For those of you that attended the training and Tech Ed you may remember there was some confusion over the roles of BizTalk and the messaging engine Indigo built into LongHorn (MS future operating system due for release 2006).
I found this article based on a Scott Woodgate (a New Zealander and the godfather of BizTalk) presentation trying to clear this up. Well it looks like good news for Indigo and good news for the future of BizTalk unfortunately I feel that backward compatibility due to the large amount of underlying architectural change will be a problem but it’s still to soon to be sure.
The main points:
The presentation helped me understand that Indigo is the plumbing. A lot of business functionality will require the use of tools that take advantage of that plumbing, such as BizTalk. So I was interested a few days later to see an announcement that the BizTalk Orchestration will ship as part of Indigo in Longhorn. As the article points out, BizTalk seems to debut features that eventually become part of the plumbing.
This should sure up business confidence in BizTalk’s future with Microsoft’s commitment to this product.
R Addis 24/12/2004