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Great news!!! Microsoft just announced publicly, about an hour ago, that BizTalk Server 2013 is now “Released to Manufacturing” (RTM)!

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BizTalk Server 2013 will be available for download on MSDN starting today (March 21). The English locale SKUs will be available for purchase starting April 2013. Other language SKUs will be available for purchase starting May 2013. Host Integration Server 2013 will ship at a later date, however, BizTalk Server 2013 is fully compatible with Host Integration Server 2010.

This is the eighth release of BizTalk Server which is another step in the on-going investments that Microsoft are making in BizTalk and more importantly the continuous commitment demonstrated by Microsoft on BizTalk Server.

In this release, Microsoft is focused on the “One BizTalk” vision and have invested both in the on-premises server and in the cloud. (The cloud offerings, which will be released soon, include Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) capabilities as well as Platform as a Service (PaaS) capabilities).

For the on-premises BizTalk Server 2013 release, Microsoft have focused on the following themes:

  • Cloud Connectivity
  • Ability to run existing BizTalk applications in the cloud (IaaS)
  • Improved Performance
  • Simplified Development and Management Experience
  • Support for the latest platform and standards

With BizTalk Server 2013, Microsoft is moving to a per-core licensing model to keep BizTalk Licensing consistent with SQL Server licensing , and reflects the evolution of hardware capacity and the trend towards virtualization and cloud computing. The licensing changes are critical, because in the recent years the way hardware is been evolved was quite dramatic. Until now BizTalk licensing is pretty much unchanged since 2004 version! Learn more about the licensing changes in this document.

See the public announcement here

Around 45 attendees, from 19 companies across 8 countries, some companies were Microsoft partners who brought their BizTalk consultants other were customers and/or possible customers, 5 Microsoft Integration MVP’s present and 1 member of Microsoft BizTalk Product group and 3 Sponsors (DevScope, Codit and Microsoft Portugal) these are some of the numbers that reflect the success of this event that was held in Casa do Infante –Oporto, Portugal last 14th March 2013!

Is not very common in Portugal have an event dedicated exclusively to BizTalk Server and in my experience and personal opinion, It’s a great feeling when we manager to successfully execute something like this after months of work, gather these fantastic people who paid their own expenses to be at this event and for the first time bring one Program Manager in the BizTalk Product Team to Portugal! And at the end receive great feedbacks and most important some attendees asking me if I think to repeat the event next year! Well it is still too early to answer that question.

The event was held in Casa do Infante, located in the heart of Porto’s UNESCO Heritage Site, and what a beautiful combination between a building with 7 centuries of history and full of culture with new technologies. I would like to thank Porto Convention Bureau for kindly given us the venue for the event we couldn’t picked a better place.

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I also would like to thanks my company DevScope for helping me organize this event since day one and for being one of the sponsors, in special my two coworkers Marcia Teixeira and Sónia Gomes they were simply wonderfully and tireless in preparing all the details of this event. And also of course to Codit and Microsoft Portugal for having sponsored this event, without all of them none of this would have been possible.

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The day began at 9:00am with the opening of registration process and the guests didn’t take too long to start arriving and start doing some social network with other attendees and speakers. With the Records with the registration process progressing very smoothly, two of my biggest problem was confirmed: due to bad weather in Europe both Akshat Sharma and Tord Glad Nordahl were delayed so I had the need to reschedule almost all the sessions.

At 9:50 am I kick started the event with his introduction speech welcoming all the guests, present all the speaker and all information about the event like coffee-break, lunch dinner and so on.

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Steef-Jan Wiggers presenting BizTalk Server 2013: Cloud based adapters

With Akshat delayed, Steef-Jan Wiggers was the first one to climb the stage to present his session about cloud based adapters in BizTalk Server 2013 with some deep technical demos. This session was an introduction to the new adapters available with BizTalk Server 2013, in particular those targeted for integration with the Cloud and how each can be applied in various use cases.

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Saravana Kumar presenting Monitoring and Management of BizTalk environments using BizTalk360

The second session of the day, and also because Tord delay was Saravana Kumar who took the stage to present his session about BizTalk360. This session introduction you to the new “standard” for monitoring and management BizTalk Server platforms and it was the first time in a public event that Saravana presented the sixth version of the product.

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Sandro Pereira presenting BizTalk Mapping Patterns and Best Practices

What was supposed to be the last session of the day, turned out to be the last in the morning. At 11:45am I took the stage to present my session about BizTalk Mapping Patterns and Best Practices. The goal of this session was to present some common mapper problems and common solutions and present some of the best practices to have in maps with some technical demos.

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Akshat Sharma presenting Keynote: BizTalk Server 2013 and Future Vision

Finally between 11:30am and 1:30pm all speakers arrived and Akshat Sharma, Program Manager in the BizTalk Product Team, that did a great session, was able to take the stage in the first session in the afternoon to present the Keynote about BizTalk Server 2013 and future vision. This presentation provided an overview to the audience of what’s the Microsoft Integration Strategy both on-premises and in the Cloud and an introduction to the future BizTalk Server Release in which he explained some of the core features that will be added to BizTalk Server 2013 and what to expect in the new Windows Azure BizTalk Services as well BizTalk IaaS (Infrastructure as a Service).

