The topic of the day was Windows Azure BizTalk Service (WABS), one of the new services in the Windows Azure Platform. This service provides a means of hosting an integration solution that is running and managed through Windows Azure. It is general available since mid-November 2013 and offers EAI and B2B services:
- The EAI Service provides means to exchange data through different protocols and transform to and from different formats. Similar to what the on premise BizTalk offers through mapping and routing.
- The B2B service gives businesses the ability to exchange data between their partners. You can view it as a new way of EDI data exchange other than a value added network (VAN).
This first BizTalk Saturday has been well received by attendees as they enjoyed the day and the labs. The location was perfectly suited for the occasion.
The concept of the BizTalk Saturday will be a little fine-tuned for the next time. The BizTalk User Group is thinking of performing this event again on WABS and organizing another one with a different topic. I enjoyed the day, presenting and walking around helping people on their way in the labs. The labs themselves were well aligned with current state of the technology.