Specsavers Selects Progress Software for Mission-critical Sales Support

Thursday, April 29th, 2010

Progress Software Corporation (NASDAQ: PRGS), a leading software provider that enables enterprises to be operationally responsive, announced today that Specsavers, the leading UK optician chain, has signed a three-year contract for consultancy and support of its Progress® FUSE™ open source applications. The relationship will provide the software stability SpecSavers needs to provide excellent service to its current stores, and support its growth plans.

Progress will provide the support, development tools and expertise required to ensure the on-going success of the second version of Specsavers’ open source-based Messaging Backbone solution. Progress’ team will support the 100 in-house developers at Specsavers, based in Southampton in the UK, as they provide the software used at the optician chain’s 1,400 stores. Progress will also provide access to key developers who are active in the open source community developing the solution Specsavers uses.

Specsavers’ Messaging Backbone enables sales information to be shared in real-time between the stores and its Guernsey-based HQ. Information is exchanged between three central locations as well as from all the cash registers in stores across the UK, Australia, the Netherlands, the Nordics and Spain.