GOLD SPONSOR SONIC SOFTWARE SHOWCASES SONICMQ™ E-BUSINESS MESSAGING SERVER Thursday 15 March 2001 PDF Print STAND 16 XML ONE 2001 QUEEN ELIZABETH II CONFERENCE CENTRE, LONDON MARCH 19 - 22 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.’ 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 centre.” 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 energy. 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 http://www.sonicmq.com 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. 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