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Progress Software announces SonicXQ™, the Reliable Platform for Web Services,
and New Version of Award-Winning SonicMQ® Messaging Software

October 24th 2001– The Progress Software today announced a comprehensive suite of messaging middleware to
provide customers with a solid foundation for developing and deploying distributed services across the
extended enterprise. The company announced separately the introduction of SonicXQ™, a reliable platform for
Web Services, and SonicMQ® 4.0, a new version of its leading Java™ Message Service (JMS).

Progress subsidiary, Sonic Software, designs and develops the Sonic range in the USA. In Europe, Sonic
Software products are distributed exclusively by the Progress Company.

Progress Software’s customers have successfully implemented SonicMQ – the most reliable, secure and scalable
application messaging product on the market today – for developing and deploying integrated applications with
greater flexibility, while future-proofing their messaging architecture. Progress Software’s suite of software provides the connectivity demanded by businesses today, be it within the enterprise or through a firewall,
accessing partners in an exchange, or across the Internet.

Gartner Group predicts that by the second half of 2002, 75 percent of companies $100 million and larger will
be interacting and integrating applications via Web Services, and support for distributed services makes
Progress Software a key infrastructure provider. Progress Software’s messaging platform is the best foundation for connecting loosely coupled distributed services both within the firewall and across the extended enterprise.

“As Web Services emerge as a standard model for integrating enterprise applications, companies seek new
alternatives to the excessive deployment time and costs of yesterday’s laborious integration platforms,” said
Danny Goodall, Sonic Business Unit Manager at Progress EMEA. “Progress’ suite of messaging software provides
the any-to-any application connectivity that delivers on the promise of Web Services. By basing our Web
Services offering on the proven messaging software that connects some of the world’s largest companies,
Progress takes the reliability worry away for many customers beginning to deploy distributed services.”

Industry Support
“Sonic was the first messaging provider to pass Sun’s rigorous J2EE compatibility tests and continues to
demonstrate leadership in the messaging market,” said Rich Green, vice president and general manager, Java and

XML Software, Sun Microsystems. “Sun includes messaging as a required part of Java 2 Enterprise Edition (J2EE)

1.3 standard specifically with Web services in mind and shares in Sonic Software’s commitment to providing a
strong foundation for the successful development and deployment of Web services and distributed applications.”

“Messaging is a critical part of any e-business application deployment and HP customers expect messaging that
won’t fail in transactions between their mission-critical applications and those of their partners,” said
Andre Pino, General Manager of marketing, HP Middleware Division. “Integrating Sonic’s best-in-class software
provides us with an expanded suite of products which offer even greater application connectivity.”

“Progress Software’s messaging software is a critical component to building interoperable distributed
services,” said Alan Shoap, vice president and general manager of the enterprise solutions for Borland. “The
simplified integration and full support for XML, SOAP and WSDL announced in Sonic Software’s SonicMQ 4.0 and
SonicXQ provide the flexibility, security, and reliability required to adapt to evolving standards.”

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