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The Progress Company today announced a free swap deal for Informix corporate end-users and
independent
software resellers (ISVs) in the UK to encourage them to switch to Progress business
solutions, application
development tools and database technology.


“We are not the first to target Informix users since the IBM acquisition, and we don’t
under-estimate the task
they face in choosing a new development and deployment platform. But we believe we offer them
the best fit as
a pure software tools’ vendor with a long tradition of providing business solutions to
corporate users working
alongside our ISVs,” said Justin Wright managing director, Progress UK “We are in the early
stages of
negotiation with some Informix corporate users who have approached us in the UK and elsewhere
in Europe.”


Progress is offering corporate end-users the full trade-in value on their existing Informix
licences, up to
the value of the new Progress licences required. For example, an organisation with an
existing Informix
database licence that cost $100K, who upgrades to the Progress RDBMS Enterprise version with
a licence value
of $120K, will pay only $20K (plus annual maintenance) for the new licence. In addition
developers, including
Informix ISVs can take advantage of free Progress development licences providing full
maintenance is paid.


Progress Software has enhanced a number of its current service offerings; aimed at
application re-engineering,
to more easily facilitate the migration of Informix applications. “These services are key to
rapidly moving
forward to the Progress OpenEdge™ e-business platform. Applications will be enhanced, whilst
retaining their
individuality and functionality,” said Wright.


Informix 4GL and Dynamic Server users face an uncertain future – the 4GL is no longer
developed and IBM has no
plans to integrate the Dynamic Server with the DB2 database, making change inevitable.


Wright continued: “The adoption of any new development environment incurs considerable cost.
Progress offers
not only a prescriptive framework for speeding up application development and deployment with
the recently
announced OpenEdge e-business and web services platform but also, through our ISVs, a very
broad range of 5000
business-applications to help ease the pain for these Informix customers. Coupled with the
lowest cost of
ownership in the industry, when compared to Oracle or Microsoft SQL, Progress has a
compelling solution and
perhaps a culturally more acceptable alternative to many Informix users who have already
rejected Oracle and
IBM.”


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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