Informix marketing can be a contentious topic amongst Informix aficionados, the feeling in some quarters being that there should be more of it and it should be better, or to paraphrase Stuart Litel: "if Informix sold sushi they'd have called it raw dead fish".
I saw some interesting sales numbers this morning. The exact numbers are not public information but I can say with my clear technical support conscience that IDS sales and revenue experienced impressive growth in the last quarter, and that marketing is being stepped up.
All I've heard officially on the Q1 revenue is (and I quote):
"IBM is investing to grow the IDS business into the future. It is now a strategic server in the Information Management Portfolio. We have embarked on several initiatives including ISV revitalization and business partners enablement. Along with renewed customer confidence in IDS' future, we have seen very positive Q1 results in our efforts to grow the IDS business."
I've also seen the number of IDS development engineers grow (including many senior engineers coming back to IDS) recently, several of them here in Beaverton which is great for us, so right now I'm experiencing mildly elevated serotonin levels on the subject of where IDS is going, though that could be the cup of tea I just had.