The other Moral of the story
I recently had someone send me a variant of the following question:
" Why does Informix rank so low on the db-engines.com rankings?"
Well, I quickly saw the Ranking he listed and realized we had an issue. Now to the website's credit, it clearly posts how it arrives at it's rankings, and makes no promises that it is an accurate reflection of existing usage, though it does think it is a potential bellwether for future usage. With that said here is the link for how db-engines.com gets their ranking:
db-engines is ultimately at the mercy of the data it uses, and unfortunately this points to a problem with data. Please note this is not a die hard person attempting to say that Informix should be in the top 5 or anything similar, it is certainly possible that a ranking system with more accurate data would still show that Informix would be near the bottom of a top 25 rankings system, this at being said here are a quick look at 3 problems with the data, or maybe 2 problems with the data.
First off IBM products are uniquely handicapped by the way this ranking is achieved Why? Well because IBM's brand of marketing is to market concepts and not actual products. As such about the only time there is any notice of significance is during product release dates, and sometimes not much even then. This is not a criticism of IBM Marketing per se, just a realization that the result of said marketing will depress the results of this ranking process. If you are looking for Website existence, it suddenly means Informix , and DB2 for that matter, get far less mention because the Marketing department just doesn't release much materials.
Second problem is that almost all technical discussion of Informix occurs on iiug.org or in PMR (proprietary), iiug.org mailing lists are relatively active and consistent, but since neither PMR work nor iiug.org discussions are published to the two sites db-engines uses that results in a very depressed score as well.
Third has been the failure of people such as myself to spend time talking about the product. I have a blog and it used to be read, but work life issues got in the way, and until I read his ranking work I had let stuff slide. Had the amount of work I do with Informix decrease? Not at all, but my frequency of talking about it in a way that websites like db-eninges.com could track had dropped to nearly nothing.
So the moral of this story is not that db-engine is bad, merely that it is ultimately affected by the limitations of the information
A secondary Moral would be, talking about the product if you use it tweet about it or blog about it, ultimately db-engines is driven a lot by grass roots information, and Informix users, and those that like it have been our own worst enemy in not pointing the product out.