IIUG Insider (Issue #25)
18 April 2003
Highlights: Member Referrals, New Informix Strategy Webcast, IBM
Q1'03 Results, and More...
Welcome to the International Informix Users Group (IIUG) Insider! Designed
for IIUG members and Informix user group leaders, this publication contains
timely and relevant information for the IBM Informix community.
- 2003 IIUG Referral Program Kicked Off
- Don Top: Informix @ IBM, Product & Strategy Update Q2-2003
- Upcoming Local User Groups:NYC, Utah, Stockholm, S. Fco...
- More IBM Conferences to Include Informix Content in 2003
- IBM Announced Quarterly Financial Results
- Informix Mobile Academy in the USA
- Developer Domain: Improving XPS Performance w/GK Indexes
- FourJ's Renews Training Discount to IIUG Members in USA
- Useful Links
- Closing and Credits
2003 IIUG Referral Program Kicked Off
All IIUG members are invited to participate in the 2003 referral
program and help our group grow stronger and bigger. It is easy.
Just tell your Informix user colleagues and friends to visit
http://www.iiug.org/join and enter your e-mail address in the
"Referred By" field located at the top of the "Join" screen.
Look for your special personalized link which you may send to
your referrals. When clicked on, this link will take the referred
individual to the IIUG join screen and automatically fill
"Referred By" field.
What the Referring IIUG Member Will Get:
IIUG members will obtain ONE point for every individual they
refer who joins IIUG. Members who accumulate three points may
redeem an IIUG lapel pin. Those who accumulate five points may
redeem a lapel pin plus an IIUG luggage tag. The IIUG member who
refers the most new members will receive a special price: A fully
functional copy of AGS' Server Studio JE v.3.0
[http://www.serverstudio.com] normally priced US$1195.
Just released, Server Studio JE v.3.0 was developed by AGS in
cooperation with IBM. Server Studio JE is a set of integrated,
state-of-the-art DBMS tools that helps you maximize availability,
performance and security of your databases and to consolidate,
integrate and effectively manage entire IBM Informix DBMS
infrastructure throughout your enterprise. Thank you AGS!
The referral program runs from 15 April through 15 October 2003.
For additional information, please visit
Don Top: Informix @ IBM, Product & Strategy Update Q2-2003
IBM recently informed IIUG that Don Top, VP and Informix Advocacy
Executive, has recorded a webcast to keep us informed and up to
date with the Informix product strategy and the value that
Informix and other IBM software products can bring to our
businesses. Check out "Informix @ IBM: Product and Strategy Update
Q2- 2003", the sequel to "Informix Product Roadmap - Securing Your
Available through 30 June 2003.
Upcoming Local User Groups:NYC, Utah, Stockholm, S. Fco...
There is a strong concentration of local user group meetings in
the upcoming weeks. We encourage you to attend and pass on the
news to your colleagues and friends with an interest in IBM
- New York Metro (NYMARIUG), 23 April
- Utah Informix User Group, Salt Lake City, 24 April
- Swedish Informix User Conference 2003, 5 May
- San Francisco Bay Area (IUGNC), 7 May
- Toronto, Ontario, Canada, 8 May (Tentative)
- Seattle, Washington, 12 May
- UK Informix User Group, 15 May
- Southern California, 15 May
For more information on these and other upcoming Informix-related
events, please visit http://www.iiug.org/calendar.
If you would like to learn more about Informix local user groups,
please visit http://www.iiug.org/community/lug.html and
More IBM Conferences to Include Informix Content in 2003
IIUG ENews has learned that an IBM Data Management Technical
Conference will take place on 23-27 June in Hamburg, Germany, and
will include significant IBM Informix and U2 content. This will
be the third IBM conference to do so for 2003!
For additional information, enrollment and conference track
descriptions, please visit
Additionally, please keep in mind the upcoming IBM Software
Symposium 2003, scheduled for 19-23 May in Munich, Germany:
And, of course, for IIUG members residing in the US, Canada and Latin America, their own IBM Data Management Technical Conference is to take place 27-31 October in Las Vegas, Nevada: http://www.ibm.com/services/learning/conf/us/dm/.
Keep an eye on http://www.iiug.org/calendar/conferenindex.php for information related to special conference discounts and events for IIUG members.
IBM Announced Quarterly Financial Results
You can access the company's official statement at
the two following links provide access to stories the media
published on the announcement:
- "IBM Corp.'s first-quarter earnings rose 16 percent from a year
earlier but narrowly missed Wall Street expectations even as
acquisitions helped lift revenue by 11 percent. "
- "At the software unit, IBM's third largest, revenue rose 8
percent to $3.1 billion."
- "Analyst Kimberly Caughey at investment banking firm Parker/
Hunter Inc. in Pittsburgh said that the slight earnings miss
''isn't that important... They did well considering the economy
and the war,'' she said."
- "Analyst Carl Greiner at Stanford, Conn.-based Meta Group...
''If we get any kind of turnaround in the economy, they should
be positioned quite well...''"
Informix Mobile Academy in the USA
IBM has notified us that those of us based in the United States
can get trained at our own place and at our own pace with the
Informix Mobile Academy.
In an effort to provide better flexibility to its customers
needing on-site education, IBM has invested in a virtual
classroom in a box. They have multiple laptops and servers ready
to ship out to customer training locations. This mobile academy
is fully self-contained with all the necessary power adapters,
network equipment and cables necessary to deliver a course. All
you need to do is schedule the on-site engagement with IBM and
they will take care of the rest.
For more information please visit:
Developer Domain: Improving XPS Performance w/GK Indexes
IIUG ENews was just notified of this new posting in the Developer
Improving Performance in IBM Informix XPS with GK Indexes
"Make your IBM Informix Extended Parallel Server (XPS) data
warehouse queries fly with GK indexes! This article tells you what
they are, how they work, and how you can make sure the ones you've
defined are actually being used."
Thanks to Kathy Zeidenstein, Managing Editor, DB2 Developer Domain
FourJ's Renews Training Discount to IIUG Members in USA
IIUG sponsor, FourJ's, renewed its 15% discount to all IIUG
members who purchase training classes in the United States. All
you need to do is identify yourself as an IIUG member. For course
dates and descriptions, please visit
You may note that FourJ's new product, Genero, now gets a
"Getting Started" class in May. Genero is FourJ's I-4GL compatible
next-generation environment. More info on this product is
To receive a training registration packet or obtain additional
information, please email: email@example.com
In response to your input, we have created a new page on the IIUG web site
containing all the links we used to include. Please find it at:
Closing and Credits
The International Informix Users Group (IIUG) is an organization
designed to enhance communications between IBM and its worldwide
user community. IIUG's membership database now exceeds 17,000
entries 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