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Last time I wrote the editorial I was sunning myself in shorts and sandals, enjoying a fabulous summer. But like all fabulous summers, they cannot last. Instead the more essential task of earning a crust has reared itself and it is back to work, work. work. Not that I mind. Work is fun... normally. But, and I am sorry to have to rub this in with my mates in the other hemisphere, it is warm and sunny in the land of the Kiwi. There... I had to say it.
And what has this to do with Informix?
Absolutely nothing. It is just nice to be on the top of the world.
So now I will talk about Informix. First of all, for those that missed it, IBM slipped out a quiet little announcement that the Mac supports IDS. Or for those who hate TLA's, the Leopard now supports the Cheetah. You can read about it at eWeek.com if you are keen. So why port IDS to the Mac? Is it because there is a great untapped market in Mac'land for IDS? Possible, I guess, but it is a hard call. Perhaps it is because Jerry Keesee is a closet Macaholic? Possible, again. He always looks happy when I see him. But, really why? My view is simple... cuz it was there. And in the end it is not a silly move if you are after the digital image management market. IBM is starting to show some interesting wrinkles with IDS. It is like they are letting the guys out to play a bit, have some fun, and attack some different markets. This is good cuz this is feeling like the innovative days of Informix glory.
Okay. So that is perhaps pushing it a bit too far but lets face it. IBM wants to carve a bigger slice of pie out of the data server market. Why not use IDS to enter the niche markets where it can win based on speed, scalability and low administration?
Enough of the blah, blah.
Now, this is important. REGISTER for the Informix conference. There is already a big pile of people who have registered and that means that seats and beds are going fast. And this is important for the rest of the world. This will be a fabulous Informix conference. It is deliberately kept low-cost to make it easier for non-Americans to attend. You've really got to make arrangements and get there. DO IT NOW.
Ok, Ok. Enough said. Now please read on and enjoy the rest of the rag.
The President slipped another short note in on the Kiwi... See, David is down under somewhere in New Zealand enjoying his summer while we in the Northern Hemisphere are in the cold of winter planning a conference. Yes, we are way ahead of projections and targets for the conference. In fact, we have less than 125 slots available for the conference. Originally I thought we made a mistake holding it at a full service Marriott and booking the entire place, but little did I know. The Saturday and Wednesday night room block was already hit and I had to call the hotel and beg them for more rooms. Due to fire codes we can only sell about 125 more people for the conference due to seating in the main room (We can always ask David to stay in the land of Kiwi but many times he is the life of the party so we need to make sure he comes).
On a serious note, we are not only way ahead of target on registration, but on Sponsors as well. Last year, when we partnered with IDUG, there were three Informix related booths. At this past IOD show I think there were four vendors from the Informix community. Well for the IIUG Conference, we sold out the four GOLD Sponsorship we originally planned and ended up selling NINE. And Vendor space has only TWO more tables left.
So don't miss the Informix event of the year. See the Conference Committee made a big mistake. They put me in charge of the parties... So here is one clue I will let loose. The Monday night party is going to be a cookout at the hotel with all the burgers, hot dogs, chicken breasts, veggie burgers, sides, deserts, beer, wine and soda you can eat and drink! And best of all we are inviting ALL the Informix developers and support staff from the Lenexa office. Well I guess you can call it party with the Geeks (and I know this is going to haunt me by saying this) but I am going to call it party with the Informix family... But this will be one heck of a party... WHY? Cause you can learn from the development and support staff... No one else has ever done something like this that I know of, so ask questions and learn while you eat and drink with your Informix family. Register at http://www.iiug.org/conf.
See you in Overland Park April 27 - 30, 2008!
Training, certification, fun... it's all happening at the IIUG Informix Conference!
The IIUG Informix Conference 2008 is fast approaching, and it is an opportunity not to be missed! Taking place April 27-30 at the Overland Park Marriott, the conference is practically next door to the Informix Development Labs in Lenexa, Kansas, affording you the opportunity to rub elbows with those experts you've been longing to meet. The technical content will be outstanding!
As the Advanced Support Track Chair, I'm especially excited about the opportunities the Overland Park location opens up for us. We will have training from and direct access to the gurus from the Lenexa Labs. These are the very people you and I call with our most technical Informix questions, and they'll be presenting content from a perspective not found in manuals.
