DataDirect Technologies, the unparalleled leader in data connectivity and mainframe integration and an operating company of Progress Software Corporation, announced today the fifth anniversary of the industry's first mainframe Web services product. The Shadow z/Services technology, as it is known today, was first released in December 2001 as a solution for transforming mainframe screen and business applications into Web services and arguably, ushered in a new period of mainframe interoperability with distributed platforms.

The Shadow z/Services platform for mainframe Web services has expanded significantly from its early versions, providing in its current form a comprehensive list of features, including:

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