Microsoft Debuts BizTalk Server 2000
Technology Preview Demonstrates Comprehensive Solution For Internet Application Integration
REDMOND, Wash. -- April 11, 2000 -- Microsoft Corp. today announced public availability of the Microsoft® BizTalk™ Server 2000 technology preview. Building on the BizTalk initiative announced last year, this preview release provides the next step in Microsoft's comprehensive solution for Internet application integration via industry-standard XML. Internet application integration embraces a single integration methodology for both traditional enterprise application integration scenarios inside the organization and business-to-business e-commerce scenarios between trading partners over the Internet. BizTalk Server 2000 will unite in a single product secure and reliable delivery, routing and transformation of business documents, as well as development tools and application adapters to XML-enable existing applications.
"Internet application integration natively rides the Internet as the world's lowest-cost, most ubiquitous communications fabric, expresses interactions between systems and companies as business processes, and describes those processes in industry-standard XML," said Tod Nielsen, vice president of marketing for the Platform Group at Microsoft. "BizTalk Server 2000 technology preview shows a comprehensive and accessible solution for doing Internet application integration inside the organization and with trading partners anywhere in the world across the Internet."
Comprehensive and Unified Solution
BizTalk Server 2000 will offer a broad set of infrastructure capabilities and tools to simplify and speed Internet application integration:
The BizTalk Server 2000 technology preview is available immediately for download at no cost (connect-time charges may apply) from http://www.microsoft.com/biztalkserver/. The final release of the product is expected later this year.
Dell Automates Supply Chain With BizTalk Server 2000
Dell Computer Corp., a BizTalk development partner and the leading provider of computer systems in the United States, plans to implement the BizTalk Server 2000 technology preview this month. Deploying the BizTalk Server technology preview will automate Dell's partner market site, DellWare, which processes thousands of orders per day.
"We found that BizTalk Server provides us with a robust set of tools for building our supply chain by quickly enabling integration with partners," said Jeff Guillot, director of information technology for the Home and Small-Business Division at Dell. "We and our partners become more efficient from real-time ordering information, standardization of workflow procedures and frictionless interaction."
The BizTalk Initiative
Announced in March 1999 with the goal of letting software speak the language of business, BizTalk makes it easy to integrate applications and conduct business over the Internet across industries and between business systems. Developed with broad industry participation, the BizTalk Framework provides a technical road map for describing business processes in industry-standard XML. BizTalk Server 2000 technology preview represents Microsoft's second-generation software solution supporting the BizTalk Framework and supplants the earlier BizTalk JumpStart Kit with a significantly expanded set of capabilities and an industrial-strength infrastructure.
BizTalk Server 2000 customers can also take advantage of BizTalk.Org (http://www.biztalk.org/), a community resource to accelerate the expression of business processes in XML. As the world's largest open XML business process schema repository with over 400 industry schema, BizTalk.Org provides immediate access to XML schema from industry standards bodies like ACORD, BASDA, the HR-XML Consortium and OAG as well as popular applications vendors like Autodesk Inc., Clarus Corp., Commerce One Inc., Great Plains
Software Inc., Intelisys Electronic Commerce LLC, Navision Software U.S. Inc., SAP AG and Scala Business Solutions NV.
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