Informix has launched a graphical front end to the Universal Data Option (UDO) of its Dynamic Server (IDS) database to make it easier for non-technical staff to access information.
UDO was formerly known as Universal Server and is based on the supplier?s acquisition of the Illustra object-relational database. But, taking a leaf out of Microsoft?s book, Informix has now started shipping Visionary to try and make it easier to use in order to boost sales.
David Appelbaum, Informix?s vice president of product marketing, said: ?Visionary is a no code environment. You can manipulate data objects using wizards and you don?t need to understand SQL or any other language to use it. It?s also very customisable and is a direct front end to UDO.?
He added that users could navigate both Informix and non-Informix data by means of a zoom capability, dubbed wormholes, that enabled them to drill down into more detailed information, but Visionary only ran against UDO.
Visionary costs $500 per user, but a promotional Visionary Quickstart bundle, which includes 10 licenses for Visionary, 10 licenses for IDS and UDO, and a week of consulting and training, costs $37,000.
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