Enterprise Mashup Tool (AKA Popfly for the Enterprise)

Version 2.0 of the OBA Composition Reference Toolkit was released to the web today, on schedule and with all the great new features promised for the release. Version 1.0 of the toolkit was released at the Office Developer’s Conference in February 2008. It has since been presented to customers and partners globally (both by MSFT…

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Financial Services OBA Component Library

  At the Office Developers Conference last week we announced the release of the Financial Services OBA Component Library. The Financial Services OBA Component Library is a comprehensive set of OBA components that span across key areas in the Banking, Insurance and Capital Markets industries. The components are built in a composite way. This enables…

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OBA Reference Architecture: LOAN Origination

At the Office Developers Conference 2008 the release of the OBA Reference – Loan Origination System (OR-LOS) Architecture version 2 was announced. Like the previous version, this reference architecture shows architects and developers how to bridge OBA technologies with transactional service oriented systems using technologies such as BizTalk. The Loan Origination Reference Architecture shows how…

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"FedEx QuickShip" shows Office as a platform (OBA)

At the Office Developers Conference 2008 last week, FedEx SVP David Zanca joined BillG on stage and announced the public launch of FedEx QuickShip.  FedEx QuickShip is an easy way to use FedEx tools and services from within Office.   Zanca also showed how FedEx is thinking very broadly about using Microsoft Office as a platform…

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The BizTalk® Adapter Pack for the masses

The BizTalk® Adapter Pack provides a single solution to easily and securely connect to Line of Business (LOB) data from any custom-developed .NET application, SQL Server-based business intelligence solution, or an Office Business Application (OBA).  The three adapters available in this release are Siebel, SAP and Oracle DB.  For clarity for OBA’s:  the adapter pack…

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Build and Deploy OBA’s with OBA Composition Reference Toolkit

The v1 release of the OBA Composition Reference Toolkit on the MSDN Architecture site was announced at the Office Developer’s Conference this week on Monday Feb 11th. The conference was held in San Jose, CA and brought together a highly enthusiastic group of customers, partners (SIs and ISVs), MVPs, and MSFT folks from across the…

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OBA Application Patterns

OBA Application patterns describe the breadth of approaches that can be used to extend and integrate LOB systems and Microsoft Office. These application patterns in many cases are based on real-world implementations, and in other cases they are built on features and capabilities of Office 2007 that have a generalized solution rooted in input from…

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OBA/VSTO Starter Kit v. 1.0 now available on MSDN

The OBA/VSTO Starter Kit v. 1.0 provides information on how developers can build a Client and LOB system Integration OBA using Office 2007, VSTO & SAP. It’s a great introduction to how developers can use VSTO to integrate LOB systems into the context of the information worker experience in Excel 2007 & PowerPoint 2007. 1. OBA/VSTO…

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BizTalk extensions for Windows Workflow Foundation first CTP

As we know WF and Biztalk are related and both have their strenghts and weaknesses: Windows Workflow Foundation provides a new programming model that developers can use for declaratively creating business logic in software. BizTalk Server provides an enterprise class server with tools for IT Professionals and Business Analysts for hosting and managing business logic…

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OBA Central: community site for customers and partners

OBA Central was launched last week with great success: the site has had 170,000 hits in this  first week. This is a community of partners developing interesting Office Business Applications across industries and horizontal scenarios. Customers can search for OBAs by verticals, geography, business process or LOBs. The site also provides basic OBA introduction and points…

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