IONA Focuses on Standards by Joining TeleManagement Forum

5/11/2004 - IONA® Technologies (NASDAQ: IONA), a world leader in high performance integration solutions for mission-critical IT environments, announced its membership in the TeleManagement Forum (TMF), a non-profit global standards organization that provides leadership, strategic guidance and practical solutions to improve the management and operation of information and communications services. As a member, IONA will have a strong voice in the development of emerging standards to further support integration and interoperability between the multiple constituents in the telecommunications market - carriers, equipment manufacturers and ISVs.

"The telecommunications industry has historically faced complex integration challenges. With the increase of mergers and acquisitions, the introduction of new services and other market trends, such challenges continue today," said Scott Devens, vice president of products, IONA. "As a member of the TMF and a significant player in the telecommunication market, we are in an excellent position to help shape the new standards that will ease interoperability across the telecommunications industry."

Through both its Orbix® and ArtixTM product families, IONA offers the telecommunications industry effective means to ensure that their integrated systems remain flexible, reusable, open and cost-effective. Today, more than 170 telecommunications companies around the world rely on IONA's high performance integration products to connect and support network management, configuration, security, operations, performance, and fault management and administration systems.

"The TeleManagement Forum is very pleased to welcome IONA as a member," said Jim Warner, president, TeleManagement Forum. "With their expertise in standards-based integration, we feel they will make a positive contribution to the work of the TeleManagement Forum and our industry."

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