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By eweek  |  Posted 2003-08-04 Print this article Print

What is your take on Oracle, PeopleSoft and J.D. Edwards? I started off saying there arent any more database companies. Oracle was very successful in the midrange Unix database market. They havent been as successful with other parts of the software infrastructure.
Some of their tactics and remarks are very strange. If you want to embrace a set of customers, thats not the way to go about it. We have a strong relationship with PeopleSoft and J.D. Edwards.
How does Informix factor into it? The reason we acquired Informix was to expand our customer base. There was very little overlap with IBMs customer base. Informix had a lot of midmarket customers and a very strong presence on non-IBM Unix platforms. Informix was building "Arrowhead," the code name for its next-generation database that would support analytical applications, transactional applications [and] include management of rich content and support of Web-based applications. There was a one-to-one mapping between our own Universal Database [UDB] strategy and Arrowhead—we had the same technical vision. So we said well take the Informix customers to the next-generation database and it will be built on UDB. We also got 2,500 skilled database people. Whats coming in the next six months? The macro areas were working on are the ease of administering and managing the data—autonomic computing. UDB [Universal Database] Version 8 shipped late last year with significant autonomic computing capabilities, including the Health Center and the Configuration Advisor. Well enhance DB2 UDB and the Content Manager. Were working on the DB2 Content Manager Express. We just shipped the DB2 Information Integrator in June. Are you making Content Manager Express more modular? Itll be easier to install and configure. We are working on skinnying it down to have a Content Manager "Light," if you will, but that wont be the focus of Express.


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