Interview with a BizTalk Server Wiki Ninja – Mandar Dharmadhikari

Welcome to another Interview with a Wiki Ninja! Today's interview is with...

It's my pleasure to introduce you to someone who is no newcomer to the community (so hopefully you already know him). He has written 22 Wiki articles, edited 181 articles and 147 wiki comments, not yet done, he is Moderator of BizTalk forum too. Mandar Dharmadhikari

Let's look at some of Mandar Dharmadhikari's statistics:

  • 22 Wiki Articles!
  • 181 Wiki article edits!
  • 147 Wiki article comments!
  • 287 MSDN forum Answer!
  • 249 Helpful post!
  • 1703 Replies!
  • MSDN BizTalk Server Moderator!

Now let's dig into the interview!


Who are you, where are you, and what do you do? What are your specialty technologies?

Hi, I am Mandar Dharmadhikari. I live in the beautiful city of Pune; India and my family consists of my loving parents and my Younger brother who stay at my hometown Wardha. I work for an IT firm in the capacity of Delivery Module Lead my specialty technologies are Microsoft BizTalk Server, Windows PowerShell and Azure Logic Apps.

On a non-technical note, I am a music aficionado and I like to listen to various genres of music right from Indian classical to Punk and Electro. My all-time favorite artists are ABBA, Beatles, Metallica to name a few. I am exploring the works of maestros like Beethoven, Mozart and Schubert these days. I also like reading fiction and fantasy genres book and I am a crazy fan of the Sherlock Holmes, Song of Ice and Fire and Lord of the Rings Series.

Pic: At Port Adeliade, Adelaide SA

What are your big projects right now?

I am currently working for a very big Banking client which uses Microsoft BizTalk Server as their preferred integration Platform.  The integrations that we do are complex ones and involve multiple systems like Microsoft CRM, Sharepoint, SQL and Oracle Databases as well as Mainframe Systems.

I am working on learning more and more on Microsoft Azure offerings especially ones around integration (Logic Apps, Azure Functions etc.) and I am fascinated by the Cognitive Services and PowerShell Core. I am working on a few articles which are centered on BizTalk, Logic Apps and Cognitive Services feature.  Apart from that I am working on a whitepaper on Continuous integration and deployment of BizTalk Applications.

What is TechNet Wiki for? Who is it for?

I believe that TechNet wiki is for individuals who want to share their knowledge about the awesome Microsoft Technologies as well as for those who want to learn them. TechNet wiki serves as a open treasure box of knowledge where anyone who comes will always leave a rich man in terms of knowledge be it an author or a reader. It is a win situation for all.

Pic: At Kolhapur Temple, Maharashtra (India) With Family

What do you do with TechNet Wiki, and how does that fit into the rest of your job?

Not a day goes by when I don’t read at least one article on TechNet wiki. TechNet Wiki has come to my help many times when I needed to fix issues that I had not encountered before and it always helps me learn something new every dayJ . I like to contribute articles which are development and dev ops centered. If I learn something new and it is not present on TechNet wiki, I try to write an article on it. I try to contribute at least one article per month and more if possible.

In what other sites and communities do you contribute your technical knowledge?

I am active on Microsoft BizTalk Forums, where I try to help Ops with their questions and follow other threads on which I have not worked so that I learn something new.

What is it about TechNet Wiki that interests you?

TechNet Wiki is an ocean of knowledge on Microsoft Technologies. TechNet wiki is a perfect example of community collaboration where people from all the corners of the world come together and create quality content for readers. TechNet wiki shows us that if we each bring even a small cup of water with us, we can create an ocean together.

What are your favorite Wiki articles you’ve contributed?

MY favorite articles that I contributed to TechNet wiki are

Pic: At Cleland Wild Life Park, Adelaide SA

What are your top 5 favorite Wiki articles?

The articles I love the most are

Who has impressed you in the Wiki community, and why?

I have immense respect for all the authors and contributors who have shown spectacular commitment in maintaining the quality of TechNet wiki articles.  I am impressed by the work done by the great integration MVPs like Steef Jan Wiggers, Sandro, Tord, Johns 305 and my friend and mentor Abhishek Kumar (I followed his footsteps into the BizTalk world J .A heartfelt Thanks to him) it has really made learning BizTalk simple for all. I also love the work done by ED, Peter and Pedro who are building blocks of the TechNet. I am also deeply impressed and awestruck by the Hindi translations that you have done Kamlesh, they are just awesome. And I also admire Ronen Ariely who keeps guiding me whenever I have any wiki related doubts or issues. Big thanks to all.

Do you have any tips for new Wiki authors?

It is really simple, keep writing and sharing after-all, Sharing is Caring!!


Thank you, Mandar for such a detailed resume! It's truly an honor to have you contributing content with us!

Everyone, please join me in thanking Mandar Dharmadhikari for his contributions to the community!

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— Ninja [Kamlesh Kumar]