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More then 1000 Progress users expected at Progress Software’s Worldwide Users Conference in
Washington D.C.
June 4-7, 2001.


Slough, 21st May 2001 — The Progress Company, a business unit of Progress Software Corporation
(NASDAQ: PRGS), today announced renowned inventor and entrepreneur Dean Kamen and adidas America's Chief Technology Officer Dieter Schoenegger will address the annual Progress Worldwide Exchange Conference entitled, “E-Business: If You Can Imagine, You Can Build,” in Washington D.C., June 4-7 2001.

The Progress Worldwide Exchange 2001 conference is a technical event designed to help IT decision
makers and business executives plan and execute e-business development projects. At this year's Exchange, attendees will collaborate with Progress customers who have successfully made the transition to a true e-business environment, and learn how to leverage Progress® products and a prescribed Universal Application Architecture (UAA) to build a fast, flexible and affordable e-business application.

Customers learn fastest way to build applications in Hands-on E-Celerator Lab

Progress customers will have the opportunity to re-architect a sample application using the POSSE
ICF currently being developed through the POSSE community at the E-Celerator Lab, a hands-on workshop for building web-applications. POSSE ICF is a comprehensive framework for building and re-architecting Progress applications to the internet. According to John Sadd, a Progress engineering fellow and lead architect for the ICF-Kickstart initiative, POSSE promises to reduce time to develop a Progress-based e-business application by more than 50 percent.

E-Business strategy sessions

Along with the keynote speakers and general sessions, Exchange 2001 offers dozens of breakout
sessions that are designed to help attendees better understand Progress technology especially as it relates to implementing an e-business strategy. In addition, a comprehensive exhibit hall will spotlight solutions and technologies from the Progress Company's partners and independent software vendors (ISVs).

All activities will take place at the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel, 2660 Woodley Road, NW,
Washington, D.C. The registration fee is $1,295 for the conference and $99 for the E-Celerator Lab on June 3. For more information about Progress Worldwide Exchange 2001 visit http://www.progress.com/exchange.

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. The company provides a comprehensive suite of products that includes application development tools, application servers, the leading e-business messaging server SonicMQ, and the industry's most widely used, lowest-cost-of-ownership embedded database.

The Progress Company's partners include more than 2000 independent software vendors (ISVs) and
application service providers (ASPs) who supply annually over $5 billion in Progress®-based applications and related services. Over 40,000 organisations across more than 100 countries - including 60% of the Fortune 100 - rely on Progress-based applications.

The Progress Company, an operating company of Progress Software Corporation (NASDAQ: PRGS), is headquartered in Bedford, Mass., and can be reached at 01753 216300 or on the Web at
http://www.progress.com.

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