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Highlights: DBMS Legacies are Very Sticky
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.
For me 2014 was a sad year. I hope 2015 will be better. However, this editorial is not about me. It is about Informix. For Informix 2014 was a very good year.
Informix 12.1 was released and is currently at 12.1 xC4.
IBM positioned Informix as its flagship database for Internet of Things, China is developing a local version of Informix for the Chinese market, Informix was the first commercially available database to run HP's new micro server architecture-ProLiant Moonshot and much more.
2015 is promising.
Let me wish Informix and the IIUG community a wonderful year.
I hope to see many of you at the IIUG conference in San Diego.
DBMS Legacies are Very Sticky
This is the title of an article by Donald Feinberg, VP Distinguished Analyst, 20 years at Gartner, 45 years IT industry.
It was posted on Gartner blog network.
This is the part about Informix:
What about Informix, acquired by IBM in 2001? Over a decade later, it remains an integral part of an IBM information management portfolio that includes three primary DBMSs — DB2, IMS and Informix, and newer entrants such as Cloudant. IBM has continued to release new enhanced versions of Informix since the acquisition; for example it has recently added JSON support with MongoDB JSON Drivers. Due to the implementation of embedded indexes, Informix is a good choice for audio and video indexing. Finally, the number of IBM Informix customers has continued to increase and its user base is very loyal, with one the largest and most active User Groups.
IBM positions Informix for three primary use cases:
I highly recommend you read the whole article here.
IIUG 2015 Early Bird Registration Ends January 15, 2015
You have until midnight (EST) Thursday, January 15, 2015 to register for IIUG 2015. Save $250 with early bird registration and increase your savings by an additional $100 with an IIUG Membership discount. If you are not currently an IIUG member and want to take advantage of the full early bird price, please join. It is quick and easy and there is no fee. Becoming an IIUG member will not only increase your registration savings it will also allow you access to the Members Only section of the IIUG Website. The Member Only section permits you to download some of the latest IBM Informix products available, as well as access to IIUG-only utilities written by DBAs for DBAs.
Once again this year's registration includes a full day of tutorials on Thursday April 30th. These tutorials are included at NO CHARGE for all paid attendees. So don't miss out on this wonderful opportunity to expand your training dollars.
Need some help with the boss on why you should attend the largest gathering of Informix users in the world? We have created a special Justification document to help you with this. All attendees will have an opportunity to road test the latest 12.10 and big data capabilities and features in one of our many Hands-On Labs with actual IBM development and support engineers.
The speaker submissions for IIUG 2015 have been overwhelming. The submissions cover a multitude of topics pertinent to Informix users, developers and administrators, including the many popular Informix features, as well as tried and true "must have" topics like those involving maximizing your system performance while minimizing system downtime. New topics like NoSQL and other development topics will be offered. Our speakers are some of the best the Informix community has to offer, and the list includes several new speakers. The IIUG planning committee has completed the review of all submitted presentations to select the very best sessions, hands-on labs and tutorials. The sessions we've chosen include interesting and relevant topics that can be used to reinforce your professional skills and keep current in today's changing market. Remember, IIUG 2015 is not "Just For DBAs": Bring your application developers too!
Selected speakers will be notified on or about January 10, and once the speakers have confirmed their selection we will post the sessions to the conference website. Please continue to review the website for regular updates. We will continue to update the session page concerning sessions, hands-on labs and tutorials as these details become available.
IIUG 2015 in San Diego will be our eighth and best conference yet.
See you in San Diego! Apr 26 — 30, 2015
The IIUG 2015 Planning Committee firstname.lastname@example.org
IoT on my Mind
This month, the topic on the mind of IBM people continues to be the Internet of Things (IoT). For those in support, it might seem to be just another topic related to Informix. A closer look reveals that in regard to IoT, IBM Informix is a frontrunner for embeddability — and it has a unique seamless ability to integrate SQL, NoSQL/JSON, timeseries and spatial data. All of this can be done with a rich set of APIs that make it easy to get to marketable IoT product, for those willing to try.
A lot of software and hardware has come and gone over the years. If you are old enough, you may remember 8-track tapes, or beta-max video disks. These are now novelty items that had been replaced by things newer, more efficient, and more effective. The age of IoT has started, and this past year has provided some samples. A typical DBA might ask "Why should IoT be thought of as any more than 'yet another thing'?"
If we start with something efficient, effective, and seamless, that provides technology which can accommodate the proliferation of connected devices known as the "Internet of Things", it can transform the way we live and do business. For those of us who know: harnessing data begins with Informix. IBM has quietly been recognizing that seamless integration and embeddability. The not-so-quiet secret is that IOT is built on Bluemix, and others may come to know that Informix software provides the backend for IoT. DBA's should expect more and learn more about IBM's IOT on BlueMix. It is a technology footprint that will only get stronger, rather than fading. For more information, check out the IBM main page and the "recipes"'. For some hands on demonstrations, go here.
