Microsoft Announces General Availability of BizTalk Server 2002

REDMOND, Wash., Feb. 4, 2002 — Microsoft Corp. today announced the general availability of Microsoft® BizTalk™ Server 2002. Building on the landmark release of BizTalk Server 2000, which has become one of the fastest-growing integration software solutions in the industry, BizTalk Server 2002 adds additional support for orchestrating Web services through Visual Studio® .NET; revolutionary new SEED technology for rapid business partner connectivity; and new tools for advanced management, monitoring and deployment capabilities within the enterprise. Tyco International Ltd. chose BizTalk Server 2002, Commerce Server 2000 and SQL Server™
2000 to build its supplier enablement solution for one of its largest companies, Tyco Valves & Controls.

“In less than four months we were able to deploy BizTalk Server 2002 across the enterprise. This is impressive because evaluation of other niche integration vendors showed the average deployment time to be six to eight months,”
said Kevin Teague, vice president of Information Systems for Tyco Valves & Controls.
“We live in a very competitive world, and like any global company, we cannot afford to wait six months to bring these projects online. Our business must remain agile to provide our trading partners and customers with technology that will ultimately drive down costs and increase profits.”

“BizTalk Server customers, like Tyco, Ford Motor Co. and the U.K. government, have all realized that integrating applications, companies or business processes does not have to involve spending millions of dollars on complex software and high-priced consultants,”
said David Kiker, general manager for E-Business Technologies at Microsoft.
“The problem plaguing the industry today is integration, and Microsoft is committed to providing the tools, products and solutions that will help alleviate that problem. BizTalk Server 2002 is a key component within the Microsoft .NET Platform and a driving force behind making the ubiquity of XML a reality across all industries.”

New Features in BizTalk Server 2002

BizTalk Server 2002 will include the following features:

  • Integration with Visual Studio .NET. BizTalk Server 2002 provides additional support for orchestrating XML Web services through its integration with Visual Studio .NET. This integration enables developers to use BizTalk Server components in the Visual Studio .NET development environment as well as turn BizTalk Server business processes into XML Web services. The combination of BizTalk Server 2002 and Visual Studio .NET positions Microsoft as the pre-eminent company for building and orchestrating XML Web services.

  • SEED for rapid partner connectivity. SEED technology allows large trading hubs to quickly publish configuration information to their trading partners (spokes), which dramatically reduces the amount of time and technical support it takes to build those connections.

  • Advanced monitoring and management features. BizTalk Server 2002 utilizes Microsoft Operations Manager (MOM), which allows customers to take full advantage of the event monitoring, alerting, consolidation, reporting and management features offered in MOM. BizTalk Server 2002 customers will now be able to monitor every aspect of their integrated applications and business processes.

  • Advanced deployment features. BizTalk Server 2002 now has native integration with Microsoft Application Center 2000, which enables customers to quickly deploy BizTalk Server applications throughout the development cycle, across server farms and through firewalls.

BizTalk Server 2002 Builds on Success of Industry-Revolutionizing Product

BizTalk Server 2000 completely revolutionized the way companies view integration by providing them with a powerful tool to build and deploy integration solutions quickly. Lowering the barrier of entry for companies of all sizes to participate in XML integration within the firewall and across the Internet is the product’s legacy, and BizTalk Server 2002 builds on this foundation by taking it one step further.

Some of the past year’s milestones for BizTalk Server 2000 follow:

  • Fastest growth in the industry. Since its launch in December 2000, BizTalk Server has become a phenomenon in integration software. In its first year BizTalk Server gained more than 800 customers and has continually been recognized by leading analysts and industry groups as one of the leaders in the integration software space.

  • Most comprehensive adapter library in the industry. Packaged adapters are an important part of integration solutions because they allow developers to connect easily with applications such as ERP or CRM systems, as well as databases and legacy systems. With more than 300 adapters available today, including those from Siebel Systems Inc., SAP AG, MQSeries and PeopleSoft Inc., BizTalk Server has one of the most comprehensive adapter libraries in the industry.

  • Vertical industry solutions. To make it easier to integrate applications, trading partners and business processes in vertical industries, Microsoft has shipped BizTalk Server accelerators for the healthcare, high-tech manufacturing and chemical manufacturing industries. More BizTalk Server accelerators will be available soon for vertical industries including financial services, telecommunications and others.

  • Thousands of trained partners. Microsoft has trained thousands of partners, ISVs and systems integrators in the past year, resulting in a large number of BizTalk-specific practices in the world’s leading systems integrator firms, including Accenture, Avanade Inc., KPMG Consulting Inc., Cap Gemini Ernst & Young and Compaq Global Services. This groundswell of industry support positions BizTalk Server 2002 for continued success.

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