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Forrester Research: Progress Software A Leader in ESB Market

  • 18 July, 2006 11:03

<p>Progress Software Corporation (Nasdaq: PRGS), a supplier of leading technology to develop, deploy, integrate and manage business applications, today announced that it has been named an enterprise service bus (ESB) market leader by Forrester Research, an independent market research company, for its Sonic ESB® product family.</p>
<p>The report titled “The Forrester Wave™: Enterprise Service Bus, Q2 2006,” published June 30, 2006 states: ”Progress (Sonic) has a strong and credible corporate strategy” and “claims a significant number of customers and provided good reference accounts.” While the evaluation considered the Progress® Sonic ESB and Actional® products that were available through March 2006, a new version of Sonic ESB ( was made available in April that delivers powerful new capabilities.</p>
<p>Key Findings from The Forrester Wave™: Enterprise Service Bus, Q2 2006:</p>
<p>• The Forrester Wave shows Progress (Sonic) as among the leaders in market presence (4.36 of 5) and in particular new customers (5 of 5).</p>
<p>• The Forrester Wave shows Progress (Sonic) as providing an ESB which is free from runtime dependencies and scores among the highest in memory utilization (5 of 5).</p>
<p>• The Forrester Wave shows Progress (Sonic) as scoring among the highest Product Strategy (4.60 of 5). While the new capabilities delivered in Sonic ESB 7.0 missed the deadline for scoring (by a few weeks), the new, Eclipse-based toolset and advanced Web services support delivered in 7.0 could positively impact scoring in future evaluations.</p>
<p>• The Forrester Wave shows Progress (Sonic) earned high marks for its SOA governance capabilities (5 of 5).</p>
<p>“We introduced the world’s first ESB product over four years ago and are proud to lead the market in product capability, market share and customer success. With the addition of Actional SOA management, business process visibility (BPV) and run-time governance to our Sonic ESB, Progress is extending the capabilities of its SOA infrastructure offerings for large-scale, mission-critical deployments - a powerful capability that no other vendor can provide today, ”said Gordon Van Huizen, vice president of Sonic products for Progress Software. “Our success in the market is a clear indication that companies reject ESB architectures that require heavyweight, proprietary application servers on each node in their SOA in favor of the Sonic ESB which demonstrates superior resource utilization.”</p>
<p>According to Forrester, “67% of firms with 40,000 or more employees [are] implementing SOA this year, and 44% of small and medium-size businesses (SMBs) already report that implementing SOA is a high or critical priority. Nearly 70% of users say they will increase their use of SOA, while only 1% of users will decrease their use. The data also shows that most firms — 83% — are using SOA for internal integration.”</p>
<p>Over 300 of the world’s most demanding enterprise and government customers rely on the Sonic ESB as the backbone of their SOA implementations, including: American Red Cross; AutoTrader; Bank of America; BAA Heathrow; City of Washington, D.C; The Gillette Company; The Great American Insurance Group; Liberty Media (Proflowers); Rotech Healthcare; Telecom Italia; and Tarrant County, TX. Recently, BT selected Sonic ESB to embed within their integration appliance as part of BT Integrate, a managed integration service offering supporting SOA.</p>
<p>About Progress Software Corporation
Progress Software Corporation (Nasdaq: PRGS) is a global industry leader providing application infrastructure software for all aspects of the development, deployment, integration and management of business applications. Headquartered in Bedford, Mass., Progress can be reached at or +1-781-280-4000.</p>
<p>Progress, Actional, and Sonic ESB 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.</p>

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