Microsoft launches BizTalk Server 2002 for SMEs

Microsoft is targeting small and medium-sized businesses (SMEs) with the launch of Partner and Standard editions of its BizTalk...

Microsoft is targeting small and medium-sized businesses (SMEs) with the launch of Partner and Standard editions of its BizTalk Server 2002.

Many smaller companies want to join the automated supply chains of larger businesses, but have been held back by the cost of complex business-to-business and enterprise application integration (EAI) software, according to Microsoft.

BizTalk Server combines EAI software and business process management technology to allow companies to manage their Web services, allowing internal applications to be integrated and shared with trading partners, the company said.

The new versions contain the full feature set of the existing Enterprise and Developer editions but are tailored to different sizes of company.

The Standard edition will cost $6,999 (£4,700) per CPU (central processing unit) in the US and it allows the integration of five internal applications with up to 10 trading partners, the statement said.

The Partner edition will cost $999 per CPU for integration of two applications with up to two trading partners, in the US and is expected to sell for around £800 in the UK.

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