7/12/2002 - IONA®, the leading e-Business Platform provider for Web Services Integration (NASDAQ: IONA), today announced a strategic alliance with Bull Italia. The partnership will enable Bull Italia to deliver systems integration and e-business solutions that can enhance efficiency and maximise return-on-investment for enterprise customers in Italy and Greece.

As an Alliance Partner, Bull 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 quickly becoming the platform of choice for customers seeking to leverage existing technology assets and capitalise on the benefits of a web services architecture.

"Solving the integration problem is the number one concern for IT managers today," said Andrea Ciani, Alliance Manager, Bull Italia. "We want to offer our customers the best technology solution to enable them to integrate every aspect of their business in an efficient and cost effective way. This alliance with IONA provides a structure within which we can leverage our consultancy skills with IONA's leading technology and track record in solving complex integration problems."

"Partners are critical to the success of IONA and our customers," said Robert Sandie, Vice President Global Alliances, IONA Technologies. "Aligning our technology offering and experience in solving complex integration problems, with the expertise of leading systems integrators, such as Bull Italia, is key to addressing the integration market."

IONA's global alliance strategy has been developed to support solution and technology provider partners to grow their businesses, accelerate time-to-market, and increase revenues. The Solution Provider Program is designed to promote and assist system integrators or consultants that focus on providing customers with a complete solution for end-to-anywhere 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 more than 20 of the world's leading systems integrators.

About IONA
IONA is the 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 http://www.iona.com

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About Bull
Bull is an international IT group that specialises in designing, developing and implementing secure IT infrastructures. Bull is dedicated to helping customers transform their processes and infrastructures in order to take full advantage of information technology to drive their market growth. To reach this objective, Bull provides a complete offer that includes not only IT services, from consulting to systems integration and outsourcing but also the design and development of infrastructure solutions, with particular emphasis on servers, storage and secure management software.

Bull has gained strong recognition in the major economic sectors, such as, the public administrations, finance, industry and telecommunications. For additional information visit our web site at http://www.bull.it

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