Informix News
18 Nov 13 - ZDNet - Top 20 mobile skills in demand... Read
09 Sep 13 - telecompaper - Shaspa and Tatung have shown a new smart home platform at Ifa in Berlin. Powered by the IBM Informix software... Read
06 Sep 13 - IBM data magazine - Mission Accomplished - Miami, Florida will be the backdrop for the 2014 IIUG Informix Conference... Read
01 Feb 13 - IBM Data Magazine - Are your database backups safe? Lester Knutsen (IBM Champion) writes about database back up safety using "archecker"... Read
14 Nov 12 - IBM - IBM's Big Data For Smart Grid Goes Live In Texas... Read
3 Oct 12 - The Financial - IBM and TransWorks Collaborate to Help Louisiana-Pacific Corporation Achieve Supply Chain Efficiency... Read
28 Aug 12 - techCLOUD9 - Splunk kicks up a SaaS Storm... Read
10 Aug 12 - businessCLOUD9 - Is this the other half of Cloud monitoring?... Read
3 Aug 12 - IBM data management - Supercharging the data warehouse while keeping costs down IBM Informix Warehouse Accelerator (IWA) delivers superior performance for in-memory analytics processing... Read
2 Aug 12 - channelbiz - Oninit Group launches Pay Per Pulse cloud-based service... Read
28 May 12 - Bloor - David Norfolk on the recent Informix benchmark "pretty impressive results"... Read
23 May 12 - DBTA - Informix Genero: A Way to Modernize Informix 4GL Applications... Read
9 Apr 12 - Mastering Data Management - Upping the Informix Ante: Advanced Data Tools... Read
22 Mar 12 - developerWorks - Optimizing Informix database access... Read
14 Mar 12 - - International Informix User Group set to meet in San Diego... Read
1 Mar 12 - IBM Data Management - IIUG Heads West for 2012 - Get ready for sun and sand in San Diego... Read
1 Mar 12 - IBM Data Management - Running Informix on Solid-State Drives.Speed Up Database Access... Read
26 Feb 12 - - Better results, lower cost for a broad set of new IBM clients and partners... Read
24 Feb 12 - developerWorks - Informix Warehouse Accelerator: Continuous Acceleration during Data Refresh... Read
6 Feb 12 - PRLOG - Informix port delivers unlimited database scalability for popular SaaS application ... Read
2 Feb 12 - developerWorks - Loading data with the IBM Informix TimeSeries Plug-in for Data Studio... Read
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13 Jan 12 - MC Press online - Informix Dynamic Server Entices New Users with Free Production Edition ... Read
11 Jan 12 - Computerworld - Ecologic Analytics and Landis+Gyr -- Suitors Decide to Tie the Knot... Read
9 Jan 12 - - DNS impact on Informix / Impacto do DNS no Informix... Read
8 Sep 11 - - IBM Offers Database Solution to Enable Smart Meter Data Capture... Read
1 Aug 11 - IBM Data Management Magazine - IIUG user view: Happy 10th anniversary to IBM and Informix... Read
8 Jul 11 - Database Trends and Applications - Managing Time Series Data with Informix... Read
31 May 11 - Smart Grid - The meter data management pitfall utilities are overlooking... Read
27 May 11 - IBM Data Management Magazine - IIUG user view: Big data, big time ( Series data, warehouse acceleration, and 4GLs )... Read
16 May 11 - Business Wire - HiT Software Announces DBMoto for Enterprise Integration, Adds Informix. Log-based Change Data Capture... Read
21 Mar 11 - Yahoo! Finance - IBM and Cable&Wireless Worldwide Announce UK Smart Energy Cloud... Read
14 Mar 11 - MarketWatch - Fuzzy Logix and IBM Unveil In-Database Analytics for IBM Informix... Read
11 Mar 11 - InvestorPlace - It's Time to Give IBM Props: How many tech stocks are up 53% since the dot-com boom?... Read
9 Mar 11 - DBTA - Database Administration and the Goal of Diminishing Downtime... Read
2 Feb 11 - DBTAs - Informix 11.7 Flexible Grid Provides a Different Way of Looking at Database Servers... Read
27 Jan 11 - exactsolutions - Exact to Add Informix Support to Database Replay, SQL Monitoring Solutions... Read
25 Jan 11 - PR Newswire - Bank of China in the UK Works With IBM to Become a Smarter, Greener Bank... Read
12 Oct 10 - Database Trends and Applications - Informix 11.7: The Beginning of the Next Decade of IBM Informix... Read
20 Sep 10 - - ITG analyst paper: Cost/Benefit case for IBM Informix as compared to Microsoft SQL Server... Read
20 Jul 10 - IBM Announcements - IBM Informix Choice Edition V11.50 helps deploy low-cost scalable and reliable solutions for Apple Macintosh and Microsoft Windows... Read
20 Jul 10 - IBM Announcements - Software withdrawal: Elite Support for Informix Ultimate-C Edition... Read
24 May 10 - eWeek Europe - IBM Supplies Database Tech For EU Smart Grid... Read
23 May 10 - SiliconIndia - IBM's smart metering system allows wise use of energy... Read
21 May 10 - CNET - IBM to help people monitor energy use... Read
20 May 10 - ebiz - IBM Teams With Hildebrand To Bring Smart Metering To Homes Across Britain... Read
19 May 10 - The New Blog Times - Misurare il consumo energetico: DEHEMS è pronto... Read
19 May 10 - ZDNet - IBM software in your home? Pact enables five-city smart meter pilot in Europe... Read
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10 February 2010 - The Wall Street Journal - International Business Machines is expanding an initiative to win over students and professors on its products. How do they lure the college crowd?... Read

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IIUG Insider (Issue #157)
July 2013

Other Issues

Highlights: IBM CIO Forum and Executive Infobahn

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.



