So what's better, Scribe Insight or Microsoft BizTalk? This is a question we have been getting at Scribe for a long time. At the highest level, the right answer is neither…they are both great products, it depends on what your integration needs are. Unfortunately, given that both products have seemingly similar functionality, we have not always been great at giving a clear and understandable follow-on explanation to "it depends". We have spent a lot of time focusing on the lower cost of ownership and ease of deployment of Scribe as our key differentiation. And while that type of blanket statement is not always true, for the types of customer projects that our resellers and sales folks engage in, the TCO and simplicity of Scribe is significantly lower. After much cajoling from our sales team and the consumption of a lot of caffeine, I decided to really dig into this subject with the goal of providing a more detailed explanation of this answer; an answer that not only discusses the different scenarios where each product is strong, but also illustrates the design and feature differences that underlie these strengths. The result of this effort is a white paper that is intended to inform our customers' decisions in an unbiased (as unbiased as a co-founder of Scribe could possibly be) and objective way. You can click on the icon to the right to get your copy of this paper.
The paper itself can be summarized by contrasting two, two-word phrases; 'data driven' integration where Scribe is strong or 'process driven' integration where BizTalk shines. Hopefully after reading this paper, the differences between the two will be clear to you and distinguishing between the two will be relatively straightforward.
My hope is that this paper will lead to better decisions for our customers; whether the answer is to use Scribe, use BizTalk, or for those with broader needs, both products.