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Highlights: Ambuj Goyal addresses the IIUG membership, The Baan benchmark
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.
As you can see I have slightly changed the format of the Insider. It is now more structured and from now on you can expect to find content in the same place saving you time reaching to the topics that interest you. We will try to supply information from IBM management, Success stories and benchmarks demonstrating that Informix is not only alive but growing. As always I am requesting that you send me your own success stories, your thoughts, your suggestions and your requests.
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Ambuj Goyal addresses the IIUG membership
February 2, 2006
Dear IIUG Members,
I wanted to take this opportunity to give you an update on IBM's strategic direction for Informix® software.
Your existing Informix database software investments will be extended in future releases. IBM is fully committed to the Informix platform, and we are backing up that commitment by investing to support and enhance the Informix software portfolio as technology evolves. We are basing this investment on the positive feedback we've received from Informix end users, our business partners, and the analyst community.
A proof point of that commitment was the release of Informix Dynamic Server (IDS) Version 10.0 last year. In addition, we launched a new product IDS Express v10 in to the market place. We have built superior feature and function enhancements into IDS v10. It.s the fastest, most reliable and most scalable IDS database ever. In short, IDS is a strategic full featured pure OLTP data server.
Delivering high quality IT services today is harder than ever; requiring development and management of highly complex systems. IBM is simplifying this task for our Informix customers by providing a broad spectrum of industry-leading business integration, systems management, collaboration, application development and information management software that is integrated and certified with Informix products.
The current Informix enhancement plan outlines product strategy through the year 2011. Looking at a five year view is consistent with other IBM software products. We will continue to share with you Informix enhancements plans in a five year window going forward. The current plan includes work on the future version of Informix Dynamic Server (IDS), the follow on to the currently available IDS V10 product. One of the keys to our strategy is R&D investment for integrating Informix across the IBM software portfolio -- Lotus, Rational, Tivoli, WebSphere, and, of course, IBM Information Management software.
We've based this strategy on what you've been telling us. We understand that your business relies on Informix solutions to achieve Information On Demand. As a result, IBM will continue to support the worldwide ecosystem of Informix application providers, solution providers and resellers. And you'll continue to enjoy the flexibility of running Informix on your choice of hardware and operating system platforms.
IBM has the largest R&D organization in the world. Since Informix software became part of the IBM family, IBM R&D has delivered significant improvements to Informix's overall capabilities. IBM's depth of innovation, superior service and support, solutions integration, adherence to standards, strong business partnerships, and solution value remains unmatched. I am personally committed to the success of your business, and to delivering the best available technology to support your current IT investment.
For more information and details on Informix (IDS) please visit our website at http://www.ibm.com/informix.
Thank you for continuing to work with IBM. We will keep working hard to deliver you leading edge technology in support of your business objectives.
The Baan benchmark
Performance of SSA Baan IVc4 and Informix Dynamic Server (IDS) V10.0 was consistently strong across a range of servers, in current benchmark tests.
An impressive 4441 BRU (1) was attained during the benchmark with the 4 CPU model of an HP IntegrityTM RX4640 server (1.6 GHz). This measurement exceeds predicted capacity of Baan IVc4 on the same system, with a different competitive database, as well as measured performance of Baan IVc4 with previous versions of Informix Dynamic Server. Results of the benchmark on various 2 CPU models of the HP Integrity server displayed the same powerful trend.
SSA Baan offers the rich functionality that discrete manufacturers need to optimize their core internal processes and transactions, from planning and manufacturing to warehouse management and accounting. It's dynamic, integrated enterprise modeling capabilities make it easy to configure SSA Baan ERP to fit particular business functions, processes and organizational structure -providing value without waste.
IBM Informix Dynamic Server (IDS) V10.0 offers outstanding online transaction processing (OLTP) database performance while helping customers simplify and automate many of the tasks associated with deploying enterprise databases. IDS V10.0 contains features that speed application development, increase performance, improve data security, make replication more robust, and further ease the burden of database administration. Organizations can now free up skilled database administrator (DBA) resources and leverage their existing investment to focus on next-generation enterprise applications.
The IBM and SSA Global Technologies Strategic Alliance leverages the assets of the two companies to afford small to very large organizations "enterprise-strength" solutions. Together, we can help reduce the overall cost of doing business - with no compromises.
