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Slough, 3rd July 2001 – Progress Software UK will be one of the first Progress operations
worldwide to open an
E–Powerment Centre to accelerate the time software partners and end-user customers alike take
to adapt their
existing business applications for accessibility over the internet.



“The emphasis on e-business from the Government, software vendors and the IT industry
generally, misconstrues
the reality that the majority of applications are still character or client server-based,”
according to Justin
Wright, managing director, Progress Software UK. “Progress business applications are honed to
user or industry
needs over time, involving a substantial investment in development, as well as domain
knowledge, to create
advanced functionality. E-Powerment is a hands-on, mentoring service which shows a software
partner or
end-user how to make their specific applications suitable for access over the internet and
readied for
e-business in the optimum way. It accelerates the Progress community’s ability to deliver
e-business
applications.”



The E-Powerment service, which is chargeable, includes close mentoring, guidance, training
and development
assistance from Progress experts to map out all of the processes required to re-architect the
application.
Users of the service can expect the exercise to take around four weeks and leave with some
parts of their
applications re-engineered.



According to Justin Wright, managing director, Progress Software UK: “The E-Powerment Centre
provides a
practical, hands-on, fast learning environment under the guidance of Progress experts. The
objective is not
only to speed up the whole process but ensure efficient application design and development
and adherence to
best practices. The result is a fast transference of skills, such as in the Internet
Component Framework*, and
a speedier time to market or implementation of applications.”



Progress partner Proteus Software (www.proteus-sw.co.uk) has embarked upon a new phase of
development of its
PROTEUS enterprise resource planning application using the Progress OpenEdge™ e-Business
Platform*. David
Gray, managing director Proteus Software comments: “OpenEdge and the E-Powerment service will
deliver our
clients both the functionality and most importantly the performance characteristics we have
been seeking. The
E-powerment centre provides the security of knowing that as we move our feature-rich,
character-based
application to the web, we maximise Progress best practices to reduce both our development
and customer
deployment time.”



Backgrounder


OPENEDGE™ from PROGRESS SOFTWARE


OpenEdge™ a platform for building next generation business applications that gain incremental
value from the
Internet



The OpenEdge™ e-Business Platform, from Progress Software is a comprehensive suite of
Progress® products,
enabling technologies as well as a ‘how to’ prescription for speeding up the development,
deployment and time
to market of e-business applications. It is aimed at any organisation wanting to take
advantage of the
internet to, for example, serve customers better, integrate data from disparate sources,
provide wider access
to applications and explore new avenues of doing business,



OpenEdge reflects Progress’ continued commitment to provide technology for building
FutureProof™ applications,
a core principle of the Progress Universal Application Architecture (UAA) framework, which
has guided product
development strategy at the company since late 1997. The UAA enables business applications to
present ANY type
of client, exchange data with ANY type of data source, and interact with ANY other
application or business.



OpenEdge builds on the years of practical development experience of addressing the
requirements of
internet-enabled business applications.



Justin Wright, managing director Progress Software UK said: “OpenEdge is not a vision or a
direction, but a
platform of here today, practical solutions for creating the next generation of business
applications. These
applications share a common need for greater and easier integration and inter-operability,
continuous
availability, almost infinite scalability and solid security, while adhering to standards and
being
universally accessible through any type of user interface.”



OpenEdge components, available today, include:

* Progress AppServer facilitates multi-tier deployment of business logic. It forms a
middle-tier between an
application’s user interface and datasource. Invisible to application users, it enables
interoperability with
virtually any client and virtually any data source.



* Progress WebSpeed for developing and deploying HTML-based Internet Transaction Processing
applications and
Progress WebClient – provide flexible thin-client solutions. Progress WebClient offers an
alternative to the
GUI emulation methods such as Citrix or Tarantella, of operating an application in thin
client or web mode.
The WebClient runs independently of a browser, and can be downloaded to any PC with an
internet connection.
Once installed the user can access the application by clicking on a URL. WebClient’s thin
client technology
provides for a rich GUI environment with no loss of application functionality. It maintains a
small footprint
by executing 4GL user interface code on the client and communicating with the Progress
AppServer over the web.
WebClient also features new Progress Intellistream™ technology which enables the just-in-time
delivery of
application components, minimises network traffic and reduces application maintenance costs.



* SonicMQ™ forms the robust message-oriented backbone within OpenEdge, which allows for fast,
flexible, and
scalable message-based integration over the internet or within an enterprise. SonicMQ is the
first Java
Message Service (JMS) product architected entirely on Java technology to become compatible
with the J2EE
(Java2 Platform Enterprise Edition) (please see separate release).



The Progress RDBMS is a high-performance relational database that can scale from a
single-user system to
internet systems supporting thousands of concurrent processes. The Progress database provides
security, data
protection, and high availability capabilities required by mission-critical applications.
Recently it was
benchmarked at 1 billion transactions a day and offers the lowest cost of ownership, when
compared to Oracle
and Microsoft SQL, according to the Aberdeen Group. OpenEdge applications also run on other
dataservers,
including Oracle.



Progress 4GL is a powerful, high-level Fourth-Generation development language which reduces
complexity and
speeds up developer productivity. Progress is alone among the tools vendors in using its own
4GL to build the
Progress tools themselves. It forms part of Progress ProVision – the professional developers
integrated
development environment.



Internet Component Framework (ICF) provides the framework for rapid application and quick
time-to-market. It
gives the large Progress development community of over 2000 software partners in addition to
direct end-users,
a collection of standards-based, ready-to-use business and service components, which
addresses all the
essential attributes and facilities of e-business and ASP applications. The development of
ICF is being
undertaken by the collective resources of POSSE (the Progress Open Source Software Exchange)
and the Progress
Company, all working to a common design which is posted on www.possenet.org. Typically a
developer should be
able to cut the time to develop an average e-business application in half by using
plug-and-play ICF
components. Importantly ICF provides the how-to-instructions as well as the tools to build
highly
interoperable applications.



The following OpenEdge component is due for release later this year:
Fathom™ is an application management solution for centrally monitoring and managing
Progress-based
applications and their components. This new product will improve efficiency of system
operations, provide
proactive monitoring to ensure high availability, and enable systems trend analysis for
better resource
planning—all essential when running e-business applications.



“The OpenEdge Platform allows for emerging business applications to be integrated easily
using SonicMQ, XML,
and the Progress 4GL,” says Justin Wright, “and that addresses one of business’s most
pressing needs; that of
retaining and maximising the investment in existing applications while exploiting new
e-business
opportunities.”



Steve Garone, program vice president, application development & deployment at IDC said: “With
OpenEdge,
Progress has assembled the key pieces of a comprehensive platform for building e-business
applications. The
strength of Progress’ database, coupled with a strong, standards-based messaging
infrastructure and a new
development framework, provide serious application developers with a strong technology
foundation for
sophisticated Web-enabled and ASP-enabled applications.”



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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Progress and WebSpeed are registered trademarks of Progress Software Corporation in the
United States and
other countries. FutureProof, OpenEdge, WebClient, and Fathom are trademarks of Progress
Software Corporation
in the United States and other countries. SonicMQ is a trademark of Sonic Software
Corporation in the United
States and other countries. Any other trademarks and/or servicemarks contained herein are the
property of
their respective owners.

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