As was already announced on this forum, the BizTalk Adapter Pack (BAP) was announced more than a month ago during the Office Developer Conference and became available starting March 1st. The BAP provides a robust and comprehensive out-of-the-box connectivity infrastructure to three major line-of-business (LOB) systems – SAP, Siebel, and Oracle Databases. The technology is based on the Windows Communication Foundation (WCF) LOB Adapter SDK and inherently relies on the core WCF concepts, principles, and classes implemented in the .NET Framework 3.5.

Along with the BAP, we also launched the BizTalk Adapter Pack – Office Developer Program, designed to validate the use of the BizTalk Adapter Pack as a connectivity solution in direct integration scenarios with Microsoft Office SharePoint Server (MOSS) 2007 and the Office Business Applications such as Microsoft Office Excel and Microsoft Office Word. The scope of the program is validation of six key scenarios, as depicted in the following diagram. 

Customer Participation

The BAP – Office Developer Program is now open for new customer nominations. Joining this program will provide you with access to conference calls with members of the BAP development team, access to private discussion forums, and the ability to discuss and report bugs and issues directly back to the team at Microsoft.

If you would like to work closely with the product team and implement and test any of the six scenarios in your solution, please fill out the short survey and be specific in answering the questions to help us accurately evaluate your application. We will contact you shortly thereafter. If you have any questions, you can contact us via e-mail by clicking here.

You can also get additional information about this program on the SharePoint Product Team blog site.

The BizTalk SOA Customer Programs Team