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SEB EXPANDS USE OF PROGRESS APAMA

Progress Software Corporation (NASDAQ: PRGS), a global supplier of application infrastructure software used to develop, deploy, integrate and manage business applications, announced today at TradeTech 2008 that SEB (Skandinaviska Enskilda Banken AB (publ)), a leading North European financial group, will expand its use of the Progress® Apama® Algorithmic Trading Platform for advanced order flow monitoring services within its compliance application.

Last year, SEB successfully deployed the Apama platform to support client trading in Exchange-traded equities and futures. Integrated with SEB’s high performance electronic trading infrastructure, algorithms developed in Apama are available via FIX, as well as through SEB Trading Station™ Equities, the third generation electronic trading platform that offers buy-side clients improved performance together with new functionality for algorithmic trading and smart order-routing.

Christer Wennerberg, responsible for Equity Trading Technology at SEB, said: "Because SEB offers the fastest connectivity and broadest liquidity available in the Nordic region, we really needed the power and flexibility that Apama delivers. In addition to the richness of its CEP architecture, Apama tools enable trading solutions to be built for different asset classes – thus providing our clients with a greater degree of control over the way they trade, whilst ensuring they’re compliant."
Johan Lycke, Compliance Officer at SEB, said: “Enhanced and more flexible trading solutions with algorithmic trading and smart order routing functionalities require enhanced and more flexible monitoring. And in order to achieve compliance, without preventing or disturbing our own or our clients business, we will need more advanced order flow monitoring."

Leveraging the power of the Apama complex event processing (CEP) infrastructure and its rich set of tools for building algorithms, SEB can empower its buy-side clients to achieve significant competitive advantage with algorithms that are unique to their requirements. SEB clients can create algorithms, back-test them to measure their effectiveness, and update them even when they are ‘live’ in the market. Apama dramatically reduces the development lifecycle of algorithms, allowing SEB clients to be more responsive to market conditions, while improving risk management and optimizing pricing benefits.

Dr John Bates, founder and general manager, Apama Division, Progress Software, added: "Sell-side institutions around the globe are recognizing that they need to extend the services they offer their buy-side clients. SEB is a true leader and continues to drive the market with new and innovative applications of our Apama technology."