Two faces of Informix move forward

Informix appears to be getting on with its new bifurcated existence, as its two independent operating entities have spelled out their respective strategies.

          Informix appears to be getting on with its new bifurcated existence, as its two independent operating entities have spelled out their respective strategies.

          Informix Business Solutions, the post-split solutions side of the business, announced on Monday in Chicago its strategy to provide database-agnostic software, and introduced a number of those products.

          Because the database and solutions have been tied together for years, Informix officials say that the independence will not happen immediately.

          "It's an explicit part of the strategy to become independent. The relationship is thus far de facto, but we're moving away from that," says Ann Blanchard, director of product marketing at Informix.

          Blanchard continues that such independence will take three to six months to complete.

          Informix also discussed a number of new products to further its strategy, such as an e-Intelligence portal, DataStage XE 2.0, iDecide Web Success, and iDecide Telco Success for Wireless.

          iDecide Telco Success is a platform for building data warehouses that Blanchard says enables telecommunications companies to build warehouses in as little as 90 days. iDecide Web Success enables large companies to analyse their websites.

          DataStage XE 2.0 is a new version of the product Informix gained when it purchased Ardent Software. The new version includes mainframe data access and a single console for all data integration.

          Informix, much like other database vendors Sybase and Oracle is shifting its product and corporate strategy toward being a provider of e-business infrastructure.

          But Informix is a few months behind the competition and will have to work to keep up with competitors' offerings, according to Doug Laney, an analyst at consultancy, Meta Group.

          In September, Informix decided to divide itself into a database company and a provider of database-agnostic software.

          Last week, the database half, Informix Software, made its first strategy and product announcements at its user conference and partner forum in Orlando, Florida.

          Perhaps the most significant aspect of the vision is Arrowhead, a program for a single database management system that includes features of Informix software products and technologies for managing data across multiple transactional and decision support environments.

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