Microsoft gets hands on with BizTalk

Microsoft says that its e-business server environment gives companies the elements needed to integrate and automate their business.

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By  David Ingham Published  October 16, 2002

Microsoft Middle East has been trying to ram home its .NET message by telling visitors all about BizTalk Server 2002. The company’s e-business server environment gives companies and developers the server software, tools, adapters, and what the company calls ‘vertical accelerators’ needed to integrate and automate their business.

BizTalk Server 2002 provides tight integration with Visual Studio .NET, the application development tool, allowing developers to more 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, Microsoft says.

“The challenge with today’s legacy e-business software is that much of it can be characterised as proprietary, disconnected and overly complex,” says Haider Salloum, marketing manager, Microsoft Middle East, South Gulf. “BizTalk Server 2002 is focused squarely on addressing these issues. With this best-of-breed application, we are both simplifying the complexity of our customers’ infrastructure and providing them with a comprehensive, standards-based solution to connect, analyse and react to the information, people and processes that make up the extended enterprise. We are confident that BizTalk Server 2002, will guide our current e-business customers forward.”

Using XML, SOAP and other Internet transports and protocols, BizTalk Server unites EAI, B2B and business process management technologies. BizTalk Server is currently deployed in, Dubai Immigration, Abu Dhabi Department of Finance, Kuwait Oil Company, Saudi Iron & Steel Co and Aramex.

“The IT system was completely configured in five working days, everything came together as promised,” said Ahmed Shaaban, chief application architect, Saudi Iron & Steel Co (Hadeed.) “We were able to develop the system integration portion of the solution with BizTalk Server faster than we had predicted, with less complication during development, full integration with our other MS products, and easy management.”

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