On October 30th at our 5th annual SOA & Business Process Conference we will unveil the future direction of our SOA and business process platform with the public announcement of Oslo. Oslo is a set of technology investments across our Application Platform for building service oriented and model driven applications. We will begin talking about some of these broad investment themes and priorities of our strategic vision at the conference, which stretch well beyond 2009. Oslo is the first specific and tangible step that our customers will see from Microsoft towards this vision. These product investments are part of a multi-release investment that will help advance the Dynamic IT initiative – specifically in the areas of ‘services-enabled’ and ‘model-driven’
“Oslo” is the latest in a series of long term investments in SOA and BPM technologies, enabling the development of distributed applications. At the conference, we will disclose the targeted investment areas and the associated priorities. These product investments are part of a multi-release investment that will help advance the Dynamic IT initiative – specifically in the areas of ‘services-enabled’ and ‘model-driven’.
There are five primary areas of investment targeted by “Oslo” development efforts:
§ Framework: The .NET Framework “4” release will make further investments in model-driven development as part of our Windows Communication Foundation (WCF) and Workflow Foundation (WF) technologies. This will be the logical successor to the .NET Framework 3.5 release happening later this calendar year.
§ Server: This release will continue to evolve our BizTalk family of products as the distributed platform for highly scalable SOA and BPM solutions. BizTalk Server “6” will build deeply on top of both WCF and WF as its core foundation, and deliver the capability to develop, manage and deploy composite applications.
§ Services: Extending the early BizTalk Services incubation (currently available at labs.biztalk.net), the BizTalk Services “1” release will deliver a commercial release of hosted services that enable cross-organizational composite application scenarios. This includes expanded capabilities around hosted messaging, identity and workflow capabilities.
§ Tools: These investments will advance the application lifecycle management capabilities of Visual Studio Team System and provide support for an expanded range of roles. Furthermore, Visual Studio “10” will provide deep support for model-driven design and deployment of composite applications.
§ Repository: There will also be investments aligning the metadata repositories across the Server and Tools product sets. System Center “5”, Visual Studio “10” and BizTalk Server “6” will utilize a common repository technology for managing, versioning, and deploying models.
In conjunction with the conference keynote we will also post interviews with our business and technical leaders in a Virtual Press Room and as ARCasts and host an Oslo overview page on the SOA & Business Process website