • BizTalk is great at mapping input files to output file (or input schemas to output schemas). It uses a pretty well designed mapping screen, and you drag arrows from one input field to the output field. You can also put all sorts of conditionals on the input to output fields mappings. That lets you change the output value based on more one input value, or if the input value has a certain value, or the absence of a value, you can set the output value to something else.
  • BizTalk is good at connecting to SAP, and allows you to download SAP Idoc schemas to use in Orchestrations which allow you to send and receive SAP Idocs.
  • BizTalk is pretty good at notifying you with email. In particular, you can have your Orchestrations send email based on a status. You can send email at the beginning, middle and end if you so desire. That is particularly useful developing and debugging orchestrations.
  • BizTalk needs to be better at tracking down errors after the fact. Input files by default get deleted after processing successfully, unless you specifically specify that they don't. This can be an issue where you need to see what the input file contained, since you may have errors showing up in your target platform, in our case this was SAP.
  • BizTalk logging needs improved. It needs to be able to log the content of the messages it sends and receives. It would be good if the log had a link to the input and output files.
  • BizTalk needs to allow a simple way to preserve the input and output files for debugging purposes. A master setting on the orchestration would be helpful for this.
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.
Score 7 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User

Microsoft BizTalk is used in my organization as an integration tool across the whole organization to connect different LOB (line of business) applications, like CRM (customer relationship management) application, billing application, campaign management application and transaction management application.

The main purpose of using the tool here is to play the message broker role and let different systems exchange data in a real time manner.

  • BizTalk uses Microsoft Visual Studio as the IDE (integrated development environment) tool, and it's very easy to use.
  • The orchestration engine of BizTalk addresses resource issue very well for long-running business processes by dehydrating and rehydrating orchestration instances.
  • BizTalk is very easy to integrate if the development is mainly on the Microsoft software family.
  • BizTalk mainly used in a publish-subscribe pattern, it has toolkits from ESB (Enterprise Services Bus), but it's not as good as other native ESB systems.
  • BizTalk didn't provide many native adapters and it needs to be made by a developer or bought from a third party, like Amazon S3 adapter or SMS adapter.
  • BizTalk only supports JSON in the latest version 2013 R2, and it needs to transform JSON to XML for internal mail box use and then transform from XML back to JSON.

Microsoft BizTalk is good to use as a message broker tool to process long run business process across multiple applications, but may not be very good when the requirement is for a heavy real-time message queue or topic process or to distribute across multiple applications.

BizTalk is easy to integrate with .net family applications, but it may take more time for it to be integrated with other family applications like Java.

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