A billion dollars well spent is how many research firms are characterizing IBM's purchase of Informix's database business. Most analysts agree that Informix's installation base of more than 100,000 customers will enable IBM grow its market share. But the analysts differ over whether or not the Informix purchase will help IBM gain real ground against Oracle and Microsoft. What follows is a round-up of what some leading research first had to say about Big Blue's most recent move.

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