SOURCE: Progress DataDirect

August 10, 2009 09:00 ET

Progress DataDirect Launches Summer School Program for Software Developers and Architects

Curriculum Designed to Help Navigate Common Data Integration Challenges in Traditional and SOA Environments

BEDFORD, MA--(Marketwire - August 10, 2009) - Progress DataDirect, the data infrastructure division of Progress Software Corporation (NASDAQ: PRGS) and provider of premium, vendor-independent, data access and integration technologies for any data source, platform or operating environment, today announced the Data Integration Summer School program. The free, self-paced, online classroom experience offers software architects powerful resources to design strategic and tactical integration applications and provides a jump start for developers using the Progress® DataDirect® Data Integration Suite within the enterprise.

The Progress DataDirect Data Integration Suite is a comprehensive solution that provides design and runtime capabilities for standards-based data integration in traditional and SOA environments. The robust product architecture combines DataDirect Stylus Studio® XML Enterprise Suite, DataDirect XQuery® and DataDirect XML Converters® to integrate data from heterogeneous data sources and myriad data formats.

"As business grows and business needs evolve, connecting systems and users to a variety of disparate data sources can be labor-intensive and drain precious IT resources," said Dr. Carlo Innocenti, senior data integration program manager for Progress DataDirect. "The Data Integration Summer School program was designed to illustrate how common data integration challenges can be overcome. The coursework walks participants through the easy-to-use tools and scalable data processing components available to effectively consume and update the full spectrum of enterprise data sources using standards-based technologies and interfaces."

The classes provide relevant whitepapers, video tutorials, real-world examples, case studies and Webinars to deliver useful information that can be put into practice immediately. An outline of the class schedule follows:

--  Class 1: Progress DataDirect Data Integration Suite 101
--  Class 2: EDI to XML Conversion
--  Class 3: XQuery Integration
--  Class 4: Practical Applications for the Healthcare Industry
--  Class 5: Successful Alumni

Program participants are encouraged to work through the curriculum in chronological order, but are free to go from class-to-class to better meet their individual learning style. For more information about the program and to register, visit

About Progress DataDirect

Progress DataDirect 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 Progress® 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 Progress DataDirect to simplify and streamline data connectivity for distributed systems and to reduce the complexity of mainframe integration. Progress DataDirect is an operating company of Progress Software Corporation (NASDAQ: PRGS). For more information, visit

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