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IIUG Alert (Issue #22)
03 May 2002

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Welcome to the International Informix Users Group (IIUG) Alert! It contains time-sensitive material for the IBM Informix community.


Contents:

  1. Blue Tuesday Anniversary Webcast Played to Record Audience
  2. Hot, Hot, Hot... IIUG Musts
  3. Oracle's Sales Tactics Make Ugly News... Again!
  4. SAPMIX Now Hosted by IIUG
  5. IBM's Informix Today Newsletter Launches - Subscribe Here!
  6. New IBM Partner SIG
  7. Free Passes for May 8-9 at IBM DeveloperWorks Live! San Francisco, CA
  8. Get Certified at Over 4800 Prometric Testing Centers Worldwide
  9. Simplified Requirements for IBM Informix Certification
  10. Useful Links
  11. Closing and Credits

Blue Tuesday Anniversary Webcast Played to Record Audience

A record audience participated in the April 24th IIUG webcast that commemorated the announcement of Informix's acquisition by IBM.

Fred Hubbard, IIUG President and Managing Director hosted Janet Perna, IBM Data Management General Manager, and Don Top, IBM Data Management Director of Engineering. Together, they put the past 12 months in perspective and turned the page towards the future of the Informix community under IBM's leadership and IIUG's advocacy. An updated product road map was unveiled, and more details were provided regarding the incorporation of Informix database technology into DB2.

IBM and IIUG also announced a variety of freebies, including:
- The immediate and free availability of IDS 9.3 for Win2K and Linux.
- The imminent and free availability of SE Personal Edition 7.25, and Four Js BDL.
- An evaluation copy of IBM Office Connect 3.0 before end of May.
- The anniversary survey, posted at http://www.iiug.org/cgi-bin/fglcl.cgi?anniversary
- The IIUG Fish'n Game, which you can play at www.IIUG.org.

A total of 36 questions were submitted for the Q&A session. Due to time constraints, only a few were answered live. However, answers to all will be posted on the replay site in the next few days. To replay this important webcast, instructions have been posted at www.IIUG.org. To submit your feedback on this web cast, please write to fred@iiug.org.

Hot, Hot, Hot... IIUG Musts

Folks, your IIUG Board continues working hard to bring you more membership benefits. However, unless you are an IIUG member with a current and complete profile, you will not be able to access the "Downloads" tab in the "Member Area".

Don't miss this immediate opportunity to obtain IDS 9.3 for Win2K or Linux for free. And keep coming back! More free software is forthcoming.

Please note that all software downloads will be supported only via CDI and/or the IIUG SIG lists.

Also available now at the IIUG site...
- Our Blue Tuesday Anniversary survey. Please respond to it and help the Informix community worldwide affect IBM's decisions regarding our favorite products and services. You can find it at www.IIUG.org

- The IIUG/IBM Fish'n Game, because life isn't all work. Go Fish'n in beautiful Alaska or breath-taking Arizona and have fun catching surprising underwater creatures, including the very damaging Larry and Bill octopi. The top 20 scores are revealed at the end of each game. To play, visit www.IIUG.org


Oracle's Sales Tactics Make Ugly News... Again!

In August 2001, the State of California Department of Information Technology (DOIT) signed a to million contract with Oracle to provide 270,000 Oracle licenses to the State over six years. In several recent issues, the San Jose Mercury News and The Sacramento Bee have brought to light what could be improprieties related to the acquisition process, among them Oracle's overstated claims of cost advantages and no database competition. Excerpts follow:

"State Auditor Elaine Howle, calling this audit one of the three or four gravest reviews she has been involved in during her 18 years at the Bureau of State Audits, said the flawed analysis of the contract may have overstated its potential savings by more than million." -- San Jose Mercury News, April 16, 2002.

The same article also says: "The auditor concluded that state officials appear to have been hoodwinked by the high-pressure sales tactics of Logicon and Oracle."

The Sacramento Bee sums up Oracle/Logicon (involved consultants and Oracle resellers) behavior: "Assuming the state's buyers were trying to do the right thing, they were duped like rookies... The salesmen made a too- slick pitch, used bad numbers to inflate the potential savings, offered confusing terms on a complicated transaction and rushed the state to sign on the dotted line before it was too late."

