Microsoft Announces Broad Support for BizTalk Server 2000

REDMOND, Wash., Aug. 14, 2000 — Continuing its commitment to partners and customers, Microsoft Corp. today announced broad support for Microsoft® BizTalk™
Server 2000 from leading application vendors and consulting partners. BizTalk Server 2000 is a comprehensive, open and standards-based platform upon which partners can develop e-business integration solutions.

BizTalk Server 2000 will unite, in a single product, business process orchestration, secure and reliable delivery, routing and transformation of business documents, as well as development tools and application adapters to a wide range of applications. Microsoft is working with a variety of partner organizations to provide complementary product and service offerings to enable e-business integration solutions for customers. Concurrent with the broad availability of BizTalk Server 2000 beta, Microsoft is pleased to announce significant and building support from leading application vendors and consulting partners toward building and deploying e-business integration solutions for customers.

Quotes From Leading Partners

“Microsoft’s BizTalk Server provides Nortel Networks with an ideal platform for building solutions that help our customers succeed in the second wave of eBusiness. We are working with Microsoft to optimize Clarify eFrontOffice for the BizTalk 2000 environment, providing customers with a powerful option for sharing customer data across a variety of enterprise applications.”

– Joe Davis
Vice President and General Manager
Clarify eBusiness Applications
Nortel Networks

“Open interoperability between digital marketplaces is quickly becoming a pervasive business requirement. We plan on using BizTalk Server 2000 to provide our Clarus eMarket customers with a solid foundation for exchanging business and purchasing documents regardless of the data format. The delivery of BizTalk Server 2000 will facilitate the next wave of interoperability in B2B e-commerce by enabling the seamless exchange and synchronization of pertinent business information across traditional system boundaries.”

– Bobby Clay
Vice President of Products
Clarus Corp.

“Compaq is extremely interested in the progress that Microsoft is making in bringing BizTalk Server to market. BizTalk Server is an important enabler in integrating disparate applications, business processes and data. It is at the cornerstone of efforts between Compaq Global Services and Microsoft to provide enterprise integration services for our customers.”

– Rick Fricchione
Vice President of the Applications & Internet Technologies Practice
Compaq Global Services

“With BizTalk Server 2000, we will deliver an interconnected business community for mid-market businesses, allowing real-time, end-to-end business transactions. With robust features like integrated XML support, workflow and guaranteed delivery, our customers can leverage the investment they made in our solutions and securely and confidently extend their reach to their customers, suppliers and trading partners.”

– Darren Laybourn
Executive Vice President of Products and Services
Great Plains Software Inc.

“J.D. Edwards and Microsoft are aggressively working together to develop powerful, integrated collaborative e-commerce solutions for our customers. Our work with BizTalk Server 2000 will allow us to bring yet another tool to our customers to help them break down the traditional communication barriers that result from transacting business through disparate technology systems.”

– Lenley J. Hensarling
Director of Interoperability
J.D. Edwards & Co.

“KPMG Consulting and Microsoft continue to drive momentum in the B2B market through our Dot.Ramp offering for enabling buyers and suppliers to rapidly connect to B2B marketplaces. Dot.Ramp represents a comprehensive implementation methodology based on BizTalk Server 2000 as a key platform by enabling process orchestration and application integration critical to bringing suppliers and buyers online.”

– Robin Hill
Senior Vice President
KPMG Consulting

“Manhattan Associates has chosen Microsoft’s BizTalk Server 2000 as the process integration, communication and distribution mechanism for our new business community integration solution, InfoLink™ . InfoLink™ connects retail suppliers to their entire supply chain, including links to retail customers, suppliers, transportation companies and the newly emerging exchanges. BizTalk Server 2000 has provided us with a cost-effective yet highly scalable solution that is evolving toward being the standard in supply chain business applications.”

– Ken Shipp
Vice President of Research and Development
Manhattan Associates

“From the very beginning, Navision Software has supported the continued advancement of Microsoft technologies. Looking ahead, we consider BizTalk to be the foundation upon which to build synchronization, both of internal applications and between businesses. Ultimately, this will enable our customers to have a single technical vocabulary for describing business processes.”

– Ren
Vice President of Sales and Marketing
Navision Software

“Onyx Software views BizTalk Server 2000 as a solid, comprehensive option for customers who want to seamlessly integrate their customer relationship management processes with BackOffice® -based processes. We’ve already created a prototype BizTalk integration solution from Onyx to an ERP application that is being deployed at early adopter sites. Onyx will continue to work with Microsoft to provide quality adaptors for customers who want an XML-based, flexible, scalable and open architecture upon which to build integration solutions that result in low total cost of ownership.”

-Neal Oman
Director of Advanced Solutions (R & D)
ONYX Software Corp.

“Pivotal is aggressively leveraging the powerful XML-based integration capabilities in Microsoft BizTalk Server to enable companies to rapidly deploy demand-side business solutions and enable companies to create revenue-generating, demand-chain networks. Our product development work with BizTalk Server confirms that our customers will be able to connect and integrate their Pivotal Demand Chain Solutions with both internal applications and external e-business communities in a very cost-effective, dependable way.”

– Norm Francis
President and CEO
Pivotal Corp.

“We are extremely excited about the BizTalk product. It offers us an open, XML-centered, highly flexible and scalable solution for business process automation. Based on our work with an early version, we fully expect that it will become a key product in our development of custom Web applications.”

– Craig Miller
Proxicom Inc.

“Siebel Systems Inc. is pleased to announce the development of a Siebel BizTalk Connector, which enables Siebel’s customers to easily generate and exchange XML documents. The integration of Siebel eBusiness applications and BizTalk Server 2000 enables customers to dramatically reduce their application integration efforts and simplifies the management and interaction of trading partners. Siebel Systems and Microsoft’s BizTalk Development Group have worked together closely to define and develop a secure and reliable enterprise integration platform.”

– Richard Gorman
Vice President of Product Marketing
Siebel Systems

“VerticalNet views BizTalk as a strategic component of our marketplace platform. The combined capabilities of its robust document-mapping and business-process orchestration are ideally suited to address the diverse and rapidly changing requirements of today’s real-world B2B markets. Combined with VerticalNet’s deep market design, operational experience and eMarketSuite technologies, BizTalk allows us to rapidly build and deploy best-of-breed solutions that are highly tailored and integrated to the needs of a specific community.”

– Dean Sivley
Senior Vice President of Product Development and E-Commerce

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