Progress Software

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Progress Software Corporation
Type Public (NASDAQPRGS)
Industry Computer software
Founded 1981
Headquarters Bedford, Massachusetts, U.S.
Key people
  • Phil Pead, President & CEO
  • Chris Perkins, CFO
  • Jennifer Smith, CMO
  • John Goodson, CPO
  • Karen Padir, CTO

Progress Software Corporation, formerly Data Language Corporation, is a global software company. The Progress portfolio includes solutions for enterprise integration, data interoperability and application development, including Software as a Service (SaaS) enablement and delivery.[1] Its best known product is the OpenEdge ABL (formerly known as Progress 4GL), which was developed in the early 1980s.[2] Progress's headquarters are in Bedford, Massachusetts. The company is composed of the following operating units: Responsive Process Management (RPM), Responsive Business Integration (RBI), Responsive Business Applications (RBA), DataDirect. FuseSource is run as an independent subsidiary.

Progress Software was co-founded under the name Data Language Corporation by several MIT graduates, including Joseph W. Alsop, in 1981.[3] The company was renamed in 1987. Progress products and technology are used at over 60,000 organizations in 140 countries including 90% of the Fortune 500.[verification needed] Progress technology provides the infrastructure for applications as diverse as ERP and financial trading, across industries as diverse as retail (Smartstores), manufacturing, telecommunications, financial services, and government.

In October 2002 Progress Software acquired Boston based eXcelon Corporation (Nasdaq: EXLN, formerly Object Design, Nasdaq: ODIS) for approximately US$24 Million.

eXcelon also created an XML IDE, Stylus Studio, which is now sold by Progress Software.

In 2005 Progress acquired Apama Software and entered the Complex Event Processing Space.

In January 2006 Progress Software acquired Mountain View based Actional Corporation, which itself was the merger between Actional Corporation and WestBridge Technologies (an XML Security company). Actional focuses on providing enterprise-class SOA Management, Security, and run-time Governance solutions that cross vendor and protocol boundaries, based upon open standards.[4]

In March 2006 Progress Software acquired Neon Systems, which offers a set of capabilities for companies seeking to modernize existing 3270 applications.[5]

During the early-2000s, SonicMQ became a popular message broker made by Progress Software. It implements the Java Message Service 1.1 API. The term Enterprise Service Bus (ESB) was coined by Greg O'Connor, Bill Cullen and Gordon Van Huizen of the Progress Sonic team, and subsequently adopted by IT analyst firm Gartner.

In June 2008 Progress Software acquired Xcalia, a data integration company, and Mindreef, which developed SOAPscope products. In September 2008, Progress acquired IONA Technologies. IONA brought three product lines into the fold: FUSE (open source SOA), Artix (commercially-licensed SOA), and Orbix (CORBA infrastructure).

In early 2009, Richard D. Reidy succeeded Joseph Alsop as President and Chief Executive Officer. In August 2011 it was announced he would step down when a successor is named.[6]

In 2010, Progress Software acquired the Santa Clara, CA-based Savvion Inc., a provider of Business Process Management technology. Later that year, Progress announced the introduction of its Responsive Process Management (RPM) suite, including its Progress Control Tower.

In April 2011 Progress Software sold their SWIFT integration product "ADS" (formally Iona's "Artix Data Services") to C24 Technologies Ltd (UK). The product was re-branded to its former name "Integration Objects".

In December 2011, Jay Bhatt (erstwhile SVP of Autodesk Incorporation) joined Progress Software as the new President & CEO.

April 2012: Progress announces strategy shift to become a much more narrowly focused, specialist vendor, looking to sell or decommission most of their existing products.[7][8]

October 2012: Progress Software sells the brands Sonic, Savvion, Actional and DataXtend (DXSI) to Trilogy which creates the company Aurea Software [9]

October 2012: Progress Software announces that Jay Bhatt plans to step down from the positions and as a director, effective December 7

June 2013: Progress Software acquires Rollbase Inc., a platform as a service (PaaS) for rapid development of cloud business applications recognized by Gartner as a "2013 Cool Vendor in PaaS".

June 2013: Software AG buys over APAMA activities from Progress Software


  1. ^ New York Times>Topics>Businesses>Companies>Progress Software Corporation. Retrieved April 3. 2014.
  2. ^ "Progress Software Corporation Overview." Xensys Progress Software Library. Retrieved 2010-09-15.
  3. ^ "MIT-Related Companies with 10,000 Employees or More". Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Archived from the original on March 23, 2007. Retrieved 2007-04-02. 
  4. ^ Gardner, W. David (2006-01-20). "Progress Software acquires Actional for US$32 million". Retrieved 2007-04-02. [dead link]
  5. ^ "Progress Software Acquires NEON Systems". March 23, 2006. 
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