BizTalk Server 2004

Just got back from the BizTalk Server 2004 launch event at Microsoft's Mountain View campus.  From what I saw there, I think BizTalk product line has matured enough to be useful.  Tool-wise, BizTalk is at par with Collaxa now.  It's integration with Office and Visual Studio.NET was impressive.  Testimonial from the Virgin group should excite businesses enough to bite in substantial numbers.

BizTalk Server 2004 is more like a destroyer, moving ahead of the rest of Microsoft 2004 series of servers.  It will be interesting to see how BEA, IBM, Oracle, and Sun responds.  I think the value of Collaxa as a buyout candidate has just shot up.