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Informix Technology Day 2017

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Pradeep Muthalpuredathe / Director - WW Informix Engineering
Pradeep Muthalpuredathe present the basics of the collaboration between IBM and HCL and the roadmap for the coming years at the Informix technology day.

HCL has taken over development and support on May 1. Most of the development and support staff have agreed to a change to HCL so that the usual contacts and existing structures are available to customers.

For IBM Informix customers nothing changes in the licensing or maintenance. IBM will continue to sell Informix through the IBM channel.

We asked Informix users, IBM partners and employees about their views on the IBM/HCL partnership. The responses were very positive because it is a long-term partnership and a god perspective for the future of Informix.


Key Highlights / part of presentation Pradeep Muthalpuredathe
  • IBM and HCL have entered into a 15+ year IP partnership. HCL has set up a new division called HCL Products and Platforms.
  • IBM will continue to sell the IBM products through the IBM channel. HCL is responsible for development, support, and customer advocacy.
  • All of the IBM development and support engineers will be joining HCL. Customers will continue to have access to the expertise of the labs.
  • HCL has a Client Advocay team building on IBM’s Lab Advocate program. This is a ‘hypercare’ approach to customer relationships.
  • HCL will be accelerating the product roadmaps, and delivering new features and functionality.
  • HCL will be refreshing Lab Services offerings to provide customers higher ROI and faster time to value.

IBM Informix – HCL IP Partnership (April-28-2017)

Dear Informix Partners,

below we share actual news about the IBM/HCL Informix partnership, provided today by Tomas Escobar
(WW Sales and Strategy Leader, DB2 and Informix).

Your CURSOR Service Distribution Team


Tomas Escobar:
Short overview
  • Informix Development and support teams will move to HCL and HCL will further accelerate Informix development work.
  • Nothing changes for existing customers - and there is a guarantee for next 15 years of continued Informix availability, enhancements and support.
  • IBM did not sell the IP, not the product, not the source code - we did not sell the Informix business.
  • IBM remains the point of contact for sales, contracting, licensing, pricing, support towards customers. IBM product lifecycle policies remain unchanged for Informix.


I would like to share with you a couple of great perspectives on the IBM Informix and HCL partnership written by Dan Hernandez and Matthias Funke, as well as other key material. The objective is to assist you in the process of sharing these exciting news with your sales teams, colleagues, business partners and customers.

Source: IBM Data Management Blog / April 18, 2017
https://ibmdatamanagement.co/2017/04/18/ibm-and-hcl-strategic-partnership-to-jointly-develop-and-market-ibm-informix/

Attached the communication distributed to all attendees of the WW Informix User Conference in Raleigh, April 23-27. Feel free to share the blogs and the documents attached, with your sales teams, Business Partners and Informix customers.

Best regards,
_________________________________________________
Tomas Escobar
WW Sales and Strategy Leader, DB2 and Informix
IBM Analytics Unit


IBM and HCL Strategic Partnership to
jointly develop and market IBM Informix (April-17-2017)

Friends

I have some very exciting news to share with you today. I am very pleased to announce that IBM and HCL are entering a strategic partnership to jointly develop and market the IBM Informix family of products.

We are building on a history of collaboration between the two companies. The new partnership combines IBM’s large Informix customer base and global sales force with HCL’s leadership in the IT services sector – accelerating the investments, evolution and adoption of Informix as a leading database – and further address the needs of an embedded database.

Effective May 1, 2017, HCL will take over development and support of the Informix product family. Product strategy, marketing and sales efforts continue to be led by IBM with HCL participating and expanding routes to market. Experience for customers remains unchanged. Existing customer agreements, first point of contact, new licenses or extensions to existing entitlements continue to be through IBM.

Let me close by expressing again my personal excitement about this new partnership as it will lead to new innovations, more delighted clients and more opportunities for our employees and partners.

Dan Hernandez, VP Offering Management Analytics IBM

Source: IIUG News User / April 17, 2017
http://www.iiug.org/en/2017/04/17/ibm-and-hcl-strategic-partnership-to-jointly-develop-and-market-ibm-informix/

Source: IBM Data Management Blog / April 18, 2017
https://ibmdatamanagement.co/2017/04/18/ibm-and-hcl-strategic-partnership-to-jointly-develop-and-market-ibm-informix/

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enables deployment of DB2 for Linux, UNIX, and Windows, IBM BigInsights for Apache Hadoop, and IBM dashDB local to optimize data management within hybrid data environments
(IBM Europe Software Announcement ZP17-0056, dated May 16, 2017)

Overview

IBM® Data Management Bundle V1.0 brings a new licensing option to increase flexibility and enable you to deploy a combination of offerings to better manage your hybrid data environment. Based upon deployment needs, a combination of the following offerings can now be deployed to the extent covered by the specific entitlement:
IBM DB2® for Linux™, UNIX™, and Windows™
IBM dashDB™ Local
IBM BigInsights® for Apache Hadoop V4.2
This flexibility helps to optimize the investment associated with shifting data back and forth within the hybrid data environment, based on DB2 for Linux, UNIX, and Windows; dashDB Local; or BigInsights for Apache Hadoop V4.2. 

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