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Progress Software Corporation Named to Forbes 200 Best Small Companies List; Forbes Recognition the Latest in a Series of Prestigious Awards for Progress Software in 2005

Bedford, MA — October 24, 2005 — Progress Software Corporation (PSC) (Nasdaq: PRGS), a global supplier of application infrastructure software used to develop, deploy, integrate and manage business applications, today announced that it has been recognized as one of the 200 Best Small Companies by Forbes magazine. According to the October 31 issue of Forbes, only companies that are "solid and consistent hitters that have performed well when measured over the last 12 months and the past five years, and are poised for another growth spurt" were considered. Other prestigious leading public companies making the list include Kronos, Avid Technology, Internet Security Systems and ANSYS. The entire Forbes 200 Best Small Companies list can be viewed online at http://www.forbes.com/200best/ .

The annual Forbes 200 Best Small Companies list is a compilation of financially successful small-cap businesses. In order to be considered for the Forbes 200, companies must have revenue between $5 million and $750 million, net profit margins greater than five percent and share prices above $5 as of September 29, 2005. Progress also ranked 67th in the market value, 71st in profits and 82nd in 12 month earnings per share (EPS).

"Being named to the Forbes 200 Best Small Companies list is a testament to the impressive growth we've experienced in the past few years, both organically and through strategic acquisitions," said Bud Robertson, CFO of Progress Software. "Progress plans to continue to build on this growth by bringing our innovative technology applications and development platforms to leading companies worldwide."

Today's announcement is the most recent in a series of honors that Progress Software has received in 2005, reflecting the company's technology innovations and business success:

  • Progress captured three out of 12 of the Innovator 2005 awards given this year by InfoWorld Media Group, a division of IDG. Bill Cullen of Sonic Software, Mark Palmer of the Progress Real Time Division and Jonathan Robie of DataDirect were each recognized for vision and expertise that is "directing the future of enterprise technology" and have been added to InfoWorld Media Group's Innovators Hall of Fame.
  • Dave Chappell of Sonic Software was named to CRN's list of the Top 10 Technologists in 2005 for his ground-breaking work on enterprise service bus (ESB) technology.
  • Progress application partner DABAC was the winner of a prestigious Computerworld Honors 21st Century Achievement award.
  • Sonic Software topped InfoWorld's product round-up of Enterprise Service Bus offerings. Sonic SOA Suite was hailed as the "Best Overall for Larger-Scale SOA Implementations."
  • Progress Software was named to Manufacturing Business Technology Magazine's Global 100 listing of leading IT providers.
  • VARBusiness magazine tabbed Progress Software as one of North America's top information technology (IT) vendors in terms of the breadth and depth of the channel-partner programs it offers to application providers.

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 through its operating units: Progress OpenEdge Division, Sonic Software, DataDirect Technologies, and Progress Real Time Division. Headquartered in Bedford, Mass., Progress can be reached at www.progress.com or +1-781-280-4000.

Progress is a registered trademark of Progress Software Corporation 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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