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Welcome to Issue 101 of the IIUG Insider. The IOD conference, the IIUG board meeting and the special 100th Issue are behind us and things are returning to normal. Ahead of us are next month's special New Year addition, the IIUG board elections and the IIUG Informix conference. While I am relaxing a little this month on the IIUG side, at work things are hectic. Only Informix is stable and reliable as always. We are upgrading from IDS 11.5 FC1 to IDS 11.5 FC3, but this will only require an extra hour some time next week. I hope you will enjoy this small and cozy issue, and I promise a fancier issue next month. It would help if you send me some content—anything you would like to share.
A few words on the IIUG Informix Conference 2009
My best advice is: Make a habit of reading our conference corner. Find out the latest and greatest news about our conference, send us your comments, be part of this wonderful event. The 2008 IIUG Informix Conference was unforgettable. I have attended many conferences. The quantity and quality of sessions was unmatched by larger and more expensive conferences. But it offered much more then technical education. The atmosphere, networking, and warm feeling were way beyond any other conference including the old Informix ones. I am sure that this year's conference will be even better. I can't wait. What about you?
IIUG propels Informix to No. 1 customer satisfaction rating!
Congratulations to IIUG for rating Informix the No. 1 IT vendor in the VendorRate Report for the third quarter. Raters gave Informix "Exceptional" scores in each of VendorRate's 10 categories. Thank you to everyone whose hard work helped put Informix on top.
Informix Score on VendorRate: 91, Exceptional
VendorRate helps identify top performing companies who do well by their customers, and points out vendors whose customer satisfaction scores are less than super. This is a breakthrough rating service every technology company can use before making costly purchasing decisions.
Rate an IT vendor and enter to win a new iPod Touch
IIUG members who rate tech vendors will be entered to win an Apple iPod Touch, and each rating earns you a $5 Starbucks Coffee Card. Rating is confidential and takes less than 3 minutes. (iPod drawing ends Dec 31, 2009)
Which vendor should I rate?
IIUG Member Discounts on VendorRate Customer Satisfaction Reports
VendorRate vendor comparison and comment reports will only be available free of charge for a few more weeks. VendorRate Reports will be available on a subscription-only basis beginning in January. IIUG members will receive substantial discounts for VendorRate annual subscriptions, normally $149.
Let's show our continued support for the Informix brand! Please rate your experience with Informix and any other tech vendors on VendorRate.com today.
Read the full Q3 report:Advanced DataTools receives international recognition from IBM
IBM Data Management recognized two Advanced DataTools team members as part of the inaugural Data Champion Awards!
Save a Bundle by Registering Now for the IIUG Informix Conference
Are you looking for a way to make good use of the funds remaining in your 2008 budget? As the year draws to a close, now's the perfect time to register for the 2009 IIUG Informix Conference. Stretch your training dollars ever further by taking advantage of the Early Bird pricing now in effect, and be sure to use your IIUG membership for additional savings.
The April 2009 conference will undoubtedly be bigger and better than last year's event. We've lined up many brand new sessions, and have also added a whole new track. You'll be able to choose from sessions that cover basic concepts, to those that focus on advanced topics, to those to that feature cutting edge technology. So whether you're a seasoned DBA or Developer or are brand new to Informix, the upcoming conference will surely fit the bill.
With 88 sessions scheduled over 3 days, plus pre-conference tutorials and evening events, you'll definitely find this conference to be worth every penny. For more details and to register, go to:
See you there.
Informix Chat with the Lab
IDS 11.50 Upgrade
Thursday, December 11th
As upgrades are a necessary ongoing process, choosing the time to upgrade is critical to business continuity and technology availability. This Chat is designed to provide answers:
Start your upgrading plans to IDS 11.50 today. Our speakers for this session will be Jerry Keesee, Informix Lab Director and Deen Murad, IDS Advanced Technical Support.
You may RSVP online at:
Or RSVP by phone at 800-289-0579.
Questions, comments? Email firstname.lastname@example.org.Advanced DataTools announces Informix training schedule for 2009
Advanced DataTools is excited to announce the following Advanced Informix Dynamic Server training classes to be held at the Annandale, Virginia Office. (Washington DC Area) These classes have been updated to include new features in IDS 11 and 11.5.
