VendorRate Announces Partnerships With SQL Server Worldwide Users Group and International Informix Users Group : Influential Groups Represent More Than 500,000 Database and Other IT Professionals

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VendorRate (, the only Internet site that offers quick, confidential performance ratings and comparisons of technology vendors, today announced partnerships with the SQL Server Worldwide Users Group ( and the International Informix Users Group (, two independent associations with combined memberships of more than 500,000 IT professionals.

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These organizations both complement VendorRate perfectly because they believe strongly that customers can help influence vendor performance

Under the agreements, members of both organizations are now able to rate their experiences with IT vendors directly through VendorRate portals on the SSWUG.ORG and IIUG web sites. VendorRate will provide discounted pricing for SSWUG.ORG and IIUG members on detailed vendor comparison reports. The organizations will also share in cross-promotional efforts.

"These organizations both complement VendorRate perfectly because they believe strongly that customers can help influence vendor performance," said Rick Schafer, CEO of VendorRate. "The user communities of these two major groups will add a powerful and reliable source of information for evaluating the many IT vendors used by the companies their members represent."

"SSWUG.ORG's goal is to provide experiences, feedback and expertise to help solve IT requirements, and VendorRate is a perfect complement to our community oriented approach," said SSWUG.ORG Founder Stephen Wynkoop. "Our members will now have easy access to IT vendor customer satisfaction scores, and the VendorRate pages on our website are among the first places they should look when evaluating new vendors."

"Placing VendorRate's rating technology on our web site helps fulfill our mission of IIUG members helping the IT community by sharing knowledge about Informix and other IT vendors," said IIUG President Stuart Litel. "Most importantly, the collective voice of IIUG members now easily shines light on how well IBM works with the Informix user community."

SSWUG.ORG's half-million member worldwide organization assists both developers and administrators by sharing information on SQL Server, Oracle systems, working with DB2, MySQL, and XML.

IIUG, with nearly 20,000 members, is the most influential group representing the users of Informix products. IIUG members around the world network, share knowledge and influence IBM and other vendors.

IT and telecom professionals may rate a vendor on confidentially and at no charge using VendorRate's easy, quick and confidential rating form. Currently, the VendorRate database contains 12,000 vendors across more than 60 industries. Visitors may add vendors to the site at any time.

About VendorRate

VendorRate is a Los Gatos, Calif.-based business intelligence company providing quantifiable, reliable ratings and reports on technology vendors in the IT and telecom industries. Established in 2007, the company works with technology purchasers to improve their overall decision making process. For more information, visit

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