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Highlights: Fastest Informix DBA Contest II
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.
This time I have very little to write about in my editorial. In a way this is a good thing. It means things are normal again. After stormy times when there was never a dull moment we can relax a little. Soon IDS 11.5 xC5 will be GA. Like 11.5 xC4 it is much more than a fix pack. There are some cool features added. I cannot say more than that, but as a beta tester I can promise you it is something to look forward to.
So what's ahead? We are planning our next board meeting at the October timeframe and we are finalizing our negotiations with the Overland Park Marriott for our third IIUG conference. Make sure you read about the Informix road shows and partner training all around the world. Even if there is no event heading your way, it is comforting just to read through the list.
Fastest Informix DBA Contest II
June 18 - September 30, 2009
Advanced DataTools is sponsoring a NEW contest for Informix Users to find and honor the fastest Informix DBAs. This is a new version of our very successful contest at the 2009 IIUG Informix User Conference. The challenge is to take a basic Informix IDS database server configuration and a SQL script that runs a series of inserts and updates and see who can get it to run the fastest!
There will be 12 winners in the following categories:Grand Prize - the Fastest User DBA. To qualify for this prize, the user must be 1) a DBA employed at a company using Informix internally, 2) not a consultant, 3) not an IBM employee. (Grand Prize is either a Free pass to the 2010 IIUG Informix User Conference or an iPod Touch)
Honorary Prizes (Fastest DBA Shirt):
The challenge will be to complete the following:
Judges: Lester Knutsen, Art Kagel, Carlton Doe, Spokey Wheeler
If you need an Informix system, I would suggest getting the Developers edition of the Informix Virtual Appliance:
To register for the contest and download the rules, data and code:
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Informix Chat with the Lab
Compression and Storage optimization support in IDS!
This month's Informix Chat with the Lab will be related to Smarter Planet initiative, helping save energy and cost via Compression & Storage Optimization support in IDS.
This talk will provide an introduction to Informix Dynamic Server's new Compression and Storage Optimization features. We will cover compression basic concepts and affects on the data, compression ratios and compressibility, performance, scaling, and interactions with other features such as HDR and ER. The talk will also include details of the new operations and behaviors introduced by these two closely related features.
Jerry Keesee, Director of the Informix Lab will introduce the call and Kevin Cherkauer, Informix Sr Technical Lead will be our technical speaker.
Participant access information:
Conference number: 4572107
To register for this event:
Presentation material will be available at www.ibm.com/informix/labchats prior to the event.
Questions, comments or to be removed from this distribution: firstname.lastname@example.org
Madhuri Ahuja PMP
Compare the Informix Dynamic Server, Version 11 editions http://www.ibm.com/developerworks/data/library/techarticle/dm-0801doe/index.html Get an introduction to the various editions of IBM Informix Dynamic Server, and compare features, benefits, and licensing considerations in a side-by-side table. Regardless of which edition you choose, IDS brings you legendary ease-of-use, reliability, stability, and access to extensibility features.
4 June 2009
For more information go to DeveloperWorks - Informix:Virtualization and Cloud Computing with IDS
In case you missed to attend the session or would like to share with someone...
Audio replay for topic, Virtualization and Cloud Computing with IDS is posted on Chat with Lab site:
Madhuri Ahuja PMP
Take advantage of these Informix events coming to cities near you!
The IBM Informix Dynamic Server roadshow is traveling around the world, providing a 2-day deep-dive, hands-on opportunity to try out the latest Informix technology. Gain fresh, innovative ideas to optimize your business performance and create competitive advantage.
2009 Informix Roadshow Highlights:
Sign up to attend an upcoming Roadshow below, or visit ibm.com/informix/roadshow to see the latest updates. Don't see your city? To request a roadshow in your area, contact Scott Pickett (email@example.com) for locations outside North America, and Carlton Doe at firstname.lastname@example.org for North America.
Business Partner Training
The Informix Bootcamps are 3-day in-depth technical workshops for IBM Business Partners that focus on IDS 11.5. Detailed presentations and hands-on labs are included where attendees will gain in-depth knowledge of exciting new features and areas including:
Business Partners with applications that currently run on IDS or who are new to IDS can benefit from this workshop by learning how IDS can add value to your solutions and extend your market opportunities. Business consultants who are currently working with or planning to work with IDS for their customers are also welcome to attend.
The latest schedule of bootcamps can be found at http://www.iiug.org/url/2009_bootcamps.html.
Local User Group meetings
The latest list of local user group meetings can be found on the IIUG website at http://iiug.org/events/events.php#June2009.
Does your local user group need new ideas for your meetings? IBM and the IIUG have teamed up to create Tech Day content that includes a suggested agenda, presentation materials, demos and speakers who can be available for your user group meeting. Topics include the Informix Roadmap, Continuous Availability (MACH 11), Informix Warehouse, Compression, and other topics that can be customized for your group. This can also be used as an opportunity to reach out to universities in your area by adding an Academic Initiative Information Session.
Are you planning an event in your area that isn't listed below? Get it included in next month's article by sending details to email@example.com and to firstname.lastname@example.org for posting on the IIUG events web site.
Summary of Upcoming Informix Events
Get featured in IBM's "Young Professional Profiles"
IBM is looking to interview young professionals working with Informix software and tools to feature in a new piece of collateral "Young Professional Profiles" targeted at university students. As part of their Academic Initiative efforts, IBM would like to interview young professional working for our IIUG member companies to illustrate how learning Informix can lead to great job opportunities and a successful career.
Any individual who has graduated from college in the past 5 years and is working with Informix is eligible. Selected participants will be interviewed by IBM for 30-60 minutes and IBM will request review and approval of the final content by the participating companies before publishing the profiles.
Please nominate eligible members of your organization by sending an email to email@example.com with their name and a short description (less than 100 words) before July 15th.
Don't miss this great opportunity to showcase your organization and outstanding employees to university students and graduates!How are you using Informix?
How are you using Informix? We are interested in your story - even if you want to remain anonymous. There are many ways that you can help us out - whether it is a full blown case study (such as http://www.iiug.org/url/centric.html), a web story about your solution (such as http://www.iiug.org/url/corsica.html), or an anonymous quote about your success with Informix, we'd love to hear about it. We are also interested in hearing from anyone who is using IBM hardware and get your feedback on the winning combination with IDS. Contact Cathy Elliott, Informix Marketing Manager, at firstname.lastname@example.org if you'd like to be part of a user story, case study or technical use case. Thanks!What's your version?
IBM has announced End of Support (EOS) dates* for the following IBM Informix Dynamic Server (IDS) and Informix 4GL products:
Take a look at the resources that can help you plan to move to a new version. You can get to the following resources and more from: http://www.ibm.com/software/data/informix/upgrade/.
Overview of upgrading or migrating IDS:
Trial: Informix Dynamic Server Enterprise and Developer Edition:
Informix Upgrade Portal:
Premium Upgrade Plan:
IDS Information Center:
*To check if extensions of support services are available, contact your IBM representative.Information Management Certification Day
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Informix Blogs and things
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