DataDirect Technologies Listed as Sample XQuery Vendor in Leading Industry Analyst Firm’s “Hype Cycle” Report

XQuery Expected to Reach Mainstream Adoption in 2-5 Years

BEDFORD, Mass. – Oct. 3, 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 inclusion in the Gartner Hype Cycle for Data Management 2007 report as an XQuery sample vendor. The report "reflects the position, rate of adoption and speed of maturation of the technologies and approaches that will become critical components of an information-centric infrastructure."

XQuery is a query language and W3C standard designed to query collections of XML data. It combines features from XML Path Language (Xpath), Document Object Model (DOM), Structured Query Language (SQL) and Extensible Stylesheet Language Transformations (XSLT) to extract data from relational and XML-information sources offering a convergence of the Web and database worlds. Gartner places XQuery "At the Peak" of the hype cycle with less than one percent of target audience market penetration, predicting the technology will gain mainstream adoption within the next 2-5 years.

According to the Gartner report, "As XQuery solidifies as a standard and is incorporated into database management systems (DBMS) and the various tools that access them (such as business intelligence platforms), significant growth and adoption of XML storage and XQuery will begin."

The DataDirect XQuery® product is a well supported, robust commercial XQuery implementation. DataDirect Technologies 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.

As an instrumental member of the W3C XML Query working group and a proven leader in the early delivery of XQuery applications, DataDirect is well positioned to take advantage of the significant growth and adoption of XQuery by organizations looking for a technology to leverage the full range of information types within enterprise applications. DataDirect customers have achieved significant performance gains by choosing DataDirect XQuery over the more conventional approach of using custom Java code on top of standard SQL. For example, one customer was able to reduce what once took 50 Java classes and 150 SQL statements into just a single Java class and seven XQueries using DataDirect XQuery.

"The DataDirect XQuery product is a stable, reliable, commercial implementation of the XQuery standard, perfectly suited to be integrated into enterprise-class software applications where performance and scalability are a must when working with large-scale XML processing," said Dr. Carlo Innocenti, XML Program Manager at DataDirect Technologies." Using XQuery greatly simplifies data management and integration when dealing with heterogeneous data sources and enables developers to build and maintain high-performance applications more quickly and efficiently."

For more information about DataDirect XQuery visit www.xquery.com

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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