SOURCE: Ascentn Corporation

February 26, 2007 10:00 ET

Ascentn Announces Participation in the Microsoft Business Process Alliance and Enhanced Integration With Microsoft BizTalk Server 2006 and Windows Workflow Foundation With Its AgilePoint Modern

BPMS V4.0, Delivering a Comprehensive People-Ready BPMS

SAN DIEGO, CA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- February 26, 2007 -- GARTNER BPM SUMMIT -- Ascentn Corporation, a leading provider of Microsoft .NET Framework-based modern business process management systems (BPMS) for Global 2000 companies, today announced its participation in the Microsoft Business Process Alliance to help drive mainstream adoption of the Microsoft People-Ready vision of making BPM a mainstream technology by offering customers a greater choice of solutions for automating and managing an expanded spectrum of end-to-end business processes.

Ascentn brings to this alliance more than 15 years of strong domain expertise in "process" and unique competency in maximizing the untapped value of the .NET Framework to create a highly manageable and adaptive BPMS solution that offers an unprecedented level of process adaptability, reflecting the firm's past experience in building large scale, enterprise-class business process solutions in J2EE for Global 2000s.

Ascentn's AgilePoint provides an advanced metadata-driven dynamic framework architecture that integrates with Microsoft BizTalk Server 2006 to deliver a comprehensive modern BPMS environment that covers the broadest spectrum of dynamic human-human, human-system, and system-system needs. This architecture also facilitates the Microsoft People-Ready vision by enabling the abstraction of business logic into reusable common services and IT assets that business managers can include in process models to build directly executable workflows and/or composite applications at the process layer, saving time and cost while making the business more agile and competitive.

This AgilePoint and BizTalk Server integration will present users with a foundational platform to weave together, automate, and manage their increasingly dynamic, complex business processes and business rules.

As a result of the Business Process Alliance, the AgilePoint and BizTalk Server integration will allow customers to take advantage of these enhanced capabilities:

--  End to end process integration across both AgilePoint and BizTalk
    Server -- AgilePoint's business processes collaborate directly with process
    orchestrations of BizTalk Server in a bi-directional fashion (either
    process can trigger the other).  The orchestration parameters in BizTalk
    Server can be configured natively within AgilePoint Envision to speed
    development effort.
    
--  AgilePoint integration with the BizTalk Business Rules Engine (BRE) --
    AgilePoint users will be able to define their business process rules within
    a central repository in the BizTalk Server Business Rules Engine, and
    thereby set the business policies that govern human-to-human and human-to-
    system interaction. This integration will also provide business users the
    flexibility to define and browse rules that span across multiple business
    processes.
    
--  AgilePoint integration with BizTalk Business Activity Monitoring
    Services (BAM) -- AgilePoint users will be able to monitor the real-time
    progress of real-time process analytics in BizTalk Server via AgilePoint's
    Process Viewer. The BizTalk Server and AgilePoint bi-directional
    integration of BAM data enables end-users to view and perform business
    process analysis in a single environment.
    
--  AgilePoint integration with the BizTalk Service Oriented Architecture
    (SOA) platform -- AgilePoint will make optimal use of the powerful service
    integration and composition capabilities of BizTalk Server to
    integrate/wrap line of business applications, legacy platforms, or custom
    systems.  Ascentn takes advantage of the comprehensive integration adapter
    suite and web services tools in BizTalk Server to abstract back-end system
    information out of the business processes.
    
Ascentn also confirms today (announced previously at http://www.ascentn.com/News/Press_Releases/2005_Nov_22.html) that its AgilePoint BPMS version 4.0 represents the first major release to support Microsoft Windows Workflow Foundation, a development platform for the rapid creation of workflow-enabled applications. With this advancement, native Windows Workflow Foundation workflow activities can be included in an AgilePoint process model and configured within AgilePoint Envision. At run-time, AgilePoint BPMS engine can support execution of the native Windows Workflow Foundation workflow activities. This integration provides out-of-the-box functionality to expand the potential audience for Windows Workflow Foundation beyond software programmers to information workers and business users. Moving forward, Ascentn has on going development to deliver an even deeper, architectural-level integration with Windows Workflow Foundation such as migrating AgilePoint's dynamic BPM framework to be based on Windows Workflow Foundation.

In addition to integration with BizTalk Server, AgilePoint also offers with a additional Microsoft process platform technologies, including Microsoft Office Visio, Microsoft Office InfoPath, and Microsoft Office SharePoint Server. This provides automation and integration of the entire spectrum of business processes (from unstructured and collaborative to highly system-centric and transactional) on the Microsoft platform.

"The tight AgilePoint and BizTalk Server 2006 integration demonstrates Ascentn's commitment in deepening and expanding our relationship with Microsoft as we empower our customers with greater business agility," said Jesse Shiah, president and CEO of Ascentn. "We believe that a company which is People-Ready enables its employees to streamline and achieve an intuitive and complete BPM solution that spans the enterprise across all levels. Ascentn's ongoing technology integration efforts and Microsoft technologies enable businesses to realize their investment in BPM solutions."

"Microsoft is pleased to work with Ascentn to deliver People-Ready BPM solutions that are designed and aligned to empower people in the company to innovate and solve problems," said Burley Kawasaki, group product manager in the Connected System Division at Microsoft Corp. "By supporting BizTalk Server 2006, Ascentn enables mainstream customers to experience greater process agility and enhanced functionality."

About Ascentn

Founded in 2002, Microsoft Gold Certified Partner Ascentn brings more than a decade of experience in creating large scale J2EE-based enterprise-class workflow management solutions to the Microsoft space. Ascentn pioneered the AgilePoint suite, an enterprise-class BPMS solution based on Microsoft's .NET framework. AgilePoint empowers business managers to realize new levels of process values by assembling reusable IT assets and common services into executable process models that serve as either a workflow or a composite application. This advancement enables business managers to innovate more freely and to deploy, manage, and continuously improve business operations on demand. From financial services, manufacturing, communications through healthcare, companies are turning to AgilePoint to drive process excellence, reduce costs and improve business agility. Ascentn's solutions drive the BPM initiatives of many leading global organizations including Siemens, Pfizer, Chinatrust, Cellcom, Elbit Systems, DaisyBrand and most recently, for the world's largest computer maker. Ascentn has offices in North America, Asia Pacific (Taiwan, China, Japan) and EMEA (Belgium and Spain). For more information about Ascentn, please visit our Web site at www.ascentn.com, email us at info@ascentn.com, or call us at +1-650-968-6789.

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    Michelle Peterson
    Ascentn Corporation
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    408-921-3100 or 650-968-6789