Hold On, Microsoft BizTalk is moving to the Cloud?

Hold On, Microsoft BizTalk is moving to the Cloud?

Azure BizTalk Microservices Platform

On December 3rd in Redmond, the BizTalk product team announced Microsoft’s plan for its Azure BizTalk Microservices platform. Partners at the global BizTalk Integration Summit learned about this shift in paradigm that will open the doors for easily adopting cloud as well as hybrid interoperability solutions.

With the Microservice architecture, Microsoft is bringing the rich capabilities of the BizTalk Server platform as discrete and independent services to Azure. Microservice Architecture is a concept with the purpose of decoupling a solution by breaking down functionality into separate bits of services. The BizTalk Server capabilities that we know such as, EDI, Validation, Adapters, BRE, transformation and others will be exposed as individual Microservices that can be consumed as part of an overall solution. Microservices will be connected and orchestrated through the new workflow engine. Along with the underlying Azure platform, Microservices will provide a foundation to build, deploy and manage enterprise grade interoperability solutions in the cloud. With a focus on integration, the new platform will have a common application container and cross-platform extensibility model, along with out of the box SaaS connectivity.

The Microservices capabilities will also be made available on-premise through Azure Pack. Customers and partners can gain the full benefit of running the solution on the cloud or manage the solution on premise. As BizTalk Services continues to align more with the overall Microsoft Azure strategy, Microsoft is still committed to enhancing and supporting the BizTalk Server platform. BizTalk Server is still continuing to evolve; developers will be seeing a new Server update in 2015 coupled with continuous support that will go on for another 10+ years to support large enterprise integration scenarios. By the end of the first quarter of 2015, Microsoft is expected to showcase the first preview of Azure BizTalk Microservices so keep your eyes peeled for more announcements.

 

Impact on Healthcare

Microservices architecture will open new and innovative ways of meeting the challenges of healthcare interoperability. Numerous healthcare integration scenarios will continue to be implemented on premise, but there are new healthcare delivery models and cost factors that will drive more cloud based solutions. As a long-term Microsoft partner in the healthcare space, the announcement of Microservices couldn’t have come at a better time for Dapasoft. An increasing amount of hospitals and healthcare organizations are looking for ways to cut costs, simplify development and maintenance, and put the spotlight back on the patient. The Microsoft Azure platform provides decision makers with a modifiable, extendable, secure, and customizable environment while minimizing cost.

With the new architecture, Microsoft has enabled the partner eco-system to easily develop vertical specific Microservices that can leverage the out of the box Microservices. For example, scenarios such as interoperability with HIE, physician office integration, Lab integration, Home Health, PHR and other solutions can be built and managed easily with the Microservice architecture and managed on-premise using Azure Pack or directly in the Cloud on the Azure platform. With a focus on the healthcare vertical, Dapasoft is on the constant look-out for innovative methods and solutions of simplifying integration for clients. This is an excellent opportunity for clients to be the first to experience the benefits of the cloud with Dapasoft as their guide. We are committed to bringing value to everything we do and we look forward to sharing our own exciting news in the near future!

For more information on the new BizTalk Microservices platform, please visit the Integrate 2014 website and download the slides available underneath the itinerary: http://integrate2014.com/ 

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