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BizTalk 2020 - What you should know!

BizTalk Server is often described as the center point of enterprise integration applications and is, therefore, essential to business process automation, business-to-business communications, message brokering, and business activity monitoring.

New platform support!

BizTalk Server 2020 has retained many of the great features of BizTalk 2016, plus increased alignment in support of new platforms, including:

  1. Visual Studio 2019
  2. Windows Server 2019, Windows Server 2016, Windows 10
  3. SQL Server 2019, SQL Server 2017, SQL Server 2016 SP2
  4. Office 2019, Office 2016
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And a new range of adapters!

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The Logic Apps adapter

Making it easier to connect and extend integration with Azure Logic Apps.

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Service Bus/Events Hub adapter

Adapter - for sending and receiving messages with Azure Service Bus and Azure Event Hubs.

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Blob Storage adapter

Enabling read and write binary files in Azure Blob Storage.

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Office 365 Mail/Schedule/Contact adapter

Allowing you to send and receive email messages, schedule appointments, and define people and groups in contacts.

Additional BizTalk Server 2020 considerations

A few important points to think about when deciding whether to upgrade to BizTalk 2020:

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    BizTalk Server has stood the test of time for over 20 years, which is a long time in the world of technology.

  2. 02.

    The release of BizTalk 2020, with all the improvements and new features, shows that Microsoft is committed to its future and to many more years of product support.

  3. 03.

    It is a mature legacy product with the benefit of proven technology through multiple upgrades and enhancements.

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    BizTalk features are robust and can be scaled up to suit the growth of your business.

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    It is now even more closely aligned with Azure and boasts a new level of security.

  6. 06.

    Microsoft says this is the safest BizTalk Server release to date and enables a seamless hybrid integration.

BizTalk Server 2020 - features and benefits

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Support for newer platforms

Adds support for the following Microsoft platforms: Visual Studio 2019, Windows Server, SQL Server and Office.

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Leverages the power of Azure for operational data monitoring and insightful analytics.

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Application Lifecycle Management

Defines and maintains multi-server deployments with Visual Studio Team Services.

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Management APIs

Enables remote management of your environment with the new REST APIs.

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Advanced Scheduling

Improves productivity with new upgraded Adapter capabilities.

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Backup to Azure Blob Storage

Backs up BizTalk Server databases to Azure blob storage when deploying BizTalk Server to Azure VMs.

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Leverages the power of BizTalk with Adapters for Event Hub, Office 365, Blob Storage, and Service Bus v2.

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Audit Log

Maintains audit trails of all management operations for increased BizTalk security.

Planning your upgrade

Before making the final decision to upgrade, it is important to gather the information you need to prove your case. The first step to a BizTalk upgrade is to clearly identify your organization’s needs, and then, depending on the outcome, build a roadmap for how to get there.

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That’s where TwoConnect can help you:

  • Gather all available information on your enterprise needs.
  • Review information with the IT professionals, system administrator, and developers who use BizTalk Server.
  • Use the BizTalk Server Best Practices Analyzer (BPA) to generate a list of best practices.
  • Determine what best practices are already in place and which ones are needed.
  • Determine the right move for your organization’s needs.
Case Study

Azure DevOps and a BizTalk upgrade optimize operations across a global landscape

Interpublic Group contacted TwoConnect to determine the approach best suited for upgrading BizTalk Server and ensuring improved collaboration and productivity to achieve business goals.

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TwoConnect – A world leader in BizTalk Consulting Services!

We help you automate processes and connect your integration environments with Microsoft BizTalk Server. TwoConnect delivers a unique level of service excellence and expertise for Microsoft BizTalk Server. We have helped hundreds of companies, across numerous industries, to automate and optimize mission-critical business processes by leveraging the power of BizTalk.

We are a member of the elite Microsoft BPI Virtual Technical Specialist team (1 of only 20 worldwide) and a Microsoft Gold BizTalk Consulting Partner. Our BizTalk MVP’s have worked closely with the Microsoft BizTalk Server Product Group for over 20 years.

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