Monday, February 26, 2007
I have been blogging for almost half a year now. Did I say (blog) allot about SOA, not really actually. I am going to, well that depends a little on the projects I am getting. I am working for my current company for a year now and I only got integration projects so far; letting system A or application A talk to system B or application B. These jobs were fun to do and had some interesting challenges in them, but no SOA. Hopefully I will get a project concerning SOA in the future. I also haven't spread a lot of thoughts about SOA on this blog, but I am planning to do this in the near future. I can finally honor the title of my blog, because now it tends to be turning a little bit into a BizTalk blog. That said lets look into the future of this blog. Blogging is fun that my experience so far, but I want to get more serious in placing content. Ok that’s it for now. Back to my current new project concerning yet again application integration with BizTalk; connecting Oracle eBusiness Suite with other application in an Enterprise. Another EAI challenge!!!!!
Tuesday, February 06, 2007
Today I passed the TS: Developing Business Process and Integration Solutions by Using Microsoft BizTalk Server 2006. Was it hard? Well I did the Beta last year and I failed by 651 score, because I was not quite strong on BAM and BRE. BRE was no problem this time and I strongly improved on BAM, so the score was 957 this time. So for an experienced BizTalk professional it is not a difficult exam. So if one wants to do the exam I would suggest lots of hands on experience, books like Foundation of BizTalk or BizTalk Pro are good help (see my previous posts) also look at preparation guide. Finally there is also a compiled help file for BizTalk 2006, where you will find everything about the product together with great walkthroughs and tutorials (I strongly recommend).
Friday, February 02, 2007
APRESS Released another BizTalk 2006 book. Their third after Pro BizTalk Server and BizTalk 2006 Recipes: A Problem-Solution Approach. This book Foundations of BizTalk Server 2006 is for a novice to get understanding of BizTalk basics. From installation to deployment, the reader will grow increasingly more comfortable with the product as one can work through a multitude of hands-on examples and demo applications. This book will demystify the product and emphasize the new 2006 BizTalk Server features. I have read a couple of chapters and tried some examples. They are quite good and overal it will give a new comer to the product a good view and understanding. In my opinion the author did an excellent job and reading through it and doing the examples I think the reader is better off than doing a beginner course. After reading the complete book one could go for an more advanced couse like deep dives being offered by for instance Quicklearn or Developmentor. If not one can start with Pro BizTalk server book form APRESS.