IONA Provides Web Services Training for Lockheed Martin

2/23/2004 - IONA® (NASDAQ: IONA), a world leader in high performance integration solutions for mission critical IT environments, announced that it has been chosen by Lockheed Martin to provide technical Web services training. Lockheed Martin, a $32 billion global systems integrator, has awarded IONA an enterprise-wide agreement that makes IONA's Web services training available to the 130,000 employees throughout the Lockheed Martin Corporation.

The agreement is based on delivery of IONA's 4-day Web services course, which is designed to teach the skills and techniques for effectively using, building, architecting and coding Web services design and implementation. IONA will provide both classroom training and online, virtual instructor training to Lockheed Martin.

"We continually strive to provide the right information, at the right time, to the right people, presented in the right way and at the right cost," said Lockheed Martin Chief Information Officer Joseph R. Cleveland. "Given today's business climate of doing more with less, organizations that focus on innovative ways to deliver training to their workforce 24-7 will ensure success in this competitive marketplace."

"IONA was chosen for its demonstrated Web services thought leadership, its history of providing quality training products and services, and its conformance with Lockheed Martin's enterprise-wide courseware standards," said Andrew O'Sullivan, IONA's vice president of services. "We have trained thousands of IT professionals on standards based technology since our inception in 1991. More recently, we were among the first to offer Web services training. As a result, today we have a wealth of content across a wide range of formats for students to learn from. And our instructors are IT industry thought leaders and practicing IT professionals who combine Web services technical mastery with years of experience teaching, speaking, publishing and consulting within the IT industry."

About IONA
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.

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

About Lockheed Martin
Headquartered in Bethesda, Md., Lockheed Martin employs about 130,000 people worldwide and is principally engaged in the research, design, development, manufacture and integration of advanced technology systems, products and services. The corporation reported 2003 sales of $31.8 billion. For more information visit:

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. Microsoft .NET is software for connecting people, information, systems, and devices. 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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