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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
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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
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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
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9 Mar 11 - DBTA - Database Administration and the Goal of Diminishing Downtime... Read
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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 #96)
June 2008

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Highlights: Inside IBM's Informix Marketing Strategy

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.



Editorial Back to top

Dear friends,

At the National Institute for Testing and Evaluation we rely on Informix. All our proprietary applications run on IDS. Until Friday June 27 we had some instances on IDS 11.10 but our largest production instance was still IDS on 10.0. We needed to convert everything to IDS 11 by the beginning of July. Why so? IDS 11 has features like new isolation levels and multiple triggers on the same event that we depended on for a mission critical application that had to go live by that timeframe.

Converting IDS to a higher level was always a piece of cake. We tested converting from 10 to 11 during the IDS 11 beta program and even performed it on several instances in our working environment. But when we tried to convert our main production system it crashed. For the first time in many years we were depending on the IBM support team to come to our rescue. I would like to thank them for their great help. It was overwhelming to see the dedication, efficiency, promptness and skill of IBM support team. It is touching to know that Informix users can rely not only on the finest database but also on the best support team.

All's well that ends well. We converted all our development and production systems to IDS 11.5. IDS 11.5 is a great release. We knew from our experience in the beta and we know it now as regular users.

Gary Ben-Israel
IIUG Insider Editor
IIUG Board of Directors

President's Note

Just a reminder that the latest version of Informix Dynamic Server - IDS 11.5 AKA Cheetah 2 Developer Edition and Open Admin Tool (OAT) is available free to IIUG members. To obtain your copy for multiple platforms including AIX, HP. Linux, Sun and Windows, go to the IIUG Web Site, log in to the Member Area, and then click on Software Download button. Note: You must verify your personal profile and email address since May 1, 2008 to get your free copy!

Also, as I was part (a very small part) of Gary's support situation that he mentions above, the IBM Informix support staff team assisted him in under ONE hour and the great people there, including Al Martin, Pradeep Kutty, Deen Murad, Dominique Walrave, John Dryburgh, Andreas Legner and others, had Gary's answers to him in a very short time and this was at 7PM Eastern Time after hours! Great job people. It is good to know when that rare problem does hit, these people are on top of it with great help. I personally have only done one upgrade from IDS 11.1 to IDS 11.5 so far. It went perfectly and took less than 30 msnutes.

Stuart Litel

Highlights Back to top

Inside IBM's Informix Marketing Strategy

By Inhi Cho
Vice President Data Management Marketing

During the last few months, I have had the pleasure of meeting with many members of the IIUG community and observing first-hand the legendary enthusiasm of Informix users. I appreciate this opportunity to share some thoughts about Informix's marketing strategy, and I invite your feedback.

Informix Dynamic Server continues to be a major focus of the IBM Data Management portfolio and IBM's Information On Demand strategy.

You know and love Informix Dynamic Server because you can set it and forget it. It's the server of choice for high-volume transactions. In the latest release, you have even more options for data availability and you have the option to scale up your systems with lower-cost hardware without adding significant administration costs. The remote administration features grant DBAs the ability to manage their Informix installations from anywhere in the world.

Our marketing approach is powerfully simple, just like IDS!

IDS is optimized for easy administration and high availability for transaction-intensive solutions. We're making these benefits known worldwide though an integrated approach that brings together IBM customers, partners and thought leaders. The IIUG community is a vital part of our approach. Here are just a few examples:

  • Increasing global awareness
    Online Web ads are running on more than 20 IT sites including CNET, InformationWeek and Computerworld.
  • Compelling, relevant access to thought leaders: Chat with the Labs programs
    We're delivering popular quarterly webcasts with topics that reach new customers and help keep the existing Informix community up-to-date on developments.
  • Market-leading product releases
    The recent IDS 11.5 launch press release attracted the attention of about 35 news and Internet venues and the attention of key industry analysts. The release also included support for Apple developers on the Mac platform.
  • Investments in learning and education
    We continue to invest in the production and distribution of Informix materials, such as the IDS 11 and 11.5 books and Discovery DVDs. The benefits of IDS are spread through a number of IBM and third-party events, including the very successful IIUG conference.

We are committed to continuing the phenomenal growth of Informix. In today's world, success depends on the strength and sharing in communities-IDS users come together in new ways everyday. From new application areas, such as the Mac platform, to academic initiatives for IDS worldwide, interest and commitment to Informix grows daily. And we continue to work with our colleagues across IBM and an increasing list of business partners to expand the significant portfolio of software that works with IDS. The momentum continues with 150 new Informix business partnerships since 2007, all providing an even richer ecosystem of IDS-based applications and education and integration services.

