Covastís Advanced B2B Capabilities to be Delivered in Microsoft BizTalk Server
Covast technology to become available with the debut of R3 and the Advanced B2B Pack
Rotterdam, The Netherlands - July 9, 2008 - Covast today announced that
its advanced B2B technology recently acquired by Microsoft Corp. will be delivered
with the forthcoming release of BizTalk Server 2006 R3 and the Advanced B2B Pack.
The advanced B2B capabilities provided in this pack include expanded support of
vertical industry standards, advanced B2B metadata management, advanced B2B transports
and a B2B operations monitor.
Current customers using BizTalk Server 2006 R2 and Covast's B2B solutions will
have several migration options to BizTalk Server 2006 R3. These new capabilities
in R3 and the Advanced B2B Pack will extend the mainstream B2B capabilities
already in BizTalk Server 2006 R2. Covast clients who are not using BizTalk
Server 2006 R2 have the option to remain on their Covast maintenance and support
agreements until the Advanced B2B Pack is released. At that time, these organizations
will have access to Covast's full suite of advanced B2B capabilities by licensing
BizTalk Server 2006 R3.
Steven Martin, director of product management for the Connected Systems Division
at Microsoft, comments: "Our goal is to make it easier for Microsoft's
customers to connect to their customers and trading partners. The acquisition
of Covast's technology is an important investment that expands our B2B portfolio
by addressing additional complex B2B scenarios."
Highlights of the capabilities afforded by Covast's technology in Microsoft
BizTalk Server 2006 R3 and the Advanced B2B Pack will include:
- New standards for specific retail segments such as warehousing, grocery,
energy, automotive and air freight;
- B2B metadata management for EDI 'super' interchanges, greater compatibility
with SQL Server repository/Visual Studio (EDI Explorer) and new reporting
- Advanced B2B transports including new file adapters and transports and
- B2B operations monitor that enables role-based viewing, end-to-end tracking/tracing
and automatic archiving.
Daan Scheer, CEO of Covast, adds: "Whether you're on R2 or waiting for
R3, Microsoft BizTalk Server customers will soon have access to a new set of
advanced B2B capabilities. This is very important to those companies that operate
in highly-complex B2B environments. Instead of piecing together different B2B
software, their needs will be met by a single solution."
For more information on Covast's advanced B2B capabilities, please visit www.covast.com.
Covast, a leading provider of business-to-business integration solutions, is
revolutionizing supply chain integration through the world's first B2B integration
appliance - the Covast BBot. Requiring only a local area network with internet
connection, BBot automatically enables integration between the complex B2B systems
of large supply chain hubs and their smaller customers and suppliers. The result
is improved visibility, compliance, efficiency and accuracy for every supply
chain. Covast is a Microsoft Gold Certified Partner. Covast maintains its European
headquarters in the Netherlands and its U.S. headquarters in Atlanta. For more
information, visit http://www.covast.com.
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