In our example, we specify that West Wind is the Source Organization. Again, just like in the Ports, we do not need to specify an Organization if we have a self-routing document. However, setting up Organizations is usually more efficient, especially when it comes to mapping documents (see below).
In the next step, we specify what kind of Document we expect from West Wind:
This is considered an “Inbound Document Definition” since we are describing the Document that is coming in from West Wind Technologies. Documents have to be defined in BizTalk using Schemas that define what a valid document can/ must contain (I will discuss Document Definitions below). In our example, I pick the Document “West Wind Store Order” which is a format specific to West Wind Technologies. In other words, we don’t force West Wind to be compliant to our standard, but we are willing to accept theirs as long as it is well defined and valid.
However, just because we accommodate for West Wind’s order format doesn’t mean we use that format internally. In fact, we have our own standard for orders we call “Purchase Order Bid”. We specify this document format in the next step: