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International Informix Users Group (IIUG)
Here is a summary of the major topics in this newsletter:
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I. LETTER FROM THE PRESIDENT
Welcome to the first E-newsletter for the International Informix Users Group! We hope to use this newsletter as a way to provide you with valuable information about Informix and the IIUG. We plan to send it about once a quarter. It will provide you with information that is not given in our hardcopy newsletter or on the IIUG Web site. Also, the E-newsletter provides a convenient and summarized reference.
Here is a summary of the major topics in this edition:
The IIUG's operations are coordinated by the user group program office and a 12 member board of directors. Informix has demonstrated its commitment to the program by providing a user group program director as well as a dedicated member of the board of directors. The rest of the board consists of dedicated Informix users from all over the world.
See Board of Director Bios for details.
We really want to use this newsletter to help you understand our function and how we can help you. We feel that the most important benefit of the IIUG is to provide you with information, and we hope that we achieve that goal. Please send your feedback directly to me at email@example.com or to our user group office at firstname.lastname@example.org.
II. IIUG NEWS AND EVENTS
This section provides news and information about the International Informix Users Group.
The New Informix Users Conference!
The IIUG is proud to be a primary sponsor of the Informix User Conference! The conference will be held on October 24 through 27, 2000, in Orlando, Florida, USA. It will be combined with the partners' conference as well. We are currently working on the content for the conference. The new agenda will be driven by YOU - the Informix user and will include major input from the IIUG at large. One of our operating themes for the conference is:
"Because Users Know What Users Want."
Keeping in touch with its international client base, Informix also plans to hold Informix User Conference events in the following regions in 2001: Europe, Asia-Pac, and the Americas. The conferences will occur in 3-4 month intervals. The first conference will occur from October 24 27, 2000 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida. This event will be followed by a February conference in a European venue and an April conference in the Asia/Pacific region.
This October's conference will be a combination of technical and corporate information. Informix marketing and product management will still be part of the program while IIUG will ensure that the content meets the needs of the user community. In the past, many attendees and exhibiting partners didn't feel that the value justified the cost of the conference. This conference is different. Since it is driven by the IIUG, it will be targeted towards the user community while still satisfying the needs of management. Please watch www.informix.com/iuc for the latest news and information!
Regional and Worldwide User Group Meetings
To help bring the message closer to the users, Informix is stepping up its assistance with local user group meetings. These meetings are mini versions of the traditional Informix User Conference. The event in Washington D.C. (described below) was a stellar example of such a meeting (though the sponsoring user groups put forth an incredible effort to make the meeting happen). The following paragraphs describe upcoming and recent events.
Forum.2000 in Washington DC, USA: A huge success!
We recently completed Forum 2000, a successful, event-packed two-day user conference, co-hosted by Informix and three major user groups on the U.S. eastern seaboard. We registered 275 people, most coming from the East Coast of USA. The conference was small and intimate, and provided an excellent setting for the exchange of information about Informix.
High points of the conference were the keynote speech by Informix president and CEO, Jean-Yves Dexmier, a "meet the authors luncheon" with leading Informix-Press authors, and a full morning seminar on data warehousing by Red Brick guru and president, Ralph Kimball. Informix added the finishing touch, set in Washington's recently renovated Union Station: A buffet dinner and networking session, including entertainment by the "Capitol Steps" political comedy troupe.
Hundreds of Informix customers in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa attended the first annual Informix TecForum in Frankfurt, Germany recently. Customers were given the opportunity to discuss current Informix technologies with their peers from around the world as well as with members of Informix's development staff.
Technical presentations and Q&A sessions provided customers with an opportunity to exchange experiences, gain valuable insight to utilizing Informix technology, and learn about the latest Informix products being released.
TecForum provides customers an excellent time to discuss the usage and optimization of Informix technology with the Informix experts who work directly on product development. Organizers of this year's event are already making preparations for TecForum 2000.
If you would like more information on TecForum 2000, or have questions, please send email to email@example.com
Local User Group Corner
The IIUG provides worldwide support to any local user group (LUG). We believe that the LUGs are the conduit between many Informix communities and the IIUG, and we greatly value their input.
If you're interested in starting a LUG or want any type of help with an existing LUG Or your events and meetings, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or Dawn McGuire at 650-926-6762. The following sections provide some LUG news.
Please See Our New Events Web Page At: www.iiug.org.
