Informix and Ardent recently signed an agreement stating their intentions to merge. They hope to complete the merger during the first quarter of 2000.

THE HURWITZ TAKE: Informix, for more than two years now, has been building up its offerings in data warehousing as part of the Decision Frontier product line. Informix built some products in-house, such as the Extended Parallel Server (XPS) for warehousing. It acquired other products such as the Informix Red Brick Decision Server. Still other products came into Decision Frontier from partners; for example, Informix has been reselling Ardent's DataStage (a tool for data extraction and transformation) for almost two years.

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