NEWS: KROGER STORES CHOOSES INFORMIX PARALLEL PROCESSING DATABASE TECHNOLOGY FOR CLIENT/SERVER IMPLEMENTATION 
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 NEWS: KROGER STORES CHOOSES INFORMIX PARALLEL PROCESSING DATABASE TECHNOLOGY FOR CLIENT/SERVER IMPLEMENTATION

NOTE:  Is this information appropriate for comp.databases.informix?
       --Bill

KROGER STORES CHOOSES INFORMIX PARALLEL PROCESSING DATABASE TECHNOLOGY
FOR CLIENT/SERVER IMPLEMENTATION

MENLO PARK, Calif., (May 2, 1994) -- Informix Software, Inc.,  (NASDAQ:
IFMX) the leading provider of parallel processing database technology,
today announced that The Kroger Co. will begin moving several critical
applications used within its marketing and manufacturing operations for
1,100 supermarkets from a mainframe system to a client/server environment
based on INFORMIX(R)-OnLine Dynamic Server(TM) and IBM RS6000 AIX hardware.

Kroger's decision to move to client/server was based on business-critical
efficient consumer response (ECR) demands of today's retail industry.  
The new system will reduce costs and increase productivity by
distributing data across multiple CPUs.  Initial applications include a
category management project and a risk management "paperless" project.

Reengineering its category management application for client/server will
enable Kroger to be more competitive.  Category management involves
"delivering the right product at the right time to the right place at the
best possible cost for our customers," according to Randy Agee, general
manager of technical architecture and planning at Kroger.  Informix
technology will enable category managers to better manage store product
through quick and easy access to large amounts of data.  

In the past, Kroger's risk management departments tracked personal injury
claims in large reports located on the mainframe.  The new system will
enable users throughout the company to more easily query information at a
substantially reduced cost by distributing  data to local computing
platforms.

"We selected OnLine Dynamic Server because it provides the functionality
and performance needed by our decision support applications to meet our
future business demands," said Agee.  "In this industry we must build
systems that can more quickly adapt to shrinking business cycles and move
products from the manufacturer to the consumer more efficiently."

"The power and versatility of OnLine Dynamic Server will provide Kroger
with a cost-effective, efficient alternative to its existing data
management systems," said Frank Bergandi, vice president of North
American sales at Informix.  "Many of the nation's leading retail
organizations have chosen Informix database software because it provides
the best solution to turn sales data into effective information and that
creates a competitive advantage."

INFORMIX-OnLine Dynamic Server is a next-generation database server which
incorporates the company's first implementation of its new parallel
processing database technology -- the Informix Dynamic Scalable
Architecture(TM) (DSA).  DSA was designed to enable organizations to
manage increasingly larger, more complex databases on open systems while
also substantially improving overall system performance.

About Informix

Informix Software is the leading supplier of high performance, parallel
processing database technology for open systems.  The company's database
servers are the number one choice of computer hardware manufacturers for
publishing Transaction Processing Council (TPC) benchmarks for UNIX-based
systems.  Informix products also include application development tools
for creating client/server production applications, decision support
systems, and ad-hoc query interfaces, and connectivity software that
allows information to be shared transparently from PCs to mainframes
within the corporate computing environment.

With corporate headquarters in Menlo Park, California, Informix has its
Europe/Middle East/Africa headquarters in the United Kingdom, and
Asia/Pacific headquarters in Singapore.  Informix's 1993 record revenues
of $353 million featured 83% growth in database server sales.
###

INFORMIX is a registered trademark, and Dynamic Scalable Architecture and
OnLine Dynamic Server are trademarks of Informix Software, Inc.
All other companies mentioned or other names indicated by (R) or (TM) are
trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective manufacturer.

