Waltham, MASS. — IONA, the Enterprise Portal Company, announced that Ford Motor Company has chosen IONA’s Orbix technology, a standards-based e-business infrastructure, as the integration platform across its Computer-Aided Design and Manufacturing (CADCAM), Computer-Aided Engineering (CAE) and Knowledge Based Engineering (KBE) applications.
Orbix will allow Ford engineers worldwide to collaborate throughout the design process and provide a platform for a distributed component-based C3P tool-set. Orbix’s open architecture will enable Ford to extend automated engineering environments such as SDRC’s I-DEAS across the enterprise and allow for interoperability between engineering applications. Similarly, the interoperability Orbix provides with multiple platforms and development languages will enable the deployment of component-based design and engineering services. Re-use and information sharing are the key enablers for rapid deployment of best-in-class applications and support for new knowledge based engineering initiatives, ultimately enabling faster time-to-market for new vehicle development.
Orbix technology serves as the infrastructure for IONA’s iPortal Suite. Consisting of 5 components, the iPortal Suite represents a comprehensive set of tools and services designed to help companies build enterprise portals, which are unified points of access that connect the web to the corporate business by integrating all of an organization’s applications and back-end systems.
“We are excited that Ford has chosen to implement Orbix across its engineering organization,” said Ed Gaudet, IONA’s vice president of worldwide marketing. “The business environment today demands that organizations have the ability to leverage knowledge across the enterprise. Through our technology, organizations such as Ford allow for enterprise collaboration and establish the infrastructure necessary to support e-business development.”
IONA’s Orbix is based on the latest CORBA standard and supports a wide range of platforms including Windows NT, Solaris, UNIX, OS/390 and AS/400, as well as development languages including C++, Java, COBOL and PL/I. IONA’s Professional Services Group also offers a comprehensive range of training and consulting services to complement the entire Orbix product family.
IONA, the Enterprise Portal Company, is a leading provider of e-business infrastructure that helps organizations build and deploy enterprise portals, Internet commerce sites, and other large-scale distributed applications. IONA supports a full diversity of languages, including Java and C++, and distributed computing technologies, including SOAP, XML, EJB, J2EE, CORBA, Microsoft’s Windows DNA 2000 and IBM OS/390, CICS and IMS. Visit http://www.iona.com for more information.