SOURCE: Ascentn

November 07, 2005 12:00 ET

Ascentn, Developer of .NET-Based Business Process Management System, Extends BPM Functionality With Microsoft Visual Studio 2005, SQL Server 2005 and BizTalk Server 2006

Ascentn Customers Can Gain Higher BPM Development Productivity With Visual Studio 2005, Richer Data Management and Business Intelligence Functionality With SQL Server 2005, and Enhanced IT Infrastructure Integration Capability With BizTalk Server 2006

MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- November 7, 2005 -- Ascentn, a leading provider of .NET Framework-based Business Process Management System (BPMS) solutions, today announced its plan to support Microsoft Visual Studio 2005, SQL Server 2005 and BizTalk Server 2006 in its AgilePoint™ BPMS Suite.

The AgilePoint BPMS Suite was built to deliver a unique, standards-based BPM architecture that is 5 to 10 times more cost effective than Java/Java 2 Platform, Enterprise Edition (J2EE™)-based BPMS suites. BPMS helps to transform businesses into process-managed enterprises, enabling greater business agility through process-enabled on-demand automation, adaptable integration, business and IT alignment, and information worker empowerment. AgilePoint already includes and enhances Visual Studio .NET 2003 as its BPM development environment and SQL Server 2000 as its process data store and business intelligence engine. Through integration, AgilePoint customers also use BizTalk Server to manage their backbone IT infrastructure integration and orchestration needs. Through foundational interoperability and compatibility, AgilePoint users can quickly take advantage of the new functionality provided by .NET Framework 2.0, Visual Studio 2005, SQL Server 2005 and BizTalk Server 2006 to deliver heightened BPM values with increased development productivity, faster integration and the ability to gain broader and deeper insight into business performance.

"Ascentn's decision to include and integrate with standards-based Microsoft products and technologies including Visual Studio, SQL Server, BizTalk Server, Visio, InfoPath, SharePoint, etc., has allowed us to deliver a value- and usability-driven, enterprise-class BPMS that provides a low TCO," said Jesse Shiah, president and co-founder, Ascentn Corporation. "These combined values have enabled Ascentn to attract many multi-nationals and Global 2000's to move from Java/J2EE to Microsoft .NET, resulting from their adoption of AgilePoint BPMS as their next-generation process foundation."

Mr. Shiah added: "With the release of Visual Studio 2005, SQL Server 2005 and BizTalk Server 2006, Ascentn looks to make optimal use of the new functionality offered by the Microsoft application platform, enabling businesses to make better decisions and generate faster results through the creation of end-to-end and mission-critical BPM applications. In addition, AgilePoint delivers the ultimate in 'information worker empowerment,' boosting business agility by letting non-technical users leverage functionality offered by the Microsoft application platform. If you can diagram in Visio, for example, you can assemble reusable IT assets into a readily executable workflow or process-based applications using our AgilePoint BPMS."

"We look forward to continuing our relationship with Ascentn, as it has proven its ability to integrate with Microsoft products," said Lucho Torres, group product manager for SQL Server at Microsoft Corp. "The Ascentn solution demonstrates continued support for Visual Studio 2005, SQL Server 2005 and BizTalk Server 2006."

"Ecessor identified AgilePoint as the only third-generation solution capable of layering BPM and workflow on top of our Internet Operating System (IOS) platform. Ascentn's commitment to support .NET Framework 2.0, Visual Studio 2005, SQL Server 2005 and BizTalk Server 2006 will allow us to deliver, modify and scale major, complex and robust SOA-based applications in hours, instead of days or weeks," said Brad Jones, Managing Director, Ecessor Corporation.

Ascentn views support for Visual Studio 2005, SQL Server 2005 and BizTalk Server 2006 as a strategic and integral part of its BPMS offering and will offer compatibility in a forthcoming release of the AgilePoint Suite, scheduled for late Q4 2005. Over the coming months, Ascentn will be looking into an even deeper, architectural-level integration of Ascentn's AgilePoint Suite with .NET Framework 2.0, Visual Studio 2005, SQL Server 2005 and BizTalk Server 2006. This further integration will allow Ascentn to attract more enterprises to adopt its .NET-based BPMS as their next-generation process foundation, effectively expanding and solidifying Microsoft's success in the enterprise space.

The Ascentn and Microsoft Relationship

Information workers are successfully using Ascentn's AgilePoint BPMS, a suite of tools that allows IT professionals and business users to create reusable business process applications, with the full stack of Microsoft products -- Microsoft ASP.NET, Microsoft Visio, Microsoft Office, Microsoft InfoPath, and Microsoft SharePoint Portal and Windows SharePoint Services. This tight integration with Microsoft applications allows users to deliver highly manageable and flexible solutions for rapidly automating, managing and improving end-to-end business operations. In 2005, Microsoft recognized Ascentn as a 2005 Microsoft "Partner of the Year" Award winner for Innovation in Information Worker Solutions. Ascentn is also a Microsoft Gold Certified Partner.

About Ascentn

Founded in 2002, Ascentn Corporation has more than a decade of experience in creating both Windows- and J2EE-based enterprise-class workflow and process-based business solutions. Committed to delivering unprecedented value and usability, the company pioneered the AgilePoint Suite, an enterprise-class BPMS solution based on the Microsoft .NET Framework. AgilePoint empowers a broad range of information workers to quickly realize new levels of process values by providing visually intuitive BPMS solutions that do not require programming. This frees information workers to deploy, manage and continuously improve end-to-end business operations by allowing them to execute their process models directly. From financial services and insurance to manufacturing, communications and healthcare, industries around the world are using Ascentn software to drive process excellence, reduce costs and dramatically improve business agility. Ascentn's global customer base includes Hewlett Packard, Moody's, Chinatrust, Cellcom, Elbit Systems and DaisyBrand. For more information, please call +1-650-968-6789, email or visit

NOTE: AgilePoint is a trademark of Ascentn Corporation. Microsoft and Windows are either registered trademarks or trademarks of Microsoft Corp. in the United States and/or other countries. All other product and company names herein may be trademarks of their respective owners.

Contact Information

    Jesse Shiah
    Ascentn Corporation
    Tel: 650/968-6789
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    Maria Vetrano
    Vetrano Communications
    Tel: 617/876-2770
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