(1) A BRU (Benchmark Reference User) represents a single user executing a session that generates a load on the system. By relating all SSA ERPLN sessions to that reference load, the actual mix of sessions executed at any given implementation will determine the translation from the BRU to the maximum number of concurrent users for that implementation.
IIUG/IDUG NA Conference, Tampa May 7-11, 2006
IDUG 2006 - North America
Go Further...with Informix at IDUG 2006
This will be year 2 of the IIUG participation in the IDUG conference. IDUG is the DB2 user group that has put on DB2 user conferences for many years. IDUG has partnered with IIUG to include an Informix user conference agenda managed by the conference planning committee (CPC). The CPC is comprised of volunteers who have been working hard determining the Informix presentations and speakers that will be the IIUG/Informix part. We have added a fourth track (last year in Denver there were 3 tracks) to the conference agenda to accommodate more than 50 technical sessions spread over 4 days.
Additionally, there are 6 half day tutorials scheduled for May 6. These sessions (a.k.a. Educational Seminars or Ed Sems) are like mini training classes and cover a wide variety of Informix topics. There is an additional cost to attend the Ed Sems, but consider it money well spent for training.
The conference is all of this and so much more - special interest groups, networking opportunities, vendor presentations and exhibits, expert panel discussions and keynote presentations by IBM executives.
Start making your plans now to attend - May is only a few months away! For all of the conference details, visit http://www.iiug.org/conf and follow the link to the IDUG conference web pages. Be sure to check out the conference agenda, including an interactive schedule viewer and personal itinerary planner, to see the list of topics and presenters already lined up. The registration is live and the negotiated rates for the conference hotels are available on a first come, first served basis so don't wait too long!
We are looking forward to seeing you there.
We recommend you visit the North America Conference Blog at: http://idugtampa2006.blogspot.com/
For updated information about the conference.
Once you register for IDUG 2006 - North America, volunteer to moderate a session through the Personal Itinerary Builder.
Attention Vendors. Booth space is now being sold. Last years conference had the most Informix vendors of any conference event in years. For only $3500 gets you a 10' X 10' booth space to meet with the most Informix users in years at a major conference. For more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org and she can direct you to Exhibit Hall.
The IUGLC is back by popular demand!!
The Informix User Group Leadership Council has not met for a couple of years due to lack of interest. However, we are going to revive it and have a IUGLC Meeting at the IDUG/IIUG NA Conference in Tampa, in May. More details to come in the next Insider.
If you have any questions or suggestions, please email Cindy Lichtenauer at email@example.comIIUG/IDUG Europe Conference Rome, October 9-13, 2006
For the first time the IIUG is offering a high quality technical conference in Europe. Two full Informix tracks with top-level speakers. We will send out a call for presentations soon so stay tuned. The IIUG Conference planning Committee has been formed and is working together with IDUG to make this happen. We are looking forward to meeting you in Rome.
If you have any questions or suggestions, please email Paul Watson at firstname.lastname@example.org
Announcing the new Informix forum
As a user group we tend to focus on technical issues with Informix. Our special interest groups touch not only Informix IDS but topics like administration, integration with other products, development tools and... well about 20 different concepts in 5 languages. What we have not focused on so much is the development of the Informix Brand as we have tended to leave that in the IBM domain. However it is clear that many of our members are very concerned about the direction that IBM is taking with the Brand, and want to have a say. As a Board we have been very strong in advocating to IBM your concerns, but we want to do more. We have created the "Informix-forum" as a new Special Interest Group.
The purpose of the Informix-forum is to provide a place for you to advocate your concerns, ideas, concepts to other members, the Board, and to the IBM'ers who monitor this group.
There are no topic areas that are off limits. However this is not really a technical forum. There are plenty of forums that are monitored by the best technical brains in the Informix world. Instead the Informix-forum is a place to voice your ideas on how to improve this great product and its Brand.
I really encourage you to link into the new SIG and participate. Just use the link at the bottom of the Insider to access your member area and sign up.
David FraserReport of the San Diego board meeting
The IIUG Board of Directors met in San Diego February 25-27, 2006.
