IIUG Alert (Issue #21)
19 April 2002
Welcome to the International Informix Users Group (IIUG) Alert! It contains time-sensitive material for the IBM Informix community.
- Blue Tuesday Anniversary Remembered - Details
- Register On-line Now for the Software Symposium 2002
- Special Message for all Informix Developers and Business Partners
- Downloads for Active Members Coming Soon!
- IBM Offers New Informix Today Newsletter!
- Popular IIUG Webcast Builds Confidence
- Early results of the latest Quick Survey on SIG list format
- Useful Links
Blue Tuesday Anniversary Remembered - Details
A year after the date, IIUG and IBM will commemorate the Informix
acquisition with the following set of events:
On April 24th at 9 AM US PST, 12 noon EDT, 1700 GMT, Fred Hubbard, IIUG
President and Managing Director will host Janet Perna, IBM Data Management
General Manager, and Don Top, IBM Data Management Director of Engineering.
Together, they will put the past 12 months in perspective and turn the page
towards the future of the Informix community under IBM's leadership and
IIUG's advocacy. Logistics are available now at www.IIUG.org.
Free Software Downloads
All IIUG members with an updated profile will be eligible to download a
much anticipated database engine free of charge for Linux and Windows.
Details will be announced at the Blue Tuesday Anniversary Webcast.
A new survey to gauge the state of mind of the Informix community will also
make its debut on April 24th on the IIUG web site. Anyone interested in
Informix products is welcome to respond. Aggregate results will be
published by IIUG, along with a comparison with last year's similar surveys
of April and June.
Surprise for IIUG Members!
An over-the-top surprise for all IIUG members with current profiles will be
available on April 24th. All in good fun and all about Informix. Don't miss
it! Attend the Blue Tuesday Anniversary Webcast to fish for details.
Register On-line Now for the Software Symposium 2002
Designed exclusively for the needs of our Customers and Business Partners,
the IBM Software Symposium 2002 is focused on your software goals. At this
event you'll get first-class education on the constantly evolving world of
technology and how you can use it for your own business advantage. Join us
on 10-14 June 2002 in Vienna Austria!
As in our Technical Conference in the previous years, the Data Management
sessions at the SW Symposium 2002 are the premier event for technical
professionals responsible for implementing Data Management solutions.
There's a huge selection of sessions starting with pre-conference
tutorials, followed by breakouts, workshops, open forum discussions and
lots of opportunities throughout the week to network with IBM executives,
developers and business partners at one of the many demo points and birds
of a feather sessions.
There are more than 300,000 companies world-wide relying on IBM Data
Management solutions. An update on our portfolio can show you how to join
that elite group. You will find very interesting sessions on DB2, Informix
and IMS database management systems, which have been highly successful
because of their multi-platform multimedia or web-ready functionality. The
need for faster and better decision making is critical in the business
world today and the data warehousing sessions will show you how the IBM
solutions in this area can leverage your company's data assets. With
Content Manager, you will manage easily unstructured content, including
computer output, documents and rich media. If you are an Informix user,
this Conference will show you the new functionality and development of this
family of products as part of the IBM database solutions for information
management which are open, scalable and fully extensible.
On top of this, the Software Symposium provides you with the opportunity to
discover how the rest of the IBM software portfolio integrates itself
seamlessly with the Data Management solutions, completes your IT
infrastructure, helps you to get the competitive advantage required in the
marketplace and meet the needs of the data management community.
Join us at the SW Symposium 2002 - June 10th to 14th at the Austria
Congress Center in Vienna, Austria. To enroll or for more information,
visit the Conference Web Site at:
Special Message for all Informix Developers and Business Partners
The IBM Informix Integration Team would like to make sure that Informix
Developers and Business Partners stay connected to communications,
technologies and announcements as well as events happening at IBM.
Whether you are simply looking for Informix software updates, or you are an
IBM Business Partner searching for go to market opportunities for your
Informix solutions, there are several IBM websites that can assist you.
The mission of developerWorks is to help you be a better software
programmer, a more productive (and perhaps more rested, less
stressed) coder. Product domains provide how-to information, sample code,
downloads, tools and techniques for developers. Best of all, there is no
charge to join and is open to anyone. We have created an Informix
Developer's Zone to provide you with the latest product news, software
utilities and application updates. The Informix Developer Zone can be found
PartnerWorld for Developers: http://www.developer.ibm.com
This website provides a single point of entry into IBM's global resources
for developers who build solutions using IBM technologies. As a member of
PartnerWorld for Developers, you will have access to many no-charge
benefits to help you get your products to market faster, lower your cost of
doing business, and broaden your business opportunities. As a commercial
member, you also have access to the Informix Developers Assistance Program
located in the Informix resource center. This program offers no charge
Informix software for the development and porting of your solution. More
information on Informix resources for developers can be found here:
PartnerWorld for Software: http://www.ibm.com/partnerworld/software
This valuable resource supports your efforts to create new revenue and
market opportunities by leveraging your unique relationship with IBM as a
Business Partner. PartnerWorld for Software provides the industry's most
comprehensive e-business marketing, enablement and support program to help
build your business. resulting in greater opportunity to realize growth,
profitability, market leadership, and also receive unparalleled support and
Downloads for Active Members Coming Soon!
The IIUG would like to thank Don Top, Nelson Androes, and their team for
providing IIUG members with free Informix engine downloads. These downloads
will be available soon to all active IIUG members who have completed or
updated their membership and profile information in the last six months.
The downloads will be FREE, single user, fully functional (except for the
High Performance Loader) versions of IDS 9.3 for the Linux and Windows 2000
Stay tuned for more details which will be forthcoming on this important
benefit to active IIUG members.
IBM Offers New Informix Today Newsletter
IBM has launched registration for a new publication called Informix Today.
This monthly publication promises issues with the latest offers, downloads,
upcoming events, web based seminars and Infomix product news from IBM Data
Register for their first issue at:
Popular IIUG Webcast Builds Confidence
The IDS, Foundation and Linux Roadmap Update Webcast played to an audience
of more than 100 participants April 11.
This Web Cast answered some of the most commonly-asked questions about IBM
Informix Dynamic Server, Foundation and the Linux Strategy. Steve Miller,
Product Manager for IDS and Foundation, and Darren Hanson, Solutions
Manager for Linux, joined IIUG Board member Ron Flannery to present product
roadmaps and respond to IIUG member questions, concerns and suggestions.
Details on obtaining a replay of this important webcast can be found at:
Please note that the Webcast will only be available for replay until May 11.
Early results of the latest Quick Survey on SIG list format
Our latest survey asked the question: " Would you be in favor of converting
to the online format for the SIG discussion lists?" Approximately 56 per
cent of the respondents favored the on-line format for discussion lists
with 30 per cent opposing and the remaining 14 per cent responded by
selecting "Does Not Matter".
Plans for the next "Quick Survey" will be featured in the first bi-weekly issue of the IIUG Insider May 05.
Closing and Credits
The International Informix Users Group (IIUG) is an organization designed to enhance communications between IBM and its worldwide user community. IIUG now has more than 13,000 members 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
Editors: David Smith and Ron Flannery, IIUG Board of Directors
For comments, please send an email to UG@IIUG.org.