This week saw an interesting pair of articles in Computer Business Review Online..
The first article on Monday, had the dramatic title: IBM has lost 80% of Informix users in six years by Jason Stamper. This must have sounded a little strange to anyone who has been paying attention to the rise of Informix in the last 18 months, and the fact that Informix revenue has been growing at a significantly faster rate than database market as a whole.
Sure enough, today the same journalist appears to have accepted the story is entirely false and issued a follow-up.. IBM corrects its own Informix customer figures. "Instead we are now told there are 20,000 in the International Informix User Group, over 100,000 Informix customers, and millions of users." - Good to see a journalist make a humble and gracious apology for releasing a bogus story without checking the facts. Many people in his position would be tempted to blame their sources.
Code line merger seems unlikely
A better-researched analysis of post-merger Informix is offered today by Philip Howard of Bloor Research in his Regdeveloper article: IBM and Informix tie down Cheetah - Code line merger seems unlikely. In it he discusses IBM's evolving strategy when it comes to Informix; contrasting the increasing scope of the last two major IDS releases, versions 10 and 11 and concluding favourably that any initial hints that the DB2 and IDS code lines might merge are off the table. Viewed from the inside, seeing the rate at which the IDS development team is growing, this assessment seems pretty accurate.