BizTalk Server 2000

By Jim Rapoza  |  Posted 2001-03-12 Print this article Print

BizTalk Server 2000

Companies that expect XML to become the lingua franca of business data interactions will find BizTalk Server 2000 to be an excellent translator. The product provides some of the most powerful and intuitive tools available for creating, managing and distributing XML data, making it an Analysts Choice.

SHORT-TERM BUSINESS IMPACT // Businesses doing XML data processing, especially those with Microsoft server infrastructures, should be able to greatly increase the effectiveness of their management of XML.

LONG-TERM BUSINESS IMPACT // Companies using BizTalk Server 2000 should push for it to become more agnostic about which schema are used and to fully support standards. Without these features, no amount of good tools will save it from obscurity.

Powerful tool set for collaboratively building complex business processes; excellent features for creating and monitoring XML data.

Requires command-line conversion for some XML Schema standards; requires MicrosoftsSQL Server and Visio 2000 for core components.

Microsoft Corp., Redmond, Wash.; (425) 882-8080;

Jim Rapoza, Chief Technology Analyst, eWEEK.For nearly fifteen years, Jim Rapoza has evaluated products and technologies in almost every technology category for eWEEK. Mr RapozaÔÇÖs current technology focus is on all categories of emerging information technology though he continues to focus on core technology areas that include: content management systems, portal applications, Web publishing tools and security. Mr. Rapoza has coordinated several evaluations at enterprise organizations, including USA Today and The Prudential, to measure the capability of products and services under real-world conditions and against real-world criteria. Jim Rapoza's award-winning weekly column, Tech Directions, delves into all areas of technologies and the challenges of managing and deploying technology today.

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