BizTalk Performance

Darren Jefford has a list of performance tips for BizTalk Server 2004 implementations.  Check these out when testing BizTalk for performance.

  • Spend money on fast disks to host the MesageBox.
  • Watch these performance indicators to determine when you need faster disk.
    • % Idle Time
    • Avg. Disk Queue Length
  • Use Atomic Scopes only when necessary, don’t overuse.

Strong E-Commerce Season

Wired has a report about an increase in online shopping this season.

In the first six weeks of the holiday season (spanning November and December), online purchases reached $16.7B, up 28 percent from last year. (Yes, that’s a “B”, as in “Billion”)

Patick Byrne, CEO of, where sales are on track to exceed expectations (did they just say that sales were expected to exceed expectations?  Can you say that?  Is that correct grammar?), said, “The season is probably a disappointment for retailers in general, but it will be very healthy for internet commerce.”

This whole online commerce thing is just a fad, right?  However, if you are a trendy type of company that wants to take advantage of this “fad”, let me tell you that Microsoft has a package to enable you to do this!  You’d never guess it from the name…  MS Commerce Server…  When you’re ready to jump on the online bandwagon, give us a shout!

Merry Christmas and Holiday Shopping Season!


I’m starting to learn more about the RFID initiatives that industry is facing.  This has impacts on my customers that use MS Commerce Server and MS BizTalk Server.  If any of you have links or resources that you feel I should include in my research, please feel free to share them with me.

I’m starting with these links…  Debunking 10 Myths of RFID, RFID Whitepaper.  (I have a feeling that the holidays are going to wreak havoc on my research, however…)  …My vacation has started.  I’ll be back again after the New Year.

Merry Christmas, and to all, a Good Night.

The Commerce Server Godfather

The Godfather of Microsoft Commerce Server has started his next non-commercial venture – a blog.  Ryan Donovan, the Group Program Manager for Commerce Server, is now writing for the world.  As 2005 rolls around and we all prepare for the upcoming launch cycle of the next version of Commerce Server, it will be great to have Ryan sharing some of his experiences.