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Progress takes the realism route to Web services

LONDON, 20th June 2002 — Progress Software, today announced a forum series on Web services for Progress application partners, customers and other interested parties. Progress application partners and developers will use the Forums to evaluate experiences of integrating their customers’ systems using standards-based technologies, such as Web services, and to prioritise the importance of emerging standards as indicated by customer needs. The Forum will also provide input into the development of Progress Company’s business strategy and OpenEdge™ technology for Web Services (see today’s press release on the Service Oriented Architecture Roadmap).

“With the current hype surrounding Web services, our Web Services Forums, will present a very real perspective on the potential impact these new integration standards may have on businesses from several points of view — ranging from application developers to CEOs,” said Frank McIlroy managing director of Progress Software.

“There will be both a large dose of reality and controversy on each panel that will make for an interesting
conversation for the audience and the members.”

Progress has announced that it expects to release its first Web Services toolkit, through the Progress
Software Developers Network, in late 2002. “For five years, the PAC, or Progress Advisory Council, has provided strategic guidance to Progress Research and Development directions, and for the past year, several of our visionary PAC members have been working with us on our Web services strategy,” said Frank McIlroy. “We welcome this forum with our partners and customers as a source of important input for our company. Our development community has always included technology pioneers, early to adopt emerging trends and standards into packaged applications that offer real business value to end users.”

Alan Snell managing director of KCS, supplier of Progress-based payroll/HR systems and Payroll Software Provider of the Year 2001 (Pay Magazine) said: “I’d like to think that KCS, who has recently gone through the Empowerment programme and readied our applications for a browser-based, application server model, can provide Progress with valuable input and will be participating in the forums.”

About Progress Software

Progress Software is a global supplier of software and services that simplify the development, deployment, integration, and management of business applications. The Progress® OpenEdge™ platform, with the industry's leading embedded database, delivers lowest cost-of-ownership applications that are rapidly implemented and easily integrated with other enterprise, extended enterprise and Internet applications.

With the expertise of more than 2,000 independent software vendors (ISVs) and application service providers (ASPs), Progress Software and its application partners supply more than $5 billion annually in Progress technology, applications and related services. Customers span 50,000 organisations in more than 120 countries including 70 percent of the Fortune 100. Progress Software Corporation (Nasdaq: PRGS), is headquartered in Bedford, Mass. In the UK Progress Software can be reached at 01753 216300 or on the Web at

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