Pegasystems and Pearson VUE to Provide Certified Professional Program to Architects, Developers

CAMBRIDGE, Mass., Feb. 14 — Pegasystems Inc. (Nasdaq: PEGA), the leading provider of smart business process management (BPM) software, today announced that it has signed an agreement with Pearson VUE, the global leader in computer-based testing services for academic admissions, certification and licensure programs, to expand the delivery and reach of the PegaRULES Process Commander® (PRPC) Certified System Architect Exam. This exam, part of the fast-growing Pegasystems Certified Professional Program, which currently boasts more than 400 Pega Certified System Architects worldwide, sets a baseline for development competency by testing system architects on the essential tasks involved in developing PRPC applications. Pegasystems is now able to offer the Certified System Architect exam to customers and partners at more than 3,700 Pearson VUE test centers worldwide, extending to 145 countries and targeting key markets for Pegasystems, including North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, and India. The exam also continues to be offered at Pegasystems headquarters in Cambridge, Massachusetts.


"We're excited to leverage our vast worldwide network of test centers to extend Pegasystems' reach in offering this exam to partners and customers," said Robert Whelan, president, Pearson VUE. "Pegasystems' candidates now have more options of when and where to take the test, making these critical exams even more accessible to the appropriate communities."


PegaRULES Process Commander's unique functionality enhances speed-to-deployment through the SmartBuild design process. The test examines key PRPC competencies, including application design and development best practices, user interface, process flow, business rules, administration, services and connectors and other critical PRPC developer topics.


"Certification is a major initiative for Pegasystems, and we anticipate rapid growth in the number of our Certified System Architects in 2006," said Carolyn Lightner, vice president, Global Customer & Partner Enablement. "To meet this rapid growth and worldwide demand, we've partnered with the global leader in IT testing services, Pearson VUE. Pegasystems is committed to ensuring successful PRPC implementations through education, including formal training, comprehensive product documentation and a continuous flow of developer resources. The Certified Professional Program gives our customers and partners a way to measure their knowledge and overall ability to build PRPC solutions."


PRPC is a central component of Pegasystems' SmartBPM Suite. Pegasystems' unique enterprise process integration approach gives enterprises strategic and competitive advantage. With PRPC, customers have control over vital operations and focus on critical success factors: productivity and growth.


To read more about Pegasystems Certified Professional Program or to register for the Certified PRPC System Architect Exam, go to https://www.pega.com/training/certification/default.asp, or you can register directly at Pearson VUE http://www.pearsonvue.com/pegasystems/ or call Pearson VUE toll-free at 800-433-1299 (in North America). Those outside North America can visit http://www.pearsonvue.com/pegasystems/ to find their country's Pearson VUE call center.


About Pearson VUE


Pearson VUE (http://www.pearsonvue.com) is the global leader in computer-based testing services for academic admissions, certification and licensure programs. Pearson VUE offers exams through the world's largest network of more than 3,700 test centers in 145 countries, providing testing services for information technology, regulatory and certification boards, academic, government and corporate clients. Its innovative technology offers the security and control required by admissions, licensure and certification programs while its commitment to service provides customers with an unmatched testing experience. The company recently acquired Promissor, the leading provider of licensing examinations for state and federal regulatory bodies in the U.S., extending its leadership in the testing and certification industry. Pearson VUE is a business of Pearson (NYSE: PSO; LSE: PSON), the international media company, whose businesses include the Financial Times Group, Pearson Education, and the Penguin Group.

About Pegasystems

Pegasystems (NASDAQ: PEGA) develops strategic applications for marketing, sales, service, and operations. Pega’s applications streamline critical business operations, connect enterprises to their customers seamlessly in real-time across channels, and adapt to meet rapidly changing requirements. Pega’s Global 3000 customers include many of the world’s most sophisticated and successful enterprises. Pega’s applications, available in the cloud or on-premises, are built on its unified Pega 7 platform, which uses visual tools to easily extend and change applications to meet clients’ strategic business needs. Pega’s clients report that Pega gives them the fastest time to value, extremely rapid deployment, efficient re-use, and global scale. For more information, please visit us at www.pega.com.

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