IONA Earns Certified Status in Microsoft's Partner Program

8/6/2004 - IONA® Technologies (NASDAQ: IONA), a world leader in high-performance integration solutions for mission-critical IT environments, announced it has earned certified status in Microsoft Corp.'s Partner Program. As a Certified Partner, IONA Technologies has demonstrated expertise with Microsoft technologies and a proven ability to meet customer needs. Microsoft Certified Partners receive a rich set of benefits, including access, training, and support that give them a competitive advantage in the marketplace.

"Customers are looking for partner companies that can bridge the gap between their business demands and technology capabilities. They need to trust in someone that can act as an expert adviser for their long-term strategic technology plans. Only companies that have demonstrated high levels of customer service, proved their experience and attained advanced certification receive the designation of Microsoft Certified Partner," said Allison Watson, vice president of the Worldwide Partner Sales and Marketing Group at Microsoft. "Today, Microsoft recognizes IONA for its skills and expertise in providing customer satisfaction with Microsoft products and technology."

Achieving Microsoft Certified status demonstrates a commitment to IONA's ongoing strategy to provide complementary technology, such as ArtixTM, the company's Web services integration product, to leading platforms. The accomplishment also coincides with the announcement that Artix has been awarded Microsoft .NET Connected Logo status, demonstrating the product's ability to integrate well into Microsoft .NET environments.

IONA helps its customers solve the interoperability challenges of enterprises with heterogeneous, multi-vendor IT infrastructures and IONA's products make these mission-critical technology assets work together in ways that reduce costs and deliver flexibility, without sacrificing performance or availability. The company's products are built with the strictest conformance to technology standards, including those in the Microsoft .NET framework, to ensure compatibility, reliability, and longevity. The recognition from Microsoft that IONA has achieved Certified Partner Status demonstrates to the company's customers that IONA's products can not only interoperate, but be a strategic part of their Microsoft-based IT initiatives.

"The largest companies in the world have chosen to deploy Microsoft products as part of their strategic IT infrastructure. These companies, many of whom are already IONA customers, want to know that the technology vendors with whom they do business can effectively and efficiently integrate their products into that infrastructure," explained Mark Rogers, vice president, Partnerships, IONA. "Having achieved Microsoft Certified Partner Status, we ensure that our customers' investments in IONA will integrate seamlessly and add value to their current Microsoft deployments."

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 Web services integration solutions, enables existing enterprise systems to be integrated with an organization's common infrastructure components. Customers use Artix to incorporate current IT assets into valuable new business applications through enterprise-class, standards-based connectivity.

With its partners, IONA 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, Merrill Lynch, Winterthur Insurance, Zurich Insurance and Boeing.

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

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, .Net Connected, Microsoft .Net Framework are trademarks or registered trademarks of Microsoft Corporation and/or its subsidiaries. CORBA is a trademark or registered trademark of the Object Management Group, Inc. in the United States and other countries.

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