PROGRESS SOFTWARE SETS UP E-POWERMENT CENTRE IN THE UK TO ASSIST USERS TO RE-ARCHITECT EXISTING APPLICATIONS FOR E-BUSINESS Tuesday 3 July 2001 PDF Print 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 -ends- 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. Press enquiries to: Salli Roskilly, Saffron Communications. 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