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Nino Crudele presenting BizTalk assessment and architecture review, strategies, methods and troubleshooting

Nino Crudele had a session on Assessment and Architecture Review, Strategies, Methods and Troubleshooting and after some minutes in the stage the audience was already laughing about crazy problems that he found over the years. I personally love this session with lots of tips on real scenarios and problems found through years of experience, as well as tools and techniques to create and maintain good documentation and make good assessment.

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His whitepaper on these subjects can be downloaded here.

Tord Glad Nordahl presenting Proactivity in BizTalk

The last session before the Q&A had as protagonist Tord Glad Nordahl that captured the audience with his mastery and excellent advice from, and to, BizTalk administrators. This presentation addressed some of the most important aspects to be aware in order for the enterprise to maintain a stable BizTalk environment.

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All together now: Discussion and response to voted topics (unconference style)

I tried to do something different than usual in this type of session to join even more the BizTalk community together, and I invited some people from the audience, on the same day, to join the panel Q&A.

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Therefore, Ricardo Torres (Premier Field Engineer at Microsoft Portugal) and Sam Vanhoutte (Microsoft Integration Architect at Codit) have joined the Saravana, Steef-Jan and Akshat in the Q&A Panel and the result was proximally 30 minutes of good talk with several questions.

Short Breaks, Lunch, Evening drinks and Dinner

In addition to all technical sessions for us it’s also important to provide a good opportunity for people to network and interact. Therefore and similarity of the past events we carefully planned short breaks, lunch, some drinks after the event and a dinner that gave the opportunity to all attendees speak and interact to Microsoft product group, speakers and fellow attendees.

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The speakers

The fourth event after Milan, Stavanger and London had a special guest over from the Microsoft Product Group, Akshat Sharma, who did a session (keynote) and here’s the usual group photo!

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All the presentation slides are available for you to download it here: http://obid.devscope.net/presentations

After the event

After the event has ended the BizTalkCrew enjoyed themselves a little, visiting and getting to know the City of Oporto and I had the pleasure this time to be the tourist guide.

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Our next event will be in Italy in June 2013. See you here!

This post is for the BizTalk Portuguese Community!

Oporto BizTalk Innovation Day é um evento de um dia focado exclusivamente em Microsoft BizTalk Server e tópicos relacionados. Irá ocorrer no dia 14 de Março de 2013 na Ribeira do Porto (Casa do Infante) e contará com a presença de um membro da equipa de produto BizTalk da Microsoft (BizTalk Product Team) e de 5 oradores internacionais, todos eles MVP’s de BizTalk, e abordará diferentes temas como: administração e monitorização, BizTalk Server 2013, novos adaptadores, optimização de performance, integração on-premises ou na Cloud entre outros.

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Este evento, destinado a administradores, arquitectos e programadores, vem na sequência de outros eventos que têm sido realizados em várias cidades europeias desde Fevereiro 2011: Amsterdão (Holanda), Milão (Itália), e Stavanger (Noruega). O último evento aconteceu em Londres e foi um enorme sucesso! Com lotação esgotada, contou com a presença de 130 participantes de 16 países diferentes.

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Será a primeira vez que a equipa de produto do BizTalk estará num evento em Portugal!
Aproveite esta oportunidade para interagir directamente com a equipa de produto, aumentar as suas competências em BizTalk Server 2013 e conhecer outros profissionais que também estão a resolver os seus problemas de integração entre sistemas.

Participe!
Contamos consigo!

DESTINATÁRIOS

Este evento é destinado a todas as pessoas interessadas em BizTalk Server ou integração com diferentes perfis: programadores, administradores de sistemas e arquitectos software. Há algo para todos!

AGENDA

09:00 Credenciação e boas-vindas ao evento

10:00 KEYNOTE: BIZTALK SERVER 2013 AND FUTURE VISION

Muitos clientes têm questionado qual o roadmap do BizTalk para o futuro e o que é que a Microsoft está a preparar a nível de integração na Cloud. Esta sessão irá fornecer uma visão geral da estratégia da Microsoft a nível de integração on-premises assim como na Cloud: uma introdução as novas funcionalidades que estarão disponíveis no BizTalk Server 2013 que será lançado brevemente; o que esperar dos novos serviços de integração na Cloud: Windows Azure BizTalk Services; BizTalk como Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) – Akshat Sharma, Microsoft Program Manager – BizTalk Product Team

10:45 BIZTALK SERVER 2013: CLOUD BASED ADAPTERS

Uma introdução aos novos adaptadores disponíveis com o BizTalk Server 2013, em especial os que são direccionados para a integração com a Cloud – Steef-Jan Wiggers, Microsoft Integration MVP

