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Covast Mentioned in Leading Analyst Firm's Report on Europe's Top B2B Vendors

ATLANTA and ROTTERDAM, The Netherlands - September 15, 2005 - Covast, a leading provider of Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) integration solutions for collaborative business environments, has been included in a recent research report conducted by Gartner, Inc., an independent industry research and advisory firm. Released in August 2005, Gartner's report entitled "European B2B Vendors Deliver Mature Products" analyzes five leading European B2B vendors currently offering mature products that offer a breadth of functionality. Paolo Malinverno, research vice president at Gartner and author of the report, includes the Covast EDI Accelerator for Microsoft BizTalk Server as one of the market's products in Europe's unique B2B marketplace.

Malinverno writes: "Accustomed to dealing with the diversity that is a condition of survival in their home market, European business-to-business vendors are offering increasingly competitive, multinational products for the global market. Companies worldwide (and especially in Europe) should consider the breadth of functionality of these products when making purchasing decisions."

The Covast EDI Accelerator for Microsoft BizTalk Server is one of Covast's most successful products to date. The Covast EDI Accelerator allows enterprises to easily integrate complex EDI infrastructures with the BizTalk Server XML-centric environment. This allows for a smooth flow of information between legacy EDI solutions, internal applications and Internet-based trading partners.

Covast believes the market performance of its EDI Accelerator offering is a direct result of the software's comprehensive support of various EDI standards and protocols, as well as the mature transformation technology that enables Business Activity Monitoring (BAM) for EDI. This has enabled Covast to further its market position not just in Europe, but throughout North America as well.

"The diversity of the European B2B market is quite challenging. But, it's due in part to this environment that Covast has emerged a leader in B2B and EDI integration. It has enabled us to offer our customers - regardless of location - not just world-class business integration solutions, but a global understanding of business processes and integration issues," 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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