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Progress Software Revs Up to Higher RPM via Savvion - Part 1
Late 2009 and early 2010 were characterized by a number of mergers and acquisitions (M@As) in the vibrant and buoyant business process management (BPM

m part 1  Revs Up to Higher RPM via Savvion - Part 1 Late 2009 and early 2010 were characterized by a number of mergers and acquisitions (M&As) in the vibrant and buoyant  business process management (BPM)  space.  The merger of Progress Software Corp. (NASDAQ: PRGS) and Savvion Inc. drew my attention  in particular. Why? Because, to my mind, Progress has thus made a large leap into the BPM space, a market where it has been notably absent. Namely, from Progress’ analyst event two years ago, I vividly

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