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Progress [NASDAQ: PRGS]: Simple yet Powerful
Colleen Smith, VP/GM of OpenEdge, Progress
Today’s IT organizations are embracing accomplished business applications—on-premise or on cloud—to run operations from any platform and device, with minimal IT complexity and low TCO (Total Cost of Ownership). These lucrative apps are bringing a remarkable improvement in the business process automation, user experiences, and rate of data access. Nevertheless, building applications that evolves swiftly with changing business conditions is one of the biggest challenges that CIOS face today. This is where Bedford, MA based Progress [NASDAQ: PRGS] comes in. The company offers a workflow-based solution, Progress OpenEdge BPM, to provide business users with the ability to define workflows with respect to evolving market requirements. “Our prodigious spirit to help enterprises build immensely efficient business applications was the root cause for our inception,” recalls Colleen Smith, Vice President and General Manager for the Progress OpenEdge business unit. The decision was a result of the company’s well-thought-out comprehension about myriad CIOs, understanding that effective business application was crucial for streamlined workflow. Fast forward to the present, Progress earns the fame of being an acclaimed provider of a string of solutions that contributes to digital business transformation by supporting faster application development and deployment times.
The company renders Progress® OpenEdge®, a comprehensive platform that facilitates application developers to build, integrate, and manage global enterprise business applications in a simplified manner. The platform offers intuitive set of components including app server, language, analytics, UI, mobile, and API layer to help enterprises swiftly develop their applications. All along, the platform also supports the trends of cloud, and integration with rules engine and multiple data sources to underpin the heavy proliferation of data. “Our next-gen Progress OpenEdge platform is built from the ground up to provide a much better way for companies to meet their explicit business requirements at a low TCO,” affirms Colleen.
Our next-gen Progress OpenEdge platform is built from the ground up to provide a much better way for companies to meet their explicit business requirements at a low TCO
Gaining further ground, Progress delves to offer OpenEdge 11.6, a product that among many new capabilities modernizes Progress WebSpeed—a tool to quickly develop the backend business logic required for web applications. The company’s OpenEdge 11.6 improves performance on the backend of web applications by delivering a new app server along with other new enhancements to the app development platform.
Besides proffering pragmatic array of solutions, the company endeavors to reinforce its existing relationships through conducting partner programs for application partners such as ISVs and other service providers. “Our step-by-step guidance at every level of association helps our customers and partners stay away from technical roadblocks,” asserts Colleen. To reflect on such expertise, Colleen cites, “Our Progress OpenEdge platform acts absolutely well for the project management needs of organizations such as large construction companies, manufacturers, IOT market players, and consultancies—where proficiency in resources and workflow is critical for the success of business.”
Such knack is a resultant of the company’s ability to keep a persistent tab on analytical and data management requirements of customer applications. “We also continue to look at the user experience features and analyze about several user-interactivity aspects in addition to sensors and IoT trends,” points-out Colleen. Such forward thinking capability prepares Progress for the future assignments including automation of rules-based activities, processing heavy workloads, and accelerating the deployment of new applications and services.
“We will consider sophisticated data from several domains and leverage that data for unfettered digital transformation. This will continue to act as linchpin of our business strategy,” signs off Colleen.