12/11/2003 - IONA® (NASDAQ: IONA), a world leader in high performance integration solutions for mission critical IT environments, announced that Southwest Airlines (NYSE: LUV) has named IONA’s Orbix® the organization’s standard integration infrastructure. Southwest Airlines has been using Orbix to power its world-class online reservation system for more than 3 years. Southwest Airlines is extending its use of Orbix across its entire IT infrastructure, implementing it as the integration backbone on which to build, integrate and deploy the organization’s business, customer and web-based applications.
Southwest Airlines is the fourth largest U.S. domestic airline carrier in terms of passengers boarded and one of the fastest growing airlines in the world. Southwest depends on its online infrastructure to provide high levels of service and availability for the millions of passengers who book their flights and use other services via www.southwest.com.
The industry’s best selling and most widely deployed CORBA-based distributed computing platform, IONA’s Orbix provides Southwest Airlines a flexible, services-oriented integration backbone that ensures customers enjoy 24x7 availability of feature-rich and reliable travel services when visiting www.southwest.com.. The extension of Orbix across Southwest Airlines larger IT infrastructure will deliver an open, interoperable and reusable services framework on which Southwest Airlines can build integrated business applications that leverage existing development intelligence and assets.
“IONA has provided the high-performance, scalable infrastructure that has helped Southwest Airlines set the industry-standard for online customer service and convenience with Southwest.com,” said Brad Newcomb, Director of Interactive Marketing at Southwest Airlines. “We’ve chosen to extend Orbix across our organization because it will allow us to integrate our systems on a component basis without making a considerable capital outlay, and helping us to capture a more rapid return on our project investment. The flexibility of IONA’s technology and its proven ability to power business critical systems are just a couple of the reason’s why we chosen to standardize on Orbix.”
“For more than a decade, IONA has been providing standards-based products that allow organizations to leverage the full benefits of services-oriented architectures,” said Chris Horn, CEO of IONA Technologies. “Southwest is one of a number of Global 2000 organizations who continue to build, deploy and integrate systems using IONA’s CORBA-based Orbix software, thereby reducing costs, streamlining business processes, and providing high-levels of service for their customers.”
Southwest Airlines and IONA entered into an expanded licensing arrangement in May, 2003 with respect to use of IONA’s Orbix.
For more than a decade, IONA® Technologies (NASDAQ: IONA) has been a world leader in delivering high performance integration solutions for enterprise IT environments. IONA pioneered standards-based integration with its CORBA-based Orbix® product family. The ArtixTM product family, IONA’s new generation of integration solutions, extends IONA’s commitment to service-oriented industry standards, including Web services.
IONA is committed to technology leadership and architectural focus. With its partners, IONA is the only company that can deliver NOW on the promise of service-oriented integration, making it possible for customers to achieve system longevity and agility at a significantly lower cost.
IONA’s customers include Global 2000 companies in telecommunications, financial services, aerospace, and manufacturing, including AT&T, Verizon, BellSouth, Deutsche Telekom, British Telecom, Hong Kong Telecom, NTT, Credit Suisse, Bank of Montreal, Merrill Lynch, Winterthur Insurance, Zurich Insurance and Boeing.
IONA is headquartered in Dublin, Ireland, with U.S. headquarters in Massachusetts and offices worldwide. For additional information about IONA, visit our Web site at http://www.iona.com.
IONA, IONA Technologies, the IONA logo, Orbix, High Performance Integration, Artix, Mobile Orchestrator and Making Software Work Together are trademarks or registered trademarks of IONA Technologies PLC and/or its subsidiaries. J2EE is a trademark or registered trademark of Sun Microsystems, Inc. in the United States and other countries. CORBA is a trademark or registered trademark of the Object Management Group, Inc. in the United States and other countries.
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