Informix has begun offering North American corporate developers a free version of its Windows NT database management system in an effort to jump start the development of NT-based database applications.
And if the program is successful in the US, it is likely to be extended to other countries by as early as July, Joe Niemann, vice president of distribution channels, announced recently.
"We will take copious notes and may extend the program at our worldwide user conference in July," Niemann said. "This is about Informix stepping up to the plate."
The move is overdue, Niemann said, coming a year after Informix said it wants to get serious about developing its Windows NT business, which Niemann called "very small".
Until the end of the year US developers can get for free a developer licence for Informix's OnLine Dynamic Server for Windows NT database.
Informix hopes that developers will use the licence to develop NT-based applications such as data warehouse and decision support systems, built on OnLine Dynamic Server.