11:30 Coffee-break

11:45 PROACTIVITY IN BIZTALK

Esta apresentação irá abordar temas da monitorização, com destaque de determinados contadores chave na monitorização das base de dados, bem como um conjunto de boas práticas e a importância de ser pró-activo para manter a estabilidade e alta disponibilidade que o BizTalk Server oferece – Tord Glad Nordahl, Microsoft Integration MVP

12:30 Almoço

14:30 MONITORING AND MANAGEMENT OF BIZTALK ENVIRONMENTS USING BIZTALK360

Introdução ao novo ‘standard’ na monitorização e gestão da plataforma BizTalk Server – Saravana Kumar, Microsoft Integration MVP

15:15 BIZTALK ASSESSEMENT AND ARCHITECTURE REVIEW, STRATEGIES, METHODS AND TROUBLESHOOTING

Um enorme conjunto de dicas sobre problemas e cenários reais encontrados ao longo de anos de experiência, bem como ferramentas e técnicas para criar e manter uma boa documentação – Nino Crudele, Microsoft Integration MVP

16:00 Coffee-break

16:15 BIZTALK MAPPING PATTERNS AND BEST PRACTICES

Introdução aos padrões mais comuns de mapeamento entre estruturas (flat e hierárquicas) e as respetivas soluções e boas práticas no desenvolvimento de mapas – Sandro Pereira, Microsoft Integration MVP

17:00 ALL TOGETHER NOW: DISCUSSION AND RESPONSE TO VOTED TOPICS (unconference style)

Akshat Sharma, Steef-Jan Wiggers, Tord Glad Nordahl, Saravana Kumar, Nino Crudele e um convidado especial da comunidade Portuguesa de BizTalk

17:45 Beer time and Networking

18:00 Sightseeing e Jantar com os oradores (custo adicional associado – ver registo)

Reserve já o seu lugar em http://obid.devscope.net/.

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Nota: As vagas são limitadas. Se encontrar alguma dificuldade no registo ou quiser obter mais informações por favor contacte-nos para obid2013@devscope.net.

First of all I would like to thank Porto Convention Bureau for kindly given us the venue for the event. The event will take place in Casa do Infante (Ribeira do Porto) and besides being extremely well located is a place full of history and culture! Located in the heart of Porto’s UNESCO Heritage Site, Casa do Infante was the birthplace of Henry the Navigator, the man chiefly responsible for Portugal’s age of exploration. Today the building is open to the public and has occasional temporary exhibitions.

This event is intended at all people interested in BizTalk Server or integration with different levels: developers, administrators and architects. will be attended by Microsoft BizTalk Product Team and 5 international speakers, all Microsoft Integration MVP’s, and will address different topics such as administration and monitoring, BizTalk Server 2013, new adapters, performance optimization, integration both on-premise or in the Cloud and others topics.

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Oporto BizTalk Innovation Day follows other events that has been successfully conducted across various major European cities since 2011, including Amsterdam (Netherlands), Milan (Italy) and Stavanger (Norway). The last event took place in London and it was a huge success! It was fully sold out with 130 attendees from 16 different countries.

It will be the first time that BizTalk Product Team will be present in an event in Portugal, where they will have the opportunity to present an overview of what’s the Microsoft Integration Strategy both on-premises and in the Cloud.!

Join us at this important event for high-value demonstrations and take this opportunity to interact directly with the product team and with some of the most active members of the community, increase your skills in BizTalk Server 2013 and meet other professionals who are also and meet other professionals who are also solving their integration problems between systems in a relaxed atmosphere!.

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TARGET AUDIENCE

People interested in BizTalk Server an integration on several different levels, developers, administrators and architects. There is something for everyone!

AGENDA

09:00 Registration opens and welcome

10:00 KEYNOTE: BIZTALK SERVER 2013 AND FUTURE VISION
Many of customers have been asking about BizTalk roadmap, what Microsoft is doing in the cloud, and questions about running BizTalk in Azure. This presentation will provide an overview of what’s the Microsoft Integration Strategy both on-premises and in the Cloud. An introduction to the future BizTalk Server Release that will explain some of the core features that are added to BizTalk Server 2013 and what to expect in the new Windows Azure BizTalk Services as well BizTalk IaaS (Infrastructure as a Service). – Akshat Sharma, Microsoft Program Manager – BizTalk Product Team

10:45 BIZTALK SERVER 2013: CLOUD BASED ADAPTERS
An introduction to the new adapters available with BizTalk Server 2013, in particular those targeted for integration with the Cloud and how each can be applied in various use cases. These adapters will bring the cloud closer to on-premise systems – Steef-Jan Wiggers, Microsoft Integration MVP

11:30 Coffee-break

11:45 PROACTIVITY IN BIZTALK
This presentation will address the important aspects to be aware in order for the enterprise to maintain a stable BizTalk environment and will dig into counters, database and best practices when it comes to proactivity in BizTalk – Tord Glad Nordahl, Microsoft Integration MVP

