Thrilled and with immense pride, I am happy to let you know that finally, it is available for purchase; the Migrating to BizTalk Server 2020 book!
What a journey this was! Together with Sandro Pereira and Tom Canter, we have worked hard to make this an informative and useful book. The journey started around 2.5 years ago when our CEO Saravana Kumar reached out to Sandro and Tom to pick up writing this book. After around a year, I was added to the team for project coordination, and later also for writing chapters.
While progressing on the book, we also managed to have Mandi Anez Ohlinger for writing the Foreword of the book. Anybody who has visited the BizTalk Server documentation on the Microsoft web site, will recognize her from all the articles she has written about BizTalk Server. As we consider Mandi as a BizTalk person, who also frequently visited community events, we decided that we wanted to have her for writing the Foreword. Having her doing so, makes us even more proud.
Around Integrate 2021 (June 2021), we had most of the chapters written in draft. Each time we finished a chapter in the draft, it has been reviewed for technical correctness by Steve Lemkau, and for spelling, typos, etc. by JoAnn Een. After finishing each chapter, my Indian colleague Priyadharshini (Priya) Karthikeyan, who is a Creative Designer, converted all our content (250+ pages in A4 page size) to Adobe InDesign. Based on a page size of 26cm by 21cm, this ended up with 418 pages, including the Table of contents, the Index at the end of the book, etc. in InDesign. You can understand that this was a massive job, but Priya has delivered a fantastic result!
Besides bringing all the content to InDesign, Priya also designed the page layout of the book. The cover of the book has been designed by a colleague of her, Ramamirtham (Ram) Kaliannan.
Even after bringing all the content to InDesign, there was still so much to do. JoAnn and I have done several cycles of proofreading, we carefully checked the image quality of the screenshots, worked on the Index, and all kinds of other aspects of the book. Once all that has been done according to our high standards, we have sent the PDF to our regular printer in the United Kingdom.
The printer printed a wetproof of the book, which helped us in understanding what the book was going to look like. Once I received the wetproof at my home address, more quality checks have been done, and we have spent another couple of weeks fixing all kinds of issues that we found in the wetproof.
Now the book was finally finished, we shared the updated version of the book, in PDF format, with the printer. Unfortunately, due to different circumstances, printing and delivering the books took longer than we anticipated.
Meanwhile, we also had to explore other areas that were new to us, like getting an ISBN number, considering fulfillment options, and selecting and setting up a webshop to make the book available to the public.
During its introduction, the book is available via our Shopify shop, but we hope to make it available via Amazon as well. The details of the book and the webshop can be found at the bottom of this article.
Now that we made the book publicly available, what remains for me, is to wholeheartedly thank everybody who has been involved in this massive project. Those include my fellow authors Sandro Pereira and Tom Canter, and the reviewer Steve Lemkau and JoAnn Een. Next, there is my colleague Priya who has done such a great job in designing the layout of the book, bringing all the content the authors provided to the book, and implementing almost all my suggestions, once I found out that things could/should be further improved. Also, thanks go out to Ram who designed the beautiful cover of the book. Not to be forgotten, should be Mohan Nagaraj and Surya Venkatasubramanian from our Marketing team helped in every single place where that was required. Last, but certainly not least, a big thanks to Saravana Kumar (our CEO) and Gowri Ramkumar (our Vice President) for their support, confidence, and patience until we finished the book and made it available.
The book represents the different topics you need to be aware of to migrate from previous versions of BizTalk Server to Microsoft BizTalk Server 2020 and the steps, approaches, and techniques involved in this process. It has the following chapters:
1 – Overview of BizTalk Server 2020
2 – Migration Drivers (why should we upgrade to BizTalk Server 2020)
3 – Preparing for your upgrade
4 – In-place upgrade
5 – Migrating to BizTalk Server 2020 (side-by-side)
6 – Migrating to Azure
Chapter 1, Overview of BizTalk Server 2020 provides the reader with an overview of BizTalk Server 2020, the main components and core features, new features, features that were deprecated or removed from this version, and the hardware, and software requirements.
Chapter 2, Migration drivers (why upgrade to BizTalk Server 2020) discusses the main reasons to migrate from an earlier version of BizTalk Server to BizTalk Server 2020.
Chapter 3, Preparing for your upgrade focuses on the key considerations for planning your migration. The Evaluate, Plan, and Implement (EPI) approach provides a path for completing your upgrade in a controlled and timely manner.
Chapter 4, In-place upgrade focuses on the key considerations for an in-place upgrade. In-place migration or BizTalk Server upgrade is not supported in all scenarios, and in most cases, not recommended in production environments.
Chapter 5, Migrating to BizTalk Server 2020 (side-by-side) discusses the steps for setting up the new platform, including challenges with maintaining multiple (live) environments and provides tips and recommendations for migrating your BizTalk solutions efficiently and transparently.
Chapter 6, Migrating to Azure addresses the factors to consider before deciding to migrate or move your on-premises BizTalk Server platform to Azure Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) – when you can and can’t move, why you should move, and what is required.
Sandro, Tom, and I hope that our book will reach your bookshelf and that it helps in making your BizTalk migrations successful!
Last year, we organized a webinar around the book. The purpose of the webinar was to tell a bit more about what all can be expected in the book. So, if you are interested in the book, you could view the recording of the webinar.
Name of the book: Migrating to BizTalk Server 2020
Authors: Sandro Pereira, Tom Canter, Lex Hegt
Number of pages: 418
Dimensions: 26 x 21 x 3 cm
Price: GBP60 (including shipping)