Microsoft continues to build bridges between Office and back-office applications.
This time, it's launching an effort to tie Office 2007 front ends into banking applications. The new Office Business Application Reference Application Pack (OBA RAP) will be available today, targeting Loan Origination Systems (LOS).
Also starting today, Microsoft will post articles and provide architectural guidance and free source code for integrators and VARs using key Microsoft technologies -- Office 2007, Visual Studio 2005 Extensions for Windows SharePoint Services, and Visual Studio Tools For Office -- to build tight integration between back-end and front-office systems.
Webcasts will start later this month; Microsoft will speak more about this tool at an upcoming financial services strategy conference it will host in New York in late April.
"There is a natural affinity between the goodness of ERP or CRM delivered in a way the user would prefer to use it," said Daz Wilkin, program manager for Microsoft's Platform Strategy group.