Siebel Systems and Microsoft have shown off redesigned .Net-based 'Smart Client' technology, integrating Microsoft Office and Exchange Server 2003 within Siebel enterprise software environments.
The firms also unveiled deployment options for Universal Application Network (UAN) that use Microsoft BizTalk Server 2004 as a runtime engine and tool set for customisation.
Mark Armenante, group vice president of alliances at Siebel Systems, said: "Working together over the past year, Siebel and Microsoft have developed .Net-based solutions throughout our client, server and integration product stacks."
He added that the 7.7 version of Siebel's enterprise platform, using .Net, will include enhanced integration with Microsoft Office 2003 and Exchange for mobile knowledge workers.
Siebel 7.7 will allow users to link Office Outlook 2003 records to data in the Siebel database, and the Siebel Exchange Connector will allow users to synchronise calendar information, contacts and to-do lists between Siebel 7.7 and Exchange.
Microsoft BizTalk Server executes UAN business integration processes and UAN common services, providing static cross-referencing, dynamic cross-referencing, and error and exception handling.
It developed a UAN Extensible Stylesheet Language Transformation importer, which loads base pre-built UAN transformation and validation maps into Microsoft BizTalk Server transformation tools, and enables integration with back-office applications such as those from SAP, Oracle, PeopleSoft and others.
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