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Progress Unveils Bold New Creative Identity to Re-energize Its Brand

<p class='bwalignc'> <i>Iconic new spark logo and identity blends IT leader's new strategic direction with rich history in technology and business innovation</i> </p>

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Progress Unveils Bold New Creative Identity to Re-energize Its Brand

09:33 EDT Wednesday, October 16, 2013

BEDFORD, Mass. (Business Wire) -- Progress (NASDAQ: PRGS), has introduced a fresh new corporate brand identity, including an iconic new logo, emphasizing the spark of business ideas its software provides to customers and partners and its more than 30-year heritage of innovation. The new corporate brand coincides with Progress' launch of a platform-as-a-service (PaaS) that enables powerful business applications to be easily created by anyone using a web browser.

Working with North Carolina brand strategy agency New Kind, Progress set out to establish a brand identity that is bold and recognizable but that is also true to the company's strong values. The idea was to create a modern look that would help position Progress alongside major players in the cloud markets like Amazon, Google, Salesforce.com and others.

The new branding is based on the concept that every new business reality begins as an idea, a simple spark. The color orange, which has always been a core element of the Progress brand, is richer and deeper in the new identity and symbolizes the energy and excitement of the company entering a new era. To develop this new brand identity, Progress engaged a passionate community of advocates both inside and outside the company, including employees, partners, and customers. Their collective ideas served as the inspiration for the final creative direction that was unveiled at Progress Exchange 2013, its annual worldwide conference for customers and partners last week in Boston.

Executive Quotes:

Jennifer Smith, chief marketing officer at Progress said, “This new identity – defined by a spark - reflects the company vision of helping our customers and partners turn their ideas into business reality. The new technology we're delivering makes it easy to take the spark of an idea and create powerful data-driven business applications that can run anywhere. The imagery and the color palette reinforce a cohesive brand identity across all of our products and evoke the simplicity and imagination that are at the heart of what Progress offers.”

Chris Grams, president of New Kind, said, “The aim of this project was to help Progress collaboratively develop a brand identity with the input of its most passionate community members, including employees, partners, and customers. By bringing the Progress community into the process, we were able to develop an identity that captures key elements of the rich, 30 plus year history of the company while also creating a clean and confident brand foundation for this promising new era of growth.”

Additional Resources:

Progress Corporate Blog

Follow conversation about Progress Pacific at #PRGSPacific and #PaaS

Follow Progress Software on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and Google+

About Progress Software Corporation

Progress Software Corporation (NASDAQ: PRGS) is a global software company that simplifies the development, deployment and management of business applications on-premise or in the cloud, on any platform or device, to any data source, with enhanced performance, minimal IT complexity and low total cost of ownership. Progress Software can be reached at www.progress.com or 1-781-280-4000.

Progress is a trademark or registered trademark of Progress Software Corporation or one of its subsidiaries or affiliates in the U.S. and other countries. Any other names contained herein may be trademarks of their respective owners.

Progress Software
Rick Lacroix, +1 781-280-4604
rlacroix@progress.com
or
Progress Software
Rachel Godwin, +44 (0) 7785 285551
rachel.godwin@progress.com

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