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Covast Announces Availability of Map Accelerator for IBM WebSphere
New product automates the migration of legacy EDI systems to the IBM WebSphere platform

Bedfont, England - March 23, 2005 - Covast, a leading provider of Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) integration solutions for collaborative business environments, today announced the general availability of the Covast Map Accelerator for IBM WebSphere. The Map Accelerator automates the migration of legacy EDI systems to the IBM WebSphere platform, allowing for quick integration of EDI-based information with other critical enterprise applications. As a result, enterprises using EDI for business transactions are able to optimize integration benefits inherent in the IBM WebSphere environment, such as business activity monitoring (BAM) and business processes management (BPM).

Many enterprises have found it difficult to consolidate all existing internal (application-to-application) and external (business-to-business) integration solutions onto a single platform. This is mainly due to the high cost and complexity of migrating EDI document definitions and maps. Without resolving this issue of consolidation, enterprises cannot fully benefit from the business activity monitoring capabilities and business process management of IBM WebSphere.

To drastically reduce the cost and risk of migration, Covast has developed the Map Accelerator for IBM WebSphere. The Map Accelerator software overcomes EDI integration challenges by automatically migrating existing maps and document definitions to the IBM WebSphere platform. Based on Covast's customer experiences, migration costs are typically reduced by 85% or more.

"Companies are turning to IBM WebSphere to integrate, manage and monitor all facets of their operations. With Covast's Map Accelerator, EDI is no longer a hurdle to achieving this goal. It enables companies to finally integrate critical EDI applications at a fraction of the time and cost, while more fully realizing the benefits that a single platform environment provides," said Daan Scheer, CEO, Covast.

Based on current customer deployments of the Map Accelerator for IBM WebSphere, a 100% migration success for the source and target EDI document definitions, and an average automatic conversion rate of 70-100% of the maps, is typically achieved. Any remaining portion of the map that cannot be converted automatically is moved to the WebSphere Data Interchange Mapper for manual migration.

The new Covast Map Accelerator for IBM WebSphere is available today. For a free white paper on "The Covast Map Accelerator for IBM WebSphere Data Interchange 3.2," please visit

About Covast
Covast provides Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) integration solutions that bridge the gap between legacy applications and today's new Internet standards. The company offers a suite of products designed to facilitate fast, cost-effective integration of EDI applications and systems into single platform environments, such as those supported by Microsoft BizTalk Server and IBM WebSphere. With its European headquarters in the Netherlands and its U.S. headquarters in Atlanta, Covast has strategic relationships with partners and customers including Microsoft, IBM, Accenture, EDS, HP, Citrix and Siemens. For more information, visit

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