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Oct 01, 2014
Progress Acquires BravePoint to Expand Services Offerings and Assist Customers and Partners with Future Business Innovation

BravePoint becomes Progress' Services Organization Under the Progress BravePoint Name

BEDFORD, Mass.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Progress (NASDAQ: PRGS), today announced it has acquired BravePoint, Inc., a Georgia-based subsidiary of Chesapeake Utilities Corporation (NYSE: CPK), and a leading provider of consulting, training and application development services designed to increase customers' profitability and competitiveness through the use of technology. This acquisition significantly extends Progress' services capabilities and enhances its ability to quickly enable its partners and customers to take greater advantage of new technologies.

BravePoint was one of the first IT companies to recognize the demand for skilled technical consultants in Progress technologies. For more than 20 years, BravePoint has been developing and delivering services to Progress customers and partners to help them achieve greater success in their business. Current IT services offerings include: application modernization; data management, managed database services; performance enhancements and tuning; and analytics/business intelligence. BravePoint has been partnering with Progress for many years to provide unique, customized solutions, and now, as part of the Progress family, will expand its service offerings to address new business challenges as new technology trends arise.

With the BravePoint acquisition, Progress will be better positioned to help partners and customers leverage their core assets and develop strategies that protect current investments, while addressing changing business requirements. Recent shifts in the business application market with trends such as Cloud, Mobile, Social and Big Data, have meant organizations need to evolve to take advantage of all of the latest technology developments. Modernizing existing business applications is critical to their competitiveness and future.

BravePoint brings years of consulting experience, methodologies and frameworks, tight-knit relationships with the Progress global community, and highly skilled consultants with deep knowledge of the Progress products. These assets, coupled with Progress' current global Professional Services organization, will enable Progress to work closely with its large global customer base to address the needs in this rapidly changing business climate.

Progress will continue to support its vast network of service partners around the world through its successful Progress+ program. With this acquisition Progress expects to further expand its Services Partner network.

Supporting Quotes:

Phil Pead, president and CEO, at Progress, said, "BravePoint has an impressive growth record largely attributed to the delivery of first-class services to our Progress OpenEdge customers. The need for cloud-based, mobile applications accessing high volumes of data is growing exponentially, and as our customers come up to speed with the technology, we have an obligation to help them accomplish their goals with the best products and services. We have excellent technology; we have an impressive network of partners around the globe; and now we have a highly-qualified, experienced and dedicated pool of talent to help us address our customers' needs."

Jerry Rulli, President of the OpenEdge Business Unit at Progress, said, "The acquisition of BravePoint is a great fit in the newly formed OpenEdge Business Unit as we bring sharper focus to our large customer base and our extremely loyal partner community. Services are a critical component of our growth strategy as we look to move our customers and partners' applications forward."

John Harlow, President of BravePoint, said, "We are excited about the opportunity to become part of the Progress organization. With the combination of BravePoint's real world experience in developing and modernizing OpenEdge solutions and having our services team as an integral part of the OpenEdge business unit, I am confident that it will provide significant benefits to all customers. Not only will it provide better access to the latest technological innovations, but also better channels of communication for our customers back to the Progress development teams directly."

Additional Resources:

Progress Corporate Blog

Progress OpenEdge Blog

BravePoint Blog

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About Progress Software Corporation

Progress Software Corporation (NASDAQ: PRGS) is a global software company that simplifies the development, deployment and management of business applications on-premise or in the cloud, on any platform or device, to any data source, with enhanced performance, minimal IT complexity and low total cost of ownership. Progress Software can be reached at or 1-781-280-4000.

Progress and OpenEdge are trademarks or registered trademark of Progress Software Corporation in the U.S. and other countries. Any other names contained herein may be trademarks of their respective owners.

Forward-Looking Statements

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