12:30 Lunch

14:30 MONITORING AND MANAGEMENT OF BIZTALK ENVIRONMENTS USING BIZTALK360
Organizations face various challenges on operations and monitoring of their BizTalk infrastructure and applications, this presentation will introduction you to the new ‘standard’ for monitoring and management BizTalk Server platforms – Saravana Kumar, Microsoft Integration MVP

15:15 BIZTALK ASSESSEMENT AND ARCHITECTURE REVIEW, STRATEGIES, METHODS AND TROUBLESHOOTING
A huge collection of tips on real scenarios and problems found through years of experience, as well as tools and techniques to create and maintain good documentation and make good assessment to solve the problems quickly – Nino Crudele, Microsoft Integration MVP

16:00 Coffee-break

16:15 BIZTALK MAPPING PATTERNS AND BEST PRACTICES
This presentation will provide you with common mapper problems and solutions, i.e., some BizTalk Mapper Patterns specifying best practices and some of the best ways to address some of your needs within the context of message transformation and also to enhance your skills when using the BizTalk Server Mapper – Sandro Pereira, Microsoft Integration MVP

17:00 ALL TOGETHER NOW: DISCUSSION AND RESPONSE TO VOTED TOPICS (unconference style)
Akshat Sharma, Steef-Jan Wiggers, Tord Glad Nordahl, Saravana Kumar, Nino Crudele and a special guest from Portuguese comunity

17:45 Beer time and Networking

18:00 Sightseeing and dinner with speakers (additional cost – see registration)

WHAT CAN YOU EXPECT FROM OPORTO CITY?

There are thousand charms and corners that are worth discovering in Oporto, capital of the North. Oporto is one of the oldest cities of the country, and, as such, its path is sinuous and picturesque. It is a unique experience to stroll through its streets and feel the pulse of the city.

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Architectural and historical Heritage

Board on a medieval journey and pound the historical center, passing by the Cathedral or the Clérigos Tower. By tram or on foot, go down to the peer and experience the feeling of making a cruise on a Rabelo boat, which sail on the river Douro. Take the opportunity to admire the six bridges of the city, visit the Port Wine cellars and taste this characteristic wine in a cosy and refined atmosphere.

Due to the many historical buildings and urban mesh of Porto’s historical center, it was designated World Cultural Heritage in 1996.

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Visit the Casa do Infante Museum, The São Francisco Church, the Stock Exchange Palace, the pleasant riverfront and the well preserved Ribeira and Miragaia streets. But same wise, admire the well present modernity in the Casa da Música and the Museum of Modern Art of Serralves.

Besides history and culture, Porto is also leisure, fun and night life. The famous streets around the Galeria de Paris Street, the cafés and its terraces, the Miguel Bombarda area or the commercial Sta Catarina Street are reference points in arts, in culture, but also in leisure and shopping.

Find out what Porto has best to offer and enjoy the numerous outdoor cafés by the sea and the excellent City Park with seafront.

Port Wine Cellars

Port Wine is a fortified wine produced exclusively in the Douro Demarcated Region and aged in cellars. It stands out from ordinary wines thanks to its range of varieties, and the incomparable richness and intensity of its aroma and flavour.

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Flavours of Oporto

Try them with an open mind as Porto has gone beyond tradition in order to be the best in international and local cuisine.

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A Destination of congresses and events

In Oporto and in the North of Portugal one finds the ideal conditions to host business and scientific events in emblematic and well-equipped buildings. To host international congresses and conferences you can choose congress centers of various competencies and different types of hotels: chain, charm, design or trendy. These units are complemented by a vast support services, always with the guarantee of a skilled experience and a rigorous professionalism. For a social event of more creative matter, it is also the ideal destination due to the huge variety of available gala venues: castles, manor houses, palaces, restaurants, beach bars, casinos, museums and a lot more!

See more about Oporto city at http://en.visitportoandnorth.travel/

TRAVEL

This event is will be fully taught in English, and with low cost airfares and reasonable hotel prices, we will make sure this will be an very attractive proposition for anyone living in Western Europe.

Porto Airport, otherwise known as Fracisco Sá Carneiro Airport, is located 10Km North of Porto, on the North West coast of Portugal. There is a Metro connecting the airport to Porto, journey times to various city locations 25-35 minutes at a cost of approximately 2 Euros.

Reserve your ticket at http://obid.devscope.net/ and I’m looking forward to welcoming you to the Oporto BizTalk innovation Day in March!

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Exciting news for all the BizTalk Community! Once again you will be able to interact with BizTalk Product Team, this time in Oporto BizTalk Innovation Day.

Akshat Sharma from BizTalk Product Team will make the event keynote and will be also in the Q&A panel!

