BizTalk Server 2010 introduces a new feature "AppFabric Connect", which combines rich proven features of BizTalk Server with the flexible development experience of .NET to allow users to easily develop simple integration apps. This enables users to:
- Develop custom .NET apps that require connectivity to backend Line of Business (LOB) systems like SAP, Oracle database, Oracle E-Business Suite, Seibel, and SQL Server without writing custom code for LOB connectivity
- Utilize XML-based data transformation capabilities of the easy to use and rich interface of the BizTalk Server Mapper directly from within a .NET project.
AppFabric Connect uses Windows Workflow Foundation (WF) activities to programmatically access BizTalk Server's LOB connectivity and data transformation capabilities. This enables users to easily create new composite applications using the WF model, which can be deployed, hosted and managed in Windows Server AppFabric.