PROGRESS WOOS INFORMIX CORPORATE USERS WITH FREE UPGRADE Thursday 21 June 2001 PDF Print The Progress Company today announced a free swap deal for Informix corporate end-users and independent software resellers (ISVs) in the UK to encourage them to switch to Progress business solutions, application development tools and database technology. “We are not the first to target Informix users since the IBM acquisition, and we don’t under-estimate the task they face in choosing a new development and deployment platform. But we believe we offer them the best fit as a pure software tools’ vendor with a long tradition of providing business solutions to corporate users working alongside our ISVs,” said Justin Wright managing director, Progress UK “We are in the early stages of negotiation with some Informix corporate users who have approached us in the UK and elsewhere in Europe.” Progress is offering corporate end-users the full trade-in value on their existing Informix licences, up to the value of the new Progress licences required. For example, an organisation with an existing Informix database licence that cost $100K, who upgrades to the Progress RDBMS Enterprise version with a licence value of $120K, will pay only $20K (plus annual maintenance) for the new licence. In addition developers, including Informix ISVs can take advantage of free Progress development licences providing full maintenance is paid. Progress Software has enhanced a number of its current service offerings; aimed at application re-engineering, to more easily facilitate the migration of Informix applications. “These services are key to rapidly moving forward to the Progress OpenEdge™ e-business platform. Applications will be enhanced, whilst retaining their individuality and functionality,” said Wright. Informix 4GL and Dynamic Server users face an uncertain future – the 4GL is no longer developed and IBM has no plans to integrate the Dynamic Server with the DB2 database, making change inevitable. Wright continued: “The adoption of any new development environment incurs considerable cost. Progress offers not only a prescriptive framework for speeding up application development and deployment with the recently announced OpenEdge e-business and web services platform but also, through our ISVs, a very broad range of 5000 business-applications to help ease the pain for these Informix customers. Coupled with the lowest cost of ownership in the industry, when compared to Oracle or Microsoft SQL, Progress has a compelling solution and perhaps a culturally more acceptable alternative to many Informix users who have already rejected Oracle and IBM.” About the Progress Company The Progress Company is a global supplier of software technology and services for developing, deploying, integrating and managing e-business solutions. The company provides a comprehensive suite of products that includes application development tools, application servers, the leading e-business messaging server SonicMQ, and the industry's most widely used, lowest-cost-of-ownership embedded database. The Progress Company's partners include more than 2000 independent software vendors (ISVs) and application service providers (ASPs) who supply annually over $5 billion in Progress®-based applications and related services. Over 40,000 organisations across more than 100 countries - including 60% of the Fortune 100 - rely on Progress-based applications. The Progress Company, an operating company of Progress Software Corporation (NASDAQ: PRGS), is headquartered in Bedford, Mass., and can be reached at 01753 216300 or on the Web at http://www.progress.com. -ends- Progress is a registered trademark of Progress Software Corporation in the US and other countries. ASPEN is a trademark of Progress Software Corporation in the US. Any other trademarks and/or servicemarks contained herein are the property of their respective owners. Press enquiries to: Salli Roskilly, Saffron Communications. T: 44 (0)1763 208708 F: 44 (0)1763 208813 E: firstname.lastname@example.org This press release was distributed by ResponseSource Press Release Wire on behalf of Saffron Communications (Hertfordshire) in the following categories: Consumer Technology, Personal Finance, Business & Finance, Computing & Telecoms, for more information visit https://pressreleasewire.responsesource.com/about.