Oracle is capitalising hard on Informix? financial and technical disarray, wooing disillusioned users with its Oracle Safe Switch program, offering discounts up to 35 per cent if they ditch Informix and migrate to Oracle 8.
Apart from one or two tweaks to meet European law, the main planks of the US programme stand, with no invoices for three months and payments divvied up into four interest-free payments.
Nick Gregory, Oracle UK?s Server Technology Marketing Manager, said that the program includes consultancy and migration services, and he denies that customers will find the migration too difficult.
?We have extensive experience and have offered tools and migration services for a long time. The difficulty is not the database itself, but the migration of applications, and we have a large portfolio of application migration tools.?
Asked if there was much interest from the Informix community, Gregory said: ?The offer went out only last week, but we are now talking with a number of key accounts, the premier accounts. A whole range of customers are talking with us since a lot of people wanted to take a fresh look at Oracle 8.?
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