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BizTalk Server

Definition - What does BizTalk Server mean?

BizTalk Server is an enterprise service bus (ESB) developed by Microsoft that can connect to various business servers that might otherwise be unable to interconnect or communicate.

Although the name might sugeest some sort of teleconferencing mechanism, BizTalk is intended for enterprise software to be able to communicate and share data such as purchase order or invoice details.

The BizTalk Server includes more than 25 multiplatform adapters as well as a stealth messaging infrastructure, allowing organizations to realize connectivity outside and inside their operations. It is best known for its superior integration functionality. The BizTalk Server is a form of business process management (BPM) solution. The "Biz" in BizTalk is short for business.

Techopedia explains BizTalk Server

Other applications the BizTalk Server offers include:

  • IBM host/mainframe connectivity
  • Radio frequency identification
  • Electronic data interchange and connectivity
  • Business activity monitoring
  • Durable messaging

Microsoft's BizTalk Server is also used in conjunction with the company's BPM and start of authority domain name system record, along with enterprise service bus functions. ESB is a type of middleware system that integrates IT assets using a service-oriented approach that supports intelligent communication and relationships between non-related business components.

Overall, the BizTalk Server allows merchants to manage their supply chains from the factory to an online store. It also provides the infrastructure to connect applications, regardless of their platforms, and to develop, expose, and consume brand-new services. Proprietary and standards-based systems are connected with BizTalk Servers, which work with the .NET framework while providing connections to applications, platforms and the people using them.

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