BizTalk Vs. Windows Workflow Foundation

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2 Responses

  1. mcgeeky says:

    Please, get your facts right. BizTalk costs from as little as $1000.

  2. Charles Chen says:

    mcgeeky, I linked the page for the licensing costs in my post.

    From the licensing page:

    "BizTalk Server 2004 Standard and Partner Editions are intended for small-to-medium deployments, and are limited to a single CPU. BizTalk Server 2004 Standard Edition supports integration with up to 10 applications and 20 trading partners. BizTalk Server 2004 Partner Edition supports integration with up to three applications and three trading partners."

    Yes, if you can live with those limitations, then the $7k or $1k version is just fine (but you still have to factor in costs for deployment).

    Realistically, most customers will end up purchasing the Enterprise Edition, which is listed at $25k. This is not to mention the hardware costs, another 2-5k, the setup costs, and the consulting and/or training costs. So the initial deployment costs alone are probably in the $40-50k range. This is not to mention the cost of bringing in a BizTalk architect ($150-200/hr) and consultants to implement the architecture. I think you’re looking at a $100-200k cost of entry, and even at the pricepoint, what have you accomplished that couldn’t be done with some decent programmers?

    I almost forgot, you also have to factor in a license for SQL Server 2000, since it’s a requirement for BizTalk. So if, let’s say, your shop runs Oracle or DB2, that’s another $5-20k just for the SQL Server license.

    I dunno. I guess I don’t see the light yet with BizTalk. It seems like a lot of fluff and hype. So my point is, then, I don’t see the _value_ that you get from your investment.

    Admittedly, I have not worked on a large scale, real world BizTalk project, so I can’t say for sure. But if you have more details on why you think that there’s value in BizTalk, please feel free to expand on it beyond a two sentence comment 😉