One of the nation’s largest office furniture manufacturers consists of a group of strong performing companies made up of some of the best-known brands in the office furniture marketplace. The manufacturer communicates with their 150 trading partners and customers by way of electronic data interchange (EDI). In order to support their EDI needs, the manufacturer implemented Microsoft BizTalk Platform 2002 and 2009. Unfortunately, as years have passed these two versions of BizTalk are no longer supported by Microsoft and the industry.
Continuing to use an unsupported and outdated version of BizTalk was a very risky move by the manufacturer. They could have experienced connection breaks, invalid or lost data in exchange with their trade partners, and a number of security risks. The furniture manufacturer wisely decided to act before an EDI crisis struck the business.
The manufacturer was in search of a partner that could help them upgrade the solutions to a supported and modern version of BizTalk Server, while providing a roadmap leveraging newer features and functions of BizTalk.
It was highly important for the manufacturer to upgrade their BizTalk environment without a service disruption. the manufacturer chose to rely on SPR Consulting and their vast integration experience to migrate their enterprise to BizTalk 2013.
After carefully assembling the team and creating a plan, SPR deployed their solution to move from BizTalk 2002 and 2009 to the new platform in 2013. SPR Consulting implements processing solutions using an accelerator, a repeatable framework that is highly customizable for quick integration. The possession of an EDI Solution Accelerator helped SPR Consulting drive consistency and round out the feature set of BizTalk Server when it comes to EDI.
SPR Consulting documented a long-term roadmap and integration guiding principles to ensure future success. Utilizing a long-term roadmap provided the manufacturer with the capabilities to detect and remediate errors, simplify partner integration, and monitor processes and performance.
In order to improve adoption of the new platform, SPR Consulting also demonstrated the new BizTalk 2013 platform to the manufacturer employees. The manufacturer highly stressed platform visibility without IT or SPR involvement. They desired to become knowledgeable enough to review their own security practices, configuration changes, and operational plans.
With the implementation of the new BizTalk environment, the manufacturer has obtained tremendous business value.
The manufacturer now has well-oiled communications with their internal or external partners and systems. They are able to sleep at night knowing that accurate and complete information is being sent between their enterprise and business partners. It is also reassuring to know that in the event of a problem, their platform is fully supported by Microsoft and the rest of the industry.
The furniture manufacturer is thrilled that their fully updated BizTalk platform now has the ability to grow and scale with the business, while also continuing to provide a seamless experience to their business and trading partners.