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We've started planning our 2014 Informix conference. I hope to announce the date and location in the August Insider. The IIUG board decided to go east. The two cities we are currently looking at are Miami and Washington. Personally I think both locations are great, but until we finalize the contract everything is possible. Please stay tuned and make sure the IIUG conference is in your 2014 budget. Until then, watch the Insider and the IIUG website for events close to you.

If you are interested in more than just Informix, the IBM Information On Demand conference will take place in Las Vegas, November 3-7. Early bird registration will end on September 13.

Gary Ben-Israel
IIUG Insider Editor

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IBM CIO Forum and Executive Infobahn

IIBM, together with Business Partners Strategy 7 and One Point Solutions, are conducting an information super highway event in a city near you to discuss current and upcoming technology trends and how to leverage them to gain competitive advantage now, and into the future.

Location Date
New Jersey Sept 5
Los Angeles Sept 12
Washington DC Oct 10
Chicago Oct 22vAtlanta Nov 14vDallas Oct 17

Register today for this free workshop.

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Save $300 on Early Bird registration!

Register with the Early Bird discount for the best savings between now and September 13.

Conference hotel accommodations are limited and are on a first-come, first-served basis. Please arrange your accommodations on-line as part of the registration process.

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Informix Chat with the Lab

Topic:    Discover the power of Recursive SQL and query transformation with IBM Informix 12.1
Date:    Tuesday, August 27th
Time:    8:30 AM Pacific
10:30 AM Central
11:30 AM Eastern
4:30 PM London
5:30 PM Paris
Presented by:    Jerry Keesee - Director, IBM Informix Database Development (IBM)
Ajay Gupte - Software Engineer (IBM)

This presentation will provide an overview of the Recursive SQL with the CONNECT BY clause feature. We will provide examples of typical practical database problems and describe in detail how they can be solved with recursive SQL. The problems discussed include for bill of materials, obtaining the number of employees for each manager in a particular sub-organization, converting linked dimension hierarchies in a star schema to fixed dimension hierarchies, tracking packages, and generating test data. This presentation compares the new solutions with traditional solutions of these problems and discusses the advantages and disadvantages of the various methods. This presentation will also discuss the query transformation techniques with Informix vNext features which will focus on how query blocks are moved between different levels and optimized using examples and diagrams. Users will learn how to analyze complex examples based on various Informix 12.1 features. Examples included in this session are query block movement, table re-ordering, complex ANSI joins, sub-queries, derived tables, views, connect by, OLAP functions, setops cases.

Register for this event here.

New in DeveloperWorks
11 Jul 2013
Starting with IBM Informix 11.70xC2, Informix started supporting the non-root installation feature. This feature, sometimes called private installation, allows Informix to be installed by a user other than root, and permits the software to run without user Informix or group Informix on the machine. Inside the server, Informix will be used as the owner of the system catalog, but neither user Informix nor group Informix will have any special privileges with respect to a private server. The CSDK and other installers which are part of the Informix bundle will also permit non-root users to install the software. This article discusses aspects of this feature in Informix and provides information on how to manage users using JDBC, ESQL/C and ODBC drivers

For more information go to DeveloperWorks - Informix.

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Informix User Group Meeting

Informix User Group Meeting is coming to South America in August

Exciting news to our South American Informix Users about the upcoming series of Informix user group events, which is being planned in the following countries: Bolivia, Colombia, Argentina, Chile, Ecuador and Venezuela from the 12th of August to the 29th of August. These are half-a-day events, packed with sessions which will be conducted by IBM experts to give you great overview of everything you need to know about Informix, especially around the new features of Informix 12.1.

Date and Location

08/12/2013La Paz, Bolivia
08/15/2013Bogotá, Columbia
08/20/2013Santiago, Chile
08/22/2013Buenos Aires, Argentina
08/28/2013Quito, Ecuador
08/29/2013Caracas, Venezuela

For more information on these events, click here.

Spanish Translation:

Informix User Group Meeting está llegando a América del Sur en agosto 2013

Estamos muy contentos de informar a nuestros usuarios de Informix de Sudamérica acerca de la próxima serie de eventos de grupos de usuarios de Informix, que se está planificando en los siguientes países: Bolivia, Colombia, Argentina, Chile, Ecuador y Venezuela desde el 12 de agosto al 29 de agosto . Estos son eventos de medio día, con sesiones dictadas por expertos de IBM que le brindarán una amplia visión de todo lo que necesita saber acerca de Informix, especialmente en torno a las nuevas capacidades de Informix 12.1.

