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Global Workspace Management IT Services Leader, Getronics, Increases Transaction Volume Support and SLA Compliance Rates with Covast B2B/EDI Solution

ATLANTA - May 23, 2006 - Covast, a leading provider of business-to-business integration solutions for collaborative business environments, today announced that Getronics has selected and deployed the Covast EDI Accelerator for Microsoft BizTalk Server as part of its corporate strategy to enhance its common application environment. As a result, the company has been able to reduce operational costs, increase trading partner transaction volumes and increase its compliance rate to service level agreements.

With an extensive global service partner network and a direct presence in more than 25 countries, Getronics is a global leader in workspace management IT services. Prior to implementing the Covast EDI Accelerator and Microsoft BizTalk Server platform, Getronics used outsourcing partners for integrating application-to-application and business-to-business environments. The company's previous EDI solution required Getronics to outsource application development related to EDI, which resulted in inefficiencies and high maintenance cost.

After selecting the Microsoft BizTalk Server as an integration hub, Getronics leveraged Covast to provide comprehensive EDI support capabilities. The Covast EDI Accelerator has allowed Getronics to handle EDI-related application development in-house, thereby reducing overall solution maintenance costs. The Covast-Microsoft solution now enables Getronics to process more than 500,000 inbound and outbound transaction messages a month. All inbound messages are acknowledged within 15 minutes, achieving a near 100 percent compliance rate to Getronics' service level agreements with trading partners.

The transition between Getronics previous EDI solution and the Covast-Microsoft solution has been seamless. Because Getronics was transitioning global service delivery for one of its largest new clients at the same time it was converting EDI systems, maintaining business continuity has been a top priority.

"Covast was able to partner with us to implement the solution without any down time. Covast leveraged our strong global alliance with Microsoft, working seamlessly to enable us to focus on core operations. With BizTalk Server and Covast, we now have an enhanced common application environment that will support us today and beyond," said Keith Smallwood, IT director, Getronics.

"More than ever, today's global enterprise requires end-to-end integration. Internal applications, external systems and trading partners must be able to communicate in real-time. Covast enables global IT services leaders like Getronics to achieve this quickly so they can immediately identify cost-saving opportunities across the enterprise," said Daan Scheer, CEO, Covast.

To learn more about the Covast's EDI integration solutions for Microsoft BizTalk Server, please visit

About Covast

Covast is a leading provider of business-to-business integration solutions for collaborative business environments. The company provides integration solutions that bridge the gap between legacy electronic data interchange (EDI) applications and today's new Internet standards. The suite of products that Covast offers is designed to facilitate fast and cost-effective business-to-business integration with single platform environments, such as those supported by Microsoft BizTalk Server and IBM WebSphere. Covast is a Microsoft Gold Certified Partner and an IBM Business Partner. With its European headquarters in the Netherlands and its U.S. headquarters in Atlanta, Covast has strategic relationships with partners and customers including GXS, Accenture, EDS, HP, Citrix and Siemens. For more information, visit

About Getronics

With some 25,000 employees in over 30 countries and approximate revenues of USD $3.1 billion, Getronics is one of the world's leading providers of vendor independent Information Technology (IT) solutions and services. Getronics designs, deploys, and manages flexible and innovative end-to-end solutions, working together with our partners and clients, in order to optimize and increase the productivity of our clients' mobile knowledge workers. Getronics' headquarters are in Amsterdam, with regional offices in Boston, Madrid, and Singapore. Getronics' shares are traded on Euronext Amsterdam ("GTN"). For further information about Getronics, visit

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