This white paper demonstrates some of BizTalk Server's many capabilities through a business scenario. This is an automated procurement process in which requests for quotation (RFQs) for a commodity item are sent out to three suppliers. The suppliers send back their quotes and an order to the lowest bidder is issued. The procurement process is divided into two logical business processes: the RFQ process of requesting, receiving, and processing quotations, and the purchase process of actually placing orders.
Key BizTalk Server technologies utilized in this scenario include automatic schedule instantiation, importing flat files, BizTalk Orchestration timed transactions, schedule correlation with a non-instantiating COM component, BizTalk Orchestration While loops, and dynamic document routing. This version is the first release on CNET Download.com.