We had presentations by:Bruce weed, IBM Worldwide Informix Business Leader and IIUG board member
Cindy Fung, Informix Marketing & Strategy Manager
Steven Miller, Informix Sales manager
Jin Zhang, Project Management manager
And a conference call with Linda Spina, IBM Information Management Sales - Americas
We were updated about IBM's plans for Informix in 2006 and beyond and discussed ways to enhance the IBM-IIUG relationship.
The board has set plans and assignments for 2006 and decided to focus on proactively reaching out to AP and EMEA, along with continuing our ongoing activities you are all aware of. In the March edition we will report in detail our assignments and goals and will regularly update you on the status. We are convinced that Informix is past the stage it needs to justify its existence. It is now an IBM strategic product and, as you will see in the coming year, on its way to be a leading database. We will supply the facts. We count on you to make them available outside the Informix community.
90 users have responded to our quick one question survey:
Would you attend the IIUG/IDUG conference in Rome October 9 - 13 2006?
36 answered No.
The response is very encouraging taking into account the conference was not promoted and the short duration of the survey. We would like to thank all participants you provided us with valuable information.
Chat with the lab
Informix Chat with the Lab - Wednesday, March 8th, 11 AM Eastern
Unlocking the Mysteries of Update Statistics - John Miller III
Join the expert, John Miller, to learn about statistics and distributions, how they are used by the SQL optimizer and how to improve performance during their collection. Our speakers are: Jerry Keesee, Director of the Informix Lab and John Miller III, Senior Technical Staff Member.
Please RSVP for this Chat at: https://ww4.premconf.com/webrsvp/register?conf_id=5061464
The next Chat will be Wednesday, April 12th.
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Binary PHP PDO Driver for Informix available for Windows
The PHP PDO (PHP Data Object) driver for IBM Informix IDS has been released on 2005-12-14 as a source code version and is available directly from the PHP PECL site at: http://pecl.php.net/package/PDO_INFORMIX.
To ease the deployment of the driver, IIUG has delivered a binary version of the DLL (php_pdo_informix.dll). There is no guarantee coming with the product, but it might help quite a few users, until PHP ships the driver in its standard package.
The package is available on the IIUG Software Repository and contains a standard DLL and a debug DLL with traces.Class::DBI::Informix
Anyone who is using an Informix database with Perl might be interested in Class::DBI::Informix and Class::DBI::Loader::Informix that Jonathan Leffler released to CPAN recently.
Class::DBI is an object relational mapping library that allows you to define classes that represent tables in the database and the relationships between the tables. You can read more about it at:
Class::DBI::Loader automates the creation of the Class::DBI subclasses: defining the columns, primary key and foreign key relationships and can be seen at:
Class::DBI::Informix and Class::DBI::Loader::Informix provide the Informix specific functionality that the generic modules didn't, thus allowing you to use this labour saving framework with your favourite database server. You can find them at:
These both should be considered as beta releases.What's new on developerworks
The following articles can be found in the Informix section of developerworks:
Configure Informix Dynamic Server with WebSphere Application Server
Informix OnBar and Tivoli Storage Manager, Part 1: Configure and use IDS/OnBar with Tivoli Storage Manager for powerful backup and restore
Simplify loading data from relational databases with WebSphere Information Integrator Omnifind Enterprise Search
IBM WebSphere Developer Technical Journal: Leverage IBM Express Runtime to develop and deploy complete software solutions
From CAPE press release January 11, 2006:
CAPE Systems Announces Release 4.0 of Its PicRite. Pick-To-Light Picking System
David Sasson, CAPE's Chief Operating Officer and Chief Technical Officer, explains, "This is an elegant solution for companies with legacy based systems that need to port their picking function on to the latest platforms, with all the benefits of accuracy and productivity improvement which PicRite(R) Release 4.0 provides. That means access to the fastest file servers from manufacturers such as IBM, Dell and Hewlett-Packard, as well as seamless access to industry-standard databases such as Informix, Oracle and SQL Server."
You can find the full article at: http://news.thomasnet.com/fullstory/475132/fyi
In response to your input, we have created a page on the IIUG web site containing all the links we used to include. Please find it at: http://www.iiug.org/quicklinks.html
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