IIUG Alert (Issue #9)
Oct 17, 2001
Welcome to the IIUG Alert! The IIUG Alert contains time-sensitive
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- IBM Informix Conference - Last Chance!
- IIUG Highlights at the IBM Informix Conference
- IIC: Submit ATE & IRM questions via http://www.iiug.org
- Local User Group News
- Last Call for the IBM Informix Configuration Survey!
- XPS 8.32 stuff
- Useful Links
IBM Informix Conference - Last Chance!
It's almost here! The IBM Informix Conference (IIC) will kick off on
Monday, Oct. 22nd with tutorials and the evening opening reception to a
big crowd of Informix product loyalists, partners, press, analysts and
the biggest contingent of IIUG members ever.
While IBM Data Management has done a commendable job communicating the
Informix product portfolio future direction, IIC will go deeper into
detail. It will additionally provide us various opportunities to affect
the future of these products through direct interaction with product
managers and senior developers. We will also learn how Informix
products fit within IBM Data Management's DB2 family.
Partners in particular will have much to look forward to. IBM will
introduce its vision and programs for Informix partners in a conference
track that is completely dedicated to partner interests. Find more info
at http://www.thenextstep.net/breakout.htm#partners .
If you haven't registered yet but are still thinking about itů The
registration link is right here:
Don't forget to claim your $200 discount for IIUG members subscribed by
October 5, 2001.
2001 IBM Informix Conference
October 21-25, 2001
IIUG Highlights at the IBM Informix Conference
IIUG will be present at IIC in many ways, including all Ask the Expert
and Interactive Roadmap sessions, which will be moderated by IIUG
leaders. Other IIUG highlights are:
- IIUG Booth: Whenever the Exhibit Hall is open, starting Monday Oct.
22nd at 5 PM. Stop by to meet leaders of IIUG, submit questions to Ask
the Expert and Interactive Roadmap Sessions, become an IIUG member and
- IIUG Annual General Session, taking place in the "main tent". Join us
for the first annual IUGGY awards ceremony, the introduction of the
2001-2002 IIUG Board of Directors, and a State of IIUG address by Fred
Hubbard, IIUG President: Tuesday, Oct. 23rd, 1-2 PM.
- "Meet the Executives" session, facilitated by Fred Hubbard, IIUG
President, and hosting a panel of top IBM Data Management Execs
including Don Haderle, Jim Kelly, Alan Grady and Thor Culverhouse:
Tuesday, Oct. 23rd, 5-6 PM.
- "Meet the Developers", a traditional IIUG-sponsored event that brings
Informix users and IBM Data Management product management and
development staff face to face in a casual setting, which includes food
and beverages: Tuesday, Oct. 23rd, 6-8 PM.
IIC: Submit ATE & IRM questions via www.iiug.org
This year IIC will include the all-traditional Ask the Expert (ATE)
sessions, to answer questions about current products and features, and
new Interactive Roadmap (IRM) sessions, to discuss future product
releases and enhancements.
To submit questions in advance to any of these sessions, please click
on "Submit Your Questions" and type away. A 'Submit Your Questions'
link is also located at http://www.iiug.org.
Don't forget to type ATE or IRM at the beginning of each question to facilitate sorting.
Local User Group News
Are you aware that there are over 40 Informix local user groups around
the world? If you are interested in finding out more about local user
group activities in your area, please visit the IIUG web site, click on
community and local user groups. If you find a group near you, please
make contact with the listed contact. If you are interested in starting
a local user group, please send an email to email@example.com . Finally,
if you are already involved in a local user group and you notice that
the information on the web site is not up to date, please notify James
Edmiston - firstname.lastname@example.org or
Dawn Shannon - email@example.com.
Last Call for the IBM Informix Configuration Survey!
Due date October 18, 2001 5 PM GMT
What's in it for you? Find out if you have enough CPUs, disk, and
other capabilities. You will be able to contrast your configuration
with other similar servers. All configuration data will be treated
confidentially. You could also be announced as having winning server
characteristics if we are permitted to disclose your identity and
Participants will receive earlier access to the survey results and a
small memento as a token of our appreciation.
More details at: http://www.iiug.org/util/db_performance.html
XPS 8.32 stuff
The newest version of XPS, Version 8.32, is now available. This new
version delivers on IBM's commitment to support XPS and its users and
is more robust than ever thanks to significant usability,
supportability, and quality improvements
A simplified upgrade process means users can quickly take advantage of
the new product's benefits. These include improved administrative
efficiency, improved operational efficiency, improved supportability
over older versions, and added support for HP11.i and AIX 5.1 (32-bit),
for those interested in moving to these state-of-the-art hardware
With this release, a number of customer-reported bugs have been
attacked, and that has reduced the time required to administer and
manage the database environment.
IBM / Informix field personnel can solve your query plan issues more
quickly now, thanks to the addition of several new optimizer
directives. Together with directives already present in previous XPS
versions, these new directives can be used to force various query plans
Several new features improve database security, simplify query
construction for application developers, and enhance fail over support.
For more information contact Mohan Natraj, Worldwide Marketing Manager,
XPS at firstname.lastname@example.org .
To learn more about XPS, visit
Closing and Credits
The International Informix Users Group (IIUG) is an international
organization designed to enhance communications between Informix and its
worldwide user community. The IIUG now has over 13,000 members and
enjoys major support from the IBM Data Management division. We also help
local user groups get started and promoted.
Sources: IIUG Board of Directors
Editor: Rob Vorbroker and Fred Hubbard, IIUG Board of
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