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Progress details Web services roadmap

The Progress Company this week will give details of its Web services strategy at its Exchange 2002 user conference in Chicago.

The product roadmap includes a set of integration technologies for the company's OpenEdge platform and a repository-based application environment, Progress Dynamics.

Later this year, Progress will introduce a Web services development toolkit designed to ease the creation of applications that consume Web services via its application server.

The goal is to enable customers to integrate business processes via Web services more effectively, as well as to enable companies to create applications for a services-oriented architecture more easily, according to Niel Powers, director of product marketing at Progress.

Progress is improving its integration play in conjunction with Sonic Software's adaptor for SonicMQ, which provides OpenEdge developers with technology to exchange XML and Soap (Simple Object Access Protocol) messages among applications. Progress Software owns both Sonic and Progress.

The combination of products enables applications and Web services to be plugged in to the services-oriented architecture, from where they can share information with other applications and services.
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