6/19/2002 - IONA®, the leading e-Business Platform provider for Web Services Integration (NASDAQ: IONA), today announced that ZapThink Research's June 2002 report "Service-Oriented Integration (SOI): Using Web Services and XML to Integrate Systems" offers a strong endorsement of IONA's Orbix End 2 AnywhereTM Web Services Integration solutions.

According to the report, traditional EAI and B2Bi approaches to integration, while meeting the needs of enterprises for decades, are expensive, complicated, and cumbersome ways of integrating an ever expanding set of applications, systems, and businesses. The challenges of integration combined with the opportunities posed by XML and the Internet have combined to provide a new class of solution for integration: Service-Oriented Integration.

Service-Oriented Integration, as defined by ZapThink Research, leverages open standards, loose coupling, and dynamic description and discovery capabilities of Web Services to reduce the complexity, cost, and risk of integration by providing a single, simple architectural framework in which to build, deploy, and manage application functionality. Rather than treating an application as a monolithic block, as do most EAI and B2Bi solutions, SOI solutions allow users to get a greater level of interaction and granularity with components deep within applications - delivering reductions in Total-Cost-of-Ownership (TCO) and improvements in return-on-investment (ROI) such as lower costs, improved efficiency, streamlined business operations, faster time to market, as well as the potential for new revenue streams.

"Founded over ten years ago to enter and develop the CORBA marketplace, IONA is one of the most important vendors of distributed computing technology in the broader integration marketplace. And, since Web services are merely the next step in distributed computing, this shift is a significant move from IONA," said Ronald Schmelzer, president of ZapThink Research. "In fact, this move echoes trends in the marketplace to move from more proprietary distributed computing technologies to open, standards-based approaches and is not going unnoticed by the likes of Microsoft, IBM, HP, Sun and Oracle."

Schmelzer continued, "The foundation for IONA's technology is their Orbix product line. Traditionally a bastion of CORBA technology, the product line has seen a major new addition in the form of Web Services-based integration technology. This addition to the platform, known as the Orbix End 2 Anywhere (E2A) Web Services Integration Platform sets the context for a very wide set of products covering the widest range of functionality in an SOI environment."

The report also noted the Orbix E2ATM platform contains two product lines: the Orbix E2A Web Services Integration Platform and the Orbix E2A Application Server Platform. Each of these two product lines consists of three product editions. The Orbix E2A Web Services Integration Platform performs four major functions:

Orbix E2A not only provides tools to generate Web Services for a variety of applications and platforms, but also manages interactions between Web Services and provides enterprise qualities of service for Web Service interactions. Based on XML, Orbix E2A cooperates well with XML vertical industry standards, such as RosettaNet, while also interoperating with binary protocols, such as IIOP, RMI, and JMS.

About ZapThink, LLC
Founded in October 2000, ZapThink, LLC ( ) is an industry research and analysis firm that provides quality, high-value, focused research, analysis, and insight on emerging technologies that will have a high impact on the way business will be run in the future. ZapThink focuses on XML and Web Services technologies that provide open, standards-based, loosely-coupled systems and represent an evolutionary advancement in computing that requires a new way of thinking about computing resources, capabilities, development methodology, and architecture. ZapThink is headquartered in Waltham, Massachusetts. Its customers include Global 1000 firms as well as many emerging businesses.

About IONA
IONA is the leading e-Business Platform provider for Web Services Integration with more than 4,500 customers worldwide. IONA Orbix E2ATM, which consists of the award-winning Orbix E2A Web Services Integration Platform and Orbix E2A Application Server Platform, enables the flow of information across disparate systems and the liberation of application assets for new business opportunities.

Founded in 1991, IONA® (NASDAQ: IONA) is headquartered in Dublin, Ireland, with U.S. headquarters in Waltham, Massachusetts. The company had revenues of $181 million in 2001 and employs more than 800 people in more than 30 offices worldwide. For additional information about IONA, visit our Web site at

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