Saw on eWeek this morning that there has been some movement of Microsoft product teams. Buried near the end of this article we find out that the Connected Systems Division (home of BizTalk, WCF, Oslo, etc) is combined with the Data and Storage Platform (SQL Server) team. The entire new team is called “Business Platform Division.”
Probably not a bad move given the inherent relationship between the two sets of technologies. This probably helps BizTalk’s long term prospects because (a) Ted Kummert, who leads the new team, is a long time friend of BizTalk and (b) long term we may see a very tight integration (bundling?) between the products.
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This is absolutely great news! Finally it seems that Microsoft is starting to sell biztalk to business, instead to IT.
BizTalk has a great name. It start with a “B”, which is a nice to have, when you’re trying to solve business problems.
The issue is that BizTalk, for the most part, as been used to align with .NET instead of “Business”.
I really hope that this new product becomes something we can sell at the board, and the other BPM engine (Pega, Tibco, etc, etc) have been since early 2000s.
Great catch Richard!
Thanks for stopping by Felipe. I’ve enjoyed reading your blog.
There are potential concerns I could have from this merger, but, as you point out, it’s probably a good thing to align a product like BizTalk with a product team used to shipping commerical products (i.e. products that they actually charge for).