Microsoft plans to include a large range of new software adaptors in its forthcoming BizTalk Server 2006.
While the adaptors will be available free, the price of BizTalk Server 2006 will be higher than that charged for BizTalk Server 2004.
Many of the new adaptors, that allow the BizTalk platform to easily connect to software from companies such as Oracle and Siebel, are available as a result of the purchase of iWay Software's adapters from Information Builders earlier this year.
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Users are often asked to buy adaptors separately by their software supplier or they choose to write them themselves to save money.
Almost 20 adaptors will be included in BizTalk Server 2006, and some of them are already included in a beta of the product that is already available. The commercial release of the platform will be available some time in the first half of 2006.
Adaptors which users can already take a look at cover connections to Oracle’s databases and to its applications suite. Users can also evaluate links to Siebel and Oracle-owned PeopleSoft software.
The commercial product will include adaptors for IBM’s DB2 database, SAP software and Oracle-owned JD Edwards software, among others.
The cost of the new platform will go up though, costing £18,000 for the enterprise edition as opposed to £15,000 for current enterprise solution.