6/25/2002 - IONA®, the leading e-Business Platform provider for Web Services Integration (NASDAQ: IONA), announced the company's Platinum sponsorship of and participation in the Web Services Edge East Conference 2002, beginning today through Thursday, June 27th at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York City. IONA's activities at this week's Web Services Edge East 2002 Conference will include executive participation in educational, technology and business discussions related to Web services and integration, and the IONA Dream Warrior Challenge - the industry's first and only interactive contest designed for developers to learn, work and deploy Web services technology.

Highlighting IONA's activities this week will be a keynote presentation by IONA's Chief Technology Officer Eric Newcomer titled: "Web Services: Integration Technology for the 21st Century," on Wednesday, June 26th at 9:45 a.m. The presentation will offer attendees a historical perspective on application integration, detail the emergence and growing adoption of technology standards, and explain the maturation of XML and Web services as the integration technology of choice for the 21st century. Immediately following his keynote presentation, Newcomer will join an expert panel titled "Immediate ROI with Web Services." At the conclusion of the expert panel, Newcomer will be signing copies of his new book, Understanding Web Services: XML, WSDL, SOAP and UDDI, for one hour at the Borders book store located at the event.

The IONA Dream Warrior Challenge
The IONA Dream Warrior Challenge portal ( is the ideal online destination for developers who want to educate themselves on Web services, get their hands on free IONA developer tools and tutorials, and start building, consuming, and exposing Web services while earning points towards cash and vacation prizes.

At Web Services Edge East, conference attendees can join the interactive community of thousands of developers already engaged in the IONA Dream Warrior Challenge. Developers should visit IONA's booth (#404) to register for the Dream Warrior Challenge and receive a free developer's license of IONA's Orbix E2A XMLBus Edition.

IONA Presentations at Web Service Edge East 2002
"Hands-On Web Services - How IONA's Orbix E2A XMLBus Edition Promotes Code Re-use, Increases Productivity, and Solves Real-World Business Integration Challenges Today!" will be presented by Rebecca Dias on Tuesday, June 25 from 12:30 p.m. to 1:15 p.m., Wednesday, June 26 from 12:30 p.m. to 1:15 p.m., and Thursday, June 27 from 12:15 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. "The Economics of Web Services"- will be delivered by Gary Maier, IONA's Managing Director of Global Financial Services, on Thursday, June 27, from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00p.m. The session will examine the value proposition of Web services as not technical standards, but rather economic empowerment.

"Security for J2EE Application Servers" - presented by Dr. Arne Koschel on Thursday, June 27, from 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m., will examine application security's increasing importance regarding the next generation of enterprise wide Java 2 Enterprise Edition (J2EE) applications.

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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