BizTalk Server 2000 Surpasses 800 Customers in Its First Year

REDMOND, Wash., Dec. 12, 2001 — Microsoft Corp. today announced that its award-winning SOAP-based enterprise application integration (EAI), B2B and business process automation server, Microsoft® BizTalk™
Server 2000, has surpassed 800 customers in the products first year. This milestone makes BizTalk one of the fastest-growing integration servers on the market and puts it head and shoulders above other niche integration vendors that are struggling with economic viability.

One company contributing to the growing number of Global 2000 BizTalk customers, which already include Ford Motor Co., BP p.l.c. and Merrill Lynch & Co. Inc., is Air Products and Chemicals Inc. The industry leader has deployed the product globally as its standard for XML-based integration.

“The familiarity and ease of use of the BizTalk development environment allowed us to utilize our existing in-house Microsoft talent and deliver the complete solution within six weeks. Doing anything in the IT world in six weeks is fantastic,”
said David Beltz, manager of business-to-business integration at Air Products.
“In todays volatile market, Microsoft has the enterprise technology, vendor viability and strong corporate vision that will help us maintain our leadership position for many years to come.”

Air Products Delivers XML-Based ERP-to-ERP Solution in Six Weeks

Air Products is the worlds largest combined gases and chemicals company with annual revenues of $5.7 billion and operations in 30 countries. Never ones to pass up an opportunity, Air Products took a request for XML-based B2B connectivity by one of its largest customers as a challenge to lead the industry. Not only was Air Products asked to develop a solution, it was given the daunting task of delivering it in two months. Air Products turned to BizTalk Server 2000 and Microsoft Consulting Services to meet these lofty goals, and within six weeks it had deployed the solution. The complete case study on Air Products and Chemicals can be seen at .

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