Progress Software Completes Acquisition of DataDirect

BEDFORD, MA (December 23, 2003) – Progress Software Corporation (Nasdaq: PRGS), a supplier of leading technology to develop, deploy, integrate, and manage business applications, today announced the completion of its acquisition of substantially all the assets and certain subsidiaries of DataDirect Technologies Limited, a privately-held company specializing in standards-based data access components for software developers, for approximately $88 million in cash. The acquisition, which had been unanimously approved by the boards of directors of Progress Software and DataDirect Technologies, closed today following the completion of the usual regulatory approvals.

On December 5, Progress announced the signing of a definitive agreement to acquire DataDirect. With this acquisition, Progress adds DataDirect’s customers to its established base of tens of thousands of customers and partners worldwide who use PSC technology to deliver the world’s best business applications. DataDirect’s products are embedded in the products of over 250 top software companies and the applications of thousands of large enterprises, including 96 of the Fortune 100.

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DataDirect Technologies is the leading provider of components for connecting software to relational and XML data. Using standards-based technology, DataDirect Technologies’ components ensure consistent behavior and performance across diverse environments such as J2EE, .NET, Web and client/server. With the most comprehensive support for ODBC, JDBC, ADO.NET and XML, DataDirect Technologies helps developers bring software to market faster by speeding development, integration and deployment. For more information, visit