Top Analyst Firm Positions Microsoft BizTalk Server as a Leader In Application Integration

REDMOND, Wash., June 24, 2002 — Microsoft Corp. today announced that Gartner Inc., a leading research and advisory firm, has positioned BizTalk® Server in the Leader Quadrant of its Application Integration Broker Suites Magic Quadrant. Microsoft®
BizTalk Server has moved to the prestigious Leader Quadrant in its first two years, which confirms the company’s technology leadership and vision for enterprise application integration (EAI), business-to-business (B2B) integration and business process management.

“BizTalk Server was first introduced in December 2000, and since that time we have seen incredible momentum with the product from both analysts and customers,” said Dave Wascha, lead product manager for BizTalk Server at Microsoft. “Gartner’s placement of BizTalk Server in the Leader Quadrant for integration demonstrates the product’s vision and underlines its ability to provide a scalable and reliable integration solution for any enterprise.”

Since its initial release, BizTalk Server has amassed more than 1,100 customers, released more than 300 adapters for leading applications and messaging systems, and unveiled BizTalk Server Accelerators for suppliers, HIPAA and RosettaNet. BizTalk Server is currently the EAI solution of choice for a number of large enterprises such as Ford Motor Co., the U.K. government, and Marks and Spencer PLC.

In February, Microsoft continued this momentum by releasing BizTalk Server 2002. BizTalk Server 2002 provides tight integration with Visual Studio®
.NET, the industry-leading development tool, allowing developers to easily build components for BizTalk Server. The product also allows customers to more rapidly link up to trading partners, to quickly deploy new applications, and to better manage and monitor their business processes.

Gartner’s Magic Quadrant positions vendors in a particular segment based on their vision and ability to execute that vision. According to Gartner, Leaders are vendors that are performing well today, have a clear vision of industry direction and are actively building competencies to sustain their leadership position.

Using XML, SOAP and other core Internet transports and protocols, BizTalk Server unites EAI, B2B and business process management technology in a single product to allow companies to easily orchestrate Web services and rapidly build dynamic business processes that span applications, platforms and businesses.

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