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Aberdeen study cites high marks for Progress on scalability,low cost
of ownership and reliability.

Progress Software are exhibiting at CeBIT 2001 - Hall 3, Booth D 45
22nd – 28th March 2001 in Hanover, Germany.

Slough, 13th March 2001 – Technology supplier for e-business the Progress
Company today announced that the
recent update of the Aberdeen Group study (December 2000) found that
organisations using Progress database
products continue to have a lower visible cost-of-ownership (VCO) when
compared to organisations using Oracle
and Microsoft. database products.

Justin Wright, regional director the Progress Company, UK, Ireland and
Africa said: “Databases have an
essential role to play in the foundation of today’s business environments.
Progress dramatically reduces the
cost of acquiring and managing the technologies needed to run e-business
infrastructures. Every Aberdeen Group
study since 1998 has placed Progress in the lowest overall
cost-of-ownership position.”

Holiday Autos, voted the ‘Best Car Rental Company’ in the UK four years’
running has based its global internet
car reservation system on Progress technology and has first hand
experience of the low running costs. Alan
Herbage Group IT director said: “The partnership with Progress has proved
highly beneficial giving us an
integrated development and database environment that meets all our
e-business needs and scales effortlessly to
handle growing volumes. The database has also proved very robust and the
cost of ownership is low.

For
example, we need two full time database administrators to look after the
Oracle applications, but Progress
needs so little maintenance that the development team keeps an eye on it”
The Progress enterprise database is 50% less expensive to implement and
maintain over a five-year period than
an Oracle 8i database. The Progress Workgroup RDMS is on average, 23% less
expensive than Microsoft SQL Server
2000 over a five-year period. This is the same margin of difference as the
1999 study, which compared Progress
Workgroup RDBMS V8 with Microsoft SQL Server 7. The updated Embedded
Database Cost-of-Ownership Study compared
the Progress Workgroup RDBMS V9 versus Microsoft SQL Server 2000, and
Progress Enterprise RDBMS V9 versus
Oracle 8i.

Importance of scalability, reliability and performance for embedded
databases.
In addition to lowest total cost-of-ownership, Progress V9 embedded
database products also provide
scalability, reliability, and high volume transaction processing -
features critical to end users who need
reassurance that they won’t be forced to migrate to a new platform if
their company experiences significant
growth or if their business plans include leveraging the Internet.

A summary report of the database industry published last autumn by
International Data Corporation states: “As
an RDBMS, Progress V9 has made great strides toward greater scalability
and performance while maintaining the
features that make it embeddable within software products. Progress is
the undisputed leader in this category
and likely to remain so for the foreseeable future.”

Note for editors

To review the complete Visible Cost of Ownership study by Aberdeen Group,
please visit the analyst coverage of
Progress at: http://www.progress.com/analyst/index.htm


GLOSSARY - Visible Cost of Ownership

The Aberdeen Group’s qualitative research was based on the supplier’s
published prices and interviews with
large user organisations that have deployed one or more of the databases.
They define VCO as the cost of
ownership an IS buyer may reasonably anticipate based on its history, not
including sales discounts. Costs
were calculated for database license, development tools, deployment, DBA
costs, training costs, upgrades, and
support/license maintenance costs.

About the Progress Company

The Progress Company is a global supplier of software technology and
services for developing, deploying,
integrating and managing e-business solutions. Products include
application development tools, application
servers, messaging servers, and the industry's most widely used,
lowest-cost-of-ownership embedded database.

More than 2000 independent software vendors (ISVs) and application service
providers (ASPs) supply over $5
billion in Progress®-based applications and related services annually.
Over 30,000 organisations across 100
countries - including 60% of the Fortune 100 - rely on Progress-based
applications. http://www.progress.com


Progress is a registered trademark of Progress Software Corporation. All
other trademarks contained herein are
the property of their respective owners

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