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Highlights: IIUG Conference in less than a month
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.
The next two editorials will be dedicated to the IIUG conference in Kansas. This one talks about what is going to be and the next will be a recap of the best Informix conference ever.
You have heard so much about the value of conferences that it seems there is nothing new to be said. Yet this conference, like the one we had last year, is unlike any other Informix conference. It's much more than the number and quality of sessions and speakers - it is a gathering of the Informix family. It is this unique combination of size and atmosphere that makes it possible to really meet and get to know developers, executives and colleagues.
If you still have doubts, I have one more reason for you to come. Everyone who registers makes a difference. If you want to help the IIUG to have a bigger and better conference next year, come to this one. Help build the momentum. If you are not sure about coming this year or next year, or to this conference or another, come to the IIUG conference in Kansas. This is the place to be in April 2009.
Be sure to read the conference corner. Learn about our conference and tell evryone you know. I would personally like to meet you all.
See you soon!
IIUG Conference in less than a month
Save $100 on your conference registration
Dear Insider readers,
I am delighted to offer the Insider readers a $100 discount when registering to the 2009 IIUG Informix Conference. This is in addition to saving $50 as IIUG members.
This discount is valid only to the first 50 registrations and is valid thru April 20, so hurry and register if you don't want to lose this opportunity. To receive the discount just type INSIDER (case sensitive) in the registration code box on the conference registration page.
Register now: http://www.iiug.org/conf/2009/iiug/register.php
You probably ran out to register. I can only hope you continue reading when you are back.
I am looking forward to meeting you all at the conference. Please look me up.
GaryIBM announces the Informix Warehouse Feature on March 5th
The announcement of the Informix Warehouse feature on March 5th generated press activity around the world. If you didn't have a chance to read about it, here's a recap of articles. Get more details at http://www.ibm.com/informix/warehouse
InformationWeek: Informix Gets Optional Data Warehousing Feature From IBM
Intelligent Enterprise: Informix Gets Optional Data Warehousing Feature From IBM
Byte and Switch: IBM Adds Warehousing to Informix
Computing (UK): IBM launches data warehousing tools for Informix
VNunet.com(UK): IBM launches data warehousing tools for Informix
What PC? (UK): IBM launches data warehousing tools for Informix
ITBusiness Edge: IBM Offers New Data Warehousing Software
Computer Technology Review: IBM unveils database software to help clients access critical information faster
IDG News Service: IBM adds data-warehousing tools to Informix
eWeek: IBM Adds Informix Data Warehouse Feature to Bolster Database Software
Byte and Switch: IBM Adds Data Warehouse to Informix Database
CXOToday.com (India): IBM to Make Critical Information Access Faster
ComputerWeekly (UK): IBM updates Informix database with warehousing feature
Silicon.de (Germany): IBM launches new feature for Informix warehouse
CyberSecurity (Russia): IBM has released a new feature for Informix server
B-EYE Network: IBM Unveils New Database Software
The Industry Standard: IBM adds data-warehousing tools to Informix
CIO (India): IBM adds data-warehousing tools to Informix
Reseller News (New Zealand): IBM adds data-warehousing tools to Informix
Linux World (Australia): IBM adds data-warehousing tools to Informix
ComputerWorld (Australia): IBM adds data-warehousing tools to Informix
TechWorld (Australia): IBM adds data-warehousing tools to Informix
ARNnet.com: (Australia): IBM adds data-warehousing tools to Informix
CIO.com: IBM adds data-warehousing tools to Informix
PC World: IBM adds data-warehousing tools to Informix
Network World: IBM adds data-warehousing tools to Informix
InfoWorld: IBM adds data-warehousing tools to Informix
The IIUG Conference Planning Committee is excited to announce three great keynotes from two IBM Executives who are helping to mold the future of Informix!
Opening Keynote - Monday April 27, 2009 by Dr. Arvind Krishna
Dr. Arvind Krishna is the vice president for data management and has responsibility for WW development for Information Management Software within IBM Software Group. Dr. Krishna defines the business & technical strategy, and is responsible for the development, delivery, sales, and ecosystem of the data management segment, a multibillion dollar market for IBM. Previously, Arvind was the VP, Strategy for IBM Software Group. Arvind has been in many other key roles within both IBM Software and IBM Research, e.g. defining and leading the security software segment. Arvind has an undergraduate degree from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur and a Ph.D. from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He is the recipient of a distinguished alumni award from the University of Illinois, and is the co-author of 15 patents.
Day Two Keynote - Tuesday April 28, 2009 by Dr. Anant Jhingran
Dr. Anant Jhingran is a Distinguished Engineer, VP and CTO for IBM's Information Management Division. He is responsible for the technical strategy of products and solutions in databases, content management, business intelligence and information integration. Prior to this job, Dr. Jhingran lead the IBM team designing and building solutions to meet the requirements of business analytics on structured and unstructured data. He has also been the director of Computer Science at the IBM Almaden Research Center and before that, senior manager for e-Commerce and data management at IBM's T. J. Watson Research Center. He received his Ph.D. from UC at Berkeley in 1990. Anant has received several patents and awards for DB2, and is also a member of IBM Academy of Technology.
Day Three Keynote - Wednesday April 29, 2009
Alyse Passarelli, IBM WorldWide Database Vice President of Sales and Inhi Cho, IBM WorldWide Vice President of Database Marketing, will discuss the marketing and sales efforts that revolve around Informix and answer questions from the conference attendees and open the floor to Question and Answers from all attendees!
Join the Informix community for 3 information-packed days in 5 content rich tracks!
Also, take advantage of the remaining two conference discounts that are still available as detailed above.
To register visit http://www.iiug.org/conf/2009/iiug/register.phpIBM Activities at the IIUG Conference
IBM is excited to be a sponsor of the 2009 IIUG conference. The IIUG conference team has developed an excellent program, with a wide variety of technical content from well-known experts in the Informix community. In addition, IBM has a number of not-to-be missed activities at the conference. Here's what we think are the top 5 reasons you shouldn't miss the conference:
"The value you receive during and after the IIUG Conference exceeds the cost"..."Learn something and have fun!" -direct quotes from Business Partners who attended last years IIUG Conference.Experience Information On Demand at the IOD EMEA Conference 2009
The Information On Demand EMEA Conference 2009, 2-5 June Berlin, Germany will be the premier event of 2009 demonstrating how you can access trusted business information today.
Whatever your role, industry sector or technology interest, there will be an unparalleled choice of sessions covering both business and technology subject matters across a wide array of industries. Whether you want to sit down for an in-depth conversation with IBM executives, industry or technical experts; watch a live demo and flash presentations from IBM's Research Labs; embark on an Information On Demand journey through participation in one of the industry roundtables; improve your proficiency skills or simply share your experiences with a peer, there will be plenty of opportunities to gain a better understanding of how to transform your business information into a strategic asset.
Join us and learn how to leverage IBM's Information on Demand to deliver real value for your business.
For more information about registration please visit: http://www-01.ibm.com/software/uk/data/conf
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Special Discounts from MC Press for IIUG Members
Administering Informix Dynamic Server: Building the Foundation
In this book, author Carlton Doe describes and explains the functionality of the IDS data server and the procedures required to administer and maintain database systems. It takes a "what do I need to know and do to make this work?" point of view, covering all of the major functional areas of the database server including designing, installing, initializing, and monitoring the data server; creating instance objects; protecting against failure; and managing day-to-day activities. If you're dealing with IDS and have better things to do than read the 1,600-plus pages of documentation included with the server, then this is exactly the book you need!
Special Price from MC Press: $39.95
Business Partners: buy 10 or more copies for $29.98
Buy online at: http://www.mc-store.com/5074.htmlAdvanced DataTools announces instructor led remote Informix training!
Advanced DataTools is now offering web-based Informix Dynamic Server training classes. Everyone's budgets are tight this year. Save on travel costs and other expenses associated with training. Classes will be taught over the internet using VOIP and hands on labs.
The first class offered will be the "Advanced Informix IDS Performance Tuning and Optimization class" - May 18-21, 2009 9:00 AM EST - 4:00 PM with a 2 hour break in the middle of the day.
This live virtual class offers the following benefits:
This course is priced at only $1000 per student!
More information on the class can be found at:
To register or for more information on Advanced DataTools Training call (703) 256-0267 x101
Sign up today!
Advanced DataTools is your number one source for Informix Training. Customized/on site training also available.Assess and Save: Keep more money in your pocket
IBM Professional Certification is the way for skilled IT professionals to demonstrate their expertise to the world. In this challenging economic climate, we are introducing a new way for you to become an IBM Certified Professional and keep more money in your pocket, Assess and Save!
IBM offers online self assessment exams for each Information Management Professional Certification exam. These "practice tests" enable you to test your readiness for an exam for a minimal fee, helping you to be successful when you take the actual exam. With the Assess and Save Offer, candidates who purchase and PASS any Information Management Online Assessment Exam through Prometric Testing from February 1, 2009 to April 30, 2009 will receive a 50% off voucher good toward the purchase of the corresponding exam at the IBM Authorized Testing Provider, Prometric. That's $100 right back in your pocket!Instructor-Led Online Courses - now more versatile!
Experience the new trend in training with Instructor-Led Online (ILO). ILO is now available in more scheduling options to fit in your calendar. Need to update your skills on a certain topic but faced with time and budget constraints? ILO Select provides targeted information in a packed lecture of three hours or less, at a much lower price than full training courses. ILO Flex Time offerings enable you to experience the full scope of ILO from anywhere in the world over several days so that you can balance both work and education. These two new ILO options give you the ability to enhance your skills when and where it is convenient for you.Build your SQL Skills!
