BizTalk is an industry initiative started by Microsoft and supported by a wide range of organizations, from technology vendors like SAP and CommerceOne to technology users like Boeing and BP/Amoco. The full BizTalk initiative comprises two separate areas:
The first is the open, platform and protocol independent BizTalk Framework. This framework is basically a set of recommendations on how to use XML in an open way, which makes it easier to exchange business documents. The BizTalk Framework is supported by the web site http://www.biztalk.org/, where companies can find or submit XML schemas.
The second part of the BizTalk initiative is the development of tools and servers to support the exchange of XML messages in a loosely coupled way. For instance, Microsoft is developing tools for building XML applications, including the Microsoft BizTalk Server that provides reliable message transfer.
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