IIUG Alert (Issue #12)
Dec 14, 2001
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- 2002 Conferences - Schedule Firming Up
- IBM Informix Featured in DB2 Today
- IIUG Event Calendar Enhanced and Updated
- IBM Data Management Strikes Gold
- Four J's V3.2 Added to IBM Informix Tools Portfolio
- Technology Poll Pointing to Recovery
- International News Links Featured
- New IDC White Paper on IBM and Informix
- Useful Links
1) 2002 Conferences - Schedule Firming Up
IIUG Board member Paul Mosser shared with the Board that last week's
announcement by IBM Data Management about next year's NEW "IBM Data
Management Conference" promises an event jam packed with learning
The announcement stated that the 2002 Informix User Conference will kick
off on September 9th in Anaheim, California, alongside the DB2 and Business
Intelligence Technical Conference, and both will be part of a much larger event:
the NEW "IBM Data Management Conference", covering the "hottest" DB2,
Informix and BI topics in the marketplace.
The latest US conference information may be obtained at:
In other conference news, it was reported by IBM Global Services that there are
definite plans to include Informix content in the Europe Middle East Asia (EMEA)
conference being planned for June, 2002. As soon as we learn more we will let
2) IBM Informix Featured in DB2 Today
The IIUG board is always on the lookout for new and useful information
resources to bring to the attention of our membership. We were recently alerted
to a new addition to IBM's online publication "DB2 Today" by member Lester
Knutson. Starting with their November issue, the publication is featuring IBM
Informix products along with DB2 fare. An interesting and innovative feature of
this facility is the ability to customize or filter for subject areas the reader is most
The November issue featured three articles on IBM Informix products originating
from IIUG sources. Registration and filtering options can be maintained on-line
by proceeding to the following link:
3) IIUG Event Calendar Enhanced and Updated
If you haven't visited the IIUG Event Calendar featured at our web site lately,
a recent enhancement has improved the convenience of its usage. Rather than
linking always to January, the visitor is now placed close to current upcoming
events. Additionally, many 2002 events were just added to the calendar and it is
worth a look at to begin planning for the new year. Local user groups are
encouraged to promote their local events via the calendar and easy instructions
for making an addition on-line are provided. Proceed to this link for a quick look:
Local user group leaders can post their event information at this location:
4) IBM Data Management Strikes Gold
A new tech support offering is now available to customers. The new "Gold"
support program is "intended for Informix customers who want the flexibility to
install either Informix or DB2 products in whatever combination is required to
meet their business needs over time." A complete description of this new service
offer may be viewed at:
5) Four J's V3.2 Added to IBM Informix Tools Portfolio
IBM Informix announced the general availability of Four J's Business
Development Suite v. 3.10. This Four J's product replaces Dynamic 4GL in IBM's
Informix DB Tools portfolio.
Four J's Business Development Suite claims to be "the fastest way to Windows,
the Internet and Mobile devices for existing and new IBM Informix 4GL
applications". The official announcement also read as follows:
"Four J's Business Development Suite allows for the seamless opening of
applications to a wide variety of new graphical computing environments, with it's
three-tier, thin-client architecture, Four J's Business Development Suite offers
unmatched application performance and scalability with server support for
Windows NT, Linux and UNIX platforms."
"With Four J's Business Development Suite, users now have access to Open
Database Interface (ODI). The ODI provides native access to both Informix and
DB2 databases, improving both reliability and performance."
"In the upcoming V3.2 release, the ODI architecture has been completely
rewritten to provide up to 3 times the throughput over previous releases. In
addition to ODI, customers will receive the following client libraries for various
GUIs: Web (formerly HTML), Java, Windows, X.11 and ASCII. The Development
License also includes an improved Interactive Debugger."
"Four J's Business Development Suite includes Global Language Support (Level
4), which supports single byte character sets, left-to-right languages like US
English, German, Greek, etc., single byte character sets, right-to-left languages
like Hebrew and Arabic, and double byte character sets like Japanese, Korean,
simplified and traditional Chinese."
"If a customer is currently under an active Dynamic 4GL maintenance contract up
through June 30, 2002, the customer will receive at no charge, a Four J's
Business Development Suite Version 3.10 or greater."
"Contact your local IBM Account Executive, Channel Account Manager, or
Telesales representative if you need assistance in obtaining these products."
6) Technology Poll Pointing to Recovery
IIUG Board President Fred Hubbard reviewed a recent article on the results of
the November CIO Magazine Tech Poll and wanted to share it with our IIUG
membership because it presented a favorable technology outlook and may
indicate a recovery in the technology sector. The article may be viewed at the
7) International News Links Featured
Another useful site (also listed in our Useful Links for this Alert) with special
features for our international community is the IBM product news web site. Note
that the three most recent articles are from international sources! See the latest
Informix product news on-line at:
8) New IDC White Paper on IBM and Informix
Analyst Carl W. Olofson, of IDC, has just published a new white paper on The
IBM Informix acquisition, appropriately titled "IBM and Informix - A Marriage of
Strength and Innovation".
The paper explores the reasons why IBM acquired Informix by examining the
history and technology of Informix. It also discusses IBM's stated intentions for
Informix technology going forward and considers the implications for users of
both IBM and Informix RDBMS technology.
You may download this paper from a link on the IIUG web site or at:
9) Useful Links
Watch the IIUG Highlights location for the 2001 IIC Recap photo feature!
NEW: Upcoming IBM US conferences
Informix Page within IBM PartnerWorld for Developers
IBM Informix homepage
Recent Data Management Product Announcements
Informix News from IBM Data Management
Closing and Credits
The International Informix Users Group (IIUG) is an international
organization designed to enhance communications between IBM Informix
and its worldwide user community. IIUG is now approaching 13,000 members
and enjoys major support from IBM's Data Management division. We also
help local user groups get started and promoted.
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