Informix is trying to grab a bigger share of the Internet marketplace by offering a one stop solution for setting up a Web site for ecommerce.
The fixed price product, called i.Sell, is a package of software for designing and running a Web site, based on Informix?s Dynamic Server database engine. Informix also offers consulting services, and claims i.Sell will allow customers to set up ecommerce Web sites quickly and cost effectively.
?Many companies cannot realise the substantial opportunity of sell side ecommerce because traditional solutions are simply not equal to today?s ever increasing requirements,? said Wes Raffel, vice president of Informix?s ecommerce division, i.Informix.
?Companies that are on the Web are saddled with technology unable to grow with their spiralling ecommerce volume and customer demands, while companies seeking to get on the Web are faced with options that involve high costs and long implementation cycles,? Raffel added.
By offering a packaged solution Informix is hoping to differentiate itself from rivals such as IBM and Oracle, who have both been pushing their products as Internet friendly.
The market it is chasing is certainly tempting with the escalating demand for Web sites being balanced by the complexities of actually setting them up.
But by offering customers a fixed-price service, based on the number of microprocessors used, Informix is also holding itself hostage to fortune, as it will need to be able to set up Web sites for customers on time and under budget or it will cost itself money.
i.Sell is currently available for Sun Solaris or Windows NT platforms, with a HP release due this quarter.
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