DataDirect XQuery Enables Commercial Applications Using Newest XQuery Standard

Drives Faster, Better Performing Software; Sees Growing Use of XQuery Technologies in Enterprise-Class Solutions

BEDFORD, MA – 03/07/2007 – DataDirect Technologies, the unparalleled leader in data connectivity and mainframe integration and an operating company of Progress Software Corporation (Nasdaq: PRGS), today announced its support for the World Wide Web Consortium’s (W3C) XQuery 1.0, the industry standard for accessing XML data.

The DataDirect XQuery® product is a well supported, robust commercial XQuery implementation for XML. Testing W3C XQuery 1.0 in enterprise software applications, one DataDirect customer has found that the DataDirect XQuery product processes data up to seven times faster than other XQuery-based solutions. It can also support huge XML files of 50 gigabytes or more while maintaining superior performance and memory-consumption requirements.

“XQuery is recognized for being one of the best approaches for extracting and manipulating large amounts of information in XML formats, and DataDirect Technologies is a proven leader in the early delivery of XQuery applications,” said John Goodson, vice president of product operations at DataDirect Technologies. “Integrating the DataDirect XQuery product into enterprise-class software applications provides a stable, reliable commercial implementation of the XQuery standard while delivering the performance and scalability necessary for large-scale XML processing needs.”

DataDirect Technologies is one of the leaders of the W3C XML Query working group, acting as both preeminent developers of the XQuery language and an innovative testbed for new applications. DataDirect is one of the few companies to successfully complete the W3C XML Query Test Suite, achieving greater than 99 percent compliance and near-perfect results. Based on the posted XQTS results, DataDirect Technologies is the only vendor to provide the same level of compliancy across all data sources (XML, relational, legacy, etc.), providing software developers with a high degree of standards-based, reliable, and stable XQuery performance in any environment.

The DataDirect XQuery product provides fast, reliable and scalable XQuery support for all major relational databases and runs on any JavaTM platform. The standards-based software product enables Java developers to access XML, relational data, SOAP messages, EDI, or a combination of data sources using a single XQuery. This significantly simplifies data management and integration in heterogeneous environments and enables developers to build high-performance applications more quickly and efficiently. More information is available at www.xquery.com.

Through its ongoing work with standards organizations like the W3C, the XQuery Working Group and the JDBC Expert Panel, DataDirect Technologies is a landmark contributor to the development of important emerging industry standards and is uniquely positioned to develop its own products in alignment with them.

About DataDirect Technologies

DataDirect Technologies is the software industry’s only comprehensive provider of software for connecting the world’s most critical business applications to data and services, running on any platform, using proven and emerging standards. Developers worldwide depend on DataDirect® products to connect their applications to an unparalleled range of data sources using standards-based interfaces such as ODBC, JDBC™ and ADO.NET, XQuery and SOAP. More than 300 leading independent software vendors and thousands of enterprises rely on DataDirect Technologies to simplify and streamline data connectivity for distributed systems and to reduce the complexity of mainframe integration. DataDirect Technologies is an operating company of Progress Software Corporation (Nasdaq: PRGS). For more information, visit www.datadirect.com.

DataDirect and DataDirect XQuery are trademarks or registered trademarks of Progress Software Corporation or one of its subsidiaries or affiliates in the U.S. and other countries. Java and all Java based marks are trademarks or registered trademarks of Sun Microsystems, Inc. in the U.S. and other countries. Any other trademarks contained herein are the property of their respective owners.

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