Top Analyst Firms Acknowledge Enterprise Leadership of BizTalk Server

REDMOND, Wash., Oct. 19, 2001 — In the past couple months, industry analysts from leading firms Giga Information Group, Forrester Research Inc. and Hurwitz Group have written reports reviewing how Microsoft® BizTalk™
Server 2000 has become a leader in the enterprise integration marketplace after just nine months of availability. The reports establish the solid position of BizTalk Server in the integration industry with a solution based on XML and SOAP that enables companies to integrate disparate applications and orchestrate Web services.

The reports mention that BizTalk Server 2000 has gained market credibility, particularly since Ford Motor Co. decided to standardize its integration platform on BizTalk Server. Ford chose BizTalk Server 2000 for a number of reasons, one being its support of XML and other Web services standards. Ford also was looking for a strong and stable vendor that it could rely on to work closely with it on integration projects.

With the difficult economy today, customers have a legitimate concern whether or not their integration broker will be around tomorrow.
“In this period of uncertain economics when organizations are becoming increasingly sensitive to the economic viability of the vendors they decide to purchase software from, we (Giga) expect this development will put increasing financial pressure on the standalone integration vendors that do not have a wide range of nonintegration-related software and services,”
said Ken Vollmer, industry analyst at Giga Information Group, in his July 30, 2001, IdeaByte report titled, Ford Selects BizTalk Server as Its Integration Engine.

“Long-term stability of software vendors is always a key buying concern,”
said Tyler McDaniel, director of Application Strategies at Hurwitz Group, in his October 2001 report titled, Microsoft’s BizTalk Server Making Headway, Gaining Momentum.
“Microsoft has proven that it can sustain itself. … With this reality, coupled with the recent execution of BizTalk Server, it appears Microsoft is making headway on showing that it has the chops to deliver enterprise integration.”

The complete text of these analyst reports can be found at .

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