Big Blue’s big database gambit


Author: JT Smith

Tech industry analyst Philip Russom asks: “Does IBM know what it’s gotten itself into?

On the upside, IBM’s acquisition of Informix Software promises to bring
approximately 120,000 new customers to the Data Management Group, the home of
the rising star DB2, as well as a few thousand talented database professionals and a
number of useful pieces of technology. On the downside, however, the acquisition
also brings a plague of problems, such as a history of business blunders by Informix
management, thousands of ticked-off Informix investors, and–worst of all–several
legacy database management systems (DBMSs) that entered Informix Software
through its acquisition of Ardent Software.” Read the column at ZDNet.