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Covast Executive Receives Microsoft’s Prestigious MVP Award
Chief technology officer, Gijsbert in ‘t Veld, honored for commitment to technical community

ATLANTA – April 11, 2006 – Covast, a leading provider of business-to-business integration solutions for collaborative business environments, today announced that its chief technology officer, Gijsbert in ‘t Veld has been awarded the Microsoft® Most Valuable Professional (MVP) award. Mr. in ‘t Veld joins a small, prestigious group of the best and brightest technical leaders from around the world. MVP recipients are honored for their commitment to the technical community, to their peers and their demonstrated technical expertise.

Specifically, Mr. in ‘t Veld has been awarded for his expertise and work with the Microsoft BizTalk Server product. Over the past four years, he has helped with the ongoing development of Microsoft BizTalk Server and helped strengthen the product’s electronic data interchange (EDI) and integration capabilities.

Just recently, Mr. in ‘t Veld and the Covast team released the Covast EDI Accelerator for Microsoft BizTalk Server 2006, the Microsoft recommended solution for EDI. The Covast EDI Accelerator has an easy to use interface and advanced end-to-end EDI capabilities to extend the B2B integration functionalities of BizTalk Server 2006.

Microsoft’s MVP award acknowledges these contributions to the global technical community and Mr. in ‘t Veld’s commitment to provide more value to Microsoft customers. By receiving this award, he is also honored for his inspiration and willingness to help his peers in technology.

As an MVP, Mr. in ‘t Veld has the opportunity to meet Microsoft executives and network with other technical leaders. He will also have the opportunity to share his expertise with the technical community and customers through speaking engagements, one-on-one customer event participation and technical content development. Mr. in ‘t Veld will also receive early access to Microsoft technology and have the ability to influence the future functionalities of their products.

“Covast is extremely proud of Gijsbert’s accomplishment. He has been the driving force behind the technical superiority of our EDI integration technology for Microsoft BizTalk Server. The privileges of Microsoft’s MVP award will allow the global technical community to further benefit from his technical knowledge,” said Daan Scheer, CEO, Covast

To learn more about the Covast’s EDI integration solutions for Microsoft BizTalk Server 2006, please visit www.covast.com.

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 http://www.covast.com.

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