On Monday February 11th, we announced availability of the BizTalk® Adapter Pack at the Office Developer Conference. 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.
The BizTalk Adapter Pack will be generally available on March 1st. Please contact your Microsoft representative for the pricing details. The Adapter Pack license is also included with BizTalk Server 2006 R2 Developer, Standard, and Enterprise editions. It is not included in the Branch edition. Customers that have already purchased BizTalk Server 2006 R2 with Software Assurance will also have access to the BizTalk Adapter Pack through the Software Assurance program.
We also announced the BizTalk Adapter Pack: Office Developer Program. This program provides participants with access to code, support and direct access to the product team for bug fixes and change requests. By working with Office developers directly we will be validate additional Office/SharePoint scenarios. If you are interested in validating your SharePoint and Office scenarios, please visit the following site to register (note that you mean need to log in using Windows Live ID to access this site).
· Single infrastructure for connectivity. Whether connecting to LOB systems from custom-developed applications, SQL Server, or rich Office applications, customers can use a consistent approach to connectivity. This enables a simplified approach to interoperability that lowers total cost of ownership and reduces training requirements.
· Simple to learn. Built on top of the WCF programming model, the BizTalk® Adapter Pack is easy for .NET trained developer to begin using and building connected applications. The BizTalk Adapter Pack provides enhanced extensions to WCF that enable dynamic metadata discovery and generation – making it fast and easy to access data in corporate systems.
· Secure and reliable. The BizTalk Adapter Pack tightly integrates with the security models provided by the individual business applications, ensuring that users have access only to data which they are permitted to see.
· Improves real-time visibility to your business data. The BizTalk® Adapter Pack allows customers to access valuable corporate information when and where they can use it most productively, increasing visibility and enabling faster, better informed decision making.
-The BizTalk Adapter Pack Team