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Covast EDI Accelerator Gains Unisys Certification for Microsoft BizTalk Server 2004
Third-party certification validates Covast’s product compatibility with BizTalk Server

ATLANTA and ROTTERDAM, The Netherlands – May 4, 2005 – Covast, a leading provider of Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) integration solutions for collaborative business environments, has announced that the Covast EDI Accelerator product has passed the official certification program for Microsoft BizTalk Server 2004. Conducted by Unisys at the Solution Alliance Technology Center in Redmond, Washington, this certification program validates the interoperability and product compatibility between BizTalk Server 2004 and the Covast EDI Accelerator.

Through a neutral third party analysis, the Unisys technical certification program helps to ensure that vendors developing BizTalk Server 2004 adapters provide a consistent, quality product to their customers. The program is based on the Microsoft BizTalk Server Adapter Framework and examines several critical factors, including a vendor's technical capabilities, security and support structures. To acquire certification, the Covast EDI Accelerator was required to pass several rigorous product tests relative to security, support, usability, interoperability, installation, stress and reliability.

“Our certification program helps to ensure that vendors developing adapters for BizTalk Server 2004 provide customers with a consistent level of quality and integration capabilities. Through our certification program, the Covast EDI Accelerator has proven its ability to meet the highest standards of integration and interoperability with the BizTalk Server platform,” said John Huygens, senior manager of solutions and services, Unisys Corporation.

The Covast EDI Accelerator allows enterprises to easily integrate complex EDI infrastructures with BizTalk’s XML-centric environment. This allows for a smooth flow of information between legacy EDI solutions, internal applications and Internet-based trading partners. By gaining Unisys certification, enterprises that are looking to integrate legacy EDI systems with Microsoft BizTalk Server 2004 can be assured of Covast’s interoperability and integration capabilities.

“Integration can make or break any IT investment, especially those pertinent to large legacy systems such as EDI. Because of this, our mission is to provide low-risk, high ROI solutions for EDI integration. The certification we have earned from Unisys speaks to that commitment,” said Daan Scheer, CEO, Covast.

For more information about Covast and the Covast EDI Accelerator, 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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