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Craig Stewart, director of professional services, Sonic Operations EMEA,
is conducting a technical briefing on
Wednesday 21st March 10.00am to 1.00pm on
‘The Java Message Service and XML – Together your data can go places’.

London, March 15th 2001 – Sonic Software, a wholly owned company of
Progress Software Corporation (NASDAQ:
PRGS), a leading supplier of technology for building e-business solutions,
is showcasing Progress® SonicMQ™
-e-business messaging server at XML One London,

SonicMQ is designed for -usiness essaging (EBM), a rapidly growing
category of messaging middleware. It also
meets the messaging requirements which underpin business-to-business
integration, enterprise application
integration, e-marketplaces, peer-to-peer networking, electronic
communications networks for the financial
services industry as well as business-to-consumer applications.

Recent benchmarks showed SonicMQ performing 100 times faster than IBM’s
MQSeries when tested for e-business
messaging using Sun’s standard Java Message Service interface. Similarly,
SonicMQ? significantly outperformed
FioranoMQ? with scores on average 96% faster on queue tests and 43% faster
on publish/subscribe tests.

Operations, such as Commerce One’s Covisint e-trading exchange, Iona
Technologies, GE Global Exchange and
Hewlett Packard have chosen award-winning SonicMQ for its reliable,
scalable and secure transport of
business-critical data over the internet.

Craig Stewart, director of professional services, Sonic Operations EMEA,
is conducting a half-day technical
briefing at the XML One conference entitled: ‘The Java Message Service and
XML – together your data can go
places’. This will outline JMS, the features in SonicMQ for XML and
illustrate SonicMQ deployments, such as
Holiday Autos. (see separate release: ‘Holiday Autos uses SonicMQ™ and XML
features in Progress V9 for
business advantage.’


XML standard and SoncMQ guaranteed message delivery simplifies integration
with travel partners’ website.

Visit Stand 16 - XML One 2001 Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre, London
March 19 – 22.

Progress SonicMQ™’s scalability and guaranteed e-business message delivery
together with a defined standard
for XML messages is winning new business opportunites for Holiday Autos,
voted the ‘Best Car Rental Company’
in the UK four years running. The XML standard simplifies the ability for
travel industry partners such as the
airline, Go or Expedia, to embed the Holiday Autos booking system into
their websites. SonicMQ – as the
message transport system – provides the reassurance that bookings made
through third party sites are received
by Holiday Autos.

Since the Holiday Autos website went live in December 1999, web car rental
bookings now generate a
multi-million pound business with revenues representing up to 25% of
overall daily bookings. The website,
developed entirely with Progress e-business application developement tools
and database technology, has won
travel industry accolades for its quality and ease of use.

Website development is centralised at Holiday Autos headquarters in the
UK. Group IT director, Alan Herbage is
a firm believer in achieving greater globalisation through centralisation
of IT. He says: “As the world’s
largest leisure car rental broker, we operate from 4000 locations in 40
countries through 17 direct
subsidiaries and agent operations. We have developed global web
distribution of car rental bookings to both
direct and travel trade markets, which means that whoever makes a Holiday
Autos booking accesses and up-dates
a common Progress database, a common set of business rules and receives
the same high standards of response.
Local operations control the look and feel of our websites to reflect
cultural and national differences as
well as language but we control the underlying functionality, business
rules and new developments from the

Holiday Autos upgraded to Progress Version 9, last summer, which enables
developers to create programs which
read and write XML (eXtensible Markup Language) directly in the Progress
4GL and allows data to be exchanged
between Progress supported data sources and XML documents. The company
also adopted Progress SonicMQ as its
standard for e-business messaging. SonicMQ is a message transport system
designed to guarantee message
delivery in the loosely coupled world of the internet. It supports both
one-to-many and point-to-point
communications as well as rapid scale up.

Herbage explains: “Obviously we were keen for others to want to embed our
web booking system onto their web
sites. We needed a way to interlink the sites regardless of the type of
computing infrastructure and XML was
the way to do it.”

“The beauty of XML is that it gives us backwards compatibility which has
enabled us to be first in offering
customers the ability to return to a booking, even after confirmation, to
make amendments,” says Brian Coplin,
e-commerce development manager at Holiday Autos. “When we started to work
with Go, they had concerns about
uptime, service levels and message delivery. However because we are
passing messages with SonicMQ, we are able
to guarantee delivery even if the internet connection is lost. SonicMQ
gives us a unique competitive
advantage. We are certainly the first to deliver an XML standard which
defines the structure of how Holiday
Autos would like to send and receive messages. This standard simplifies
and reduces the effort for our
partners when linking sites together.”

As well as ongoing developments with Go, the XML/SonicMQ capability is
opening up other new business
opportunities and XML has also given Holiday Autos a new channel to
market: they are the first to offer an end
to end interactive digital TV solution.

SonicMQ is also used to keep the Oracle-based call centre reservation
system and Progress databases
automatically synchronised and for on-line credit card authorisation
message control.”

Herbage comments: “There is no doubt that e-business messaging is opening
up new opportunities for us. 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 web site developments are helping to achieve the goal of more online
business, and through joint
relationships with our partners, we are increasing brand recognition.”

About Sonic Software Corporation

Sonic Software is a leading provider of e-business messaging (EBM)
software and services. The SonicMQ™
E-Business Messaging Server™ provides highly scalable, standards-based
Internet middleware that enables the
guaranteed and secure delivery of business data between applications
across the distributed enterprise or
between companies for B2B exchange. Global customers include Commerce One
and Hewlett Packard and leading
organisations in the fields of electronic commerce, financial services,
telecommunications, manufacturing, and

Sonic Software Corporation, an operating company of Progress Software
Corporation (NASDAQ: PRGS), is
headquartered in Bedford, MA., and can be reached on the web at

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

Press enquiries to Salli Roskilly, Saffron Communications.

T: 44 (0)1763 208708 F: 44 (0)1763 208813 E:

Sonic Software: Markus Speier, Marketing Manager, EMEA

Tel: +49 (0)711 18293-41 Fax: +49 (0)711 18293-48


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