BizTalk Server 2013 is an integration server that provides connectivity, Business Process Management (BPM), and SOA/ESB capabilities. It also includes Business to Business (B2B) integration capabilities, Adapters, Accelerators, and an RFID platform. Over and above these, BizTalk Server continues to enable integration solutions heterogeneous Line-of-business systems with Windows .NET and SharePoint-based applications to optimize user productivity, gain business efficiency and increase agility. BizTalk Server 2013 allows .Net developers to take advantage of BizTalk services right out of the box to rapidly build solutions that need to integrate transactions and data from applications like SAP, Mainframes, MS Dynamics, and Oracle. Similarly SharePoint developers can seamlessly use BizTalk services directly through the Business Connectivity Services in SharePoint 2010. BizTalk Server 2013 includes data mapping and transformation tool to dramatically reduce the development time to mediate data exchange between disparate systems. It also provides various management interfaces to for managing BizTalk Server applications, managing performance parameters, and streamlining deployments from development to test to production. BizTalk Server 2013 includes the scalable Trading Partner Management (TPM) model with a graphical interface for flexible management of business partner relationships and efficient on-boarding process.
Integration with Cloud Services
BizTalk Server 2013 includes out-of-the box adapters to send and receive messages from Windows Azure Service Bus. It also provides capabilities to transfer messages using different relay endpoints hosted on Azure.
BizTalk Server 2013 provides adapters to invoke REST endpoints as well as expose BizTalk Server artifacts as a RESTful service.
Enhanced SharePoint adapter
Integrating with SharePoint using BizTalk Server 2013 is now as simple as integrating with a file share. Microsoft has removed the need for dependency on SharePoint farms, while still providing backward compatibility.
BizTalk Server 2013 enables sending and receiving messages from an SFTP server.
ESB Toolkit integration
With BizTalk Server 2013, ESB toolkit is now fully integrated with BizTalk Server. Also, the ESB Toolkit configuration experience is vastly simplified to enable a quick setup.
The dependencies between artifacts can now be viewed and navigated in Admin console.
Improvements in dynamic send ports
BizTalk Server 2013 provides the ability to set host handler per adapter, instead of always using the default send handler of the adapters.
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