Informix IDS Courses at Advanced DataTools Training Center for 2009
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. And, as always, Advanced DataTools can develop custom courses and will teach onsite if requested.
For more information, visit the Advanced DataTools website:
Advanced DataTools is your best source for Informix training!Browse the new IBM Training Fall 2008 eCatalog
Get all the information on available IBM Training courses with the brand new Fall 2008 catalog. Go green this fall, and download the electronic version of the catalog (eCatalog). With this web-based interactive catalog you will be sure to find the right courses to advance your skills and career. You can also find conferences in different curriculum areas as well as money-saving offers.
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Get the details!Build your skills! Browse the Information Management Skills blogs
Want to stay informed about training, certification, books and other educational resources? Check out the Information Management Skills blogs by Susan Visser and Kate Dawson, and get the latest skills information! Combined, Susan and Kate have the knowledge and insight you need to help you build your Information Management skills.
Check out their blogs today!Test yourself with an online Information Management Certification Practice Test
Test your readiness on any Information Management professional certification exam from IBM. Prepare to pass on exam day with an online Practice Test and quickly identify areas in need of focused study. Offered through Prometric for a nominal fee of $10 USD, take a Practice Test and get ready to take your career to the next level with an IBM professional certification designation.
Prepare to pass today!Connecting at The Skills Hub - Information on Demand 2008
This year at IOD, Information Management launched a new concept to help you learn about the latest in training, certification, services, support, and resources: The Skills Hub. This interconnected hub of IBM experts, learning resources, and enthusiastic customers proved to be an excellent place to find the next step on the path to skill building and successful IT projects. Many customers were able to "meet" the Hub Dude and provide valuable input that will shape Information Management Services in the future. Thank you to everyone who stopped by the Skills Hub! If you weren't able to attend, visit us online!
Learn more:Become an IBM certified professional
There are many benefits to attaining IBM Information Management Professional Certification. Not only is it a way for you as a skilled IT professional to demonstrate your expertise to the world, you can also increase your salary. Your certification validates your proficiency in the latest IBM technology and solutions. Explore certification resources online, such as roadmaps, practice tests, tutorials and many more.
New in DeveloperWorks
Data Modeling with Rational Data Architect and Informix Dynamic Server
This tutorial shows you how to use IBM Rational Data Architect (RDA) as a modeling tool for Informix Dynamic Server (IDS). Learn about the various features of RDA including how models can be used to represent business entities, database entities, and domain entities. Follow along with scenarios and examples that reveal the benefits that RDA provides.
For more information go to DeveloperWorks — Informix:
ScienceSoft Inc. Establishes A Dedicated Business Unit For Automated Application Migration
Published: November 28, 2008
November 18, 2008 - IT Jungle
Gillani recently announced the pending availability of its iDistribute suite of enterprise applications on IBM's Power Systems server. With its suite of financials and supply chain management software running across the Power Systems' three operating systems--i, AIX, and Linux--Gillani says it's poised to give the big ERP vendors a run for their money.
Gillani (pronounced with a soft "g") was founded 25 years ago as an accounting software provider, Softa Associates. The company later changed its name to FourGen Software to reflect its new fourth-generation language (4GL) development tools for the Informix database, called FourGen CASE Tools, which the company still sells.
Along the way, the company used FourGen to develop a suite of supply chain management and financial management applications, which today are sold under the iDistribute name. The suite provides supply chain planning, execution, and collaboration capabilities integrated with a financials package (GL, AP, AR, and fixed assets), all delivered from a Web interface, and codelessly customizable using FourGen.
In late October, the Dallas, Texas-based company announced that iDistribute version 8.3 would be available on the Power Systems servers starting November 3. Gillani has been benchmarking the performance of iDistribute on Power Systems boxes, specifically the new Power 560 Express, a midrange server that can be outfitted with up to 16 Power6 processors.
Most of Gillani's 13,000 installations to-date have been on IBM's Intel-based xSeries and System x servers, running Linux or variants of Unix, says Syed Bilal, chief operating officer for Gillani. The company also has a strong history on Solaris and HP-UX, but today the IBM business partner is looking to align itself with Big Blue and its industry-leading Power Systems platform.
