Understanding Web Services Book Wins Readers' Choice Award

3/9/2004 - IONA® (NASDAQ: IONA), a world leader in high performance integration solutions for mission critical IT environments, announced that IONA Chief Technical Officer Eric Newcomer's best-selling Understanding Web Services is the recipient of the 2003 Web Services Journal/XML-Journal Readers' Choice Award for Best Web Services Book.

The Web Services Journal/XML-Journal Readers' Choice Awards program has become one of the most respected industry competitions of its kind, and is referred to informally as the "Oscars of the software industry". All Readers' Choice Award recipients are selected through reader-submitted nominations, followed by online voting. The polls for the 2003 awards were open for just under a year, from March 1, 2003 to December 31, 2003, during which time more than 15,000 votes were cast.

"We are honored that Eric Newcomer, a member of IONA's team of integration thought leaders and one of our best minds, has been recognized by a particularly innovative segment of the software developer community," said Chris Horn, IONA CEO. "It is fitting that someone who has influenced both technologies and people so profoundly should be the recipient of such a prestigious award."

Newcomer has influenced the evolution, as well as the adoption, of Web services since the technology's inception. He leads IONA's participation in the standardization activities around Web services. He was a founding member of the XML Protocols Working Group at W3C, which produced SOAP 1.2. He was editor of the Web Services Architecture specification at the W3C and is IONA's primary representative to OASIS and WS-I. Eric is co-author and editor of the recently published Web Services Composite Application Framework (WS-CAF) set of specifications submitted to OASIS. His new book, Web Services Integration is due in early 2004 from Addison Wesley.

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 http://www.iona.com.

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