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Product is built entirely on Java technology to achieve Java 2 Platform Enterprise Edition,
J2EE
compatibility.


LONDON – June 25, 2001. The leading e-business messaging product, SonicMQ™, is the first
Java(TM) Message
Service (JMS™) implementation to be built entirely on Java technology which is compatible
with the J2EE
platform. Designed to provide a standards-based, secure messaging environment for today’s
extended
enterprises, SonicMQ offers end-user customers a faster time to market and simplified
interoperability between
applications.


Progress subsidiary, Sonic Software, designs and develops SonicMQ in the USA. In Europe,
SonicMQ is
distributed exclusively by the Progress Company.


“J2EE is the de facto standard for enterprise software development,” said Simon West,
strategic products
manager at Progress UK. “By passing Sun’s rigorous J2EE compatibility test suite, Sonic
Software is
highlighting its commitment to bring best-of-breed Java technology-based solutions to today's
enterprises as
they extend their reach and take up the opportunities of the loosely-coupled world of
business-to-business
trading.”


The SonicMQ E-Business Messaging Server provides highly scalable, standards-based Internet
middleware that
enables the guaranteed and secure delivery of business-critical data between applications
across the
distributed enterprise or among companies for B2B exchange. Sonic Software is today's leading
vendor of
technology based on the Java Message Service (JMS) standard, and licenses its technology to
some of the
industry's largest J2EE technology-based application server vendors, including
Hewlett-Packard Company and
IONA. SonicMQ has also been selected as the JMS-based messaging infrastructure of choice for
some of today's
most demanding messaging environments such as Commerce One's MarketSite™, the e-marketplace
operating
environment, and GE Global Exchange Services' integration solutions.


Jim Obsitnik, director of product marketing for Commerce One said: "SonicMQ's open
infrastructure based on
J2EE standards is critical in providing our customers with secure, reliable delivery of
documents over various
platforms including Sun Solaris."


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, messaging servers, and the
industry's most widely
used, lowest-cost-of-ownership embedded database.


The Progress Company’s partners include more than 2,000 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 organizations across more than 100 countries - including 70% of the
Fortune 100 - rely
on Progress-based applications. The Progress Company, an operating company of Progress
Software Corporation
(NASDAQ: PRGS), and can be reached in the UK on 01753 216300 on the Web at www.progress.com.


About Sonic Software

Sonic Software Corporation is an independent operating company of Progress Software
Corporation (NASDAQ:
PRGS). Headquartered in Bedford, MA, Sonic Software can be reached on the Web at
http://www.sonicsoftware.com.

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SonicMQ is a trademark of Sonic Software Corporation in the U.S. and other countries. Sun,
Sun Microsystems,
the Sun logo, Java, J2SE, J2EE, JMS, JCP and are trademarks or registered trademarks of Sun
Microsystems,
Inc., in the United States and other countries. All other trademarks and/or servicemarks
contained herein are
the property of their respective owners.


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