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Progress Software Customers Named to 2006 InfoWorld CTO 25; Bonhams' Roland Whitehead and Washington, D.C.'s Suzanne Peck 'Exemplify the Best in IT Management and Innovation'.

BEDFORD, Mass. -- Progress Software Corporation (Nasdaq: PRGS), a supplier of leading technology to develop, deploy, integrate and manage business applications, today announced that two Progress customers have been named in the prestigious "2006 InfoWorld CTO 25" in the June 2006 issue of InfoWorld. Of the hundreds of entries received, InfoWorld selected the 25 leaders who exemplify the best in IT management and innovation, including Progress customers Roland Whitehead from the elite auction house Bonhams and Suzanne Peck from Washington, District of Columbia (D.C.). They were selected for their "focus on understanding the business goals of the enterprise--and then crafting technology strategies to meet those objectives." Bonhams and Washington, D.C. share the list with Accenture, Hewlett Packard, ETrade and Verizon among others. The article is available online at http://www.infoworld.com/reports/23SRcto2006.html

Roland Whitehead - Bonhams Global IT Director

InfoWorld cites Roland Whitehead, global director of IT for Bonhams, for his development of their A3 enterprise application on the Progress OpenEdge(R) platform.

According to the InfoWorld article, "A3's functions include customer and inventory management, auction management and analysis, Web site content publishing, customer transactions, and item appraisal. A3 is constantly being revised and improved, in part because it must handle growing numbers of users and transactions, not to mention continuously-changing policies, laws, and trading approaches specific to the 21 countries they do business in. Yet Whitehead maintains that the benefits of building out A3 far outweigh the cost and hassle usually associated with commercial software licensing and integration."

Suzanne Peck - CTO, Washington, D.C.

InfoWorld recognizes Washington, D.C. CTO Suzanne Peck for transforming the city's IT and successfully spearheading several highly successfully integration efforts. The District of Columbia uses the Sonic ESB(R) (enterprise service bus) as the backbone for their strategic service-oriented architecture (SOA) implementations.

InfoWorld writes: "Ultimately, Peck opted for a SOA that integrates and leverages legacy systems. From that grew a business intelligence layer called the DCStat program, which provides unprecedented visibility: Simply gathering timely and accurate information about criminal activity in the worst 14 hotspots in the city has helped reduce crime in those areas by 23 percent. Peck, who joined the D.C. government to make a difference, is living up to that expectation."

"Progress has a clear vision of how the latest generation of applications need to be built and deployed to gain the most business value, and the naming of Roland Whitehead (Bonhams) and Suzanne Peck (Washington, D.C.) to the prestigious InfoWorld CTO 25 is a testament to the potency of this vision," said Jeffrey Stamen, senior vice president, corporate development and strategy, Progress Software Corporation. "Bonhams' development of the A3 application on the Progress OpenEdge platform and Washington, D.C.'s implementation of an SOA based on the Sonic ESB represent outstanding examples of how innovative Progress customers are creating real business value."

The Infoworld 2006 CTO 25 is the latest in a string of honors that Progress and its customers have recently earned. Progress was also recently named one of the most influential technology companies by Intelligent Enterprise, one of the top New England companies by Boston Business Journal, and was named twice to the SD Times 100 list in the "SOA and Integration" and "Data and Host Integration" categories.

About InfoWorld Media Group

For more than 25 years, InfoWorld Media Group has provided cutting-edge coverage and evaluation of IT products and services for technology experts in senior management. Through integrated channels, including print, online, events, and demand generation, InfoWorld reaches the most influential senior-level information technologists--those who drive their enterprises' strategies and technology purchases. Powered by a continued investment in an independent Test Center, InfoWorld analysts and editors provide hands-on analysis and evaluation, as well as expert commentary on issues surrounding emerging technologies and products. Visit InfoWorld at http://www.infoworld.com.

About Progress Software Corporation

Progress Software Corporation (Nasdaq: PRGS) is a global leader in application, service and data infrastructure software. Progress has pioneered many recent innovations including the invention of the enterprise service bus with its Sonic ESB product, and the commercial application of event stream processing with its Apama(R) ESP platform. Progress' broad software portfolio also includes the Progress(R) OpenEdge(R) business application platform, Actional SOA and Web service management, EasyAsk natural language search and query and an unparalleled range of data connectivity and mainframe integration with its DataDirect Technologies portfolio. For more information about Progress Software, visit www.progress.com/press or +1-781-280-4000.

Progress, Actional, DataDirect, OpenEdge, Sonic ESB, Apama, EasyAsk, DataDirect Connect, Shadow RTE, DataDirect XQuery and Progress OpenEdge are trademarks or registered trademarks of Progress Software Corporation or one of its subsidiaries or affiliates in the U.S. and other countries. Any other trademarks or service marks contained herein are the property of their respective owners.
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