Great news from the WPC 2011, people say « BizTalk will be replaced by AppFabric » , BizTalk will survive
Effectively, the next BizTalk’s version will have a lot modification and great evolution.
To explan it quickly, BizTalk and AppFabric will fuse, they keep the messageBox, the pipeline but they use WF instead of Orchestration Engine.
So BizTalk is gonna change but not disappear.
I think this direction is a great evolution and for sure it’s a good choice. All BizTalk consultant face to the question « how to sell BizTalk » with this new version I think it will be easier. Moreover, centralization of all tools will simplify developper’s job. I hope it will be the end of map functoid coded in VB6. With Workflow foundation, we can finally use generic type in process.
My question is when can we test the next version.
Too see the WPC session : http://digitalwpc.com/Videos/AllVideos/Permalink/e821e9f8-e379-45b0-8879-12fe271c86be#fbid=MMzqFnysqAi
Another great article on this subject from Seroter, BzTalk MVP : http://seroter.wordpress.com/2011/07/14/is-biztalk-server-going-away-at-some-point-yes-dead-nope/
So we have to wait for the next Beta.