Informix Roundup: 11 March 2009

Informix Roundup: 11 March 2009

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Informix Roundup: 11 March 2009

Post by Ian Michae » Sat, 14 Mar 2009 01:35:28

Hey!

On that Sears job...

Notice it was for Informix/MySQL in Hoffman Estates?

That's not a good sign for Informix at Sears, but overall, it may be a good sign for IBM's IDS growth...

Here's the rub...

Sears is a very large, long time Informix customer. (Jeff Boudreau ?sp? sold them Informix starting back in '89 while they were still at the Sears Tower.)

Rumors have it that the store systems are converting to MySQL and other stuff like PeopleSoft have/are being migrated to DB2. (Gee I wonder why... ;-) [Actually if Michelle P. is/was in charge of store systems, I know why she *hates* Informix, and it was Informix's fault.]

So Sears is moving away from Informix which means a large drop in Informix licenses.
Yet Informix license revenues and net new customers are growing. Sears is having a negative impact on the growth numbers because of their size, so without knowing the underlying numbers, Informix is growing at a faster rate that the numbers reflect.

Just to make a point. Figure this... Wal*Mart has a lot of IDS in their stores. Like 10,000+ servers.
You lose Wal*Mart, your license revenue takes a hit, while you're only losing 1 customer, you've lost 10,000+ licenses. That means for there not to be a loss in growth, you have to have 10,000 net new customers or existing customers taking up the slack, or a combination of both.

Not that Wal*Mart is walking away from Informix. Heck at their size and discount strength, IDS is relatively cheap. ;-)

So while its not good at Sears, it means IBM is actually doing better than the whisper numbers reflect.

Ponder that... :-)

But hey! What do I know?
I mean besides the hisory of Sears as an account? ;-)

-G



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