Unisys-microsoft center gives e-business developers early access to Biztalk Server 2004.Unisys Corporation (company) Unisys Corporation - The company formed in 1984-5 when Burroughs Corporation merged with Sperry Corporation. This was when the phrase "dinosaurs mating" was coined. (NYSE NYSE
See: New York Stock Exchange :UIS (graphics, programming) UIS - A VMS graphics programming interface package for VAXstations. ) has announced the opening of the Team Jupiter Lab as part of the Unisys Microsoft Innovation Center. In the lab, customers can design and deploy applications using the beta version A pre-shipping release of hardware or software that has gone through alpha test. A beta version of software is supposed to be very close to the final product, but, in practice, it is more a way of getting users to test the software in the first place under real conditions. of Microsoft BizTalk Server Microsoft BizTalk Server, often referred to as simply "BizTalk", is a business process management (BPM) server. Through the use of "adapters" which are tailored to communicate with different software systems used in a large enterprise, it enables companies to automate and integrate 2004--the first phase of "Jupiter," the code name for Microsoft's next-generation e-business vision. The lab, now open for customers, is a joint initiative of Unisys and Microsoft, and it is the first in a series of labs that will be launched around the world.
The lab offers customers a structured testing environment for Microsoft BizTalk Server 2004. It also provides certification for independent software vendors that have adapters for Microsoft BizTalk Server 2004. As the foundation for "Jupiter," BizTalk Server Software from Microsoft that provides integration between business processes within an enterprise and between different organizations. BizTalk Server uses protocol implementations called "adapters" to communicate with applications and includes built-in adapters and a framework for 2004 provides critical technologies, including business-process orchestration, single sign-on An identification system that lets users log into multiple Web sites on the Internet with one username and password. Single sign-on systems are also used within an enterprise, enabling users to access all authorized resources in the local network using the same username and password. , human-based workflow and Web services (1) Loosely, any online service delivered over the Web. Such usage appears in articles from non-technical sources, but not in IT-oriented publications, because definition #2 below describes the correct use of the term. support, to enable customers to build tailored e-business solutions that connect people with information and processes. Using BizTalk Server, customers enable different systems inside and outside a company to communicate and interact smoothly regardless of the operating systems Operating systems can be categorized by technology, ownership, licensing, working state, usage, and by many other characteristics. In practice, many of these groupings may overlap. or applications running on the individual computers. This makes business processes and transactions more efficient and cost-effective.
Customers using the lab have access to Microsoft BizTalk Server 2004 support personnel from Unisys and Microsoft. These experts work with customers on any level of solution scenario or system design in a secure and scalable environment.
"The Unisys Team Jupiter Lab provided Thomson Financial Thomson Financial
A major provider of information, analytical tools, and consulting services to the financial community. The firm, a division of Thomson Corporation, is best known to investors for its First Call segment, which publishes consensus earnings with the environment and expertise to immediately realize value through our project," said Jeremy Lehman, senior vice president of Development, Thomson Financial. "We were able to develop our custom BizTalk Adapters in record time while experimenting with different design considerations. We value Unisys as a partner and trusted advisor in the design, development and implementation of our BizTalk Server 2004 solution."
"With system integration and cross organization collaboration at the top of every corporate CIO's to-do list, developers are facing a formidable task," said John Warner, global leader of Unisys Microsoft Solution practice. "The lab gives them a low-risk, low-cost way to develop, test and integrate new e-business applications within and across organizational boundaries, with access to the latest technology and experienced engineers and, most importantly, without disrupting their businesses."
The lab also offers consulting on Unisys Business Blueprinting, industry-specific sets of proven business process solutions built using Microsoft and other industry-standard platforms. Customers in such sectors as healthcare, transportation and insurance, for example, can take advantage of experience Unisys has gained in these industries by implementing pre-tested processes.
"The lab creates an environment where customers can take advantage of the expertise of Unisys and Microsoft engineers to build integrated applications," said David Kiker, general manager for E-Business Servers at Microsoft. "When you add the depth of Unisys experience in the enterprise to Microsoft's integrated e-business solutions, it results in savings of both time and energy for customers moving to the next generation of e-business for a competitive edge."
"We're really excited about the work we're doing with Jupiter and about our partnership with Unisys," said Sanjay Parthasarathy, corporate vice president of the Platform Strategy and Partner Group, Microsoft. "Our shared vision enables us to integrate our technologies and strategies to deliver great value to customers across multiple industries."