For more information, please see the following articles:
- The San Jose Mercury News, April 16, 2002: "Oracle contract could cost taxpayers millions, audit says"
- The San Jose Mercury News, April 16, 2002: "Audit: State's Oracle deal was full of mistakes"
- The San Jose Mercury News, April 16, 2002: "Audit: State may lose millions in Oracle deal"
- The San Jose Mercury News, April 17, 2002: "Justice Department to probe California's Oracle deal"
- The Sacramento Bee, April 17, 2002: "Audit slams Oracle pact"
- The Sacramento Bee, April 18, 2002: "Daniel Weintraub: State software deal looks like million blunder"
- The Sacramento Bee, April 19, 2002: "State chiefs testify in Oracle debacle"
- The Sacramento Bee, April 23, 2002: "Technology agency's days are numbered"


SAPMIX Now Hosted by IIUG

SAPMIX, the popular email list for SAP customers using Informix IDS is now hosted by IIUG. Formerly sapmix@informix.com, the SAPMIX list had lost its support as the Informix domain was transferred to IBM.

SAPMIXers are welcome and encouraged to join IIUG at no charge.

IIUG members may subscribe to the new list by visiting the "Member Area" at www.IIUG.org, clicking on the "Subscriptions" tab and selecting "SAPMIX" from the roster of supported SIGs.


IBM's Informix Today Newsletter Launches - Subscribe Here!

IBM Data Management is launching the first Informix Today Newsletter this week. Don't miss the opportunity to get your copy. Sign up today at:

http://www-4.ibm.com/software/data/informix/informixtoday/


New IBM Partner SIG

Attention, Informix IBM Data Management Solutions Partners, an IIUG Partners Special Interest Group (SIG) is being established with the objective of creating an independent and unified front to share information, collect feedback and advocate to IBM.

This IIUG SIG will have the support of IBM. Their immediate interest is to educate the IIUG/IBM partner base by introducing the various tools included in IBM's PartnerWorld and demonstrating their business benefits. IBM will also provide early communication regarding interesting events so that partners can take full advantage of opportunities presented.

To participate in this new IIUG SIG, please contact Sounia Nejad Chaney at sounia@iiug.org. Sounia is an IIUG Board member and Partners SIG Chair.

A selection of helpful PartnerWorld links follows:

- PartnerWorld for Software Track Guide (pdf):
http://www-100.ibm.com/partnerworld/

- PartnerWorld for Developers Track Guide (pdf):
http://www.developer.ibm.com/welcome/guide2002/pdf/track_guide_2002.pdf

- Partner World for Software Home Page:
http://www-100.ibm.com/partnerworld/software/pwswpub1.nsf

- PartnerWorld for Developers Home Page:
http://www.developer.ibm.com/

- PartnerWorld for Developers Informix Resource Center:
http://www.developer.ibm.com/data/informindex.php


Free Passes for May 8-9 at IBM DeveloperWorks Live! San Francisco, CA

Free Exhibit Hall passes and significantly discounted full conference passes for IIUG members have just been made available for May 8th and 9th at IBM DeveloperWorks Live! The IBM Technical Developer Conference in San Francisco, California's Moscone Center.

Keynote speakers include Steve Mills, Senior VP and Group Executive, Robert LeBlanc, General Manager, Tivoli Software, Daniel Sabbah, VP, AIM Development, Al Zollar, General Manager, Lotus Software, Janet Perna, General Manager, Data Management, and more.

For more information and to register online, please go to:
http://www.ibm.com/events/ibmdeveloperworkslive/r/expwd1

Free Exhibit Hall Passes:
* For May 8 & 9 access to the exhibit hall only
* Does not include any technical sessions, meals, or special activities
* Use registration code EHUG for Exhibit Hall Pass
* Not available to IBM employees

Discounted Full Conference Pass:
* Almost 50% off regular price!
* Use code PW1C for registration
* 1 day pass: per person


Get Certified at Over 4800 Prometric Testing Centers Worldwide

Our friends at IBM Certification and Testing report that professional certification candidates for IBM Informix now have the ability and convenience to test at any Prometric Testing Center worldwide. With over 4,800 computer-based testing centers in more than 140 countries, you will be certain to find one near you.

To locate a testing center in your neighborhood, visit:

http://www.2test.com


Simplified Requirements for IBM Informix Certification

The Database Fundamentals Exam is no longer required for IBM Certified Solution Expert Paths on Informix products. This reduces the amount of time and number of exams one must complete before receiving worldwide recognition for your IBM certification. If you would like to assess your fundamental knowledge on IBM Informix databases, visit http://certify.torolab.ibm.com to take an assessment exam at no cost.

To view all IBM Informix certifications available, please visit:

http://www.ibm.com/certify/certs/ix_index.shtml


Useful Links


Closing and Credits

The International Informix Users Group (IIUG) is an organization designed to enhance communications between IBM and its worldwide user community. IIUG now approaches 14,000 members and enjoys the support and commitment of IBM's Data Management division. Key programs include local user groups and special interest groups, which we promote and assist from launch through growth.

Sources: IIUG Board of Directors
Editors: David Smith and Fred Hubbard, IIUG Board of Directors

For comments, please send an email to ug@iiug.org.