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Progress and Epicor to work together in the UK

SLOUGH - November 18, 2002 - Progress Software (NASDAQ: PRGS), a supplier of technology for building business applications, and Epicor® Software Corporation (NASDAQ: EPIC), a leading provider of integrated enterprise and ebusiness software solutions for mid-market companies, today announced a combined strategy whereby both companies will support the Microsoft® .NET Framework. By adding the power of the Progress® OpenEdge™ platform to a native Microsoft .NET User Interface (UI), Epicor is offering manufacturing customers new levels of scalability, reliability and flexibility in implementing enterprise solutions.

Over the next year, Epicor’s manufacturing solutions, with over 6,000 small to mid-market customers worldwide, will have the opportunity to move to the Progress OpenEdge platform supported through a Microsoft .NET UI. Epicor customers will be able to take advantage of the familiarity of the Microsoft UI, while benefiting from the flexibility and power of OpenEdge’s operating system independence, low cost of ownership and support for multiple databases.

“The Progress OpenEdge platform has gained a global reputation for its rapid deployment, low overhead, high scalability and flexibility,” said Rick Borg, senior vice president and general manager of Epicor’s Manufacturing Solutions Group. “Native access to Progress from a .NET client allows us to leverage one of the most powerful and reliable business processing engines available, with the extensive, collaborative capabilities offered by .NET and Web services.”

The OpenEdge platform offers application developers the option of supporting a wide variety of user interface techniques and technologies via a single collection of business logic components within the platform. Working with Epicor, Progress has extended that independent approach to the .NET environment. Support for .NET will help application developers take advantage of proven Progress-based business logic, while integrating with the Progress RDBMS, the leading embedded database for business applications around the world. As a result, Epicor’s manufacturing solutions will accommodate virtually any technology environment, while giving Epicor customers the benefit of a robust, scalable product.

Frank McIlroy, managing director Progress Software said: “We are looking forward to working with Epicor in the UK, where we already share close on 100 customers. The combination of OpenEdge and .NET is a win-win for end users, as well as for Progress and Microsoft developers. Epicor is first to recognise the value of the combination in terms of expanding their manufacturing expertise to the expanding .NET market.”

Ian Walker, vice president and general manager for Epicor manufacturing Europe said: “This is a significant long-term strategic decision fuelled by our desire to keep customers for life and will, we believe, have great appeal in winning new business. We are using the Progress OpenEdge platform to give our customers not only a truly flexible solution but unrivalled choice of deployment options.”

About Epicor Software Corporation

Epicor is a leading provider of integrated enterprise and ebusiness software solutions for mid-market
companies around the world. Founded in 1984, Epicor has over 15,000 customers and delivers end-to-end, industry-specific solutions that enable companies to immediately improve business operations and build competitive advantage in today’s Internet economy. Epicor’s comprehensive suite of integrated software solutions for Customer Relationship Management, Financials, Manufacturing, Supply Chain Management, Professional Services Automation and Collaborative Commerce provide the scalability and flexibility to support long-term growth. Epicor’s solutions are complemented by a full range of services, providing single point of accountability to promote rapid return on investment and low total cost of ownership, now and in the future.

Epicor is headquartered in Irvine, California and has offices and affiliates around the world. For more
information, visit the company’s Web site at

About Progress Software

Founded in 1981, Progress Software Corporation, or PSC (NASDAQ: PRGS) is the parent organisation for the Progress Company operating unit, Sonic Software Corporation, NuSphere Corporation and PeerDirect Company. PSC provides industry-leading technologies for all aspects of e-business development, deployment, integration and management. Progress Software Corporation is headquartered in Bedford, MA. In the UK Progress Software can be reached at 01753 216300 or on the Web at

Epicor is a registered trademark of Epicor Software Corporation. Progress and OpenEdge 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 statements herein regarding anticipated new product releases as well as statements regarding expected release dates and expected functionality and benefits from such functionality, are "forward-looking statements" that involve risks and uncertainties and actual results may differ materially. The factors that could affect actual results include but are not limited to, unanticipated development delays, undetected software errors, competition, technical difficulties with third party products, difficulties integrating with other company products and other factors discussed in the Company’s Quarterly report on Form 10-Q, for the period ending June 30, 2002, at pages 23-30.

Salli Roskilly,

Saffron Communications

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