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July 10, 2009updated 19 Aug 2016 10:06am

Exclusive Progress Software CEO Podcast: Iona and Beyond

I recently caught up with Rick Reidy, who was made president and CEO of application development, SOA management and integration firm Progress Software in March this year. Reidy succeeded Joseph Alsop, who co-founded the company in 1981 and had led

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I recently caught up with Rick Reidy, who was made president and CEO of application development, SOA management and integration firm Progress Software in March this year. Reidy succeeded Joseph Alsop, who co-founded the company in 1981 and had led it ever since.

With the transition coming only around six months after Progress acquired fellow middleware firm Iona for $162m, there were conspiracy theorists who wondered whether Alsop and the board had not seen eye to eye on the deal, leading to them parting company.

In this two-part podcast, I start by asking Reidy about the timing of that leadership transition. In Part 2, I ask about Reidy’s initiatives at Progress, what he means by ‘One Progress’, and how he hopes to get the firm to over $1bn in the next five or so years.

I close the podcast by asking Reidy how he sees Progress playing in the new cloud computing ecosystem. The background hustle and bustle comes courtesy of the rather fine lounge in The Lanesborough Hotel, Hyde Park Corner.

Listen to Part 1 here.

Part 2 is here.

Both are in the Windows Media (.wma) format.

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Rick Reidy, Progress Software’s president and CEO.

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