ANALYST STUDY SAYS PROGRESS EMBEDDED DATABASE IS BEST BUY COMPARED TO MICROSOFT AND ORACLE. Tuesday 13 March 2001 PDF Print 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. 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