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IONA CLAIMS OBJECT MIDDLEWARE MARKET HAS MOVED BEYOND ORB

Iona Technologies Ltd, with its eye on Borland International Inc’s acquisition of Visigenic Software Inc, says it is the first Corba vendor to support Borland’s C++ Builder. It already supports Delphi, and plans to support JBuilder with the next release of its OrbixWeb Java product. According to Iona’s Colin Newman, the acquisition leaves it as the major independent supplier of object request brokers for Borland without any agenda. Iona has a 30%, leading share of the ORB market in 1996, with TCSI Corp, a licensee of its technology, second with 21%. Visigenic was fourth on 11%, behind BEA Systems on 16% (CI No 3,238). The 1997 figures have yet to be released, but Iona says its revenues have grown from $21m last year to $32m so far this year (its year ends in December). But what’s really important, says Iona, is the object transaction monitor space (CI No 3,200) an area where it claims to be ahead of the market, and which it claims is now of more interest to large corporate customers interested in high transaction throughput and security. It says it will be feeding back the development work it has done into the volume market, just as it did with its original ORB products.

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