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Covast Partners With Global IT Education Leader Unitek to Provide Microsoft BizTalk Training and Deployment Services

ATLANTA - August 22, 2006 - Covast, a leading provider of business-to-business (B2B) integration solutions, today announced that it has partnered with Unitek to provide IT training and deployment services for clients using Microsoft BizTalk Server and Covast B2B Integration Solutions. Unitek is the global leader in IT training and systems integration consulting. This partnership will allow both companies, which are Microsoft Gold Certified partners, to provide a seamless B2B integration solution that goes beyond software and integration services to include deployment consulting and training.

"Often, our clients require a level of customized training and complex deployment services that are above and beyond Covast's implementation and education services. Our partnership with Unitek lets clients receive the industry's very best B2B integration, deployment and training solutions without shopping for vendors on a piecemeal basis," said Daan Scheer, CEO, Covast.

Through the Covast and Unitek partnership, clients will receive the combined expertise of hundreds of Microsoft BizTalk Server implementations and training in a variety of industries. Covast's proven B2B integration solutions will deliver clients the tools to easily and cost-effectively integrate business applications onto Microsoft BizTalk Server. In conjunction with Covast's solutions, Unitek will provide its award-winning customized IT training and deployment services to companies that have more complex education and systems integration requirements.

Unitek's IT training and systems integration division, Unitek IT Education, is the recent recipient of the 2006 Microsoft Learning Solutions Award in Sales and Marketing. The company's clients include Fortune 500 leaders such as Kaiser Permanente, Bosch, Charles Schwab and PepsiCo.

"Unitek's training and integration services are a natural extension of Covast's B2B integration products. Together we now provide an end-to-end integration solution, from architecting to implementation and training," said Srini Srinivasan, vice president of business development, Unitek.

To learn more about Covast's suite of B2B integration solutions, 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 Unitek IT Education

Unitek excels in providing need-based IT learning to corporate clients and certification training to IT career oriented individuals. Our strong focus on quality and customer service has been crucial to our success. This focus has helped us in expanding our client base to all 50 US states and over 40 countries worldwide. Headquartered in the heart of Silicon Valley in sunny California , Unitek offers IT training to thousands of clients nationwide. Unitek is the only IT training vendor in the United States that has achieved the dual status of Microsoft Gold partner for learning solutions (Gold CPLS) and Cisco Learning Partner (CLP). Unitek is also an award-winning Citrix Authorized learning Center (CALC) and a Network Appliance Learning Partner. Microsoft and CRN have also recognized Unitek with Partner of the Year awards. For more information, visit

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