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SonicXQ™ Platform Provides Reliable, Secure
Foundation for Distributed Services

24 October 2001– The Progress Company today introduced SonicXQ™, the reliable platform for Web services.
SonicXQ provides the foundation for building and deploying distributed services across the extended enterprise with maximum reliability, security and scalability. SonicXQ supports Remote Procedure Call (RPC) and document
exchange from a unified platform.

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.

“SonicXQ exposes any application as a service and gives companies a highly reliable, agile and cost-effective
approach for executing on their Web Services strategy,” said Danny Goodall, Sonic Business Unit Manager at
Progress EMEA. “Because reliability is the number one concern for businesses deploying distributed services,
SonicXQ leverages Sonic Software’s proven messaging software.”

Secure, Reliable Foundation for Web Services
SonicXQ enhances Web Services by providing XML processing support and integration on a secure platform. Key
benefits include:

Optimum Interoperability?SonicXQ is fully standards-based and provides any-to-any application connectivity.
SonicXQ connects services within a distributed enterprise for fast and easy integration of new services with
limitless scalability, security and without a single point of failure.
Web Services Standards?SonicXQ brings security to Web Services by providing fully secure HTTP/S and SOAP
support, as well as WSDL generation for UDDI registries.
Managed Interactivity?SonicXQ allows any business process to be configured with intelligent routing and
transformation of business documents (or messages) between multiple destinations. SonicXQ uses industry
standards including XPath for content-based routing, XSLT for translation, and XML for configurable message
itineraries, in addition to support for Java™ Connector Architecture (JCA) adapters to manage standard
connections with legacy systems.

“A messaging infrastructure can certainly be a good foundation for reliable delivery of Web Services,” said
Tyler McDaniel, director, Hurwitz Group. “By integrating proven messaging software like Sonic, organizations
will be better prepared for the movement to distributed services.”

Unique Message-Based Architecture
To support business processes on top of a reliable platform, SonicXQ’s message-based architecture
intelligently routes and transforms critical business information between services according to configurable
itineraries. This unique architecture combines proven messaging software with support for RPC and document
exchange for future proof connectivity.

Enterprise Messaging - SonicXQ provides the foundation for distributed services. Enterprise messaging is a
distributed platform that guarantees the once-and-only-once delivery of mission-critical business information
between applications, systems and wireless devices over the Internet.
Standardised Connectivity - SonicXQ supports JCA adapters to transport common application connectivity to Web

Services through SOAP. This eliminates the need for costly and time-consuming proprietary adapters, and the
need to require partners to install and maintain vendor-specific software.
Business Processes Support -SonicXQ’s process support layer includes a content-based routing service,
itinerary manager, transformation service and connector toolkits that add business logic to any process by
creating new services, and linking legacy systems for creating Web Services and integrating JCA adapters.

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