--
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 William Daul             Advanced Support      INFORMIX SOFTWARE INC.
 4100 Bohannon Dr.        (415) 926-6488 - wk



Sat, 19 Oct 1996 02:55:54 GMT
 NEWS: KROGER STORES CHOOSES INFORMIX PARALLEL PROCESSING DATABASE TECHNOLOGY FOR CLIENT/SERVER IMPLEMENTATION

Quote:

>NOTE:  Is this information appropriate for comp.databases.informix?
>       --Bill
>KROGER STORES CHOOSES INFORMIX PARALLEL PROCESSING DATABASE TECHNOLOGY
>FOR CLIENT/SERVER IMPLEMENTATION
>MENLO PARK, Calif., (May 2, 1994) -- Informix Software, Inc.,  (NASDAQ:
>IFMX) the leading provider of parallel processing database technology,
>today announced that The Kroger Co. will begin moving several critical
>applications used within its marketing and manufacturing operations for
>1,100 supermarkets from a mainframe system to a client/server environment
>based on INFORMIX(R)-OnLine Dynamic Server(TM) and IBM RS6000 AIX hardware.

Which one of the IBM RS/6000 Parallel Processors is Kroger Stores going to
use?...

--
"Usenet is like a herd of performing elephants with diarrhea -- massive,
 difficult to redirect, awe-inspiring, entertaining, and a source of
 mind-boggling amounts of excrement when you least expect it."
                                                       -- Gene Spafford



Sat, 19 Oct 1996 07:51:44 GMT
 NEWS: KROGER STORES CHOOSES INFORMIX PARALLEL PROCESSING DATABASE TECHNOLOGY FOR CLIENT/SERVER IMPLEMENTATION

Quote:
>NOTE:  Is this information appropriate for comp.databases.informix?
>       --Bill
>KROGER STORES CHOOSES INFORMIX PARALLEL PROCESSING DATABASE TECHNOLOGY
>FOR CLIENT/SERVER IMPLEMENTATION
>MENLO PARK, Calif., (May 2, 1994) -- Informix Software, Inc.,  (NASDAQ:
>IFMX) the leading provider of parallel processing database technology,
>today announced...

Weeeeeeell, to my mind, this would be infinitely better if it were in something
like biz.informix, and leave comp.* to technical material.

As much as commercialization is inevitable, I would at least like to set
a precedent on how it will take place.  If we set the precedent, or, rather,
stick to it, that biz.* is "sell sell sell" and comp.* is "tech tech tech",
I think the net as a whole will be much better off.  I.e., if we let the
cat out of the bag, then Microsoft and all the other PC vendors will
(eventually) start filling comp.sys.ibm.pc.* with their press releases, and so
on.

I'm *not* against using the net for commercial purposes, but I think we have
to ensure it doesn't kill off the unique place it's grown into.

So, I encourage a biz.informix group, and suggest posting -all- your
press releases there, etc.
--


"But if he was dying he wouldn't bother to carve "Aaaaargh", he'd just say it."



Sat, 19 Oct 1996 09:46:40 GMT
 NEWS: KROGER STORES CHOOSES INFORMIX PARALLEL PROCESSING DATABASE TECHNOLOGY FOR CLIENT/SERVER IMPLEMENTATION


|>
|> >NOTE:  Is this information appropriate for comp.databases.informix?
|> >       --Bill
|>
|> >KROGER STORES CHOOSES INFORMIX PARALLEL PROCESSING DATABASE TECHNOLOGY
|> >FOR CLIENT/SERVER IMPLEMENTATION
|>

<clip>

|> Weeeeeeell, to my mind, this would be infinitely better if it were in something
|> like biz.informix, and leave comp.* to technical material.
|>
|> As much as commercialization is inevitable, I would at least like to set
|> a precedent on how it will take place.  If we set the precedent, or, rather,
|> stick to it, that biz.* is "sell sell sell" and comp.* is "tech tech tech",
|> I think the net as a whole will be much better off.  I.e., if we let the
|> cat out of the bag, then Microsoft and all the other PC vendors will
|> (eventually) start filling comp.sys.ibm.pc.* with their press releases, and so
|> on.
|>
|> I'm *not* against using the net for commercial purposes, but I think we have
|> to ensure it doesn't kill off the unique place it's grown into.
|>
|> So, I encourage a biz.informix group, and suggest posting -all- your
|> press releases there, etc.

