Just how much of a liability is DB2's GUI?
InfoWorld Database Underground blog: What is the Future of DB2?
This InfoWorld blog post does have some undisputed facts: Sean McCown has written about MS SQL Server in the past, and his spell checker is broken. The rest is a bit more speculative and debatable.
So, DB2 has impressive features, but its marketing strategy and clunky GUI are holding it back. Is it as simple as that? Is the release of Express-C of any help in increasing DB2's market share? Does Gartner's recent forecast of strong growth for DB2 take its allegedly meager GUI tools into account?
Although vague on details, I still consider the opinions in the InfoWorld blog post to be food for thought. Many DB2 DBAs I have talked to proudly claim they shunned most if not all of the GUI tools long ago. Would this stance be less common if DB2 had better GUI tools? If so, perhaps it's time more people participated in IBM's user feedback opportunities, either at DB2 conferences or right at an IBM lab.