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Microsoft Releases Roadmap for Integration Products

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Microsoft has released an “integration roadmap” for download to explain the products and strategy the company will use to address the challenges arising from integration related to Azure App Services in the next few years. New releases of BizTalk Server, Azure Stack, and integration-Platform-as-a-Service (iPaaS) offering Logic Apps will enable “evolved” integration, the company says.

“Today, many systems (and users) that companies wish to integrate with are well beyond the corporate firewall, often SaaS-based, API-centric providers handling everything from sales leads to invoicing, email and social media,” the roadmap says. “In addition, modern integration is often not from corporate computer systems at all but from devices, increasingly mobile, driving the need for a change of approach on both ends of the ‘wire’.”

The roadmap starts with a Logic Apps update preview in Q1 2016, followed by its launch to general availability in Q2 and connectors released throughout the year. The on-premise version of Logic Apps will become available for preview through Azure Stack in Q2 2016, and reach general availability by the end of the year.

The next release of Host Integration Server and BizTalk Server 10 will go through testing and Beta releases before their scheduled release in Q4, according to the roadmap. Microsoft says the BizTalk Server 2016 platform will be aligned with SQL 2016, Windows Server 2016, Office 2016, and the most recent Visual Studio. Other enhancements to BizTalk Server include tighter integration with API connectors like Salesforce and Office 365, improved SFTP adapter, improved WCF NetTCPRelay adapter with SAS support, and SHA2 support. Host Integration Server will feature improved BizTalk adapters for Informix, MQ and DB2, as well as improved PowerShell integration, installation, and configuration.

Enterprise Integration Pack will be previewed in Q2 and become generally available in Q3, while Azure Stack with AppService will be previewed in Q3 and reach general availability in Q4 2016.

Microsoft also announced an event called “Integrate 2016,” which is scheduled for the second quarter of the coming year.

Microsoft’s integration strategy, including the new Azure Stack capabilities, is part of its plan to win enterprise hybrid cloud as investment ramps up. Integration could also be an important issue for Azure as more third parties provide it to enterprises, as HP announced in November it will.

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