I don't exactly agree with either poster.  I *want* a place where I can get all
of the Informix information in which *I* am interested. There are already some
hierarchies where I have to read through several groups to get what I want.  In
another newsgroup, a poster referred to the "balkanization" of that particular
hierarchy where it had been broken down into many subcategorizations. I don't
think *that* is desirable.

Whereas I don't think that customer related press releases are warranted in this
newsgroup, since they are purely marketing oriented, I don't want only technical
information here. either.  I am interested in some of the business related
information about Informix.  Release announcements, perhaps training schedules (I
peeked ahead, Bill) and other information that is not purely marketing oriented
should be included/allowed.

This is only my opinion,

David Tomlinson
"President - Great Lakes Informix User's Group" but I also work for a living :-)



Mon, 21 Oct 1996 00:19:52 GMT
 NEWS: KROGER STORES CHOOSES INFORMIX PARALLEL PROCESSING DATABASE TECHNOLOGY FOR CLIENT/SERVER IMPLEMENTATION

Quote:


>|>
>|> >NOTE:  Is this information appropriate for comp.databases.informix?
>|> >       --Bill
>|>
>|> >KROGER STORES CHOOSES INFORMIX PARALLEL PROCESSING DATABASE TECHNOLOGY
>|> >FOR CLIENT/SERVER IMPLEMENTATION
>|>
><clip>
>|> Weeeeeeell, to my mind, this would be infinitely better if it were in something
>|> like biz.informix, and leave comp.* to technical material.
>|>
>|> As much as commercialization is inevitable, I would at least like to set
>|> a precedent on how it will take place.  If we set the precedent, or, rather,
>|> stick to it, that biz.* is "sell sell sell" and comp.* is "tech tech tech",
>|> I think the net as a whole will be much better off.  I.e., if we let the
>|> cat out of the bag, then Microsoft and all the other PC vendors will
>|> (eventually) start filling comp.sys.ibm.pc.* with their press releases, and so
>|> on.
>|>
>|> I'm *not* against using the net for commercial purposes, but I think we have
>|> to ensure it doesn't kill off the unique place it's grown into.
>|>
>|> So, I encourage a biz.informix group, and suggest posting -all- your
>|> press releases there, etc.
>I don't exactly agree with either poster.  I *want* a place where I can get all
>of the Informix information in which *I* am interested. There are already some
>hierarchies where I have to read through several groups to get what I want.  In
>another newsgroup, a poster referred to the "balkanization" of that particular
>hierarchy where it had been broken down into many subcategorizations. I don't
>think *that* is desirable.
>Whereas I don't think that customer related press releases are warranted in this
>newsgroup, since they are purely marketing oriented, I don't want only technical
>information here, either.  I am interested in some of the business related
>information about Informix.  Release announcements, perhaps training schedules (I
>peeked ahead, Bill) and other information that is not purely marketing oriented
>should be included/allowed.
>This is only my opinion,
>David Tomlinson
>"President - Great Lakes Informix User's Group" but I also work for a living :-)

You can't have it both ways...  What you, personally, want, is no doubt not
the exact same set of postings as others want.

Balkanization is inevitable, with growth, and sometimes desirable.  It's
not feasible to wade through a group with thousands of postings a day,
etc.  And there are those on the net who don't want to pay for
commercial type postings.  That's why I suggested "just one more" group,
biz.informix, for the marketing type stuff.

My main concern is not with informix material, per se, the but stand we
take.  That affects the entire net.  If you don't want to see press releases
all over the place, now is the time to say "here's a way to handle that".
biz.XXX can complement comp.XXX.  It's easier to read two groups than to
cut a messy group in half with a newsreader.  (Use nn, for example, and just
treat the two informix groups as one.  But try to get nn to decide what's
a press release and what's not...)

