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Pro BAM in BizTalk Server 2009 (Expert's Voice in BizTalk) Paperback – July 20, 2009

ISBN-13: 978-1430219149 ISBN-10: 1430219149 Edition: 1st

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Product Details

  • Series: Expert's Voice in BizTalk
  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Apress; 1 edition (July 20, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1430219149
  • ISBN-13: 978-1430219149
  • Product Dimensions: 0.9 x 6.9 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,160,978 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Jeff Sanders is a group manager/solution architect with Avanade in the�East region of the U.S., where he focuses on BizTalk, SharePoint Server, WCF, WF, and .NET, and reducing complexity. Avanade is a global IT consultancy specializing in applied solutions based on the Microsoft enterprise platform and is co-owned by Accenture and Microsoft.

Jeff speaks at local and regional user groups and code camps. He was a cowriter of the BizTalk 2006 R2 Microsoft certification exam, as well as other Microsoft PRO-level exams, and has served on Alpha reviews. He is one of few to have achieved a perfect score on the BizTalk 2006 exam. He was a technical reviewer of Pro Mapping in BizTalk Server 2009 (Apress, 2009) and WCF Multi-tier Services Development with LINQ (Packt Publishing, 2008). Jeff holds a degree in journalism and mass communications from Elon University.

Geoff Snowman is a lead programmer analyst in the Internet Business Unit of GEICO, where he works with BizTalk Server, Windows Communication Foundation, and service-oriented architecture. Prior to joining GEICO, Geoff was a senior consultant with Microsoft Consulting Services. At Microsoft, Geoff helped customers to implement SOA on the Microsoft platform, working with the complete Microsoft application platform.

Geoff is a frequent and popular speaker at user groups, conferences, and code camps. Geoff has been in computing since 1983. He has a master's�degree in computer science from Cambridge University and is a Microsoft Certified Professional Developer, Microsoft Certified Database Administrator, and Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist. Geoff has been working with BizTalk Server since the tech preview version of BizTalk 2000.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Richard L. Seroter on August 11, 2009
Format: Paperback
This is a extremely well-written, easy to understand investigation of a topic long overdue for a more public unveiling. Long the secret tool of a BizTalk developer, BAM has never really stretched outside the BizTalk shadow despite its ability to support a wide range of input clients (WF, WCF, custom .NET code).

This book is organized in a way that first introduces the concepts and use cases of Business Activity Monitoring and then transitions into how to actually accomplish things with Microsoft BAM platform. The book closes with an architectural assessment that describes how BAM really works.

Early in the book, the authors looked at a number of situations (B2B, B2C, CSC, SOA, ESB, BPM, and mashups) and explained the relevance of BAM in each. This was a wise way to encourage the reader to think about BAM for more than just straight BizTalk solutions. It also showcases the value of capturing business metrics across applications and tiers.

The examples in the book were excellent, and one nice touch I liked was after the VERY first "build a BAM solution" demonstration, there was a solid section explaining how to troubleshoot the various things that might have gone wrong. Given how many times the first demonstration goes wrong for a reader, this was a very thoughtful addition and indicative of the care given to this topic by the authors.

You'll also find a quite thorough quest to explain how to use the WCF and WF BAM interceptors including descriptions of key configuration attributes in addition to numerous examples of those configurations in action.

The book goes to great lengths to try and shine a light on aspects of BAM that may have been poorly understood and it offers concrete ways to address them.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Johan Hedberg on October 11, 2009
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This book is the complete learning guide to BAM, previously hard to find.

It covers both development, administration and business aspects of BAM. And with Business I don't solely mean the Business Analyst role, but also where BAM fits, where it makes sense, and how you can get your data into the observation model as well as how you can get it out and report and research on it, to add value to your business users.

Although BAM presently is a BizTalk bundled technology the book approaches BAM from a BizTalk independent way, and talks as much about BAM in relation to other connected system technologies like WCF and WF as it does BizTalk. But that's in line with the trends of BizTalk in general, where WCF more and more is taking on a very central role. The book also from time to time puts things in context of the very latest technology and concepts such as Dublin and Oslo although it's very far from being in focus.

It also goes into great detail about how to use the different types of tooling that comes along with BAM aimed for the different roles of Business Analyst, Developer, Administrator, and Information Worker (or Data Consumer as the book calls it). I also like how the book has sections on troubleshooting, should everything not work as expected, and tips that goes beyond just configuring it into also living with it.

It's a great addition to my library and I'm a better BizTalker for reading it. If you grasp the knowledge contained in this book you have earned the right to call yourself a BAM wiz.
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This book covers everything you could possibly need to know about implementing a BAM solution. It is THE BOOK on BAM. No other book comes close to being as thorough as this book.

This book is also the best resource available for learning the ins and outs of the BAM WF and WCF Interceptor. It contains all the detail needed for implementing an enterprise wide BI gathering solution using the BAM WF and WCF Interceptor.

The book is very well written and the authors write in a style that make the topics easy to understand.

The downloadable code is very well organized and usable. The example code is easy to use, which is not always the case with BizTalk books.

All in all if you are considering learning BAM, this is by far the best option available.
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