- David Jay
Chat with the Lab - Informix in the Internet of Things Foundation Service
Event Date: Jan 22, 2015
Event Time: 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM (Central Time)
Hosted By: Anita McKeithen (IBM)
Presented By: Lalitha Krishnamoorthy - Program Director, WW Informix Engineering (IBM), Hyun-Ju Vega — Sr. Software Engineer (IBM) (IBM)
In 2014, IBM debuted many cloud based services, and Informix was part of the offerings. While you may be familiar with the Informix Time Series service in Bluemix, you may not be aware of the role Informix plays in the IBM Internet of Things Foundation (IoTF). IBM Internet of Things Foundation (IoTF) is a fully managed, cloud-hosted service that makes it simple to derive value from the Internet of Things (IoT) devices. As well as allowing you to connect to and control devices, IoTF collects and manages IoT data using the Informix Historian database with Time Series. In this session, we will explore the IoTF service, and the role of the Informix Historian, in particular. We'll also discuss the key Informix features and configuration used in the service, as well as the flow of data into and out of Informix.
Just in case you are not aware, some time ago IBM created a public website to collect the requests for new features directly from users. The RFE (Requests For Enhancements) website is included in developerWorks. You can access it here.
Once you logged in with your usual IBM ID, choose "Information Management" in the Brand dropdown box and "Informix Servers" or "Client Products" in the Products dropdown box.
The interesting thing is that any request, including your request, if you place one, are submitted to be voted on. This means the RFEs that receive more votes have a greater chance to be considered by the architecture and development teams for further consideration. In other words, this IS the opportunity to provide enhancement ideas even if you are not the biggest IBM customer on the planet Earth.
Some RFEs will be of great interest, others will not seem useful to you. This is why your opinion is important. Do not hesitate to vote and place comments!
The idea of the RFE corner is to provide a digest on new Informix RFEs and make those RFEs more visible and accessible for the community, so that you can vote for them in a faster and easier way. By participating actively in this website, IBM will have solid and useful elements from the customer base to introduce new functionality to Informix product.
Also in the area of IBM website, a new functionality has been released: MyNotifications. You will want to register this webpage in order to receive the notifications of your choice (new product defects, new patch release, new versions etc..., on the frequency of your choice (daily, weekly). I have registered and will definitely keep registered, due to the value of the information delivered.
New RFEs for December 2014
Free Automatically allocated lock memory
IWA Trickle Feed Trigger Improvements
Online log could also print session detail of additional memory segment...
Informix Client Products
Better diagnostic for locale errors
IWA Loading Information
Do not forget to vote for one or several of those RFE's if they fit your requirements. The more votes, the more chances that the Dev Team will seriously consider the request.
You can access each RFE by clicking on the above links. At the bottom of each RFE page you will find a hyperlink to vote for it. You will see the Request stats, including number of votes for this request, on the right side of the request page. The more votes, the greater the chance an enhancement will be addressed by the Development Team, taking into consideration the general interest.
Take some time to examine the full list and vote for the enhancements you would like to see implemented.
French Informix User Group meeting
The new Informix User group in France is integrated, according to IBM's suggestion, in the GUIDE-Share federation of IBM User Groups. It will hold its first presentation to the user base Webcast on January 15th 2015, 14:00.
The following text is in French, because it addresses French speakers.
Meeting de présentation du User Group GUIDE Share France - Informix
La réunion de lancement du nouveau groupe-utilisateurs GUIDE Share France - Informix se tiendra le 15 Janvier 2015 à 14 :00 heure de Paris.
Afin de réduire au minimum les contraintes de temps et éviter frais et temps de déplacement, nous avons opté pour la tenue d'une video-conférence au lieu d'une réunion présentielle.
Ce Webcast opéré grâce aux infrastructures de communication d'IBM France devrait durer environ deux heures.
L'agenda sera le suivant :
Cliquez ici pour voir la Lettre d'information ainsi que formulaire d'inscription.
Vous pouvez également suivre les informations de notre groupe sur LinkedIn é cette adresse.Informix User Group in Sweden is being phased out
Informix User Group in Sweden is being phased out — new forms of user interaction are proposed.
Members of the Association are instead invited to:
In recent years, an annual meeting conducted in conjunction with a recurring IBM event, where lecturers from IBM Swedish AB and IBM/Informix internationally have participated. Around 20 members out of the total of approximately 50 members usually participated in these meetings.
Commissioned to investigate the future of work
After 22 years...
For the Board/Working Group,
Our best wishes to all the Swedish Informix users. The IIUG has always been and will continue to be your home.
IIUG Board of Directors.
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