IONA Travels Occasionally with Connected Computing Solution

3/13/2003 - IONA®, the leading provider of Rapid Integration software (NASDAQ: IONA), will be participating as a featured "Fellow Traveler" in Intel® CentrinoTM mobile technology launch event taking place at New York's Hammerstein Theatre.

"The Intel Centrino mobile technology brand signifies a new generation of mobile PCs that will change where and how people compute," said Anand Chandrasekher, vice president and general manager, Intel's Mobile Platforms Group. "From the airport to the cafe, Intel Centrino mobile technology enables the freedom and flexibility of being unwired."

As users go in and out of Wi-Fi hotspots however, and because most of today's applications are optimized for the wired world, mobile users remain challenged by the problems caused by erratic application access. IONA's newly introduced Mobile OrchestratorTM solves this problem by enabling clients to work with the enterprise applications and data they need regardless of connection status. It automatically saves all of a user's work and interactions with those applications and data, and upon detection of a wired or Wi-Fi network, quickly and securely synchronizes data and documents between the mobile user's PC and enterprise applications in a series of rapid steps transparent to the user. This solution is referred to as "Occasionally Connected Computing" (OCC).

IONA's Mobile Orchestrator is the first product to provide an "Occasionally Connected Computing" solution and was developed in alliance with Intel to support Intel® CentrinoTM mobile technology. Mobile OrchestratorTM provides an easy-to-use, reliable, and secure XML Web services based integration broker that facilitates un-interrupted mobile user involvement in multi-step business processes whether connected or not.

"Adding to its heritage as the leading integration software vendor for the telecommunications and satellite communications industries, IONA is taking a visionary step in the application Web Services integration by enabling occasionally connected mobile solutions," said Chris S. Thomas, chief strategist at Intel. "We applaud IONA and their partner's commitment to extending enterprise computing to the mobile lifestyle."

IONA's alliance members and partners include: BearingPoint, Computer Sciences Corporation, Macromedia, Unisys, and Vignette.

"Intel's Centrino mobile technology signals a change in the way people will use their computers," said Steve Fisch, Chief Operating Officer at IONA. "Network access, despite burgeoning Wi-Fi hot-spots and infrastructure, remains interrupted and too unreliable for many road warriors and jet-setting executives. Our new Mobile Orchestrator makes such interruptions transparent to the user and permits them to work intelligently despite an always-changing on-line and off-line environment. We're proud to have been chosen by Intel, and look forward to a long and prosperous relationship."

Mobile OrchestratorTM implements a distributed, loosely-coupled OCC architecture and provides:

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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