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Covast Announces Trading Partner Management Feature Pack for Its EDI Accelerator for Microsoft BizTalk Server 2006
Robust, Intuitive Application Enables Businesses to Easily Manage Large Numbers of Trading Partners

ATLANTA - January 17, 2006 - Covast, a leading provider of Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) integration solutions for collaborative business environments, today announced Feature Pack 1 of the Covast EDI Accelerator for Microsoft BizTalk Server 2006, the newest addition to the company's suite of B2B integration solutions. Feature Pack 1 will provide businesses leveraging Microsoft BizTalk Server 2006 with a single, synchronized system to manage and interact with their trading partners. The application's robust user interface will enable business managers to easily create, change, or delete trading partner data and efficiently configure processes related to a trading partner.

"The Trading Partner Management Feature Pack will address businesses' need for a solution that ties together the capabilities in BizTalk Server in a comprehensive system for managing their trading partner relationships," said Daan Scheer, CEO of Covast. "The solution will focus on the B2B need by delivering a single point of control for partner information and easy management of data, processes, roles, and reports."

Feature Pack 1, or the Trading Partner Management (TPM) Feature Pack, will greatly extend the capabilities of the Covast EDI Accelerator for Microsoft BizTalk Server 2006, the first version of the Covast's leading solution that is completely and fully integrated in the Microsoft BizTalk Server architecture. The application is designed to enable businesses to fully leverage the powerful capabilities of BizTalk Server to deliver the specific B2B features they need to establish and maintain effective and efficient relationships with their extended enterprise.

The advanced features of Covast's TPM Feature Pack will include:

  • A robust user interface. The intuitive application will enable users to easily manage the powerful capabilities of TPM Feature Pack and efficiently maintain partner interaction.

  • A central repository for maintaining trading partner relationships. The TPM Feature Pack will provide one place from which users can access and maintain trading partner profiles. The application provides role-based access control and secure storage of sensitive information.

  • Partner self-provisioning functionality. The TPM Feature Pack will provide a portal for trading partners to manage their own data, conduct document self-testing, and establish new workflows, saving the primary user time and ensuring accuracy.

  • Classification of standard business process flows. Large companies will be able to easily implement their standard processes across all partners.

  • Roles definition for grouping sets of work flows. Based on the role of the user, standard work flows relevant for that particular user will be automatically established in the system.

  • Extensive reporting. The application will incorporate the many reports that a partner manager needs such as a flow report, reconciliation report, skipped sequence report, and Service Level Agreement (SLA) compliance report.

  • Scalability. TPM Feature Pack delivers an API for programmatically performing features on a mass scale such as importing and exporting data on partners, including digital certificates.

  • Visibility into business performance. Users will obtain real-time business performance data on individual partners by tying into Business Activity Monitoring (BAM) functions.

"We've seen in the past few years that our EDI Accelerator together with BizTalk Server have been implemented by the largest enterprises who are struggling to manage and monitor their massive amounts of trading partners with the traditional tooling available," said Gijsbert in 't Veld, CTO of Covast. "The solution's scalable architecture and groundbreaking user interface design in combination with bulk load and extract functionalities will help them greatly to overcome this problem, making it possible to further grow without any barriers imposed by the B2B integration solution deployed."

The Covast EDI Accelerator extends BizTalk Server, making it a fully capable B2B (EDI) server. It provides the translation of a wide variety of EDI documents to and from XML, greatly enhancing the EDI support native in BizTalk Server 2006. By integrating EDI and XML, the latest Covast solution extends the value and agility of BizTalk Server 2006 to open up a whole new range or possibilities for companies seeking new markets and trading partners.

The TPM Feature Pack is expected to be generally available later in 2006. For more information on Covast's solutions, 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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