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Covast Launches Beta Program for Its EDI Accelerator for Microsoft BizTalk Server 2006
Covast Solution Offers Full Scalability and a New Intuitive User Interface

ATLANTA - February 21, 2006 - Covast, a leading provider of B2B integration solutions for collaborative business environments, today announced the launch of its beta program for Covast EDI Accelerator for Microsoft BizTalk Server 2006. Several leading companies have implemented the beta version and are reporting early successes, including quick deployments and positive user feedback.

Companies currently evaluating the application include: Unilin Flooring, a supplier of laminate flooring to 100 countries worldwide; Siemens Energy and Automation, a manufacturer of one of the world's broadest ranges of electrical and electronic products, systems and services to industrial and construction market customers; Edwards Life Sciences, a global leader in products and technologies to treat advanced cardiovascular disease; ABX Logistics, one of the world's leading transport and logistics service providers with 375 offices in 30 countries; and Quibiq, Germany's largest e-commerce platform.

"Since initially deploying Covast EDI Accelerator for BizTalk Server several years ago, Unilin has made dramatic improvements, including greater flexibility in the supply chain and reduced costs of interacting with customers and partners," said Hans Valcke, Internet and integration project leader at Unilin Group. "Now, we have implemented and are currently evaluating the beta version of the Covast EDI Accelerator for BizTalk Server 2006. Beyond the previous benefits we have seen, we are extremely impressed with the new solution's scaling capabilities and its intuitive user interface. "

The Covast EDI Accelerator is tightly integrated with Microsoft BizTalk Server, delivering end-to-end EDI capabilities that extend the B2B integration capabilities of BizTalk Server. With this solution, an enterprise can easily and quickly integrate its EDI infrastructure with internal applications and Internet-based trading partners.

"The Covast EDI Accelerator for BizTalk Server 2006 delivers to our customers a full, seamless integration between EDI and XML, extending the capabilities of Microsoft's leading platform for business integration, " said Daan Scheer, CEO of Covast. "By featuring rich document management, full scalability and a wide range of supported EDI formats, the Covast EDI Accelerator for BizTalk Server 2006 is the most advanced EDI solution available on the Windows platform. We are extremely pleased with the initial results of our Beta customers."
The official release of the Covast EDI Accelerator for Microsoft BizTalk Server 2006 is scheduled for March 23 2006. To learn more, 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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