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IONA Technologies Appoints Reseller for Australia/Singapore.

PERTH, Australia--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Aug. 25, 1997--IONA Technologies PLC (NASDAQ:IONAY), the leading developer of CORBA conformant object technology has announced the appointment of Object Oriented Pty Ltd (OOP/L) as a reseller for the Orbix product range in Australia and Singapore. This follows the opening of an office in Hong Kong and the appointment of a reseller in Singapore earlier this year.

IONA Technologies Orbix is the world's leading development tool for the creation of object-based applications conforming to the Object Management Group Common Object Request Broker Architecture (CORBA) standard, which defines a means of communication between objects regardless of platform or location.

The appointment of OOP/L is in response to the growing object oriented technology market and IONA's expansion plans throughout the Asia Pacific region. OOP/L are headquartered in Sydney and have offices in Melbourne and Singapore. OOP/L has a very strong background in object oriented technologies with its consultants active in this field since 1989. The managing director of IONA Technologies Asia Pacific, David Glance, comments, "OOP/L have a lot of experience in CORBA and object oriented technology and it is important for IONA to partner with companies with such experience. Working together OOP/L and IONA are in a strong position to lead future growth in the distributed computing market in Australia and Singapore."

The managing director of OOP/L, Gerry Carroll, describes his core business as providing consulting, development and products in Object Oriented (OO) methods and technologies. "We view object oriented technology as the future of software development. OOP/L provides services in the application of object oriented technologies so being a reseller for IONA's product range makes good business sense for us. By selling Orbix, along with our other services, we can deliver proven, dynamic solutions for our customers."

Object Oriented Pty Ltd was founded in 1989 to provide specialist services in the commercial application of object technology and software engineering. Today, OOP/L provide services from two divisions, Consulting & Capability Improvement and the Software Solutions Centre. The Consulting & Capability Improvement Division provides products and services to assist organisations in improving their capability to deliver IT solutions to the business through sound software engineering disciplines. This includes specialist consulting services, software process technology and integrated process and tools technology, technical infrastructures and frameworks and a complete range of training, workshops and mentoring from introductory to advanced. The Software Solutions Centre provides outsourced business application and technical infrastructure development for organisations. OOP/L's Process MeNtOR is used within the Software House to provide a comprehensive framework for the modeling of business requirements, the design and development of software systems which is customer focussed. OOP/L operate with approximately 90 staff thoughout Australia and Singapore and are the Asia Pacific representatives for the Object Management Group (OMG).

IONA Technologies, was founded in 1991, with the mission to enable businesses to integrate multiple, diverse software applications, spanning the entire distributed enterprise. IONA's leading product, Orbix, allows organisations build software components (or objects) with open standard interfaces so that they can communicate with any other software conforming to the same standard. Orbix, which is used by over 2,000 businesses worldwide, conforms to the Object Management Group's CORBA specification. In May 1997, Orbix won the prestigious 'Network Computing Magazine Well-Connected Award' as "Best Orb Middleware." In the Asia Pacific region IONA Technologies is represented in Australia, Japan, Korea, Hong Kong and Singapore. -0- Orbix is a registered trademark of IONA Technologies and all other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

CONTACT: ASIA/PACIFIC USA & EUROPE

IONA Technologies IONA Technologies

Diana Wearing Smith Tom Murphy

+61 8 9288 4051 USA: 1-888-orbixPR

dianaws@iona.com.au (6724977)

http://www.iona.com Europe: +353 1 602 2090

press@iona.com tmurphy@iona.com
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