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Jean Barnes
Covast Corporation

Equarius Partners with Covast, Strengthening its Trading Partner Integration Solutions

05-20-03 Bellevue, WA - Equarius, a leading Microsoft Gold Certified consulting partner, today announced a partnership with Covast to deliver EDI solutions on the Microsoft BizTalk Server platform. Many organizations have significant investments in electronic data interchange (EDI) capability. But increasingly, these organizations are basing their new integration strategies on Extensible Markup Language, or XML, which provides more extensive business process collaboration capabilities. Equarius will use the Covast EDI Accelerator for Microsoft BizTalk Server to help clients bridge the gap, leveraging their existing investments to achieve true business-to-business (B2B) collaboration outside the enterprise.

"The Covast EDI Accelerator is a perfect complement to Equarius' blend of business and technology expertise," stated Burley Kawasaki, Chief Technology Officer of Equarius. "It is a key component in helping our clients leverage .NET solutions in their heterogeneous IT environments." Jim Norton, Covast's Executive Vice President and General Manager of the Americas, said, "Our partnership with Equarius greatly strengthens our ability to offer complete business collaboration solutions to our customers, allowing them to carry their EDI investments forward into newer, more robust B2B initiatives."

Such legacy EDI investments can be extended to include integration of data, business processes, application logic and business workflow rules. The Covast EDI Accelerator provides robust EDI to XML functionality, including: control of EDI specifications and versions, EDI to XML parsing and serialization, comprehensive VAN and Internet support, and auditing and tracking of documents for syntactic and semantic completeness. It is scalable to business requirements, minimizing risk by allowing for deployment one project at a time, or across the enterprise.

About Covast
Covast enables companies to easily integrate their EDI infrastructures with internal applications and provides a gateway for connecting trading communities. Covast is the Microsoft recommended EDI solution for the BizTalk Server environment. For more information call 1-866-COVAST1 or visit

About Equarius
Founded in 1996, Equarius is a Microsoft Gold Certified Partner that assists organizations in transforming into a "Connected Enterprise" by integrating the real-time flow of information between their customers, partners, and employees. Equarius architects design integrated technology solutions, helping companies such as Power Resource Managers, Bonneville Power Administration, Alyeska Pipeline, Paccar, and American Seafoods Group, meet or exceed their strategic business objectives. For more information, please call 1-888-462-6605 or visit


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