The IBM SQL Workshop (3E120) course provides an introduction to the SQL language and applies to both Informix and DB2. It is appropriate for students working in all Informix and DB2 environments, including z/OS, VM/VSE, iSeries, Linux, UNIX, and Windows. This basic course is ideal for anyone needing to write, support, or understand SQL queries, including end-users, programmers, application designers, database administrators, and system administrators.
As a prerequisite, students should have basic computer literacy and editing skills. Database proficiency is not required!
Upon completion, students will gain vital skills such as understanding the use of SQL arithmetic operations and scalar and column functions, coding SQL statements to retrieve data from a DB2 table, including the select, from, where, group by, having and order by clauses, and coding simple create table and create view statements.
...with Information Management Curriculum Guides
The Information Management Training Curriculum Guides have been created to help provide you with a comprehensive listing of the training courses currently available in each product line of Information Management Software. These guides break courses down by job role, skill level, delivery method and duration.
IBM Training courses will develop and broaden your expertise. Whether your skill level is beginner, intermediate, or advanced, you will accelerate your learning as experts take you through essential concepts and fundamentals.
Download one or more of the guides and take the next step down the path to building and acquiring your Information Management Skills!
Who doesn't love a bargain?
The IBM Education Pack-online account, a prepaid electronic debit account, automatically saves you up to 12% on most U.S. public classes, on-site training, e-Learning and technical conferences. That's a 20% increase in savings compared to last year's Ed Pack discount levels. You can track your account online, so you'll always know how much you have to spend. Plus, we'll automatically notify you when your account is low, so you can always train for less. These new discount levels go into effect on March 3, 2009.
Get all the details!
Plan your 2009 Training
In today's market, knowledge and time have become the two most valuable business assets. With IBM Training's Spring 2009 e-catalog, you'll spend less time browsing and more time planning your education. You can find the type of training you need that is relevant to you — fast! With this comprehensive new e-catalog, get all the details you need to plan your training, including class schedules and locations. You'll find the latest information on professional certification programs, IBM technical conferences, class history, hands-on labs, money saving offers, and much more.
Become an expert!
New in DeveloperWorks
Expand transaction capabilities with savepoints in Informix Dynamic Server (IDS)
26 Mar 2009
Embedding Informix Dynamic Server: An Introduction
24 Mar 2009
Data modeling with InfoSphere Data Architect and Informix Dynamic Server
12 Mar 2009
Configure Linux shared disks for Informix Dynamic Server MACH 11
05 Mar 2009
For more information go to DeveloperWorks — Informix:
Innovating with Informix
How are you innovating with Informix? Would you like to share your story with others? IBM would like to hear from you and discuss opportunities to be included in upcoming marketing campaigns and events. Even if your company wants to remain anonymous, we need your stories! Contact Cathy Elliott at email@example.com for more information.IBM Academic Initiative
Ever wondered about what resources are available to academic community who wants to use Informix for education or research?
A plethora of resources are available via IBM academic initiative. The IBM Academic Initiative is a program to partner with academic institutions worldwide and give them access to our software, hardware and learning resources. To see details of the program, visit
Participation in the academic program is open to faculty and research professionals at accredited institutions of higher education. Membership is granted on an individual basis and is free. There are a variety of resources available including software, course material and certification discount vouchers.
Certification discount vouchers
New Informix Redbook: Embedding Informix Dynamic Server: An Introduction
Which version of Informix are you using?
If you missed the following recent events, you can still listen to the replays:
DMRadio: Saving Green by Going Green
How to Survive and Succeed in Tough Economic Times in the Retail Industry (replay)
Developing Web-based Open Source Applications with Informix (replay)
IBM "Data In Action" Virtual Event
IBM Unveils New Database Software to Help Clients Access Critical Information 50% Faster
"...With new Informix database software, global companies, for the first time, can both warehouse their data and conduct ultra fast online transactions with a simplified software platform. The combination of the two capabilities in one offering can help deliver new results and insights to grow businesses and lower costs by making it easier to use existing Informix infrastructure to help clients work as much as 50% more efficiently...
Novell delivers SUSE Linux Enterprise 11
Novell is collaborating with IBM to deliver SUSE Linux Enterprise 11-based virtual instances of IBM DB2, Informix Dynamic Server, WebSphere sMash, IBM Lotus Web Content Management and IBM WebSphere Portal instances for cloud environments
IBM's Half-Baked Cloud Strategy
With years of experience, hundreds of customers, partnerships with Google and Amazon, and growing portfolio of on-demand services, why doesn't IBM get more respect as a leader in the cloud computing market? Because IBM isn't a player in the hottest areas of the market: platforms as a service, infrastructure as a service, and Amazon S3-style storage as a service. Customers looking to deploy virtualized IBM software stacks (DB2, Informix, WebSphere Portal) in the cloud, must turn to Amazon, which offers it, not IBM, which doesn't.
Informix blogs and things
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:
The International Informix Users Group (IIUG) is an organization designed to enhance communications between its worldwide user community and IBM. The IIUG's membership database now exceeds 25,000 entries 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.
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