In a bid to become a credible player in the corporate sector, Microsoft will open up its Com+ architecture to third party transaction processing products.
Microsoft intends to publish the transaction based elements of its Com+ software interfaces, to enable third party transaction processing monitors - critical components of high end corporate systems - to interoperate with the object based technology.
The scheme, dubbed Bring Your Own Transactions (BYOT), will improve integration between Microsoft based applications and the mainframe or Unix based legacy systems that most large corporates have. It will enable users to adopt the Com (Common Object Model) approach for departmental and Web based ecommerce packages without having to worry about how to hook them into their existing back office, mission critical applications.
This, the software giant hopes, will give it a foothold in the high end space, on which it can capitalise as Com+ becomes more robust.
Steve Ballmer, Microsoft?s executive vice president of sales and support, explained the rationale in his keynote speech at the firm?s Teched developers' conference in New Orleans this week.
?There is a need for strong interoperability. We?re still passionate about Windows, but that?s not the way the world works and we recognise that organisations have many different systems. We?ve got to support other environments, but I always admit we?ve got a hidden agenda, and we?d love everyone to migrate to Windows,? he said.
BYOT will provide third party products such as IBM's Cics TP monitor and MQSeries message queuing middleware with a set of transactions they can coordinate and manage, and that Com+, in turn, can deal with.
To make this easier, Com+ will support such standards as the Internet Engineering Taskforce?s Transaction Internet Protocol (TIP), which is currently in proposed draft form and the Open Group?s XA offering, which is widely supported by vendors such as Oracle.
Other suppliers that have declared support for BYOT include Iona, which will integrate its Orbix Object Transaction Monitor - compliant with the Corba object standard, usually a rival to Com - with Microsoft's technology; and Compaq?s Digital Equipment unit, which will integrate its ACMS offering.
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