The IIUG community is a fantastic partner in propelling IDS growth. The best marketing is word of mouth from loyal users like the IIUG members. We are proud of our partnership with IIUG and we're just getting started! We count on IIUG to help us get the latest information out to the Informix community through this newsletter, the Web site and the many user group events and activities.

We have a number of events and activities coming up where we hope to see you and your colleagues, including the Information On Demand Conference in Las Vegas from Oct. 26-31. There will be a strong Informix program, and it will be a great opportunity to meet with IBM and Informix technical leaders. You will also be able to participate in many hands-on labs and sessions all week devoted just to Informix. In addition, IDS will be included in many other sessions, demos and activities so you can discover the many ways Informix works with other hardware and software products across the IBM portfolio.

This is an exciting time for Informix and its customers. New ideas and improvements come from many sources so please let us know your thoughts and how we can help.

Press coverage of IDS 11.5 release

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IBM Information on Demand 2008 (October 26-21 in Las Vegas) is the year's premier information management event for business and IT executives, managers, DBAs, developers and business partners. Learn all there is to know about data and master data management, enterprise content management, information integration, business intelligence and performance management. Choose from 600 technical sessions. Get free certification testing. And enjoy Vegas-quality entertainment with Earth, Wind & Fire, The Village People and master of ceremonies Martin Short.

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Recap from the Information on Demand EMEA 2008 in The Hague

The IBM information on Demand conference is always a spectacular event. This is true the EMEA conference is as well as the one in the US. The Informix sessions were few but the offered high quality education to the attendees.

Before the conference we held a Customer Advisory Committee meeting. In the CAC and thru out the conference I had the opportunity to meet Informix users and business partners and to learn that the momentum Informix is gathering in the US does not skip EMEA.

I would love to see more Informix content at the IOD EMEA. We have a large community of loyal Informix users that deserve it. Dear European friends I hope to meet more of you at the IOD EMEA next year.

Gary Ben-Israel

Education Back to top

New 13 IDS videos on YouTube

Go green when you enroll in an IBM ILO class!

Be smart, spell "Interoperability"

Next Saturday night, when you go to some fancy place with your friends, here's a new word you can look smart with — Interoperability. This 8-syllable word is indeed a must in social situations where you, a lonely DBA, go out with doctors and dentists...

What does it mean? IBM released a new set of web pages on interoperability of Informix Dynamic Server (IDS) with other IBM products. Visit quickly.

By the way, do you know what the I in IBM stands for?

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MediaWiki and IDS

MediaWIki was originally written for Wikipedia. Do I need to say more? I think everybody knows about Wikipedia. Mediawiki is available as a free software package at

A wiki can be a wonderful way to keep members of an organization informed about the activities of the group. Mediawiki provides capabilities to search the content of the wiki to quickly find the information you are looking for. One feature I find particularly attractive is the ability to generate syndications (RSS or Atom feeds). This means that a user can subscribe to the syndication and find out what is changing in the wiki automatically.

I have completed a first pass at having MediaWiki 1.12.0 (current release) running on IDS 11.x. The reason IDS 11.x is required is that it takes advantage of the Basic Text Search (BTS) DataBlade to provide text search on titles and pages content.

I consider this a beta phase that requires more testing and will require additional modifications. I would like to know if anyone would be interested in "playing" with MediaWiki on IDS and provide feedback. The software can be installed in minutes. One way to get the proper PHP environment running is to install the Open Admin Tool for IDS (OAT).

Any interests? Let me know.

Jacques Roy -

Jacques Roy
Technical Product Manager
IDS Development
Competitive Technologies and Enablement
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Calendar of events Back to top

July - 2008
Date Event Location Contact
21 Salt Lake City Informix User Group Meeting Utah Dept. of Public Safety/BCI, Salt Lake City Laurie Littledike
22 Southern California Informix User Group Meeting IBM Facility, Costa Mesa Bruce Marchu
October - 2008
Date Event Location Contact
26-31 IBM Information on Demand 2008 Las Vegas, Nevada  

Useful links Back to top

In response to your input, we have created a page on the IIUG web site containing all the links we used to include. Please find it at:

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. 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
Art Kagel
Tammy Frankforter

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