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Progress Software Awards Enigma Technical Innovation Award For E.bridge


January 23, 2002: Enigma, the UK-based strategic business consultancy which
enables companies to achieve greater ROI on existing ERP applications, has
won the Progress Software ISV (Independent Software Vendor) Award for
Technical Innovation for its E.bridge application. The Awards were held at
last week's 2002 Progress ISV Conference in Chester.


Enigma was one of six companies shortlisted out of a possible 230 ISV
partners for the Technical Innovation Award. It was presented to Enigma for
its E.bridge application, the first pervasive computing tool which offers
totally scaleable 'any time, anywhere, any place' enterprise application
delivery mechanism. As well as providing a mobile business application,
E.bridge enables companies to benefit from significant cost savings through
reducing stock, and cutting the inventory overhead - a major overhead for
most businesses.


Frank McIlroy, Managing Director at Progress Software, said: "Enigma is a
well deserved winner of this award. We chose Enigma's E.bridge product not
only because of its technical innovation but also as an example of a very
commercially successful product, both in the UK and on an international
level. Enigma is consistently at the forefront of innovation with Progress
Software products."


Technical Director Mike Ormerod and Operations Director Shailesh Patel were
at the ceremony to collect the award. Mike commented: "We are delighted to
have been presented with this prestigious award, which recognises our lead
in technical innovation. We have been an ISV partner with Progress since
Enigma was founded in 1990, and this award demonstrates our drive for
excellence in researching and developing IT products for e-Business today."


Already an established success, E.bridge is being used by Enigma's global
clients including Unilever Ceylon, which is using E.bridge to power a new
e-procurement system. The company's partners can now access data remotely,
on any web-enabled device, effectively delivering the ERP system to where it
is needed. Using E.bridge, Enigma enabled Unilever's existing
infrastructure to work more efficiently, without implementing new equipment,
and thus without the need to support new systems.



Mark Gililland, Channel Sales Manager UK at Progress Software, added: "The
awards are a great indication of our successful partnerships in the UK.
Over the last 12 months both Enigma and Progress Software have invested a
great deal of energy in the partnership to achieve our mutual goals. Enigma
are always early adopters and have taken Progress Software's innovations and
turned them into reality.



Enigma was founded in July 1990 by Chris Burns, Mike Ormerod and Shailesh
Patel. Since its inception the company has grown to 38 nomadic consultants
with a global client base including Walkers, easyjet, Birds Eye Walls, Coca
Cola, Unilever, St.Ivel, Colgate-Palmolive, Müller, South African Breweries,
Lucent Technologies and FCI Framtome.



To speak to Chris Burns, or if you would like an E.bridge demonstration
please contact Liz Almond of éclat Marketing on +44 (0)118 989 5600.

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About Enigma


Enigma is a UK-based strategic business consultancy which enables companies
to achieve greater ROI on existing ERP applications. With more than 10 years
industry experience, Enigma has developed a unique set of tools that allow
its customers to enhance efficiency and functionality of their current
systems. Operating largely in the ERP field, Enigma has grown to 38 industry
specialists since 1990 with clients including Walkers, easyjet,
Colgate-Palmolive, Unilever, Coca-Cola, Müller.


http://www.theenigma.co.uk



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 $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 at 01753 216300 or on
the Web at http://www.progress.com

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