St. Louis, Missouri, August 19, 1997 - Data Research Associates, Inc. (NASDAQ: DRAI) today announced the adoption of IONA Technologies' (NASDAQ:IONAY) leading object request broker, Orbix, as the infrastructure for its next-generation library automation system. DRA is a leading systems integrator and provider of automation systems and networking services for libraries, with more than 700 system installations serving more than 2,500 individual libraries worldwide.
DRA is migrating from its legacy system to a next-generation system, TAOS, that is based on distributed-computing architecture. An inherent part of this system is a piece of software called an Object Request Broker (ORB), which allows diverse applications -- written in many different languages, running on multiple operating systems and using a variety of networking protocols -- to interoperate.
DRA chose Orbix as its ORB because it offers superior platform and programming-language support in integrating different applications. Orbix also provides comprehensive support of CORBA, the Common Object Request Broker Architecture, a standard developed by the 760-member Object Management Group (OMG) for building distributed applications that are cross-platform, cross-language and cross-machine.
"Our solutions must provide customers with integrated systems capable of operating on disparate platforms in remote locations," said Michael J. Mellinger, DRA's President and CEO. "IONA's wide platform support enables us to build such a flexible solution using tools like Java and C++."
"DRA's decision to use Orbix is illustrative of the mind share that CORBA is receiving from organizations designing large, enterprise computing systems," said Colin Newman, Executive Vice President of Marketing at IONA Technologies. "DRA needs an easy-to-use infrastructure that will tie a large number of disparate platforms and systems into one completely integrated application. Orbix is that infrastructure."
DRA, headquartered in St. Louis, is a leading systems integrator for libraries and other information providers, offering its own proprietary information services software; third-party software and hardware; Internet, World Wide Web and other networking services; and other related support services. Its World Wide Web page is located at http://www.dra.com.
IONA Technologies of Cambridge, MA, 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 organizations to 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 more than 2,000 businesses worldwide, conforms to the Object Management Group's CORBA specification. Earlier this year, IONA's Orbix won the prestigious Network Computing magazine Well-Connected Award as "Best Orb Middleware," and the company was chosen for an "Editors' Choice" award from Software magazine's Software 500 listing.