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January 23, 1998

Susan T. Daniel
54 South Fourteenth Street
San Jose, CA 95112

Dear Susan:

We are very pleased that you are considering joining us at Informix Software,
Inc. (Company).  The purpose of this letter is to set forth our offer of
employment.  We propose that you begin employment with Informix Software, Inc.
in the capacity of Vice President, Human Resources, reporting to Bob Finocchio,
Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer.

Your salary, computed on an annual basis beginning on the date you become an
employee of the Company, will be $230,000 per year and shall be paid in equal
semi-monthly installments.

You will also participate in the Executive Incentive Compensation Plan in 1998
at a rate of 40%.  The first six months are guaranteed.  Plan details will be
provided under separate cover.

It will be recommended to the Board of Directors that you receive a 
non-qualified stock option under the Informix Corporation Employee Stock 
Option Plan to acquire 200,000 shares of the common stock of Informix 
Corporation on terms and conditions to be determined solely by the Board of 
Directors at the time of the grant.  In the event of a merger or change in 
control of the Company within six months after the date of the agreement, the 
exercisability of your options will accelerate as to two year's additional 
vesting.  If such change of control takes place after such six month period, 
the exercisability of your options will accelerate so as to become fully 
vested.  You, of course, will be under no obligation to exercise any stock 
options which may be granted to you. 

In addition, a hire-on bonus of $15,000 will be awarded to you in which you will
become "vested" at the rate of $7,500 for each of your first two years with the
Company.  In the event you terminate your employment before the end of the first
year you will be required to repay the full amount of the bonus and if you
terminate your employment after one year but before completing two years you
will be required to repay one-half of the bonus.

In the event of a change in ownership of the company during your first two years
of employment only for a termination other than cause, you will be entitled to
receive as severance an amount equal to one (1) year base salary, if your
employment terminates within 90 days of the initiating event irrespective of
which party initiates the termination.

This offer of employment is contingent upon the following:

-  Your signing of the Company's Employee Agreement for Nondisclosure of 
Confidential Information, in the form attached.

-  Your acceptance of this offer by signing this letter below.

-  Your signing of the enclosed W-4 form.

-  Approval by the Informix Board of Directors.

-  Within your first day of employment, you must provide for examination, 
proof of your legal right to work in the United States and complete the 
Immigration Form I-9 as required by the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization 
Service.  These include either 1) a U.S. passport, a U.S. certificate of 
citizenship, a U.S. certificate of naturalization, an unexpired foreign 
passport with attached employment authorization or an alien registration card 
with photograph: OR 2) a state driver's license, a state I.D. card, a U.S. 
military card AND a Social Security 


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Susan T. Daniel
January 23, 1998

card or a U.S. birth certificate.  If you do not have proof of identification 
on the first day of employment, you will be sent home to obtain the 
documents.  You will not be placed on the payroll until this form is 
completed by a Company representative.  If for any reason you are unable to 
provide proof of your identity as well as your legal right to work in the 
United States within the first three days the Company may terminate your 
employment. From time to time after your first day of employment, you may be 
asked to provide proof of your identify as well as your legal right of work 
in the United States.

This offer of employment is not for any specific period of time and your 
employment may be terminated with or without cause by yourself or the Company 
at any time for any reason.

As an employee of Informix, you also agree to comply with company policies, 
procedures and standards of conduct that may be established by the Company.

This offer of employment contains all of the terms and conditions of your 
employment with the Company and supersedes any and all prior, oral or written 
representations or agreements made by anyone employed by, or associated with, 
the Company.

The terms of this offer, if accepted, will become your terms of employment 
and can only be added to or modified by a written document signed by the 
Chief Executive Officer.

I am looking forward to your acceptance of this offer.  Please be advised 
that this offer of employment is valid only to January 30, 1998.  Please 
acknowledge your acceptance by signing and dating this letter and returning 
it to us before February 2, 1998.  In addition, please complete the W-4 form 
and return it to the Human Resources Department prior to beginning your 
employment or no later than 3 days after your date of hire.  Enclosed for 
your convenience in making the return is a self-addressed envelope.  Please 
bring your I-9 form, required identification, and Non-Disclosure Agreement 
with you on your first day of employment for verification and witnessing by 
your manager.



/s/ Robert  J. Finocchio
Bob Finocchio
Chairman, President and
Chief Executive Officer

1. Non-Disclosure Form
2. I-9 Form
3. W-4
4. Application of Employment

        Susan Daniel