SLOUGH November 28th 2001 — Last night Holiday Autos, the world’s largest leisure car rental broker, swept the
board at the Computer Weekly E-Business Excellence Awards 2001 held in London. Winners of their category - the
best example of e-business in an SME - they then went on to collect the UK E-Business Gold Award. This award
was made to the entry judged to be the best overall example of e-business from the 11 award category winners
which included Sainsbury's, Virgin Wine Online, First Choice and Nationwide Building Society.
The Holiday Autos website for car rental bookings first hit the airwaves in December 1999, and was initially
developed by Progress Software, using Progress OpenEdge E-Business tools and the Progress database. The
company had very clear objectives for technology to enable more online business with partners and
intermediaries in order to significantly increase profitability.
Today the web generates multi-million pound revenues, representing up to 25% of overall daily bookings and the
system is also available through interactive TV. The success and speed of implementation of the Progress
solution led to the recent decision to replace a seriously delayed Oracle-based tele-sales central reservation
system with Progress by further developing the existing web system with extra back office functions and
greater supplier integration.
About Holiday Autos
Holiday Autos is the world’s largest leisure car rental broker with access to a fleet of over 750,000 cars
sourced from a range of reputable car rental companies in over 4000 locations world-wide.
About Progress OpenEdge™ E-business Platform
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.
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 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 in the UK at 01753 216300 or on the web
Progress and WebSpeed are registered trademarks of Progress Software Corporation in the United States and
other countries. OpenEdge is a trademark 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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