A challenge accepted – My first post and blog

Posted: September 23, 2008  |  Categories: General Uncategorized
Tags: BizTalk Chess

Thiago, one of my mates at work challenged me to start writing about some of the BizTalk stuff I do. He has a pretty cool blog himself at http://connectedthoughts.wordpress.com/. So here goes. My name is Mark Brimble and I have worked connecting disparate computer systems together since 1995. My favourite tool that I use now is BizTalk. I’ve come a long way from 1995 when i was trying to get laboratory instruments to send data to L.I.M.S. using a product called Yukon. Gosh what i would have given to have something like BizTalk then. I spent many years in the wilderness using a variety of point to point applications to integrate a variety of systems. In 2001 a guy called Mark Venter got me involved with eGate which is a Java based integration tool by SeeBeyond. This product has now morphed into JavaCaps by Sun. Both these products a pretty damn good and I worked with these until 2006. In 2002 I was first introduced to BizTalk 2002. What a dog that was but .. then came BizTalk 2004 and that got me interested in what Microsoft had to offer. That was a marvellous addition to the tools that i could now use to integrate different applications. In 2006 i joined the ‘Microsoft integrated systems division’ of one of NZ largest software houses and now I only use BizTalk and occasionally SSIS. I am a MCTS qualified in BizTalk Server 2006, BizTalk 2006R2 and BizTalk 2010. I am a member of the Microsoft BizTalk P-TSP Program. Enough about me. What is this blog going to be about? Well i hope to;

  • share some useful stuff for other system integrators
  • stimulate others to use the best integration patterns available
  • write about BizTalk.

Finally what’s  with the name of this blog? This is a play on Thiago blog name and because I am a reasonable chess player I will occasionally add some chess pictures at the end of my blogs. This time I’ll finish with quote about pawns;

“Pawns are the soul of the game. They alone create attack and defense, the way they are deployed decides the fate of the game.” Francois Andre Danican-Philidor

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