Developers and IT shops testing Microsoft's upcoming
enterprise application integration server can now have at the latest
The beta 2 version of BizTalk 2006 comes two weeks after the
Redmond, Wash., software giant released a community technology
preview of the server software during the launch of Visual Studio
2005 and SQL Server 2005 earlier this month.
The server software allows customers to connect applications and
systems within the enterprise through a series of connectors, or
adapters. Managers can then create and automate the business
processes used within the network to create applications that draw
upon various data repositories.
BizTalk Server 2006 Standard and Enterprise editions will include
26 adapters when its launched, including third-party adapters to
versions of SAP, J.D. Edwards, Siebel, TIBCO and Oracle.
It will also include an adapter for Windows SharePoint Services
and one for Post Office Protocol 3 (POP).
Also new to the software is one-click configuration and a
component updater, as well as improvements to its business activity
monitoring (BAM) capabilities.
BAM presents real-time information on business processes so IT
managers can ferret out any failures in transactions. The BizTalk
update includes BAM activity subscriptions and alerts.
The supporting documentation for beta 2 is available here. And
interested users can download the software through the BizTalk
Server 2006 CTP site.
BizTalk Server 2006 is due sometime in the first half of