While Gillani is touting iDistribute's capability to run on the IBM i operating system, that is a bit of a stretch, Bilal admitted. The heart of the ERP suite requires Linux or AIX operating systems running on DB2, Informix, or Oracle; in fact it does not run on i OS or DB2 for i. The company does offer a Java-based e-commerce package as part of iDistribute that will run on WebSphere running on the i. But the guts of iDistribute require a 'Nix-based operating system.
Despite that fact, Gillani is pressing ahead with plans to target the huge Power Systems, System i, iSeries, and AS/400 installed base with its product. In fact, considering IBM's ambivalence toward what is and what isn't an AS/400 any more, it may not make much difference whether iDistribute runs natively on i OS, or if it runs in a Linux or AIX partition. It will run in some fashion or another on the i-based Power Systems box, and that's what's important.
"The reason we're targeting the System i is because a lot of our customers already have System i," Bilal says. "It's a very robust, stable hardware, and they don't want to get off of it, don't want to go to a client-server environment." So instead of forcing customers to move off the System i for a client-server platform, Gillani's customers can stay with the System i, and run iDistribute in a Linux or AIX partition there.
Gillani currently does have customers running iDistribute on a System i, including a major Middle Eastern frozen chicken distributor; a large Mexican company is also looking to move iDistribute to a System i platform, Bilal says.
Gillani targets the System i industry strongholds of wholesale, distribution, and retail, which account for 78 percent of its installed base, Bilal says. The company also has customers in the telecommunications industry (AT&T and Verizon), defense (Northrop Grumman and General Dynamics), and real estate management. Compared to an equivalent SAP or Oracle ERP installation, iDistribute can save customers 15 to 35 percent off the cost of licenses, Bilal says.
For more information on Gillani's iDistribute, visit www.gillani.com.
2008 Survey Says...
The IIUG Board of Directors (BOD) annual feature request survey closed on November 7. Thank you to the 499 people who logged in and cast their ballots. This survey did not get quite the response that last year's did, but we on the BOD have a theory that with all the new features you have gotten in the past months with the release of 11.5, you are too over whelmed with all the new stuff to worry about more right now. Many features that the Informix Community has been requesting for years were recently added to version 11.5, so IBM has listened. This is great news! Is everyone out there justifying to their management the need for hot-hot HDR or any of the other combinations now available? So much is now at our fingertips, and Informix Database enthusiasts are in demand for explaining all that is now capable on Informix databases.
We know everyone is curious about the responses, so here are the results. Notice that each feature has been given a rating. The features have been ordered by most requested/useful to least for each category. The higher the rating, the more desired each feature is to the Informix survey taking community.
Category: Database / SQL Features
Category: Backup/Restore/Migration Features
Category: External Enhancement Features
Category: XPS features
So that is the result per each of the four categories. If you do an analysis of the features overall, you find that the ability to perform an online table reorg is the number 1 ranking feature request. Here is the final top 10:
So who actually took the survey this year? The first section of the survey was to get the demographics of our voting community. We once again had a higher voting percentage from people who identified themselves from EMEA than we did from North America - just verifying how critical it is to recognize our user group as truly International, not just a USA user group. Here is our voter locale breakdown:
Job functions of our surveyors varied, but the top two were as expected with Database Administrator in the number 1 spot at 48.6% and number two being a Software Engineer at 21.5%.
The company size of our surveyors is quite varied, but most popular size was the 100-999 person company.
A new item was included in this data on the survey-takers. We at the BOD were curious, how many users are actually supported by the Informix systems at the various companies? The answers were quite surprising. According to our users, over 3.8% (19 survey takers) support systems that had over 1 MILLION users on them! So as Informix advocates we know that an Informix Database can support a million users, but we now have had 19 surveyors confirm their systems are already doing just that. This is great information to relate up to your CIO. No wonder Informix ranked number one recently in the Vendor Rate.
The survey included a number of open comment questions, and 473 responses were given to those questions. This gives lots of good information for the IIUG BOD to digest for the next article coming soon to an Insider for you. If you have any suggestions for the 2009 survey, please email these to email@example.com.
Andrew Ford and Kate Tomchik
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:
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