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Award-Winning SonicMQ Messaging Platform and Oracle9i Application Server provide a solid foundation for web

SLOUGH — 6th December 2001 — Progress Software subsidiary Sonic Software today announced that Oracle9i
Application Server (Oracle9iAS) is a certified and supported platform for SonicMQ®. This will allow customers
to seamlessly integrate SonicMQ, the award-winning enterprise messaging platform, with Oracle9iAS to build
highly-reliable applications and Web services for the extended enterprise.

Sonic Software designs and develops the Sonic family of products in the USA. In the UK and the rest of Europe,
they are distributed by the Progress Company.

Thomas Kurian, vice president of development for Oracle9i Application Server at Oracle Corporation said:
“Integration with SonicMQ provides developers with a standards-based, scalable and reliable infrastructure to
develop, deploy and link distributed applications and Web services.”

The choice in messaging infrastructure is more strategic now than ever before. According to Gartner, Inc.,
future support of enterprise-class applications (SCM, CRM, and e-business) based on Web services, will depend
primarily on the enrichment of the underlying middleware and the middleware standards(1). By deploying a solid
messaging infrastructure such as SonicMQ, enterprises can prepare their IT organisations for technology
changes and help ‘future-proof’ their existing infrastructure.

“Oracle has worked closely with us to help ensure seamless integration between SonicMQ and Oracle9iAS,”said
Danny Goodall, Progress business unit manager for Sonic products in EMEA “Oracle9I Application Server’s
flexible configuration combined with Sonic’s support of the Oracle database as a persistent storage mechanism,
makes SonicMQ a natural fit for distributed Oracle platform deployments.”

About SonicMQ

SonicMQ provides a highly scalable, standards-based Internet middleware for guaranteed and secure delivery of
business-critical data across the extended enterprise. SonicMQ is the first JMS technology product certified
Java™ 2, Enterprise Edition (J2EE™) compatible. It includes an XAResource API to guarantee the end-to-end
transactional integrity of messages. Additionally, SonicMQ’s patent-pending Dynamic Routing Architecture™
(DRA) ensures guaranteed message delivery, and unparalleled performance and scalability for enterprise-class

About Oracle9i Application Server

Oracle9I Application Server features full J2EE support, built-in enterprise portal software, high-speed
caching, business intelligence, rapid application development, application and business integration, web
services and more, all in one package. Oracle's extensive investment in application server research and
development has enabled the company to deliver a lightweight J2EE engine and extended caching capabilities
that allow companies to save on infrastructure costs by scaling with software instead of hardware.

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, and Sonic Software are operating companies of Progress
Software Corporation (NASDAQ: PRGS), which is headquartered in Bedford, Mass., and can be reached in the UK at
01753 216300 or on the Web at

SonicMQ, the Sonic Software Logo and The Backbone of the Extended Enterprise are trademarks or registered
trademarks of Sonic Software Corporation in the U.S. and other countries. Java and all Java-based marks are
trademarks or registered trademarks of Sun Microsystems, Inc. in the U.S. and other countries. All other
trademarks and/or service marks contained herein are the property of their respective owners.

(1) Gartner, Inc., July 2001, "Looking Forward to 2005 in the AIM Market," by Joanne Correia


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