IIUG Alert (Issue #15)
January 25, 2002
Welcome to the International Informix Users Group (IIUG) Alert! It
contains time-sensitive material for the IBM Informix community. You are
receiving it because you are an IIUG member or a local Informix user
group leader. Please provide feedback via e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
***** REMINDER: Survey about the last user conference, future ideas ******
In the January 11 version of this alert, we asked you to participate in
a survey about the last user conference. The survey also solicited your
ideas for FUTURE conferences. Time is limited, so please help! Details:
- Informix User Conference(IUC): September 9-13, 2002 -- Anaheim, California
- IUC Call for Papers, Call for Ideas
- Winning Database Configurations: An IBM Informix Database Survey
- Informix-4GL Roundtable Discussion: Options for Access to DB2
- Local User Group (LUG) Corner: Speaker Support for LUGs, Chicago Group
- Useful Links
- Closing and Credits
Informix User Conference(IUC): September 9-13, 2002 -- Anaheim, California
Mark your calendar! The next Informix User Conference (IUC) will be held
during the week of September 9-13, 2002, in Anaheim, California, USA.
IUC 2002 will be an integral part of the overall IBM Data Management
Technical Conference and will run in parallel with the DB2 & Business
Intelligence conference. (Informix products are part of the Data
Management group at IBM, along with DB2 and other data-related products.)
By bringing these two conferences together into one event, the Informix
community will be able to network and learn about all of the Data
Management solutions, products, and services. IBM Informix
customers will continue to have the option of attending a 3-day event
(similar to previous conferences) or a new 4.5-day event.
The new 4.5-day conference will repeat popular sessions during the
last 1.5 days of the conference. This expanded schedule will allow
attendees to pack in all the sessions they need! Plus, the 10 Informix
tracks and 17 DB2/BI tracks will be available to all
attendees throughout the conference no matter how many days you choose
to attend. We hope to see you there!
Look for registration to begin in March. Early-bird and IIUG member
discounts will be available. So, mark your calendar and plan to attend
IUC 2002 in Anaheim!! We will keep you up-to-date with the latest
information on the IUC 2002 conference as it becomes available --
watch this Alert and www.iiug.org.
IUC Call for Papers, Call for Ideas
The IUC planning committee needs your input to make the IUC 2002
conference another great conference!
How can you help? IBM and the IIUG are currently in the process of
defining the content for this annual conference. Tell us what you would
like to see for the breakout sessions and tutorials. Are you interested in
technology and solution-oriented product presentations, success
stories, roadmaps, panel discussions with experts in a specific area,
introduction to other IBM products, or a discussion on WAP, Web, OLTP,
Business Intelligence, Connectivity, Tools, DataMart and Data
Warehousing technologies?? Please help us decide.
Your time is valuable so make the most of it by getting what you want at
IUC 2002! IBM wants to make sure that the User Conference meets your
needs and that they address the issues you need to know about. Tell us
what you want and we will try to integrate your requests when planning
your Informix User Conference. Also remember the "REMINDER" at the
beginning of this ALERT that urges you to complete the conference survey at:
To submit your name and abstract for a presentation for this year's
conference, go to:
You can also use our site to submit ideas for what you would like to see
presented by fellow users,IBM Business Partners,IBM architects,
developers, or marketing personnel. Submit your ideas at:
Winning Database Configurations: An IBM Informix Database Survey
Marty Lurie has published the results of a survey that was assisted and
promoted by the IIUG. It is truly a "must read" for our readership.
Don't miss this great opportunity to gain valuable insight for the price
of a couple mouse clicks.
This article answers such questions as "How are database servers used
and configured?" and "How much hardware does it take to process a
large amount of data?" The article states: "The answers often lie with
the database administrators (DBAs), who, through many hard-earned
lessons, have found configurations that work well." Are you intrigued?
This article gives great insight into these tough questions as it presents
the results of a survey on more than 60 IBM Informix servers deployed at
over 40 organizations.
The article is currently the main feature article at the Informix Developer
Zone web page at:
Click on the featured title to get the full version of this extremely
useful and informative article!
Marty graciously credits the IIUG for being "very helpful in promoting
and encouraging participation in the survey." As with any survey, without
a minimal level of participation, the results are not meaningful so
he would like to thank the IIUG for their support.
About the Author:
Marty Lurie started his computer career generating chads while
attempting to write Fortran on an IBM 1130. His day-job is in Systems
Engineering for IBM's Informix organization, but if pressed he will admit
he mostly plays with computers. His favorite program is the one he wrote
to connect his Nordic Track to his laptop (the laptop lost two pounds, and
lowered its cholesterol by 20%). Marty is an IBM-certified DB2 DBA, IBM-
certified Business Intelligence Solutions Professional, and an Informix-
certified Professional. He can be reached at
Don't miss this great article!
Informix-4GL Roundtable Discussion: Options for Access to DB2
If you would like to see your Informix-4GL applications working against
DB2 databases, please join Development Manager Jeff James and
Marketing Manager Meg Hilbert for several discussion sessions on
January 31st. There are several different approaches that development
can take to support this feature requirement, but they would really like
to hear your ideas. Help make future versions of Informix-4GL
right for you by participating in these sessions!
Register by January 29th by emailing the following information to
Meg Hilbert at email@example.com:
- Name, Company Name, Title, Address, Phone, and Email.
After your registration is processed you will receive a phone number
and password that will allow you to participate in a session.
The number of participants will be limited for each call, but
the group will hold several calls throughout the day, depending on
your timezone. We hope that you can participate!
Local User Group (LUG) Corner: Meeting Schedules, Speaker Support for LUGs, Chicago User Groups
* Continued Support..
Dawn Shannon, User Group Program Manager, recently informed the
IIUG that LUGs will receive continued speaker support this
year from IBM. Paul Rivot, Director of DM Product Management,
has graciously agreed to approve travel of his Product Managers
to present at local user group meetings. The current request process will
remain in place, so there will be no disruptions to LUG speaker support!
Contact the IIUG's program manager for more information (firstname.lastname@example.org).
* Great Lakes Informix User Group (GLIUG, Chicago) Coming Back..
Via the efforts of Ron Flannery, James Edmiston, the IIUG, and IBM,
we are going to bring back the GLIUG meetings! The first meeting
is scheduled in March. For more information please subscribe to the
GLIUG E-newsletter or see the GLIUG's Web site at:
* Recent and Upcoming Meetings..
USA LUG events were recently held in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and
St. Louis, Missouri with upcoming events slated for the Informix
User Group of Northern California (IUGNC) at Menlo Park, California and
a German User Group Workshop. Also, the Mexico City Users Group will
hold their inaugural event February 27.
* Events and Upcoming Meetings...
Contact information may be obtained by visiting the events calendar at
See the 2001 IIC Recap Photo Feature Now!
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
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Editors: David Smith and Ron Flannery, IIUG Board of Directors
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