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SLOUGH (25 October, 2001) — Progress Software has announced that it has selected 7GLOBAL as a preferred
Managed Hosting Partner in the UK under its ASPenSM (Application Service Provider Enablement) Program.
Following the acquisition of managed hosting services provider Allegrix in the USA in June this year, the move
marks a strengthening of Progress’s commitment to helping its Independent Software Vendors (ISVs) develop the
widest range of delivery options for their applications.





Mark Gilliland, UK channel sales manager, Progress Software said: “Increasingly we see software as a service
that is delivered either via an ASP or some other form of managed hosting service. Following the collapse of
several hosting providers and withdrawal from the market by companies, such as Vistorm, we are aware of the
difficulty our UK ASP partners have in finding managed hosting partners with the requisite understanding and
infrastructure to deliver the more complex integrated solutions, they require. We are confident that 7Global
adds great value to our partners’ solutions.”





Progress ASPs/ISVs will contract directly with Progress for the ASPen Managed Service that will include 7’s
Digital Delivery Service™. Several Progress ISVs, such as OpenAccounts, have expressed a desire for Progress
to act as a single source for ASP services to simplify commercial arrangements.





Progress will share its Application Center™ technology, available under the ASPen Program, with its ISVs and
7Global. Application Center™, developed by ASPen Managed Services, avoids the high cost of emulation products
such as Citrix, to provide a thin client Windows interface in a browser to achieve high performance levels of
remotely deployed applications.





Paul Dean Business Development Director for 7 GLOBAL commented, “This a significant step in providing managed
hosting services for ISV's. Our agreement with Progress provides an alternative way for their applications to
be delivered and it potentially opens new revenue opportunities for them. By partnering with 7, Progress and
indeed their ISV community have access to a sophisticated IT infrastructure providing end users with a secure,
scaleable and reliable, portfolio of services all at a predictable cost. This service empowers the ISV to
remain focused on their core competencies rather than the chore of managing increasingly complex IT systems.”





“The pooling of 7GLOBAL and Progress knowledge of delivering software as a service, from the development,
integration and infrastructure perspectives,” says Mark Gilliland, “provides a foundation for
collaboration-commerce, where companies share information and collaborate with any company, anywhere in the
world.”





About 7




7 is the UK’s first ‘Business Services Aggregator’, a new breed of service provider that combines the latest
computing software and hardware, the finest IT talent, systems integration skills and networking capabilities.
These services are delivered from remote Solution Data Centres to businesses via public or private networks.




By partnering with 7, organisations have access to a sophisticated IT infrastructure at a predictable cost.
This service empowers clients of all sizes to remain focused on their core competencies rather than the chore
of managing increasingly complex IT systems.



For more information, go to http://www.7GLOBAL.com





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 billion in Progress®-based applications and related
services. Over 40,000 organisations 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), is headquartered in Bedford, Mass., and can be reached at 01753 216300 or on the Web at
http://www.progress.com





Progress is a registered trademark of Progress Software Corporation in the U.S. and other countries Progress
is a registered trademark of Progress Software Corporation in the U.S. and other countries. ASPen is a service
mark of Progress Software Corporation in the U.S. and other countries. All other trademarks contained herein
are the property of their respective owners. Any other trademarks and/or service marks contained herein are
the property of their respective owners.




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