Iona Launches Online Web Services Development Resource

May 2, 2001

IONA®, the leading e-business platform provider for Total Business Integration™ (NASDAQ: IONA), today launched, an interactive web site where developers can learn, test and work with live Web services and download free copies of IONA’s iPortal XMLBus Technology Preview. is dedicated entirely to Web services and organized into 3 sections: Learn, Play, and Work. The Learn section of the site provides tutorials and links that explain Web Services, the standards driving the adoption of Web services, and the iPortal XMLBus Technology Preview. The Play section allows developers to interact with live Web service demos and to browse through a web service repository. The Work section is where developers will find a free download of the iPortal XMLBus Technology Preview.

The iPortal XMLBus Technology Preview is a graphical, wizard-driven development environment that allows users to build and consume enterprise applications and data as Web Services. It provides tools and a runtime environment for creating Web Services from existing Java and J2EE applications without the need to rewrite code and automatically generates Java-based client-side proxies. iPortal XMLBus supports both IONA’s iPortal Application Server™ version 1.3 and BEA Weblogic Server™ version 6.

“Web services are the most important new development approach in e-business systems,” said Rebecca Dias, product manager for iPortal XMLBus at IONA. “Web services will be how business processes are exposed, used, and managed over the Internet, reducing operational costs and increasing business velocity.”

About IONA

IONA is a leading e-business platform provider for Total Business Integration. The IONA Suite provides users with a complete business solution for end-to-end business integration inside and outside the firewall. IONA’s e-business platform includes a J2EE-compliant application server, mainframe and an enterprise application integration suite as well as XML web services, Java and CORBA development tools, and a business-to-business (B2B) integration platform. Founded in 1991, IONA is headquartered in Dublin, Ireland with U.S. headquarters in Waltham, Massachusetts. The company had revenues of $153 million in 2000 and employs more than 850 people in 30 offices worldwide. Please visit for more information.

On February 14, 2001, IONA signed a definitive agreement to acquire Netfish Technologies Inc., a leading provider of XML-based B2B process collaboration solutions. The transaction is subject to the approval of shareholders of both companies, as well as customary regulatory and other closing conditions, and is expected to close the week of May 7, 2001.

IONA, IONA Suite, iPortal Application Server, iPortal Integrator, iPortal OS/390 Server, iPortal SureTrack, iPortal XMLBus, Orbix, Adaptive Runtime Technology and Total Business Integration are trademarks or registered trademarks of IONA Technologies. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.