Pegasystems Joins IBM's ISV Advantage Initiative to Help Healthcare Customers

CAMBRIDGE, Mass., March 10, 2004 — Pegasystems Inc. (NASDAQ: PEGA), a leading provider of smart, rules-based business process management (BPM) software, today announced that it has joined IBM's ISV Advantage Initiative, a program designed to provide independent software vendors (ISVs) with technical and marketing support to help meet the specific information technology needs of small and medium businesses (SMB). Customers are seeking solutions that help them better integrate processes and applications internally and externally and that allow them to quickly respond to changing market opportunities on demand.


Pegasystems provides a broad range of rules-based business process management solutions, including both horizontal and industry-specific applications, particularly for the financial services and healthcare markets. Its healthcare applications deliver packaged solutions that help increase productivity and the quality of customer interaction across the enterprise, including member services, provider services, and packaged, best-practice applications to support and optimize claims processing. Pegasystems' software is installed in major healthcare payer organizations covering nearly 35 million individuals, including over one-fifth of the nation's Blue Cross Blue Shield organizations. Pegasystems anticipates that its participation in the ISV Advantage Initiative should help it extend its reach into an even broader customer base, thanks to the initiative's focus on small and medium businesses.


Enabling Pegasystems on IBM WebSphere and DB2 software will help Pegasystems to expand into the SMB market faster and more effectively than is possible with proprietary platforms. Pegasystems will also be working closely with IBM to expand its visibility in target vertical industries through various co-marketing and sales activities.


"We're particularly excited about becoming an ISV Advantage member," said Rob Napolitano, vice president of strategic alliances for Pegasystems. "We believe our technology focus and domain expertise in the healthcare industry, coupled with IBM's market reach and program-support infrastructure, will help us to penetrate the SMB marketplace. We are also capitalizing on our relationship to establish associations with other IBM brands and IBM's financial services industry teams."


"We are pleased that Pegasystems has joined ISV Advantage and is dedicated to IBM as a partner of choice," said Buell Duncan, general manager, ISV & Developer Relations, IBM. "Medium-sized business customers are seeking open solutions tailored to meet their needs in the healthcare industry, and IBM is committed to working with Pegasystems to deliver this."


The IBM WebSphere and DB2 families include products that are designed and priced specifically for small and medium businesses — easy to install and manage, scaleable to grow with a business, rich in functionality, and based on open standards to allow integration with existing software and hardware platforms.


To support its sales and service implementation efforts, Pegasystems has also entered into an agreement with IBM Business Consulting Services (BCS). It will serve as the framework for partnering engagements between Pegasystems and BCS going forward.


ISV Advantage is administered by PartnerWorld for Developers, the developer resource for IBM Business Partners. It is a worldwide program designed to help software developers reach broader markets, lower their costs of doing business, and take their products to market faster. For more information, visit http://www.ibm.com/partnerworld, or call 1-800-426-9990 in North America, 1-770-863-2048 outside North America.


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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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