Microsoft Details Investments in Business Process Management Functionality

Manufacturing, retail customers to benefit from extended supply chain functionality via RFID, EDI capabilities in upcoming release


"Enterprises today continue to use EDI as a means to more securely and reliably connect partners to critical supply chain business processes. These investments are fundamental to how they do business," said Jean-Yves Martineau, chief technology officer and co-founder of Cactus Commerce. "By building our Trading Partner Integration and Global Data Synchronization Solutions on top of the supply chain capabilities in BizTalk Server 2006 R2, we will help customers connect more efficiently with their partners and supply chains through the use of EDI and AS2 and emerging technologies such as RFID."

BizTalk RFID is a set of technologies with open APIs and tools to build vertical solutions and configure intelligent RFID-driven processes. It includes the following:

— Device abstraction and management capabilities to help customers manage and monitor devices in a uniform manner. This "plug and play" architecture allows customers to leverage the investments in standard or nonstandard devices by providing a uniform way of managing their device infrastructure.

— An event processes engine that enables customers to create business rules and manage the choreography of event pipelines for RFID events.

— Tight integration with Microsoft Visual Studio and open APIs that allows developers to quickly integrate RFID events with existing business applications, or create their own custom solutions.

— Support for industry standards and an extensible architecture with advanced deployment and monitoring tools that IT professionals can use to meet service-level commitments and reduce long-term costs.

* Trends 2006: Electronic Data Interchange, Forrester Research Inc., October 2005

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