  • 10:00 KEYNOTE: BIZTALK SERVER 2013 AND FUTURE VISION
    Many of customers have been asking about BizTalk roadmap, what Microsoft is doing in the cloud, and questions about running BizTalk in Azure. The presentation will provide an overview of what’s the Microsoft Integration Strategy both on-premises and in the Cloud. An introduction to the future BizTalk Server Release that will explain some of the core features that are added to BizTalk Server 2013 and what to expect in the new Windows Azure BizTalk Services as well BizTalk IaaS (Infrastructure as a Service). And more importantly it will demonstrated the commitment of Microsoft on the product.
  • 17:00 ALL TOGETHER NOW: DISCUSSION AND RESPONSE TO VOTED TOPICS (unconference style)
    Akshat Sharma, Steef-Jan Wiggers, Tord Glad Nordahl, Saravana Kumar and Nino Crudele

Akshat is currently a Program Manager in the BizTalk Product Team. He is currently responsible for the release management of BizTalk Server & Services. He also has prior experience as a Developer on the BizTalk Server and various Azure services.

This is the first time that the BizTalk Product Team will be present in an event conduct in Portugal!

Don’t miss this opportunity and join us at this important event for high-value demonstrations, debate and discussion with Microsoft Integration MVP’s and BizTalk Product Team in a relaxed atmosphere!

Looking forward to welcoming you to the Oporto BizTalk innovation Day in March!!

Reserve your ticket and find all the details of the sessions at http://obid.devscope.net/.

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We are really excited to announce that all the arrangements for Oporto BizTalk Innovation Day have been finalized and the registration process is finally online at: http://obid.devscope.net/

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The Event

This unique community event will join together the regional specialists in BizTalk Server. During a full day, all participants will have an opportunity to learn and share their experience and future expectations around the BizTalk Platform, particularly in respect to the new BizTalk Server 2013 (still in Beta version). Beside the normal lectures, the configuration of the agenda opens excellent opportunities for networking with peer users for informal knowledge sharing. No other event is planned for the region for the rest of the year, nor there is any indication that this opportunity will repeat any time soon.

The date for the event is 14th March 2013 and will take place in Casa do Infante, Oporto, Portugal. Hope you enjoy the website for the event.

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Our Guest Speakers

The event content will emphasize several different levels, which include developers, administrators and architects and will be led by 4 European Microsoft Integration MVP’s:

  • Steef-Jan Wiggers [Microsoft Integration MVP from Netherlands] an IT architect/Consultant at motion10 with over 14 years of experience as a technical lead developer and application architect, specializing in custom applications, enterprise application integration (BizTalk), Web services and Windows Azure. He has experience in architecting, designing, developing, and supporting sophisticated and innovative software using many different Microsoft technologies and products. Steef-Jan is very active in the BizTalk community as a blogger, Wiki author/editor, forums moderator, and public speaker. He is a published author (BizTalk Server 2010 Cookbook).
  • Nino Crudele [Microsoft Integration MVP from Italy] has been a BizTalk MVP for 6 years. Besides that he is also a Virtual Technology Specialist for BizTalk Server, a role in which he works closely with Microsoft Italy. He enjoys this role as it enables him to work with many different clients seeing BizTalk in different scenarios from a technical point of view, size, and criticality. Nino has worked with most of the BizTalk accelerators, Rosettanet, HL7, SWIFT and has done some big projects on EDI and RFID. In the past he also had the opportunity to be part of a big integration project with a major Italian enterprise organization that integrates many technologies like SAP, AS400, TIBCO and others using BizTalk.
  • Saravana Kumar [Microsoft Integration MVP from United kingdom] his the Founder and CTO of BizTalk360, enterprise software that helps Microsoft BizTalk server customers better manage their production or any controlled BizTalk environments. Saravana Kumar is a Microsoft BizTalk server MVP since 2007, blogger, international speaker and active community member in BizTalk Server area. In year 2005, he won the worldwide developer competition conducted by Microsoft for building SQL Server Service Broker Management studio. Saravana has spent the majority of his career working with organizations in UK helping them build their enterprise software solutions. Prior to BizTalk360, he worked for past 5 years helping Fidelity UK built their SOA/BPM platform using Microsoft BizTalk Server. In the past Saravana has worked for some of the big consulting companies like Accenture, NHS, Microsoft, BT, Unilog (now Logica) etc. as an independent consultant.
  • Tord Glad Nordahl [Microsoft Integration MVP from Norway] is a BizTalk Administration Expert for Bouvet ASA, over 5 years’ experience with BizTalk. His passion for operation and administration have ended up with a BizTalk Admin Deep Dive course. You can follow his contribution to the community through his blog (www.biztalkadmin.com), TechNet Wiki, TechNet Wiki Blog and the MSDN Forums. Tord was the first BizTalk Administrator to receive the Microsoft Integration MVP award (2013).

So we invite you all to join us in Oporto, Portugal, where you can count with cutting edge presentations. You can find full details about the agenda here.

Conference Details – Seats are limited

The venue is in a reference building in the history of Portugal (The Prince’s House) and is located right in the center of Ribeira, the most visited area in the region, and close to all riverside offers.