With over 60 technical sessions scheduled across four tracks over three days, you are going to be hard-pressed to decide which sessions to attend. Of course I'm biased toward the Advanced Support track, but across the grid you'll be learning practical tips and tricks from user speakers and you'll hear up-to-date technical information from the Informix developers and engineers. You'll also have a chance to see detailed presentations from 15 Informix vendors and attend some great keynotes by top managers within the Informix product line. Conference topics will range from performance tuning and troubleshooting, to continuous availability, to best practices for .NET development, Ruby on Rails, PHP, plenty of IDS 11 specific topics and a few surprises as well.
The schedule also includes a day of in-depth, half-day tutorials on Sunday April 27th, prior to the conference start. This is an excellent way to maximize your learning potential at the conference. We've got a great line-up, the details of which will be announced soon. Sign up for the tutorials while you're registering for the conference and you can pick your topics later.
Another advantage to attending the conference is the FREE certification testing. You'll be able to take as many different exams per day as you wish. The only restriction is that you cannot repeat an exam on the same day. That's practically unlimited certification opportunity!
We've got a few non-technical events in the works too. On Sunday, there will be a Welcome Reception at the hotel, Monday you'll have an opportunity to chat with the Informix developers and support staff from the Lenexa Labs during a casual cookout and Tuesday night there will be an off-site party, sponsored by Kazer Technologies.
This is going to be a top-notch technical event, with good networking and fun socializing opportunities too. Don't delay — space is limited and the price goes up March 1st. Register NOW at http://www.iiug.org/conf/2008/iiug/register.php.
See you in Overland Park!
Complimentary Online Training Offer for IIUG Members
You are invited to experience IBM's new learning format, Instructor Led Online Training (ILO) at no charge to you. ILO offers you all the benefits of traditional eLearning, but with the luxury of having the IBM instructor right there with you, live! In this special online lecture offering, you will learn about both the Informix Basic Text Search DataBlade Module and the Node DataBlade Module, as well as experience the new ILO classroom environment. This offering was developed for IIUG members only. This special session will be offered on February 19, 2008 from 11:00am - 12:30pm eastern and will be taught by Mike Lowe.
Sign in for more information and to register:
Two topics will be covered:
Basic Text Search DataBlade Module
At the end of this 30 minute session, you should be able to:
Node DataBlade Module
At the end of this 30 minute session, you should be able to:
Space is limited to sign up today.
The dates again are:
Date: February 19, 2008
Did you get the first and second editions? If not... Go here: http://www.iiug.org/devnews
I also have the scoop on the next edition. It is due out sometime mid February. Look out for it and get it while it's hot.So where in the world is Beaverton Oregon?
Fair question, I thought to myself. So I looked it up on Google Earth and by crikey it exists... right where it ought to be. "So what", you say? Well, according to the knowledgeable John F Miller III, there will be a FREE Informix Tech Fair at the IBM Offices in Beaverton, on the 22nd of February this year. Like... that is just a few days away.
Some of the highlights (he insists) are:
So... this is a must event for all beavers. However if you are just a normal Informix dude and you are hanging around Oregon looking for trouble, then you better get down there too and mix it with the seriously geeky.IDS training from Advanced DataTools
Advanced DataTools is excited to announce the following Informix Dynamic Server training classes that have been scheduled for 2008 at the Annandale, Virginia Office. (Washington DC Area) The classes have been updated to include new features in IDS 11.
These Informix courses were developed and are taught by Advanced DataTools founder, Lester Knutsen, who is an Informix Certified Professional and a Certified Technical Trainer. Lester is an experienced consultant with a reputation for providing excellent training based on his extensive and up-to-date working knowledge of Informix.
As these classes fill up, more will be added to the schedule. And, as always, Advanced DataTools can develop custom courses and can teach onsite if requested.
Contact Cindy at firstname.lastname@example.org.Washington Area Informix User Group meeting - Thursday April 3, 2008
Directions are on our web site. The meeting is open to all but registration is required.
Please register so we can provide IBM building security with a list of attendees:
TUTORIALS ANNOUNCEMENT FOR IIUG CONFERENCE
The IIUG Conference Planning Committee is getting ready to officially announce the half day tutorials that will be available on Sunday April 27th, 2008.
An email announcement will be coming soon. There will be 8 half-day tutorials offered on a wide range of topics including an IDS 11 Certification Exam Cram, Advanced Support Troubleshooting Topics, The Open Administration Tool, Security with IDS, and using Hibernate.
Specific information on each session and registration info will be available within a week. Stay Tuned!
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