My first white paper on BizTalk Server has been published. The title is Supportability and operations of BizTalk Server and it can be downloaded through this link.
The white paper will discuss supportability of BizTalk Server. Something you should be thinking of when setting up a BizTalk environment or when your current environment lacks or needs improvement in that aspect.
Thinking about supportability of BizTalk from the very beginning should be one of the best practices that organizations need to implement. Because the team responsible for supporting the BizTalk Server environment is not involved at the beginning, during the deployment of the environment or are pulled into a project at the very end, in many projects the supportability is overlooked or not part of the initial project plan. This will lead to increasing costs of supporting the BizTalk environment as the administrators are ill prepared, poorly trained or may lack the necessary skills, and even worse given a poorly performing, not well designed and/or unhealthy BizTalk environment to support.
This white paper will provide you with a process you can follow up, the necessary set of tools and guidance to implement a sustainable and robust BizTalk environment that can be efficiently supported by your technical staff.
To write this paper I used my experience in the field and received valuable input from people that helped me with this paper. Many thanks go to the following people for their time, input and reviewing this paper in their precious (spare) time; colleagues Marnix Cox, Andre Ruiter and Sander Nefs, fellow Microsoft Integration MVPs Sandro Perreira, Nino Crudele, Saravana Kumar and Kent Weare, and dedicated BizTalk community members Tord G. Nordahl and Hendrik Roth.
I hope you enjoy reading this paper. Any comments or suggestions are welcome and can be sent to SteefJan@msndotcom