Microsoft Launches BizTalk Server 2004 Accelerator for RosettaNet and Highlights Four-Year Anniversary of BizTalk Server

SINGAPORE, March 1, 2005 — Microsoft Corp. today launched the Microsoft ® BizTalk® Server Accelerator for RosettaNet, which builds on BizTalk Server 2004, a member of the Windows Server System
family of products, and adds complete support for the trading partner integration standard developed by RosettaNet, a consortium of IT, electronic and manufacturing companies. Customers using BizTalk Server Accelerator for RosettaNet will see new levels of supply chain efficiency, visibility and flexibility, while significantly lowering costs and increasing customer satisfaction. As part of the announcement, Microsoft highlighted the four-year anniversary of BizTalk Server and the significant customer adoption that has resulted since the initial release of the product in December 2000.

“Our mission is to develop integration and business process management (BPM) software that helps customers build flexible and integrated business process solutions. We are pleased that more than 4,000 customers over the past four years have acquired our software to meet their needs,”
said Ted Kummert, corporate vice president of the Business Process and Integration Division at Microsoft.
“We now have the largest customer base and continue to see it grow quarter over quarter with the release of new products like the BizTalk Server Accelerator for RosettaNet. This third version of the Accelerator highlights our commitment to delivering innovative solutions to customers across verticals and demonstrates our continued partnership with the industry in driving the adoption of XML standards.”

“We deployed BizTalk Server and the RosettaNet Accelerator to help us become a better trading partner to our customers, while accelerating our order processing time, automating reporting and invoicing in our fulfillment cycle, and increasing visibility into the end-to-end business process with a standards-based integration solution,”
said Kun-Yung Wang, IT director at Inotera Memories Inc.
“As a result of our use of BizTalk Server and the RosettaNet Accelerator, we were able to cut our processing time by 90 percent and now have the infrastructure to quickly connect new partners or systems. This increased business visibility and flexibility has allowed Inotera to drive up customer and partner satisfaction, while driving down the costs of integrating new systems or applications.”

Comprehensive Integration Solution: BizTalk Server Accelerators and Adapters

Todays customers require connected systems that span horizontal and vertical applications and infrastructure. BizTalk Server 2004, its adapters and vertical accelerators provide customers with powerful, tailored solutions that allow them to connect to a multitude of applications and technologies. For example, the BizTalk Server Accelerator for RosettaNet provides the tools and documentation needed to build and deploy RosettaNet-based BPM solutions that seamlessly connect trading partners, systems and employees. The BizTalk Server Accelerator for RosettaNet continues Microsofts tradition of delivering innovative vertical solutions to customers. The Accelerator delivers the following features and functionality:

  • Certified RosettaNet Ready


    RNIF 2.0.
    Full compliance with the RosettaNet Implementation Framework (RNIF) versions 1.1 and 2.

  • Rapid development. Out-of-the-box implementation of all existing Partner Interface Processes (PIPs)

  • Support for CIDX. Support for the Chemical Industry Data Exchange (CIDX) Chem eStandards version 2.0.2

  • Built-in management console. Built-in management tools for managing all RosettaNet-based trading partners and existing processes from a single console

  • Orchestration of RosettaNet processes. BizTalk Orchestration Designer makes it easy for users to visually modify private processes and orchestrations that integrate with public RosettaNet business processes.

  • Definition and documentation of schema. BizTalk Editor enables users to easily define and edit document schema for any structured document type, including all RosettaNet messages.

  • Flexibility for custom RosettaNet solutions. The software development kit and comprehensive documentation help users develop tailored RosettaNet solutions.

In addition to the BizTalk Server Accelerator for RosettaNet, Microsoft offers other accelerators, integration technologies and adapters to reduce the time, effort and costs associated with development and deployment.

  • BizTalk Accelerator for HL7, worldwide healthcare solution

  • BizTalk Accelerator for SWIFT, financial services

  • BizTalk Server Accelerator for Global Data Synchronization, manufacturing and retail

  • BizTalk Server Accelerator for HIPAA, U.S. healthcare

  • BizTalk Adapter for MySAP Business Suite

  • BizTalk Adapter for Web Services Enhancements 2.0 (WSE)

  • BizTalk Adapter for MQSeries

  • Host Integration Server 2004, mainframe and AS/400 connectivity

  • Microsoft Commerce Server 2002, e-commerce and transactional portals

Four Years of Integration and Business Process Automation Innovation

Since the initial release of BizTalk Server, Microsoft has focused on feedback from customers and partners to drive product development and innovation. That focus has earned BizTalk Server more than 4,000 customers in four years, giving it the largest customer base.

“We initially deployed BizTalk Server and the Microsoft platform to help us build a loss-prevention solution that would connect and expose the data inside our existing retail systems and applications,”
said Robert Fort, director of IT for Virgin Entertainment Group.
“As a result of our use of BizTalk Server, we were able to increase fraud detection by more than 50 percent in the first month. These types of business results are outstanding and have led us to adopt additional Windows Server System solutions for business intelligence and business process management.”

Microsoft launched BizTalk Server 2004 in March 2004, to provide added features and functionality for customers looking to connect their applications, employees, customers and partners. With these enhancements, BizTalk Server 2004 helped customers achieve a significant return on investment (ROI) and enabled them to build a connected systems infrastructure across retail, manufacturing, healthcare and financial vertical markets.

“Weve been working with BizTalk Server since the beginning, and it has helped Sapient deliver enterprise integration solutions to a wide range of our Global 2000 clients,”
said Ben Gaucherin, chief technology officer of Sapient Corp., a business consulting and technology services firm.

“Recently we helped Rock-Tenn, a leading manufacturer, design and implement a BizTalk Server 2004 solution that allows it to share and manage data across multiple systems, business processes and geographies to create meaningful information and business intelligence. The integrated system has greatly reduced manual data-entry errors and redundancies in business processes, and is an important tool in Rock-Tenns ongoing effort to increase customer satisfaction and maintain its competitive advantage and industry leadership.”

About BizTalk Server

BizTalk Server helps customers automate and manage complex business processes that span applications, trading partners, employees and legacy systems within and across organizational boundaries.

About Windows Server System

Microsoft Windows Server System is integrated server software providing the infrastructure for IT operations, application development, integration and information work. Built on the Windows Server operating system and designed with Common Engineering Criteria, Windows Server System is focused on making it easier for IT professionals to connect and manage their IT environments. Because Windows Server System products are integrated for enhanced manageability and security, they help organizations reduce complexity and lower costs. All Windows Server System products support open industry standards including those based on XML to promote interoperability with other platforms. More information on Windows Server System can be found online at .

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