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Developers and users to benefit from OpenEdge™ platform’s power and fast ROI with straightforward .NET integration


- Progress demonstrates OpenEdge technology’s ability to deliver openness
- Tight coupling of OpenEdge and .NET will make it possible for developers to combine the highly productive
business process development environment of OpenEdge with Visual Studio
- Epicor is first to back the strategy - see second release below

SLOUGH November 18, 2002 – Progress Software (Nasdaq: PRGS) and a leading supplier of technology for building business applications, today announced support for the Microsoft® .NET framework, the next milestone in the Progress® OpenEdge™ roadmap for Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) (see press release at

This allows developers to take advantage of the OpenEdge™ platform’s powerful business processing technology, while providing quick and easy integration with the .NET framework. Progress partner Epicor Software is already working to move its 6,000 manufacturing customers to the blended platform (see today’s press release at

“The integration of .NET into the OpenEdge platform provides the best of both worlds for application
developers and end users,” said Peter Sliwkowski, vice president of products for the Progress Company.
“Progress developers can leverage their domain expertise, expressed in OpenEdge business logic, with the industry-leading user interface, and end users can access the many powerful best-of-breed, Progress-based applications through a familiar interface.”

This move is the first in a series of initiatives designed to help application developers take advantage of
the .NET user interface with proven Progress-based business logic and the Progress RDBMS running at the back-end. A tighter coupling of OpenEdge and .NET, will make it possible for developers to combine the highly productive business process development environment with Visual Studio, Microsoft’s development tool. In addition, the Progress RDBMS will be available to .NET applications through a native .NET Data Provider, making integration quick and easy to accomplish. The Progress Company also plans to introduce a series of Visual Studio add-ins that enable faster and easier business process development in 2003. “In today's economically-challenging environment, customers are looking for ways to leverage the best available technology without increasing implementation costs,” said Michele Rosen, research manager for business process automation and deployment software at IDC. “By providing integration with the .NET client, the Progress OpenEdge platform offers developers more options for building robust enterprise applications.”

Empowerment and Dynamics™ to Prepare Partners for Flexible Client Interface Progress Dynamics, the company’s framework for rapidly delivering business applications, will introduce repository support for developing, configuring and deploying Visual Studio .NET clients. This extension to Progress Dynamics will give Progress customers the ability to freely switch client types based on their
particular needs. The Progress Empowerment Program was initiated in 2001 to help progress application developers expedite re-architecting their applications to benefit from Dynamics, and has expanded to provide global coverage. (see releases at and

“Dynamics already has the unique ability to generate a graphical or browser-based client from a single
source,” said Sliwkowski. “Our Empowerment Program was initiated to help our partners re-architect their applications using Dynamics to achieve a Service Oriented Architecture (SOA). The SOA, in turn, prepares packaged applications to offer Web service modules that can be leveraged by .NET clients. By adding .NET clients, we dramatically increase our partners’ ability to develop once and deploy anywhere.”

Progress, OpenEdge, and Progress Dynamics are trademarks or registered trademarks of Progress Software Corporation in the U.S. and other countries. Any other trademarks or service marks contained herein may be the property of their respective owners.

The Company undertakes no obligation to revise or update publicly any forward-looking statements.

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Saffron Communications

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