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Partnership Combines Power and Agility of Sonic’s Enterprise Service Bus for Enterprise Integration with iWay’s 200+ Industry-Leading Adapters

London, UK - March 11, 2002 - Sonic Software and iWay Software, an Information Builders company, today announced a partnership to provide intelligent, pre-packaged adapters for the SonicXQ™ enterprise service bus (ESB).

With this reseller agreement Sonic delivers the first ESB-enabled intelligent adapters to the enterprise market. Sonic customers can now achieve greater scalability and more cost-effective integration across highly distributed environments, than with traditional broker-centric integration suites.

Sonic Software’s integration suite is the only suite built on an ESB: a standards-based integration infrastructure for the extended enterprise. The availability of over 200 iWay Software adapters to the Sonic integration suite enables organisations to connect to virtually any packaged application, mainframe and legacy system, traditional database, and to external partners via standard B2B protocols. These adapters plug seamlessly into the ESB, without requiring custom code or upgrades to existing applications.

The combination of the SonicXQ ESB and iWay Software adapters allows global enterprises to integrate their disparate, proprietary applications and middleware, whilst supporting mainstream and emerging business standards, including a range of B2B formats, such as ANSI X12 and EDIFACT, and specific vertical industry protocols, such as FIX, SWIFT, HIPAA, and HL7.

“The addition of iWay adapters for SonicXQ provides scalable integration with virtually any existing enterprise system, and the predominant B2B formats and industry protocols,” said Gordon Van Huizen, vice president of product management for Sonic Software. “SonicXQ provides a comprehensive integration suite, making it possible for organisations to bring packaged software systems, legacy applications and industry-specific message types into a standards-based integration infrastructure capable to spanning a global enterprise.”

“We’re very pleased to partner with Sonic,” said John Senor, president of iWay Software. “Sonic’s integration leadership helped define the enterprise service bus, and SonicXQ is an outstanding choice for any organisation seeking standards-based integration. With the inclusion of iWay’s intelligent adapters, many non-standard systems will now fit more easily into their Web services and JCA-based strategies. Our customers will see the lower costs and faster deployment times that are so critical to business success.”

iWay Adapters for SonicXQ™

More than 200 Adapters for SonicXQ are currently available, including:

• Packaged Application Adapters for SonicXQEnables organisations to tap into APIs and data structures of popular business packages, including SAP, PeopleSoft, Siebel and Oracle, so companies can make the business data of their packaged applications available across the SonicXQ ESB.

• B2B Adapters for SonicXQSupports transformation of non-XML formats, such as SWIFT, FIX, HIPAA, HL7, and EDI (X.12 and EDIFACT), to XML to be used within the SonicXQ ESB and then to any target system.

• Mainframe and Legacy Adapters for SonicXQProvides connectivity with mainframes and legacy business systems, proving access to information storehouses that would otherwise be underutilised. The adapters provide access to relational, hierarchical, network, and OLAP databases, as well as file structures and enable mainframe connectivity.


• Data and Technology Adapters for SonicXQSupports bi-directional integration between transaction systems, such CICS and Tuxedo, and the SonicXQ ESB.

iWay adapters for SonicXQ are available immediately. Prices vary. For more information please visit Sonic Software’s Web site at http://www.sonicsoftware.com/adapters

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About iWay Software

iWay Software, an Information Builders company, is a market leader in middleware that accelerates business integration. With facilities to integrate systems in real time, near real time, or on a scheduled basis, iWay provides a complete reusable infrastructure for EAI, B2B, e-commerce, and mobile business. iWay's experience with complex information systems led to the development of pre-packaged Intelligent Adapters to connect to more than 140 packaged applications, transaction systems, legacy data, relational databases, and e-business formats, without writing custom code. iWay Software integration solutions significantly reduce the time, cost, effort, and risk of integration projects throughout the enterprise. For more information, go to http://www.iwaysoftware.com

About Sonic Software Corporation

Sonic Software enables reliable interoperability of software applications within and across enterprises based on Web services and Internet messaging standards. Sonic products provide advanced security capabilities, unmatched performance and scalability, and guaranteed delivery of mission-critical information.

Sonic is the world’s fastest growing Internet middleware company and counts leaders in financial services, energy, telecommunications and manufacturing among its over 500 customers. Sonic is an independent operating company of Progress Software Corporation (NASDAQ: PRGS), a $250+ million software industry leader with customers in over 100 countries. Headquartered in Bedford, Mass., Sonic Software can be reached on the Web at sonicsoftware.com or at +1-781-999-7000 or 1-866-GET-SONIC.

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Magdalen Bush/Sonia Panchal

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Donna Land

Information Builders

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email:donna_land@ibi.com


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