Event Dates: Thursday, March 14th, 2013 from 9am – 11pm

Location: Casa do Infante – Rua Alfândega 10, 4050-151 Porto, Portugal

Projected Attendance: 80 business and IT professionals

Website: http://obid.devscope.net/

Co-located exposition: http://www.photoattraction.net

We can only accommodate a limited number of attendees to the event due to logistical constraints. So if you are interested please go ahead and confirm your seat. There will be a small charge for this event, just to make sure the event is not filled up quickly by people who don’t turn up but we are supporting coffee breaks, a lunch by the River (Cais da Estiva), dinner with speakers and many more…

Travel

This event is not just for people in Portugal, it will be fully conducted in English and with low cost airfares and reasonable hotel price, it’s an excellent opportunity for all Western European BizTalk enthusiasts.

We can recommend:

  • Pestana Porto Hotel – Praça da Ribeira 1, 4050-513 Oporto
  • Carris Porto Ribeira – Rua do Infante D. Henrique, 1, 4050-296 Oporto
Additional Requests

If you have any questions regarding the event, please contact us at obid2013@devscope.net, or via phone: +351 223 751 350.

Register now!

Looking forward to welcoming you to the Oporto BizTalk innovation Day in March!

We’re still finalizing some of the arrangements (site and registration process), but today me and the team behind the preparation of this event, we visited the event location for the first time… and I can say that besides being extremely well located is a place full of history and culture – Oporto BizTalk Innovation Day will take place in Casa do Infante – Oporto, Portugal on Thursday 14 March, 2013.

Located in the heart of Porto’s UNESCO Heritage Site, Casa do Infante was the birthplace of Henry the Navigator, the man chiefly responsible for Portugal’s age of exploration. Today the building is open to the public and has occasional temporary exhibitions.

Originally built in 1325 as a customs house and residence for visiting royal officials, a mint was added in the 16th century. Henry the Navigator was born here in 1677 and it remained a customs house until the 19th century, when a new larger building was constructed on the riverside.

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When the registration site will be online and how many seats will be available?

Again, we’re still finalizing the site of the event and registration process, however it should be available next Friday, February 14th.

Due to capacity constraints of the room, the number of entries will be limited to 80 attendees.

Call to Action: Add the dates to your calendar now!

If you want more information about the event you can send me an email: obid2013@devscope.net

I’m delighted to pre-announce that BizTalk innovation Event is coming to Portugal! The event is called “Oporto BizTalk Innovation Day” and will take place in Oporto, Portugal on Thursday 14 March, 2013.

This is the first time in Portugal (also on Iberia) that we are conducting a full day event dedicated to Microsoft BizTalk Server.

As you may already know BizTalk Innovation Day is a one-day event focused purely on Microsoft BizTalk Server related topics that has been conducted in several major European cities since Feb 2011: Amsterdam (Netherland), Milan (Italy), and Stavanger (Norway). The last event took place in London and it was a huge success! It was fully sold out with 130 attendees from 16 different countries.

We’re still finalizing all the arrangements for the final venue, but can share that it will be in the historic center of Oporto (Ribeira) and it will be an excellent opportunity for visiting one of the trendiest cities in Europe this year (more on this latter).

But here’s a glimpse that you can expect:

  • Steef-Jan Wiggers talking about “BizTalk Server 2013: Cloud based adapters”. BizTalk 2013 will feature some new adapters, which are targeted for integration with the cloud. You will learn the characteristics of the WCF-BasicHttpRelay, WCF-TcpNetRelay, SB-Messaging and WCF-WebHttp adapter and how each can be applied in various use cases. These adapters will bring the cloud closer to on-premise systems.
    • Steef-Jan is an IT architect/Consultant at motion10 with over 14 years of experience as a technical lead developer and application architect, specializing in custom applications, enterprise application integration (BizTalk), Web services and Windows Azure. He has experience in architecting, designing, developing, and supporting sophisticated and innovative software using many different Microsoft technologies and products. Steef-Jan is very active in the BizTalk community as a blogger, Wiki author/editor, forums moderator, and public speaker. He is a published author (BizTalk Server 2010 Cookbook) and Microsoft Integration MVP. He has received the Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) award for his contributions to the world-wide BizTalk Server community in 2010. He was re-awarded his MVP status in July 2011 and 2012.
  • Nino Crudele talking about BizTalk assessment and architecture review, strategies, methods and troubleshooting“. Exist many kind of requests in a BizTalk solution, troubleshooting, assessment and architecture review. With BizTalk Server is possible to develop the same solution in many different ways, some of these are the best other no. Make an assessment or solve a problem quickly implies a good and long experience in many types of solutions and situations in the field and there are many different technologies in order to be considered. There are many aspects to be considered and many things to inspect in order.
    • Nino Crudele has been a BizTalk MVP for 5 years. Besides that he is also a Virtual Technology Specialist for BizTalk Server, a role in which he works closely with Microsoft Italy. He enjoys this role as it enables him to work with many different clients seeing BizTalk in different scenarios from a technical point of view, size, and criticality. Nino has worked with most of the BizTalk accelerators, Rosettanet, HL7, SWIFT and has done some big projects on EDI and RFID. In the past he also had the opportunity to be part of a big integration project with a major Italian enterprise organization that integrates many technologies like SAP, AS400, TIBCO and others using BizTalk.
  • Saravana Kumar talking about “Monitoring and Management of BizTalk environments using BizTalk360”. Organizations face various challenges on operations and monitoring of their BizTalk infrastructure and applications. BizTalk360 is designed to address most of the challenges. In this presentation, Saravana will go through the various pain points’ organizations face and how you can tackle it with BizTalk360.
    • Saravana Kumar is the Founder and CTO of BizTalk360, enterprise software that helps Microsoft BizTalk server customers better manage their production or any controlled BizTalk environments. Saravana Kumar is a Microsoft BizTalk server MVP since 2007, blogger, international speaker and active community member in BizTalk Server area. In year 2005, he won the worldwide developer competition conducted by Microsoft for building SQL Server Service Broker Management studio. Saravana has spent the majority of his career working with organizations in UK helping them build their enterprise software solutions. Prior to BizTalk360, he worked for past 5 years helping Fidelity UK built their SOA/BPM platform using Microsoft BizTalk Server. In the past Saravana has worked for some of the big consulting companies like Accenture, NHS, Microsoft, BT, Unilog (now Logica) etc. as an independent consultant.
  • Tord Glad Nordahl talking about “Proactivity in BizTalk”. BizTalk is the leading integration platform, in order for the enterprise to maintain a stable environment proactivity is important. There are many things to be aware of in BizTalk, and it’s one thing to solve problems that occur, however it’s even more important to be proactive to maintain the stability and high availability that BizTalk brings. This presentation will dig into counters, database and best practices when it comes to proactivity in BizTalk.
    • Tord Glad Nordahl is a BizTalk Administration Expert for Bouvet ASA, over 5 years’ experience with BizTalk. His passion for operation and administration have ended up with a BizTalk Admin Deep Dive course. You can follow his contribution to the community through his blog (www.biztalkadmin.com), TechNet Wiki, TechNet Wiki Blog and the MSDN Forums. Tord was the first BizTalk Administrator to receive the Microsoft Integration MVP award (2013).

I’ll probably be presenting a session too, but for now I will keep it secret Sorriso, stay tuned for more information soon!

Travel

This event is will be fully taught in English, and with low cost airfares and reasonable hotel prices, we will make sure this will be an very attractive proposition for anyone living in Western Europe. Please take a minute to see this small video about the Port Wine region ;):

Porto Airport, otherwise known as Fracisco Sá Carneiro Airport, is located 10Km North of Porto, on the North West coast of Portugal. There is a Metro connecting the airport to Porto, journey times to various city locations 25-35 minutes at a cost of approximately 2 Euros. There are also regular bus services to the city, the surrounding area, or north to Vigo in Spain. Bus fare to the city approximately 2 Euros, and 12 Euros to Vigo.

Here are some of the estimated flight times from some of the cities with direct flights to Oporto Airport:

Airport

Time

Lisboa 44 minutes
Madrid 1 hours, 6 minutes
Toulouse 1 hours, 39 minutes
Nantes 1 hours, 40 minutes
Barcelona 1 hours, 43 minutes
Valencia 1 hours, 53 minutes
Tours 1 hours, 55 minutes
Bordeaux 1 hours, 59 minutes
Dole 2 hours, 4 minutes
Geneva 2 hours, 5 minutes
London 2 hours, 5 minutes
St Etienne 2 hours, 12 minutes
Paris 2 hours, 14 minutes
Marseille 2 hours, 15 minutes
Lyon 2 hours, 17 minutes
Brussels 2 hours, 19 minutes
Basel 2 hours, 20 minutes
Luxembourg 2 hours, 22 minutes
Milan 2 hours, 24 minutes
Zurich 2 hours, 25 minutes
Eindhoven 2 hours, 29 minutes
Karlsruhe 2 hours, 31 minutes
Dusseldorf 2 hours, 31 minutes
Amsterdam 2 hours, 33 minutes
Memmingen 2 hours, 35 minutes
Frankfurt 2 hours, 35 minutes
Rome 2 hours, 43 minutes
Munich 2 hours, 44 minutes
Bremen 2 hours, 53 minutes

If you want more information about the event you can send me an email: obid2013@devscope.net

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128 attendees, more than 70 different companies across 16 countries (Austria, Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Italy, India, Ireland, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, UK, USA), more than 10 Microsoft Integration MVP’s present (speakers, Q&A members and attendees) and 3 members of Microsoft Product group, these are some of the numbers that reflect the huge success of this event! This was the first time in UK that was been conduct a full day event dedicated to Microsoft BizTalk Server.

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I have to congratulate and say thanks Saravana Kumar, Microsoft and BizTalk360 for well organize this magnificent event!

The journey

I arrive on 15 January to Gatwick Airport in London without problems or setbacks – Saravana was waiting for me at the airport – We went visit BizTalk360 Office and Saravana home ad then we return to the airport to pick up Nino Crudele. The next step was to go meet the remaining members of BizTalk Crew (Nino Crudele, Saravana Kumar, Tord Glad Nordahl, Steef-Jan Wiggers and me) along with Rui Machado (my coworker) and Michael Stephenson for a very nice dinner.

