Yamaha Motor Revs Up Website Performance with Progress® DataDirect®

  Yamaha Motor Revs Up Website Performance with Progress® DataDirect®

            Driver Increases Page Load Times by 10X, Speed by 20X

Business Wire

BEDFORD, Mass. -- February 14, 2013

Progress Software Corporation (NASDAQ: PRGS), a global software company that
simplifies and enables the development and deployment of business
applications, today announced that Yamaha Motor Europe has chosen the
Progress® DataDirect® SQL Server for JDBC driver to dramatically increase page
load speeds for its dealer website and improve overall database access

For commerce driven businesses with rich online content, high-speed data
access and web performance are critical factors in ensuring sales. The Yamaha
Motor site, for example, connects its 1,500 European dealers with Yamaha
distributors in 12 countries. Designed to help dealers quickly order spare
parts, as well as register warranties and process claims, it is imperative
that the site deliver an optimum user experience.

Yamaha encountered a database performance problem when it shifted from a
high-end application server to a virtualized environment to run its dealer
website. Because the existing database driver was limited, page load times
that used to take five seconds began to take 40 seconds. In the test
environment, the site and database crashed. An investigation revealed that the
drivers that accompanied the commercial database the company was using were
not able to operate efficiently enough to ensure the kind of performance and
speed that customers, distributors and dealers had grown to expect from the

In order to alleviate the problem before the website went live, Yamaha chose
the Progress DataDirect for JDBC drivers to replace the built-in drivers.
Designed for optimal database access and performance on virtual machines, this
eliminated the need for database client libraries, reduced administrative
overhead of managing multiple vendors and diminished the amount of excessive
network ‘chatter.’

After implementing the new DataDirect for JDBC drivers, Yamaha’s dealer
website was able to function at 20 times faster than with the other driver,
increasing page load times by a factor of ten. The database has stopped
crashing and in terms of IT operations, the new drivers are making possible a
new level of infrastructure agility. The database is no longer an obstacle to
updating or replacing components of infrastructure, such as application

The DataDirect for JDBC drivers also made it possible to launch the new dealer
site in 12 different languages. Some of the countries where Yamaha does
business have UTF8 characters, while others have Unicode. The DataDirect for
JDBC drivers handled this discrepancy effortlessly and made it possible to get
the site up in all territories easily.

Progress Software is the software industry’s leading comprehensive provider of
software for connecting the world’s most critical business applications to
data and services, running on any platform, using proven and emerging
standards. Developers worldwide depend on DataDirect products to connect their
applications to an unparalleled range of data sources using standards-based
interfaces such as ODBC, JDBC and ADO.NET, XQuery and SOAP. More than 300
leading independent software vendors and thousands of enterprises rely on
Progress Software to simplify and streamline data connectivity for distributed
systems and to reduce the complexity of mainframe integration.


  *“For users of our website, there are only two acceptable speeds for the
    underlying application and database: fast and faster,” said Kees Trommel,
    Division Manager Information Systems at Yamaha Motor Europe. “DataDirect
    JDBC drivers help ensure that our website experience meets customer
    expectations for quick and reliable transactions. We’re excited to be able
    to boast that all of our pages now load in four or five seconds.”
  *“So called free or cheap drivers may seem like a cost saver, but in fact,
    given the key role drivers plays in application infrastructure, can
    significantly negatively impact the application and therefore the
    business. In this case Yamaha was able to dramatically increase their
    website performance and eliminate database crashes,” said Michael
    Benedict, Vice President and Business Line Manager, Progress DataDirect.
    “This is just one example of hundreds we see every year of customers that
    are able to significantly enhance their application performance,
    reliability and functionality by switching to our suite of drivers.”

Additional Resources

  *The complete Yamaha Motor Europe case study 


About Progress Software Corporation
Progress Software Corporation (NASDAQ: PRGS) simplifies the development,
deployment and management of business applications on-premise or on any Cloud,
on any platform and on any device with minimal IT complexity and low total
cost of ownership. Progress Software can be reached at www.progress.com or

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