7/5/2002 - IONA®, the leading e-Business Platform provider for Web Services Integration (NASDAQ: IONA), today announced the signing of two new strategic partners in the Netherlands and Turkey as part of the company's strategy to broaden its customer base in EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa). ITNOMY Information Services, headquartered in Amsterdam and Global Forte, headquartered in Istanbul, are the latest business integration consultancies to join IONA's recently launched EMEA Alliance Program. The partnerships will enable IONA to extend its reach into Northern Europe and the emerging markets of the Middle East.

As Associate Partners ITNOMY and Global Forte will have access to IONA's Solution Provider Program to assist them in the deployment of IONA's Orbix End-2-Anywhere™ (E2A) Web Services Integration Platform (WSIP) and Application Server Platform (ASP). IONA's E2A™ integration platform is already becoming a platform of choice for customers seeking to leverage existing technology assets and capitalise on the benefits of a web services architecture.

"Creating alliances with leading systems integrators across EMEA is key to our strategy in extending our customer base in these regions," said Robert Sandie, Vice President Global Alliances, IONA Technologies.

"Emerging markets in EMEA represent significant opportunities for IONA, that's why we are moving quickly to ensure our Alliance Program positions us strongly in these regions."

The Solution Provider Program is designed to promote and assist systems integrators or consultants that focus on providing customers with a complete solution for end-to-end business integration both inside and outside the firewall. The program targets companies that rely on IONA products and services as part of their e-business practices. IONA is currently working with more than 20 of the world's leading systems integrators, including KPMG Consulting, CSC, PwC Consulting, Tata Infotech, Toshiba and HP Services. The full list of IONA Global Alliance partners can be found at

About IONA
IONA is a leading e-Business Platform provider for Web Services Integration. IONA Orbix E2A™, which consists of the 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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About ITNOMY Information Services
Founded in 2000, ITNOMY Information Services BV is a young, ambitious start-up company that provides a comprehensive range of IT services to its clients, including e-Business and Enterprise Application Integration solutions, Data and Application Migration Services and Data Warehouse Implementations. Located in Amsterdam, Netherlands, the company today reaches various clients both in the domestic and international market. For further information please visit:

About Global Forte
Headquartered in Istanbul, Turkey, Global Forte is a product and consulting company specialising in developing and marketing high technology products, technology infrastructure and services in international markets. Forte is a global provider of integrated business and technology development and consulting in the areas of strategy, solutions, and professional services. It is the enabler to its clients in achieving their competitive advantage to compete more effectively in the knowledge era by providing high-level expertise in international high-tech business development, channel development, distribution and procurement strategies, and marketing of high tech products and services. For further information please visit:

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