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PROGRESS SOFTWARE ANNOUNCES SONIC BUSINESS INTEGRATION SUITE AND PRODUCT DELIVERY ROADMAP

  • 07 August, 2003 09:03

<p>Built on Sonic ESB™ 5.0 for Distributed, Standards-Based Integration</p>
<p>Sydney, 6 August 2003¾Progress Software today announced the Sonic Business Integration Suite, the only integration suite built on an enterprise service bus (ESB). The Suite comprises five component products: Sonic ESB, Sonic Orchestration Server, Sonic XML Server, Sonic Integration Studio and Adapters for Sonic ESB. (Sonic Software is a wholly owned subsidiary of Progress Software Corporation and in Australia its products are distributed by Progress Software.)</p>
<p>The Sonic Business Integration Suite provides the first comprehensive, scalable platform for distributed, standards-based enterprise integration. With the Sonic Suite, customers and business partners can develop extremely cost-effective integration projects, whether departmental in nature or global in scope. The Sonic family of products shares a distributed management infrastructure, and a unified development environment within a service-oriented architecture.</p>
<p>Each component of the Sonic Business Integration Suite provides enterprise customers with a sophisticated set of capabilities that increase business and IT flexibility while reducing integration costs. The Suite includes:</p>
<p>· Sonic ESB, the industry’s first and most advanced enterprise service bus, provides a distributed, standards-based, cost-effective, easily managed infrastructure that reliably integrates applications and orchestrates business processes across the extended enterprise;
· Sonic Orchestration Server builds upon the intelligent routing in Sonic ESB to provide sophisticated business process management capabilities across the ESB-enabled enterprise, and naturally leverages the extensive reach of the ESB to include any service in a coordinated and managed process;
· Sonic XML Server provides scalable, and optimized XML storage, query, transformation and processing services, utilizing XSLT and XQuery standards, to support auditing, logging, data staging and aggregation, and business event capture and monitoring functions across the ESB;
· Sonic Integration Studio, a comprehensive development workbench for standards-based integration projects, including a visual XML transformation mapper and debugger, XQuery and intelligent route builders, and a business process modeler. The Studio also includes development licenses for Sonic ESB, Orchestration Server, and XML Server; and</p>
<p>· Adapters for Sonic ESB enable service-based interactions with over 200 types of applications and systems including: prepackaged applications (e.g. SAP and PeopleSoft), B2B systems (e.g. EDI, SWIFT, HIPAA, etc.), mainframe applications and legacy data systems.</p>
<p>“The enterprise service bus, a new variation of software infrastructure, has added to the range of technologies that enterprises can use as the enterprise-nervous-system backbone,” said Roy Schulte, vice president and research fellow, Gartner, Inc. “Enterprise service buses will become a major market force during 2003.”</p>
<p>“With the Sonic Business Integration Suite, customers can develop a comprehensive integration strategy, and implement it incrementally,” said Chris Henderson, Vice President Asia Pacific of Progress Software. “Under today’s economic conditions, it’s important to be able to get started on integration projects without huge up-front license or service costs. At the same time, customers want to know that their infrastructure for critical business processes will scale as their needs grow. We believe that the enterprise service bus model is the only way to address this customer need.”</p>
<p>Industry Adoption
Sonic integration technology has been widely adopted by leading organisations in mission-critical deployments.</p>
<p>“Sonic has taken a very different approach to application integration with its enterprise service bus¾blending features that are effective in both EAI and B2B settings into a flexible environment,” said Bill Hutchinson, chief technology architect for Armstrong, a US$3 billion global leader in the design and manufacture of floors, ceilings and cabinets. “Sonic ESB offers a very cost-effective way to connect a wide variety of disparate systems.”</p>
<p>“Swiss Re’s B2ERP project, built on Sonic integration technology, has created significant savings for the company from positive cash flow and reduced man-hours by enabling the company to reduce the duration of our account reconciliation process by approximately 70 percent,” said Sven Scandella, accounting manager for Swiss Re, a leading reinsurer and the world's largest life and health reinsurer. “Moreover, the Sonic Orchestration Server solution was delivered on-time and under budget.”</p>
<p>About Progress Software
Progress Software is a global supplier of software technology and services for developing, deploying, integrating and managing e-business solutions. The company provides a comprehensive suite of products that includes application development tools, application servers, the leading e-business messaging server SonicMQ, and the industry's most widely used, lowest-cost-of-ownership embedded database.</p>
<p>Progress Software’s partners include more than 2000 independent software vendors (ISVs) and application service providers (ASPs) who supply annually over US$5 billion in Progress®-based applications and related services. Over 40,000 organisations across more than 100 countries - including 70% of the Fortune 100 - rely on Progress-based applications.</p>
<p>The Progress Company, and Sonic Software are operating companies of Progress Software Corporation (NASDAQ: PRGS). Sonic Software designs and develops the Sonic range of products in the USA. In Australia, they are distributed by Progress Software. Progress Software Corporation is headquartered in Bedford, Mass., and can be reached on the web at www.progress.com</p>
<p>For further information please contact:
Chris Henderson Progress Software 02 9496 8400
Shuna Boyd BoydPR 02 9418 8100</p>

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