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Enhancements to BizTalk B2B functionality

I have two things to be excited about today. First, we’ve finally had some sunny spring days in...

Author: Steven B. Martin Date: 05/01/2008

Composite Applications and Distributed "Service Networks"

For those that have managed to avoid the pitfall of SOA for SOA’s sake, composite applications are...

Author: Steven B. Martin Date: 04/28/2008

BizTalk Server Platform Updates

Over the past few months we’ve seen an incredible wave of new platform products and technologies...

Author: Steven B. Martin Date: 04/22/2008

Have you met Greg?

This is a question I find myself asking my colleagues often. And they typically reply with something...

Author: Steven B. Martin Date: 04/21/2008

Announcing…another new ‘edition’ to the BizTalk family

Today at the RFID Journal Live conference in Las Vegas, we announced Microsoft BizTalk RFID Mobile...

Author: Steven B. Martin Date: 04/17/2008

Windows Server 2008 Interop and Performance Benchmark

This week is an exciting one for Microsoft, particularly those of us who work on the Server &...

Author: Steven B. Martin Date: 02/27/2008

SOA and Business Process Conference – Day 3 recap

With Day 3 behind us, and the fifth annual SOA & Business Process Conference coming to a close,...

Author: Steven B. Martin Date: 11/02/2007

SOA and Business Process Conference - Day 2 recap

We’re officially through day 2 of the SOA & Business Process Conference! For me it was great to...

Author: Steven B. Martin Date: 11/01/2007

SOA and Business Process Conference - Day 1 recap

With the first day, and the news on "Oslo" behind us, we took a few minutes to recap the day - video...

Author: Steven B. Martin Date: 10/31/2007

Taking Modeling Mainstream - It's Called "Oslo"

On the heels of the BizTalk Server 2006 R2 launch, this morning we shared some news at the Microsoft...

Author: Steven B. Martin Date: 10/30/2007

Daylight Savings Time ends soon. Is BizTalk ready?

In February of this year Microsoft issued a patch to fix a time change issue in BizTalk Server. The...

Author: Steven B. Martin Date: 10/11/2007

BizTalk Server 2006 R2 - Available today!

I’m thrilled to announce that BizTalk Server 2006 R2 is available today! This marks the 5th major...

Author: Steven B. Martin Date: 09/10/2007

Microsoft's SOA and Business Process Pack incentive

Microsoft has a long history of taking hard problems and making them simple. Twenty years ago simple...

Author: Steven B. Martin Date: 08/27/2007

More information on .NET Stock Trader

We've had a ton of interest in the detail behind the .NET Stock Trader application. With both...

Author: Steven B. Martin Date: 08/27/2007

The legend of Zorro continues?

Possibly the funniest thing I have seen on a blog in a while... http://zorroisb.spaces.live.com/ Let...

Author: Steven B. Martin Date: 08/23/2007

Fact Check – IBM’s Steve Mills claims on MS and SOA

We saw an article on CNET that included quotes from Steve Mills of IBM directly related to Interop,...

Author: Steven B. Martin Date: 08/09/2007

You want Interop and Performance in Service-Oriented Applications?

When companies build custom solutions, they often believe they can get either performance and...

Author: Steven B. Martin Date: 08/07/2007

Microsoft's Annual SOA and Business Process Conference is open for registration

Last year's SOA and Business Process conference was our biggest yet! Customers, Partners, Press and...

Author: Steven B. Martin Date: 08/03/2007

News from WPC - New BizTalk SKUs!

Today at the Worldwide Partner Conference in Denver, we announced that BizTalk Server 2006 R2, is...

Author: Steven B. Martin Date: 07/02/2007

Messages from TechEd - Coexistence of Service Orientation, Pragmatism and Organizational Differentiation

At TechEd last week, we spent a lot of time talking to Developers and IT Managers regarding the...

Author: Steven B. Martin Date: 06/11/2007

Stretching the IT dollar through business process differentiation

Depending on which research study you read, 50% – 80% of IT budgets go to sustain existing efforts...

Author: Steven B. Martin Date: 06/07/2007

Have Services. Got Feedback?

On Tuesday April 24th, Microsoft will extend the incubation of BizTalk Services to developers...

Author: Steven B. Martin Date: 04/24/2007

Bike Trip gone bad…then good

First, a major disclosure – this is not "work" related, thus the tag "Life". As many people know,...

Author: Steven B. Martin Date: 04/09/2007

Partnering with Covast – phase 2

Almost immediately after shipping the first version of BizTalk Server, Microsoft and Covast forged a...

Author: Steven B. Martin Date: 04/09/2007

BizTalk Server 2006 R2 - Beta 2 available today!

Today marks an important milestone for BizTalk Server customers and the BizTalk team – the release...

Author: Steven B. Martin Date: 03/29/2007

BizTalk Server 2006 Professionals’ Book available soon!

In addition to his day job as Principal Consultant in the Microsoft Professional Services...

Author: Steven B. Martin Date: 03/29/2007

Source Code Technology Holdings announces Beta of BlackPearl

Next week, March 26th to be precise, one of our partners in the Business Process Alliance will...

Author: Steven B. Martin Date: 03/23/2007

Even the Cobbler's kids can have shoes

We’ve all heard the anecdote about the Cobbler’s children having no shoes. What is less obvious is...

Author: Steven B. Martin Date: 03/13/2007

Taking BPM to the massess

Earlier this week, we announced the formation of the Microsoft Business Process Alliance. This...

Author: Steven B. Martin Date: 03/01/2007

SOA and Business Process made easy

I'll start of by talking about why I came to Microsoft. I didn't start out with .NET, in fact I...

Author: Steven B. Martin Date: 02/14/2007

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