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Covast EDI Accelerator Is Again Certified eBusinessReady for AS2 EDI/XML
Covast Technology Connects and Delivers Unmatched Cost Savings to Pepsi Bottling
Ventures Value Chain
ATLANTA, GA October 9, 2003 Covast, provider of the recommended
electronic data interchange (EDI) solution for Microsoft BizTalk Server, announced
today that it has been re-certified for AS2 EDI/XML messaging interoperability
over the Internet and achieved eBusinessReady certification by eBusinessReady,
an industry-neutral software compliance and interoperability testing program
under joint partnership of the Uniform Code Council, Inc. (UCC) and Drummond
Group, Inc. (DGI).
AS2 (Applicability Statement 2) is the draft specification standard by which
applications communicate EDI or XML data over the Internet. Completing and passing
the programs interoperability testing for the AS2 specification is becoming
increasingly important for customers that are constantly looking to boost efficiency
and lower the cost for transmitting critical business data. An eBusinessReady
certified product enables companies to truly utilize open communication across
their supply chain and distribution channels eliminating costly communication
obstacles and fostering much more efficient trading partner relationships.
Covasts EDI/AS2 software enables us to automate our EDI process
with several key customers, said Steve Munson, network engineer, Pepsi
Bottling Ventures. The Covast AS2 product has lowered our total cost of
ownership, in respect to our eBusiness solution, while enabling us to significantly
reduce administration overhead.
When implemented, AS2 enables users to connect, deliver and reply to data securely
and reliably, saving money, and adding flexibility and control on how the data
is utilized or reported. eBusinessReady tests require each product to exchange
AS2 messages with other eBusiness products and verify the validity of each message
received from the other solutions.
Our AS2 eBusiness Ready certification means that users of Covast software
will save on implementation costs and leverage EDI and XML messaging over the
Internet enabling trading partners to connect and deliver unequaled cost
savings to their supply chains, said Daan Scheer, founder and CEO, Covast.
Covasts flagship EDI Accelerator enables complex electronic data interchange
support within BizTalk Server. In Q2 of 2003, Covast brought on over twenty
new customer accounts worldwide, including: Siemens, Citrix Systems, Inc., JetBlue
Airways, ABB, CNF Service Company, Inc., Vendex KBB, Ocean Spray, Hillebrand
As a premier member of the BizTalk Server Partner Program, Covast supports
Microsoft BizTalk Server 2004, the foundation for Microsofts Jupiter
eBusinessReady is an industry-neutral software testing program, under joint
partnership of the Uniform Code Council, Inc. (UCC) and Drummond Group Inc.
(DGI), to enable vertical and horizontal interoperability across the global
supply chain. For software buyers, eBusinessReady provides a valued resource
for product selection and cost savings by taking the guesswork out of implementing
interoperable supply chain solutions. For software vendors, eBusinessReady certifies
solutions and enables companies to deliver certified interoperable products
to their customers. The eBusinessReady program addresses the needs of enterprises
and supply chains by providing a neutral third party test of various software
solutions for interoperability and compliance. Visit www.ebusinessready.org
for more information, or email: email@example.com.
Covast provides the recommended EDI solution for the BizTalk Server environment.
The combination of Microsoft BizTalk Server and the Covast EDI Accelerator delivers
the ultimate B2B solution - enabling companies to easily integrate their EDI
infrastructures with internal applications and providing a gateway for connecting
trading communities. With its European headquarters in the Netherlands and its
U.S. headquarters in Atlanta, Covast has strategic relationships with partners
and customers including Microsoft, HP, Akzo Nobel, Grampian Foods, SMI Steel
and Oldcastle. For more information, visit www.covast.com.
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