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Highlights: Informix 11.5 xC7 developer edition and oat 2.28 available in the IIUG member area
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.
At The last IIUG conference in Kansas a new plan for Informix Revitalization was presented by IBM management. It was based on the following four imperatives:
Delight the install base: Enhance the Informix client relationship and improve client loyalty.
Build Strategic Differentiation: Fix the messaging and enhance the overall Informix value proposition to the market.
Create Proactive Sales Culture: Develop a proactive, high-touch culture, with expansion into growth areas (embedded, etc).
Build New, Profitable Revenue Streams: Build new revenue streams that capitalize on the strong and growing footprint of Informix.
The 100 day grace period has passed nearly a month ago and it is about time to check what has been accomplished. I decided to ask my old friend and colleague, Gibi. Gibi has always been an optimist and a fanatic Informix fan. He always encouraged me when I had doubts or bad feelings about Informix. This time when we talked he had a very long face. "What are your feelings about IBM's plan to revitalize Informix?" I asked. "Let's look at those imperatives one by one" answered Gibi.
"The Install base is anything but delighted. In the Informix Zone Survey (http://www.iiug.org/url/informix_zone_survey.html) our membership gives a clear answer.
On the question: What is your opinion about IBM's renewed strategy around Informix?
Why are we feeling that way? The answer is very clear. IBM is ignoring its loyal install base.
You are the Insider editor, how does it look from your point of view?"
As the Insider editor it is crystal clear. There is no communication with IBM Informix Marketing - not even to promote the IOD conference.
"You see!" cried Gibi, "And it is not just the Insider. Informix in the news does not exist. DB2 is all over the place with benchmarks, press releases, articles in Data Management magazine. DB2 is positioned as the alternative to Oracle. Looking at technical reviews comparing the two products:
'IBM DB2 Universal DataBase (DB2 UDB) provides rudimentary functionality for both high availability and data protection, and is multiple releases behind Oracle in terms of the breadth and depth of HA functionality.'
It is easy to understand why Larry Ellison is not worried. The differentiation between DB2 and Informix is the difference between everything and zero.
Let's move to the third imperative. The IBM sales force knows and sells DB2. The internal sales trainings are focused on DB2. Informix is hardly mentioned."
"I don't know that," I told Gibi, "I do not attend internal sales training." "Well maybe you should." said Gibi, "In any case this is not a secret. The forth imperative relies on the first three so it has no chance either." Gibi gave a deep sigh. "What do you think?" he asked.
I did not know what to say.
Do you? If so please respond to this editorial.
Informix 11.5 xC7 developer edition and oat 2.28 available in the IIUG member area
Informix Dynamic Server (IDS) V11.50 xC7 Developer Edition
Just released July 2010
This version is exclusive to IIUG members for Development purposes only. It may not be sold or used in production systems.
IBM Open Admin Tool for IDS V2.28
Just released July 2010
OpenAdmin Tool for IDS is the new GUI administration tool for IDS 11 and IDS 11.5. A PHP-based Web browser administration tool, the OpenAdmin Tool for IDS provides the ability to administer multiple database server instances from a single location. OpenAdmin Tool makes IDS administration easy by allowing you to drill down on resource usage and events, view query performance statistics, and much more. And since the tool is written in PHP and available as open source, you can customize it with your own business logic and installation requirements.
Visit the Member Area at "http://www.iiug.org.
Informix Remote DBA/Support Offering
Remote Technical and DBA support from Advanced DataTools helps small, medium and enterprise installations maximize their IBM Informix database performance and uptime while minimizing costs and overhead. We can help resolve and/or prevent the worst technical problems you could imagine!
Advanced DataTools' staff of highly experienced, certified IBM Informix consultants are well trained in all levels of database performance and optimization. This allows us to offer our customers IBM maintenance and support contracts on most versions of Informix Dynamic Server, on any platform/operating system.
Top experts in the field, Art Kagel and Lester Knutsen, manage and support our team of certified IBM Informix consultants. Art and Lester each have over 28 years of Informix DBA experience and both have received the IIUG Directors Award, and the Inaugural Data Champion award by IBM.
Our Team can help save you time and money by assisting with:
Support is provided for every feature of IDS including:
What is available with a standard or extended Informix support agreement?
Informix Training - Online, Onsite or in Our Classroom
Advanced Informix Performance Tuning Course by Lester Knutsen and Art Kagel
Do you want to learn how to be the FASTEST Informix DBA? This is the course our Fastest Informix DBA contest was developed from and will increase your database performance tuning skills.
This four day course focuses on techniques for optimizing an Informix Database. Labs will demonstrate more than 100% performance improvement. Each student will have a 4-core Linux server with IDS 11 and a large dataset for benchmark exercises and labs. Attend the class in person or online via our Web Training Center. Both Art Kagel and Lester Knutsen will be teaching the Advanced Classes together.
This course is for database administrators and application developers who will be responsible for managing, optimizing, and tuning an IDS database server. The focus is on skills, procedures, and scripts to improve the performance of your database server. The course will provide a toolkit of scripts and utilities to start monitoring and optimizing your IDS database server. (Cost $2,000 USD)
Class times are 9am to 5pm. Dress is casual.
See http://www.advancedatatools.com/OurCompany/DirectionsMapsHotels.pdf for directions and hotels near Advanced DataTools.
For more information or to register, visit http://www.advancedatatools.com/Training/InformixTraining.html or call 703-256-0267 x101.IBM
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We have just launched a new program that profiles young professionals from around the world who have made a difference in their companies using IBM Information Management products. We are pleased to introduce you to the first in the series of Young Professional interviews entitled "Nick Geib- Enhancing the Informix database to meet the changing needs of businesses today".
New in DeveloperWorks
Generating XML from the Informix server
Accelerate Hibernate and iBATIS applications using pureQuery, Part 1: Using the IBM Integration Module for Hibernate and pureQuery
Embedded Informix: Think Inside the Box
IIUG User View: Big News for Informix
Informix DBA: Building Fast Data Warehouse Schemas: Part 2
News Bytes: IBM Data Management magazine, Issue 3 2010
For more information go to DeveloperWorks - Informix: http://www.iiug.org/url/devworks.html
Who loves Informix? You do?
Tell IBM about it! If you are interested in sharing how Informix improves your business, IBM wants to hear from you.
"Success story" information can be used in a number of ways. One option is to produce a case study that gets posted to ibm.com. See examples here:
Additionally, it's valuable to capture a specific quote articulating the business value of Informix. This might come from a case study, or from someone who did not have time to do a case study but wanted to share some Informix impact. A quote can be used in Powerpoint presentations or appear on ibm.com such as here: http://www.ibm.com/software/data/informix/warehouse/
The goal of case studies and quotes is to articulate tangible Informix proof points. For example: "The xxxx capability of Informix allowed us to (save yy dollars, increase performance zz%, etc.) because (we reallocated nn DBAs to new applications, we required nn% less hardware, we avoided nn hours of planned outages with rolling upgrades)", and so on.
IBM's client reference team will take the lead on developing the story, in full collaboration with you. Your final review and signature will be required before IBM uses any of the information you share.
If you're ready to get started, please send an email to: IFMXwins@us.ibm.com
Discover the new face of Informix
The next "Discover Informix Event" will be held on Thursday, September 16 at the Tech Museum in San Jose. Don't miss this unique opportunity to invite your clients to this exciting event. The session is followed by a complimentary lunch and tour.
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Informix Blogs and things
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