You want Interop and Performance in Service-Oriented Applications?

When companies build custom solutions, they often believe they can get either performance and throughput, or interoperability, but not both.   Both of these things are important to a company.  Performance sounds like a technical goodness, but it can have direct business benefits, like the difference between having a just-in-time inventory management system, and a not-quite-in-time…

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Microsoft’s Annual SOA and Business Process Conference is open for registration

Last year’s SOA and Business Process conference was our biggest yet! Customers, Partners, Press and Analysts from all over the world joined us for four focused days on the technology behind Service Oriented Architecture and the Business Process applications that sit on top of the infrastructure.  This year we will focus our attention on both current…

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News from WPC – New BizTalk SKUs!

Today at the Worldwide Partner Conference in Denver, we announced that BizTalk Server 2006 R2, is set to launch in September of this year!  We also gave details on pricing, licensing and SKUs— all the details can be found here—but here are the important points I want to highlight today (all available with BizTalk Server…

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Stretching the IT dollar through business process differentiation

Depending on which research study you read, 50% – 80% of IT budgets go to sustain existing efforts which doesn’t leave much for new development.  That has forced a significant level of pragmatism on the types of applications being developed.  On top of scrutinizing application backlog, the use of SOA continues to evolve which means…

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Have Services. Got Feedback?

On Tuesday April 24th, Microsoft will extend the incubation of BizTalk Services to developers outside of Microsoft. For those who know Microsoft terminology, we think about this release as a CTP (Community Technology Preview) which is a way for us to release technology very early in the process (well prior to the final release) for…

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Bike Trip gone bad…then good

First, a major disclosure – this is not “work” related, thus the tag “Life”. As many people know, when I’m not at work or spending time with the family, I’m an avid outdoor type – triathlons (mostly long and ultra distance), road biking, mountain biking, trail running, etc. In the pre-dawn hours you can usually…


Partnering with Covast – phase 2

Almost immediately after shipping the first version of BizTalk Server, Microsoft and Covast forged a partnership. Covast provided critical EDI functionality enabling customers to use BizTalk as a holistic B2B platform (XML, App to App over the firewall, traditional EDI). They scaled to provide support for many of our top customers worldwide. Over time, that…

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BizTalk Server 2006 R2 – Beta 2 available today!

Today marks an important milestone for BizTalk Server customers and the BizTalk team – the release of BizTalk Server 2006 R2 Beta 2.  As you know, the product team has a great history of getting products out the door and this yet another example of the priority placed on making sure our customers feel great…

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BizTalk Server 2006 Professionals’ Book available soon!

In addition to his day job as Principal Consultant in the Microsoft Professional Services organization, Darren Jefford and his colleagues (Kevin Smith & Ewan Fairweather) have managed to find the time to publish an exhaustive book on BizTalk Server 2006. Patric McElroy, Product Unit Manager for BizTalk Server wrote the forward:  “This book is an…

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