Think five years down the road, where do you want to see Usenet?
--


"But if he was dying he wouldn't bother to carve "Aaaaargh", he'd just say it."



Thu, 24 Oct 1996 07:06:24 GMT
 NEWS: KROGER STORES CHOOSES INFORMIX PARALLEL PROCESSING DATABASE TECHNOLOGY FOR CLIENT/SERVER IMPLEMENTATION


|>


|> >|>
|> >|> >NOTE:  Is this information appropriate for comp.databases.informix?
|> >|> >       --Bill
|> >|>
|> ><clip>
|>
|> >|> Weeeeeeell, to my mind, this would be infinitely better if it were in something
|> >|> like biz.informix, and leave comp.* to technical material.

<clip>

|> >|> So, I encourage a biz.informix group, and suggest posting -all- your
|> >|> press releases there, etc.
|>

<clip>

|>
|> >Whereas I don't think that customer related press releases are warranted in this
|> >newsgroup, since they are purely marketing oriented, I don't want only technical
|> >information here, either.  I am interested in some of the business related
|> >information about Informix.  Release announcements, perhaps training schedules (I
|> >peeked ahead, Bill) and other information that is not purely marketing oriented
|> >should be included/allowed.
|>
|> You can't have it both ways...  What you, personally, want, is no doubt not
|> the exact same set of postings as others want.

I haven't noticed a great deal of traffic to this group, nothing
really very heavy technically, not a lot of grossly commercial
postings, either.  I have noticed a number of headhunter postings
to this group that I'm none too fond of and no one has complained.  
But that is neither here not there. The one person who has e-mailed
me has agreed with me.

|>
|> Balkanization is inevitable, with growth, and sometimes desirable.  It's
|> not feasible to wade through a group with thousands of postings a day,
|> etc.  And there are those on the net who don't want to pay for
|> commercial type postings.  That's why I suggested "just one more" group,
|> biz.informix, for the marketing type stuff.

I don't disagree.  If you noticed, I said that since customer related
press releases were purely marketing related, they probably didn't
belong in this group.  But I want non-technical stuff, too.  Release
info, world wide conference into, training schedules, etc are OK
by me.  It's the "I just sold a million dollars worth of hardware/
software to client x", "buy our product, please", "we are a
consulting company specializing ..." and the "we need a client
server squeegee developer in Tallahassee, comp-sci degree or 74
years of experience needed" type postings that don't belong here.

SO I agree that the posting which started this thread does not
belong here. :-) But other non-technical postings may have their place.

|>
|> My main concern is not with informix material, per se, the but stand we
|> take.  That affects the entire net.  If you don't want to see press releases
|> all over the place, now is the time to say "here's a way to handle that".

<clip>

OK, OK, OK, no overtly marketing oriented postings. No headhunter
postings, either, OK?

|>
|> Think five years down the road, where do you want to see Usenet?

Home Shopping Network?  ;-)

DCT
"I want a monster! Get me a monster now!"



Sat, 26 Oct 1996 04:12:45 GMT
 NEWS: KROGER STORES CHOOSES INFORMIX PARALLEL PROCESSING DATABASE TECHNOLOGY FOR CLIENT/SERVER IMPLEMENTATION
Something that has worked very well in comp.sys.acorn is the
addition of an "announce" group.

It is moderated by someone in the company and has maybe one article
in a week.

This would seperate out "marketing" so that only those who want
to receive it can receive it.

I don't see the point of creating a biz news group as that would
split up the informix information across more than one usenet
branch.

However I don't think the volume in this group is that high so
a new group seems like over kill to me.

[What do I know about Informix? Absolutely Nothing.]

--
Alex McLintock



Sat, 26 Oct 1996 18:01:14 GMT
 
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