I’m reading Pro BizTalk 2006by Apress and a section in the chapter about setting up a new BizTalk project made me a little upset.
The author thinks it is a disadvantage that: ‘A formal build-and-deploy process becomes essential.‘
WTF; in an organization big enough to think about, and afford, BizTalk I would say that a formal build-and-deploy process is a prerequisite. Since BizTalk is a lot, if not all, about integrating different systems and organizations having a strict configuration management is essential to keep the cost down and the quality up.
Last Thursday I took the 70-235 exam from Microsoft and as the post title hints I passed. I haven’t really looked at BizTalk much since it was in Beta a couple of years ago. I did some workshop like sessions with a couple of our customers managers about it but we didn’t get any real BizTalk cases back then. During the years I have been working on other things and some colleagues of mine has taken the BizTalk jobs.