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The event

As I mentioned earlier the event was a huge success. My session was in the afternoon after the Q&A session and I have to confess I was a little nervous for being in the presence of 140 BizTalk experts! And because Guru Venkataraman and Ravi Krishnaswamy from Microsoft Product Group talked on the keynote and in the Q & A session, some of the basics on the subject I would speak “Windows Azure BizTalk Services” or “Windows Azure EAI & EDI Labs”… I decided to risk a little further and make the session more practical, not spending too much time on the slides, and made for the first time one demo from scratch during my session!!! In the end I presented 3 demos:

  1. EAI SQL Demo: A basic integration scenario “Registration to the event” where we send messages to the cloud (EAI Brigde), then we apply a transformation and send this message to one system on-premise using LOB Targets and Service Bus Connect and then get the response back – So a very simple scenario.
  2. Customers Orders Routing Demo: The second is a more elaborate scenario: “Order Scenario” – the goal is to send order messages to the cloud (EAI Brigde), apply transformation, Enrich properties in the Bridge (like Property promotion) and Route messages; and treat them in different ways – different transformation, different endpoint like queues or different lob targets: if is a top priority message we need to put the message in SQL table on-premise, if is a normal message we put in a Azure Queue and if was an invalid message we put the message in another SQL table on-premise… this demo will show also how can we apply filters.
  3. EDI Demo: The last demo will be a EDI DEMO where we will see how to configure trading partners, agreements and EDI Bridges… them send this EDI messages to an on-premise system (SQL)

But fortunately I received many good reviews by the attendees, either after the session, or during breaks or by email… for that… thank you very very very much!!!

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But let’s go back to the beginning… The registrations started at 8 AM and progress very smoothly, however the event would start with a few minutes late due to a falling helicopter in London which caused the backwardness of two member of Microsoft Product group and attendees.

The event started at 9:15 by the hand of Saravana Kumar who made the introduction of all speaker, the agenda of the day and health and safety information, after that one rare moment in the Europe… our very special guest the Microsoft Product group (Guru Venkataraman and Ravi Krishnaswamy) made the Keynote of the event. Both Guru and Ravi showcased some of the core features that are added to BizTalk Server 2013, Azure BizTalk Services, and more importantly they demonstrated Microsoft commitment on BizTalk server and openly commented there will be more versions of BizTalk server.

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After the keynote, were carried out two more sessions in the morning:

  • Steef-Jan Wiggers presented a session about the new cloud related adapters (WCF-BasicHttpRelay, WCF-NetTcpRelay, SB-Messaging and WCF-WebHttp.) that’s going to ship with BizTalk Server 2013 demonstrating the characteristics of each adapter with a demo!
  • Saravana Kumar demonstrated in its session how to improve your operations (monitoring and management) in your BizTalk environment using BizTalk360.

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The afternoon started with Q&A panel with Kent Brown and Ravi Krishnaswamy from Microsoft Product Group joined by Charles Young, Jon Fancey (Microsoft Integration MVP) and Michael Stephenson (Microsoft Integration MVP)and what a great session!!! Many of the question was target to Kent and Ravi about roadmaps both on cloud and on-premise and despite some question were complicated to answer, none of them went unanswered and were very well accompanied by the other panel members.

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After the Q&A I took the stage with my session about Windows Azure Service EAI/EDI Labs (or Windows Azure BizTalk Services) that I already described in detail. After I live the stage, were presented two more sessions:

  • Nino Crudele presented a session about BizTalk assessment and architecture review with real scenarios, if some of the attendees didn’t know Nino, they never will forget with his session full of great content and extremely hilarious! Nino is the kind of speaker that captivates any audience even the camera crew couldn’t stop laughing.
  • And finally Tord Glad Nordahl with is excellent session where he explained some of the platform improvements in Windows Server 2012 and SQL server 2012 that can have impact in BizTalk Server 2013

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This day was wrapped up by Saravana Kumar and after this with have time to talk weed the attendees – some social network – and have some beers after the event.

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Once again, it was excellent and an honor to participate in this event along with all these amazing people that were responsible for this happens: the speakers (BizTalk Crew), Microsoft, BizTalk360 crew members and special all the attendees! It was good to have a chat and meet many amazing people like Naushad Alam, Charles Young, Stephen W. Thomas, Tarun Kumar Garg, Peter Vervoorn, Daniel Bautista Sanz, Ashwin Prabhu, Fabio Marini and many more (sorry if you are not mentioned here, you are so many! – Leave me a comment).

After the event

After the event has ended, unfortunately Tord had to go back home, but the rest of the team accompanied by Rui Machado and Stephen W. Thomas enjoyed themselves a little, visiting and getting to know the City of London

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Our next event will be organized by me and my company DevScope and will be in Portugal in March 2013. See you here!