Fecha y lugar

08/12/2013La Paz, Bolivia
08/15/2013Bogotá, Columbia
08/20/2013Santiago, Chile
08/22/2013Buenos Aires, Argentina
08/28/2013Quito, Ecuador
08/29/2013Caracas, Venezuela

Para obtener más información sobre estos eventos, haga clic aquí.

Webcast Replay: Solving the Big Data Challenge of Sensor Data

Now you can watch the replay of this exciting webcast on-demand at your convenience, to learn about emerging sensor data applications, the unique attributes of sensor data and the big data challenges they present. This webcast is focused on sensor data applications and IBM's differentiated offering to solve the IT challenges of sensor data for better business insight and competitive advantage.

Fastest Informix DBA Contest

Putting Database Administrator Skills to the Test: Tune online transaction and batch processing on the same server in the Fastest Informix DBA Contest.

We have decided to extend the contest to give everyone more time and due to our workload schedules. (We have been very busy with our regular Informix customers).

The sixth-annual Advanced DataTools Fastest Informix DBA Contest for database administrators (DBAs) and users who manage IBM Informix databases brings a new twist to this year's event. In the past, the contest was held at the International Informix User Group (IIUG) Conference. This year, the contest is being held over the web so that anyone, anywhere in the world can participate between July 9 and September 30, 2013. The winner will be the DBA who can get the most transactions per minute in an OLTP benchmark and at the same time run a batch billing job and generate the most bills in a 10 minute run.

New Fastest Informix DBA Contest 2013 Schedule:

  • July 22 - Start submitting your code and onconfig entries, you will be emailed back the results in a few days
  • August 20 - Webcast - Latest status update on the contest - Register here
  • September 30 - All final entries must be submitted and contest closes
  • October 15 - Webcast to Announce Winners

See more here.

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Identifying Probable Inefficient Queries

One of the most important steps in optimizing and tuning database is to identify the queries that are causing problems. In general, if you take the most inefficient ten queries and optimize them properly, then you will immediately see the result on the overall database performance. Then you can re-iterate the same process and optimize the next ten queries. So, how can you identify the queries which causing problem? One way to go is to find out the queries which running for a long period of time, though it's not always necessary that longest running means a slow query.

You can use OAT, onstat commands etc. to get this information but the easiest way to run the following SQL against sysmaster:syssqltrace table to identify top ten queries running for long period of time:

	SELECT FIRST 10 sql_runtime, sql_statement

	FROM sysmaster:syssqltrace

	WHERE sql_runtime > 0

	ORDER BY sql_runtime DESC;

Make sure SQLTRACE configuration parameter is enable for SQL tracing. You may include other columns from sysmaster:syssqltrace table in the above SQL to get more detail information about queries.

- Sanjit Chakraborty

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August - 2013
Date Event Location Contact
8-9 2013 Informix 12.10 Technical Roadshow San Jose, CA Carlton Doe
12-13 2013 Informix 12.10 Technical Roadshow Dallas, TX Carlton Doe
15-16 2013 Informix 12.10 Technical Roadshow New York City Carlton Doe
19-20 2013 Informix 12.10 Technical Roadshow Toronto, Ontario Carlton Doe
22-23 2013 Informix 12.10 Technical Roadshow Washington DC Carlton Doe
27-28 2013 Informix 12.10 Technical Roadshow Ottawa, Canada Carlton Doe
September - 2013
Date Event Location Contact
16-17 2013 Informix 12.10 Technical Roadshow Seattle, Washington Carlton Doe
19-20 2013 Informix 12.10 Technical Roadshow Atlanta Georgia Carlton Doe
25-26 2013 Informix 12.10 Technical Roadshow Montreal, Canada Carlton Doe
12-13 2013 Informix Technical Roadshow London, England Scott Pickett
17-18 2013 Informix Technical Roadshow Paris, France Scott Pickett
October - 2013
Date Event Location Contact
3-4 2013 Informix Technical Roadshow Phoenix, Arizona Carlton Doe
November - 2013
Date Event Location Contact
3-7 IBM Information on Demand 2013 Las Vegas, Nevada  

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IBM Informix home page or directly at:

Informix blogs and wikis

I am trying something new on this section. I will first mention the blogs and wikis that have been updated during the last month. Blogs and wikis that have not been updated for over 6 months will be removed.

Blogs and Wikis that have been updated during the last month

More Blogs and Wikis

Forums, groups, videos, and magazines

There is now an Informix group on LinkedIn. The group is called "Informix Supporter", so anyone loving Informix can join, from current IBM employees, former Informix employees, to users. It will also be a good occasion to get in touch with others or long-time-no-seen friends. If you fancy showing the Informix logo on your profile, join.

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Closing and credits Back to top

The International Informix Users Group (IIUG) is an organization designed to enhance communications between its worldwide user community and IBM. The IIUG's membership database now exceeds 25,000 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 through growth.

Sources:  IIUG Board of Directors
IBM Corp.
Editors:  Gary Ben-Israel
Rhonda Hackenburg

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