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IIUG Insider (Issue #23)
|Q:||What has happened to sales of Informix databases since you bought that technology two years ago?|
|A:||Prior to the acquisition, new Informix license sales were dropping like a rock. By the end of 2001, we had kind of stemmed the tide a little bit. By the end of 2002, the decline had stopped. And maintenance [revenue] is holding steady, so we're not losing customers.|
|Q:||How long do you plan to keep that product line going? Is there any end in sight?|
|A:||No. We've shipped about 20 upgrades of various Informix products since the acquisition, and we're just shipping Version 9.4 of Informix Dynamic Server [IDS]. We have more people working on IDS now than there were when it was owned by Informix.|
A new software offering from IBM is designed to address corporate requirements for integrating structured, semi-structured, and unstructured information effectively and efficiently. This includes Informix databases (IDS, XPS and Red Brick) as well as DB2, Oracle, Microsoft SQL, Excel, Sybase and more.
DB2 Information Integrator will be the first product available to Informix customers based on the IBM Xperanto project -- an IBM research and development effort to help customers integrate information. Based on open standards and a mission to help customers better leverage their IT investments, the IBM information integration products will allow customers to access and integrate diverse and distributed data in all formats.
Data Federation is made possible by DB2 Information Integrator to create new applications that integrate data stored in Informix with data from Oracle, Sybase, SQL Server, Teradata, XML files, Flat files, Messages queues, Web Services and ODBC databases. In addition, DB2 II enables new applications to use DB2/UDB APIs and SQL, but keep the data in Informix IDS, XPS and Red Brick.
Data Placement enables co-existence by replication of data from Informix IDS into DB2 or from DB2 into IDS. In addition, to/from replication is supported for other sources such as Oracle, Sybase and MS SQL Server. This software addresses integration efforts based upon your data environment.
For more information, be sure to catch DB2 Information Integrator as part of the Infobahn road show or visit http://www.ibm.com/software/data/integration/.
IBM has provided the following announcements related to their training, technical support and consulting offerings:
a) Register today for developerWorks Live and get a free DM Certification Exam! Join us in New Orleans on April 9th-12th for developerWorks Live! Your conference package includes one opportunity to take an IBM Professional Certification exam at the conference for no additional cost. You may schedule and take subsequent tests at the conference for additional fees. For more details or to register visit: http://www.ibm.com/events/ibmdeveloperworkslive/details.html
b) Become an IBM Informix Dynamic Server Performance Tuning Expert! Are you based in the US or Canada and are an experienced IBM IDS administrator that has taken all the training courses in your area of expertise? We would like to present you with a new challenge, custom designed for professionals like you, the IBM Informix Masters Series. For a limited time, Masters Series Workshop, IBM Informix Dynamic Server Advanced Performance Tuning (MW-729), normally only available in Denver, CO, is now available in three key locations, Atlanta, GA, Washington D.C. area and in Denver, CO. For more information on this exciting opportunity or to enroll, please visit: http://www.ibm.com/services/learning/us/catalog/informix/all.html#Masters
c) The Education Center for IBM Software Program is a cross-brand education channel powered by IBM Business Partners. The IBM ECIS initiative provides training and enablement designed to help companies grow information technology skills. IBM ECIS addresses the need for rapid employee training to sustain competitive advantage. For more information please visit: http://www.ibm.com/software/data/education/ecis.html
d) Two new service offerings are now available for customers who purchase IBM Finance Foundation for Capital Markets, Finance Foundation for Capital Markets Trial Implementation Service and Finance Foundation for Capital Markets Implementation Planning Service. For more information please visit: http://www.ibm.com/software/data/services/pdfs/oltp-ref-catalog.pdf
In response to your input, we have created a new page on the IIUG web site containing all the links we used to include. Please find it at http://www.iiug.org/quicklinks.html.
The International Informix Users Group (IIUG) is an organization designed to enhance communications between IBM and its worldwide user community. IIUG's membership database now exceeds 16,000 entries and enjoys the support and commitment of IBM's Data Management division. Key programs include local user groups and special interest groups, which we promote and assist from launch through growth.
|Sources:||IIUG Board of Directors|
|Editors:||David Smith, IIUG Board of Directors|
Jean Georges Perrin, IIUG Board of Directors, and
Fred Hubbard, IIUG General Manager
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