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Progress Announces Connectivity to IntercontinentalExchange (ICE) with Apama Algorithmic Trading Platform

Progress Software Corporation (NASDAQ: PRGS), , today announced that Progress Apama now offers commodities traders direct access to IntercontinentalExchange (ICE®).

ICE operates global futures exchanges and over-the-counter (OTC) markets for agricultural, energy, equity index, credit and currency contracts, as well as providing clearing, market data and risk management services. This new connectivity underscores the Progress Apama commitment to providing flexible algorithmic trading capabilities to the energy and commodities markets. The new ICE adapter complements Apama’s market leading connectivity, offering direct connection to a broad range of markets and data providers spanning multiple asset classes.

With this connectivity, ICE’s futures exchanges are available for market data processing and order-routing through the Progress Apama platform. Progress Apama’s access to ICE gives traders new capabilities for algorithmic trading and risk strategies in the commodity futures markets. The Apama platform provides full support for ICE's global electronic futures markets: ICE Futures Europe; ICE Futures U.S.; ICE Futures Canada plus the ICE /European Climate Exchange futures contracts

The Apama connectivity uses ICE’s latest low-latency multicast data feed (iMpact). Combined with trading powered by the recently announced Apama Parallel Correlator, commodities traders now benefit from market-leading trading performance, with minimal end-to-end latency. Market participants can now incorporate real-time market data for ICE products within Apama-powered strategies that deliver customized automated trading.

Martin Wadhwani, Managing Director, ICE Data and ICE European Sales, said: “The Apama connectivity to ICE helps address the increasing demand for sophisticated electronic trading technologies in the agriculture, energy and financial futures markets. It provides our customers with access to an established, trusted solution and compliments ICE’s strategy to lead by ensuring market participants have access to innovative technology in order to meet their trading and risk management needs.”

Dr John Bates, founder and general manager of the Apama division of Progress Software, added, “ICE posted record trading volumes in 2009 Q1, reinforcing its leadership position as a commodity trading venue. There is a strong trend towards clearing, combined with a proliferation of new traded instruments. The commodity markets tend to be more complex than other asset classes, due to the inherent volatility and numerous inputs to pricing. Therefore, market participants are drawn to automated trading technologies such as the Progress Apama platform to support their strategies an ever more sophisticated market place.”