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BizTalk Server

Ballard Chalmers is one of a handful of BizTalk development experts in the UK. We design, develop and deliver enterprise integration solutions, and provide expertise on all aspects of BizTalk Server. With the growth of the cloud, our new systems integration work is carried out using Azure Integration Services. However, with our BizTalk expertise, we are primed to support customers who are currently using BizTalk and we are experienced in migrating from BizTalk to Azure Integration Services when the time is right.



Ballard Chalmers provides a full range of BizTalk Server integration solutions including Enterprise Application Integration (EAI), Enterprise Service Bus (ESB), and e-Procurement development and integration with SAP, CRM, EDI, Salesforce, Dynamics AX and other line-of-business systems.

BizTalk Server provides the tools to securely connect to business applications, exchange data and manage workflows to automate their integration. It also offers speed to market, scalability and future-proofing for business-critical applications.

We provide expert services in the design, software development, deployment,  monitoring and consulting of BizTalk Server artifacts:

  • Schemas & Maps – BizTalk Server uses XML Schema Definition (XSD) to define the structure of the messages. 
  • Orchestrations – manages workflow and message flows between systems.
  • Pipelines – custom message handling services including managing non-standard message formats and encryption-decryption.
  • Send and Receive Ports – endpoints through which data is exchanged.
  • Adapters – used to connect directly to line-of-business systems such as SAP or from underlying data sources such as SQL Server or FTP. Custom adaptors are developed to support proprietary systems.
  • Business Rules Engine (BRE) – provides a version generic rules engine to support business rules that can be updated by business users.
  • Business Activity Monitoring (BAM) – all transactions can be monitored, and BAM acts as a miniature real-time Business Intelligence model to provide real-time monitoring.
  • Continuous Integration & Continuous Deployment – Azure DevOps and BizTalk Deployment Framework (BTDF) provide for automated deployment.

Other components/frameworks we provide services in include:

  • BizUnit – a unit testing tool for BizTalk offers a flexible and extensible declarative test framework.
  • BizTalk 360 – web-based support/monitoring tool for BizTalk Server environments which we can configure to monitor the service status.
  • BizTalk Server Training to assist companies that wish to maintain their existing or new BizTalk systems, our expert Microsoft Certified Trainer (MCT) can provide help on-site with BizTalk Development and BizTalk System Administration.


Ballard Chalmers develops, re-engineers, deploys and manages enterprise applications in the cloud, hybrid or on-premises. As a Microsoft Partner and leading professionals, our suite of comprehensive services enables speed to market, scalability and futureproofing for business-critical applications. We’d like you to consider us your outsourced IT department.


As a Microsoft Partner, our consultants are industry veterans and experts in the features and technology of Microsoft technology. Bring in our consultants for small engagements such as advice, recommendations, risk management review or licencing assessments; or larger engagements such as proof of concept or application failure resolution.


We can provide ongoing application support for custom software whether we built it or it is an existing system. Our support staff are fully qualified software engineers, not helpdesk staff. That means your BizTalk support team will be very familiar with the technology used and be able to provide the expertise you need, when you need it.


Increase the capacity of your in-house team for BizTalk development with our expert team augmentation. Take our Microsoft Partner expertise and give your team the boost required to get your development completed. If you are tight for deadlines or taking on a larger project than normal in-house, this is a simple and fast solution.

Ballard Chalmers did an excellent job of delivering exactly what we required, when we required it. I was impressed by how quickly they understood the legal process and were able to deliver a flexible, yet scalable solution that can keep pace as our business grows.

Business Systems Manager – Shoosmiths

The integration with HMCTS is critical to our business. In the short time available, the easy option would’ve been to develop a specific point solution, adding yet more complexity to our systems landscape. Instead, the use of BizTalk provides us with flexibility to enhance the solution as the integration with HMCTS evolves, whilst being able to extend its use, if required.

Business Systems Manager – Shoosmiths

Very pragmatic, down to earth organisation who have given excellent support in the development and implementation of our new Biztalk infrastructure. We started using them in 2014 and have just engaged on a further Biztalk project. Refreshing to find an IT organisation that has real technical excellence and delivers without fuss.

Head of IT – Exterion Media

Ballard Chalmers did an excellent job of knitting together the front end and back engines of our website. They worked well with our external consultants and I would thoroughly recommend them. We continue to work with Ballard Chalmers due to their huge effort – they are supportive and loyal.

Head of Policy and Public Affairs – Royal Geographical Society

We’ve used Ballard Chalmers for integration using BizTalk in a number of applications. They are refreshingly straightforward and practical and we are very pleased with the work they have done for us.

Head of IT – Exterion Media

BizTalk Server Case Studies

Featured BizTalk development case study

Ballard Chalmers is the integration partner for telecoms company, Cornerstone. We took on the role of outsourced IT partner for this BizTalk development project, which had key targets to ensure versatility to easily onboard partners and suppliers. Provide flexibility to adapt to change and provide Cornerstone with control over access by enforcing security policies.

BizTalk Integration

BizTalk vs Azure Integration Services

BizTalk Server was introduced in 2000 and for 20 years it has been the foundation of systems integration for the Microsoft Platform and is still widely used by fortune 500 companies and other organisations of all sizes.

However the future of systems integration, as with software development generally, clearly lies in the cloud, and BizTalk Server will eventually be replaced by Azure Integration Services, which contains all the same features in a modern cloud environment and in the long-term is much more cost-efficient as no large updates are required.

Ballard Chalmers recommends using Azure Integration Services for all new systems integration projects. We also have experience in migrating applications from BizTalk Server to Azure Integration Services, and so can assist with this as required.

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Our BizTalk developers are highly trained and certified through Microsoft in their respective areas. We are available for BizTalk outsourcing, resourcing or support.

Here at Ballard Chalmers, we specialise in custom software development and integration. Specifically developing cost-effective complex integrations between cloud-native applications, legacy systems, custom applications, 3rd party solutions and off-the-shelf software.

As a Microsoft Partner with five solution area designations and multiple specialisations, our BizTalk developers have proven their expertise through certification, client success and more. Our work is all about helping you reach your business goals.

Why Choose Ballard Chalmers as your BizTalk Development Partner


We were established in 2005, though our heritage is much longer. We have decades of experience in successfully integrating software with BizTalk Server and migrating BizTalk to Azure Integration Services.


We are not just software developers; we are software engineers. As software engineers, we are technical problem solvers. As BizTalk development experts, we integrate applications on a daily basis and we bring that experience to you.


Only the top Microsoft Partners have attained multiple solution partner designations and specialisations. Our BizTalk developers have met extensive technology requirements and passed rigorous exams.

Project Management

Each of our clients has an assigned Project Manager, providing a single point of contact throughout the BizTalk development. Where necessary, we also enable direct communication with the BizTalk development team.

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