Microsoft conducts a great deal of business electronically. To achieve this, Microsoft devised a business-to-business system that focuses on operational soundness, operational control, and business document tracking. In addition to the complex and specific end-user applications (such as MS Market and MS License), and custom applications for tracking and control, Microsoft primarily uses two server products to integrate business processes and exchange business documents among applications and business partners, namely Sterling Commerce GENTRAN: Server NT and Microsoft BizTalk Server 2002.

Microsoft uses GENTRAN to process and transport Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) and Compatibility, Integration and Interoperability (CII) business documents, such as purchase orders and invoices, over a Value Added Network (VAN) to business partners. Microsoft also uses BizTalk Server to process and transport XML business documents over the Internet to other business partners. BizTalk Server is also used for many other functions as discussed in this and other chapters of this book.

Because of the problems associated with EDI, as discussed in the business-to-business introductory chapter, Microsoft is using more XML documents and using BizTalk Server to process and transmit EDI documents. The benefits of migrating to BizTalk Server and XML include:

  • Existing business applications do not need to be replaced.
  • BizTalk Server can convert EDI documents to XML documents.
  • Using XML documents can reduce or eliminate VAN costs by using the Internet to transfer business documents.
  • BizTalk Server can reduce the time to set up electronic organization profiles and trading policies.
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Microsoft Corporation - Microsoft. Net Server Solutions for the Enterprise
Microsoft .NET Server Solutions for the Enterprise
ISBN: 0735615691
EAN: 2147483647
Year: 2002
Pages: 483 © 2008-2017.
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