A quite important call is received in the oval office, on the phone sitting at the very Resolute desk, Informix is there. A transaction is processed at the biggest retail chain store in the world, Informix is there. You just checked in at many of big hotels in the globe, Informix is there. You chose your tools at the biggest home improvement retailer worldwide, Informix is there. You take a certain taxi in Paris and get your trip processed, Informix is also there. You buy some food at a French chain in Buenos Aires, and Informix is there. A utility company in Germany will offer flat rates and improve the use of energy at home with sensors, with Informix running on a little Raspberry Pi. A major global parcel system runs your shippings on Informix too. Have a Pilsener in Prague, and the bill tax information goes to Informix. We can go hours on this, the very same database running on a complex distributed MPP environment down to a Raspberry Pi in the palm of your hand. No one else can do that. We can say Informix is everywhere, and very much alive!
As most of you know, there was an agreement between IBM and HCL on IP and licensing rights. I found this explanation very appropriate so I won't extend too much in these details.
There is a lot to talk and histories to share about Informix, however, I want to focus on the present and the future of Informix: our Go to Market and product roadmap.
We will accelerate the development of new features. Our Labs are intensively working on that and we’re growing our capacity with new engineers being added to the team. There is a new and positive energy going on! By the way, there will be new and bigger offices in Lenexa.
We'll also make Informix available in all commercial clouds.
We already have Informix available in IBM Softlayer / Bluemix and we are moving forward on delivering hosted versions and progressively move up to a full RDS offering step by step. We're going to be in AWS in the next 60 days and then to Google and Azure following on. This strategic move is not only about our current and important installed base but it is also about early adoption at product design stages. We need to have a new generation of programmers and IOT product designers knowing and trying the power and strength of a proven unparalleled platform and we have to make it easy for them! That also includes new languages, natively connected with Informix, such as Python, in our product roadmap.
On the other hand, we will simplify licensing models and upgrades, making sure we have flexibility for all models of deployment: on premise, hybrid or pure cloud.
No secrets about our intentions: we will keep having Informix everywhere and we will reclaim the high position this loved and renowned brand deserves!
We're very proud and excited with our plan and our vision and we do know that time will test our words. Now it's time to deliver. We also need you to spread the word: Informix is in a big comeback.
Please don't hesitate in contacting us, requesting for a meeting or a telepresence. We're working very close with the IIUG and its different chapters and partners, and also collaborating with many social media Informix groups... everywhere!