To list your local event in this newsletter or on the IIUG web site, please send your event information to email@example.com
III. BOARD OF DIRECTORS UPDATE
The IIUG board is a 10-12 person group that is dedicated to serving the needs of the IIUG community. The board is made up entirely of volunteers that spend their own time to serve the needs of the IIUG. You can find biographies of each board member at www.iiug.org/iiug/iiug_board.html.
Following are some current highlights:
WEB SITE UPDATES
The IIUG Web site provides a wealth of information about Informix and the user group.
The most popular part of the Web site is the software archive, which includes literally THOUSANDS of different Informix-related utilities. In addition, the site includes an Informix FAQ, search features, membership information, and the complete (searchable) archive of the Informix newsgroup (comp.databases.informix).
You can obtain other detailed information online at the following locations:
Please take a few moments to use our site and find out how it can enhance your professional Informix experience.
IV. INFORMIX NEWS
Ron Flannery, lead author of the upcoming Informix Handbook, recently completed a comprehensive interview with Informix president and CEO Jean-Yves Dexmier. Their conversation addressed many user concerns and helped to define and clarify Informix's overall corporate direction.
To give you an idea of the scope of that interview, this newsletter provides a product summary, along with Dexmier's answer to the first interview question. Because of the length of the interview and its summary, we decided not to include it in this newsletter. For the complete text of the interview, current information, and live Web links, go to the Informix Handbook Web site at www.informixhandbook.com.
First, we'll introduce some core concepts of the new Informix. These items will help you understand the entire interview. Here is a list of some of the current products:
All of these products are described in detail on Informix's Web site. They are all a core part of the future of Informix and Jean-Yves references them in the interview.
Here is the first question from the interview:
RON FLANNERY: What is the i.Economy or Internet Economy?
JEAN-YVES DEXMIER: It is the new way of doing business. The Internet has changed the way that the world operates. Because of the massive amounts of data, different types of data, and need for immediate information, businesses need more powerful solutions. People want REAL TIME, instant results. Today's customer is concerned about SPEED to market, not time to market. This is the i.Economy.
Think about the types of data you access today: video, audio, movies, pictures and more. They generate massive storage and processing requirements. Your applications need to be able to store the data and display it in an efficient manner.
Today's solutions have to be to be implemented FAST. Businesses move at "Internet speed." Companies can be created and go online within a matter of months. They need a strong technology that can get them online fast. Our products provide this capability. For example, our i.Sell solution allows users to create a fully functioning E-commerce site in as little as six weeks.
The i.Economy also calls for personalized content. Users demand immediate answers to their questions. They want to be able to click and receive immediate answers. For example, if a Web site knows about its customers, it can really help sell the company's products. This type of personalized solution requires a solid technology.
A simple way to describe the i.Economy is by defining the "i." It can mean three different things:
INFORMIX FINANCIAL DETAILS
Informix continues to grow at an outstanding pace. Its revenue for the fourth quarter of 1999 was a record $251.1 million, compared with $214.0 million for the fourth quarter of 1998, and increase of 17 percent. Compared to the fourth quarter of 1998, license revenue was up 15 percent at $135.3 million and service revenue was up 20% at $115.8 million. Informix's balance sheet continued to improve during the quarter, with $229.1 million in cash and short-term investments and stockholders' equity of $312.5 million. The first quarter of 2000 also provided revenue of over $250 million, aiming Informix towards its first-ever $1 billion year.
Who is the IIUG and how can they help me?
The International Informix Users Group (IIUG) is an international organization that is designed to enhance communications between Informix and its worldwide user community. The IIUG now has over 10,000 members and has major support from Informix. We also help local user groups get started and promote their groups. Here are some of the benefits you receive through your membership in the IIUG:
We hope that this newsletter can help us reach these goals.
Thank you for reading this version of the E-newsletter! You can expect the next version soon. Please give us your valuable feedback by sending email to firstname.lastname@example.org. If you do not wish to receive future editions, send an email to email@example.com with the words "UNSUBSCRIBE enews" in the text of the message. To delete your record from the IIUG database, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with the words "DELETE iiug-membership" in the text of the message.
Acknowledgments: Nick Nobbe, President, WAIUG; From Informix: Dawn McGuire, Tom Rieger and Mike Serpe
Editor: Ron Flannery, Informix Handbook, and IIUG Board of Directors
Assistance: Shawn Dagg, Fred Hubbard, Rob Vorbroker, Meg Hilbert, and IIUG Board of Directors.
Contact: email@example.com or Dawn McGuire at 650.926.6762