Informix Software has agreed to acquire California-based start-up Centerview Software, which sells Visual Basic development tools for building database applications.
The database supplier intends to acquire all of Centerview?s outstanding stock in cash, and expects to write off $7 million for in-process research and development in its first fiscal quarter of 1997.
Centerview?s 13 staff will be relocated to Informix? Menlo Park headquarters and will report to Paula Hawthorn, vice president of product development.
Centerview currently sells a Visual Basic add-on tool, Choreo for Visual Basic, which comprises two elements. Data Director and DataLink Manager enable developers to build component-based database applications without knowing SQL.
Choreo also includes a standalone database engine, licensed from Centura - formerly known as Gupta - for programmers wanting to build client/server packages on a standalone PC.
Informix refused to talk about future plans for the product, saying it would unveil its strategy in the spring, but it seems likely that Choreo will be integrated into the suplier?s own flagging New Era offering to try and revive its fortunes.
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