IONA to Partner with NET2S IT Consulting Group

2/20/2003 - IONA®, the leading provider of Rapid Integration software (NASDAQ: IONA), announced a strategic alliance with international IT consulting group, NET2S. As an IONA Solutions Provider Partner, NET2S and IONA will cooperate on co-marketing and business development programs to support NET2S in the provision of systems integration solutions and services utilizing IONA's Rapid Integration software.

The NET2S Group has become a key player in trading room systems for leading international banks and in communications infrastructures for telecom manufacturers and operators, and will focus on the delivery of IONA's technology to these key market sectors. Under the partnership agreement IONA expects to expand the broad adoption of its service-oriented integration solutions within these organizations.

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. With an established presence in Europe and the United States, NET2S will work with IONA's subsidiary offices worldwide to enhance the delivery of systems integration and e-business solutions for NET2S Group's enterprise customers in these territories.

"The partnership will bring together NET2S Group's expert knowledge of industry-specific environments, their current trends and inherent constraints, and IONA's reputation in the delivery of proven standards-based integration solutions," said Ali Pichvai, Managing Director, NET2S Group. "It is a strategic alliance of skills and resources for both companies and we look forward to building a successful relationship with IONA."

"We have more experience solving integration problems for more customers than any other vendor," said Robert Sandie, Director of Global Alliances, IONA Technologies. "By sharing that experience and knowledge with our strategic partners we can work together to improve the overall customer experience and consolidate leadership in key markets. NET2S will join a network of more than 80 Systems Integrators worldwide who are already experiencing the benefits of our Alliance Program."

The NET2S Group
NET2S Group (EuroNext - Euroclear: 7592), founded in 1996, is a leading international e-business, information technology, and communication infrastructure consulting firm. NET2S high-caliber professionals are committed to facilitating the implementation of business-critical technology solutions for Global 500 firms throughout the entire project life cycle. This cycle encompasses technology strategy and roadmap, design and architecture, implementation and development, and operations support of information systems and communication technology infrastructures. NET2S is organized around four technology practices, with service offerings that are customized to our clients' vertical markets, business practices and environments. NET2S has offices in Europe (London, Madrid, Paris, and Zurich), and in the United States (New York and Chicago).

About IONA
IONA is the leading provider of Rapid Integration software with more than 4,500 customers worldwide. IONA's award-winning Rapid Integration software products are built on: service-oriented architectures that increase reuse of software assets to deliver lasting results, standards-based software that enables vendor independence, and incremental deployment capabilities that lower the customer's risk.

Founded in 1991, IONA® (NASDAQ: IONA) is headquartered in Dublin, Ireland, with U.S. headquarters in Waltham, Massachusetts and offices worldwide. For additional information about IONA, visit our Web site at

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