Windows Azure Service Bus EAI/EDI: My speaking engagements summary and resources

Posted: July 6, 2012  |  Categories: Azure BizTalk Events

In the last couple of months I’ve been busy participating in several national and international events talking about Azure Service Bus EAI/EDI services, or as we now know: BizTalk as PaaS (BizTalk on the cloud).

It all started with the invitation of Nino Crudele to participate at the Overnet BizTalk Innovation Event and speak about EAI (Enterprise Application Integration) and EDI (Electronic Data Interchange) functionalities in Azure Service Bus, joining a great team composed of four MVPs and two strongest community members and BizTalk experts (you can see the Event Report here).

These services are still available only in CPT (Community Technology Preview) version under the name Windows Azure Service Bus EAI and EDI Labs – April 2012 Release and they provide common integration capabilities (e.g. bridges, transforms, B2B messaging) on Windows Azure Service Bus.

Monitor Azure Service Bus and Achieve end-to-end message tracing in every business transaction stage along with necessary properties.

However, before participating in this event I had the opportunity, thanks to the invitation of Luis Calado (Microsoft Architect Evangelist) to participate and speak in a class about this topic:

Windows Azure One Day Lab, May 14 in Oporto

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You can find the slides of this session here:

Overnet BizTalk Innovation Event, May 24 in Milan

One week later I was in Italy… along with fellow BizTalk MVP’s: Nino Crudele, Saravana Kumar and Steef-Jan Wiggers; and BizTalk experts and strong community members: Tord G. Nordahl and Lex Hegt.

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In this session we’ll see EAI (Enterprise Application Integration) and EDI (Electronic Data Interchange) functionalities like: how to manage EDI message exchanges and trading partners with the Azure EDI Portal; how to support Flat files; edit Schemas and transformation maps.

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You can find all slides of this event at BizTalk Events site:

More about this event here.

5th Meeting of NetPonto Community, June 9 in Coimbra

I have already promised that I would participate in a NetPonto community event in Coimbra for some time, in fact, this event was to be done sooner, but for some reasons, we had to postpone to this date.

So June 9 on a Saturday morning there I was introducing BizTalk on the cloud to a small but fantastic audience:

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  • Introduction to the Azure Service Bus EAI/EDI features (session in Portuguese)

Note: The NetPonto Community is an independent and nonprofit initiative in Portugal, which aims to share knowledge in architecture and software development in .NET platform and all presentations are not traditional presentations but like a conversation between a group of people who like to talk and share knowledge about technology.

  • Slides will be available soon

More about this event here.

Windows Azure [R]Evolution, June 20 in Lisbon

The last but not the least and again invited by Luis Calado, I had the pleasure of participating in one of the biggest events of Windows Azure in Portugal of this year.

Windows Azure [R]Evolution was an event composed of 4 Tracks: Developer, Web Developer, IT Pro and Architects; and each track with four Technical Sessions.


I spoke in Developer track about Windows Azure Service Bus (Queues and Topics), BizTalk on-prem, BizTalk as IaaS and especially about BizTalk as PaaS.

You can download the slides of this session:

More about this event here.

Other resources

All demos will be available soon.

EAI Bridge Message Sender and Queue Message Receive

This is an improved version of the tool I used in my session to send messages to the EAI Bridges. EAI Bridge Message Sender and Queue Message Receive bringing together these two console application tools: MessageReceiver and MessageSender in as single Windows Form Application easily and fast to use and where we store our default values.

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This tool is available for download from MSDN Code Gallery:

Upcoming events

Bouvet BizTalk Innovation Event, September 26 and 27, 2012 in Stavanger (Norway)

EVENT INFORMATION: Be prepared for the largest BizTalk event ever organized in Scandinavia! Join four MVPs (Microsoft Most Valuable Professionals) and two of the strongest and most active community members for a spectacular BizTalk community event. This event follows a strong series of events that has already been held in The Netherlands, Italy and now Norway.

During this event there will be a series of cutting edge presentations:

  • BizTalk adapter pack: Best practice and a presentation of the versatile integration capabilities of the adapter pack!
  • Azure and connected systems (formerly known as AppFabric connected systems) – EAI Integration done correctly, to the cloud and beyond!
  • Jump into the usage of thresholds and throttling to squeeze the BizTalk environment to the MAX.
  • Large BizTalk environments, hundreds of servers and multiple adapters: how was it done and how did it scale?
  • Also introducing the new standard in BizTalk monitoring: BizTalk 360.
Author: Sandro Pereira

Sandro Pereira lives in Portugal and works as a consultant at DevScope. In the past years, he has been working on implementing Integration scenarios both on-premises and cloud for various clients, each with different scenarios from a technical point of view, size, and criticality, using Microsoft Azure, Microsoft BizTalk Server and different technologies like AS2, EDI, RosettaNet, SAP, TIBCO etc. He is a regular blogger, international speaker, and technical reviewer of several BizTalk books all focused on Integration. He is also the author of the book “BizTalk Mapping Patterns & Best Practices”. He has been awarded MVP since 2011 for his contributions to the integration community.

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