Some good news in the BizTalk and Host Integration Server (HIS) world:
The new Host
Integration Server Team Blog has launched! Looking forward to good content on
the new features in HIS 2006.
Developer Center in MSDN has new content for december, focusing on integrating
BizTalk with Windows Communication Foundation and Workflow Foundation:
Application Pack for Retail whitepaper: Presents one possible reference architecture
for retail (store-oriented) applications based on Web Services and standards like IXRetail.
The whitepaper comes with a sample implementation of a part of the model using WCF,
BizTalk Server and Business Scorecard Manager.
Workflow Foundation and BizTalk Server 2006 Code
Sample: This is a simple example of integrating WF with BizTalk by having a workflow
invoke a BizTalk orchestration exposed as a WebService. The scenario is that of a
purchase order workflow validating the order and based on the total amount it either
suspends it or sends it over to BizTalk for further processing.