October 12, 2009 09:00 ET

Slumberland Selects 64-Bit Connectivity From Progress DataDirect for State-of-the-Art Data Warehouse System

Major Furniture Retailer Uses Industry-Leading Database Drivers From Progress DataDirect for Reliable Connectivity to Oracle Applications; Helps Streamline Reporting for Improved Fulfillment and Customer Satisfaction

BEDFORD, MA--(Marketwire - October 12, 2009) - Progress Software Corporation (NASDAQ: PRGS), a leading software provider that enables enterprises to be operationally responsive, today announced that Slumberland, a leading furniture retailer in the Midwest, is using standards-based data connectivity products from Progress DataDirect for reliable, high-performance support for all major databases and 64-bit operating systems.

The Slumberland data center is comprised of two major line-of-business systems: a retail system that relies on an Oracle database that supports Point-of-Sale (POS), inventory, accounting and merchandising functionality; and a warehouse management system used to manage the flow of products within the company's distribution centers. The data gathered and generated by these systems is then fed into a Business Intelligence (BI) platform, based on Microsoft SQL Server 2008 on a Windows server using Microsoft SQL Server Integration Services (SSIS) and Microsoft SQL Server BI Development Studio.

Slumberland came to realize a 32-bit Windows operating system running Microsoft SQL Server had limited native memory capacity to support the more than 10,000 daily reports and increasing load of business transactions and data processing required by the business. To ensure peak performance, Slumberland migrated to a 64-bit architecture.

"While Oracle offered a simplistic data provider solution involving a port of its 32-bit client to the 64-bit platform, it really didn't give us the performance or capacity we needed," explained Seth Mitchell, infrastructure team manager at Slumberland. "Moreover, the Oracle provider that was previously included with SQL Server was deprecated by Microsoft, discouraging future development using it. The standards-based data drivers from Progress DataDirect offered the performance, scalability and depth of support we needed to ensure consistent, reliable data connectivity for our most critical business systems."

DataDirect Connect64® for ODBC provides industry-leading data access for all popular databases and 64-bit applications running on all major platforms. Full-feature compatibility with DataDirect Connect® for ODBC provides easy migration for customers moving applications from 32-bit to 64-bit architecture and uses the same wire protocol design that eliminates the need for database client libraries -- simplifying installation and administration while improving performance. In addition to DataDirect Connect64 for ODBC, Slumberland has also implemented DataDirect Connect64 for SSIS, which enables development, deployment and 32-bit or 64-bit runtime execution of Microsoft SSIS packages for non-SQL Server databases like Sybase, Oracle and DB2.

Moving millions of records each night, the Slumberland data warehouse system required fully optimized tools for the quick and reliable transport of its Extract Transform Load (ETL) processes. With Progress® DataDirect® products in place, a step that previously took 4.5 hours now can be completed in only 45 minutes. The time-savings has allowed Slumberland to run additional reports and analytics that weren't feasible before. The improved reporting and transaction processing has contributed positively to business operations and ensures customers have a quick and easy experience when visiting Slumberland on-site or online.

"State-of-the-art data warehouse and BI systems are dependent on fast, high-performance applications that support large number of users with guaranteed uptime all the time," said John Goodson, vice president and general manager of Progress DataDirect. "Progress DataDirect drivers take full advantage of the scalability and performance gains of 64-bit applications with equally powerful database connectivity. Unlike native database drivers, Progress DataDirect drivers don't inhibit the capacity of 64-bit applications by using 32-bit ODBC. Instead, users get the same quality and reliability of the Progress DataDirect market-leading 32-bit drivers with the processing capacity of 64-bit."

Progress DataDirect will be exhibiting at the Oracle OpenWorld 2009 Conference and Expo, Oct. 11-15 in San Francisco, booth #3608.

About Slumberland

Established in 1967 as a mattress and La-Z-Boy specialty shop, today Slumberland has 120 stores in 11 states, selling furniture for the rooms that make up the heart of the home. Recognized as one of the nation's top sellers of La-Z-Boy upholstery, as well as the Midwest's largest retailer of Natuzzi leather and both Sealy and Simmons mattresses, Slumberland is dedicated to providing good-looking furniture that's easy to love, easy to maintain and easy on the pocketbook. For more information, visit www.slumberland.com.

About Progress Software Corporation

Progress Software Corporation (NASDAQ: PRGS) is a global software company that enables enterprises to be operationally responsive to changing conditions and customer interactions as they occur -- to capitalize on new opportunities, drive greater efficiencies and reduce risk. The company offers a comprehensive portfolio of best-in-class infrastructure software spanning event-driven visibility and real-time response, open integration, data access and integration, and application development and deployment -- all supporting on-premises and SaaS/Cloud deployments. Progress maximizes the benefits of operational responsiveness while minimizing IT complexity and total cost of ownership. Progress can be reached at www.progress.com or +1-781-280-4000.

Progress, DataDirect, DataDirect Connect64, and DataDirect Connect are trademarks or registered trademarks of Progress Software Corporation and/or one of its subsidiaries or affiliates in the U.S. and other countries. Any other trademarks contained herein are the property of their respective owners.

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