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28 May 12 - Bloor - David Norfolk on the recent Informix benchmark "pretty impressive results"... Read
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22 Mar 12 - developerWorks - Optimizing Informix database access... Read
14 Mar 12 - - International Informix User Group set to meet in San Diego... Read
1 Mar 12 - IBM Data Management - IIUG Heads West for 2012 - Get ready for sun and sand in San Diego... Read
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26 Feb 12 - - Better results, lower cost for a broad set of new IBM clients and partners... Read
24 Feb 12 - developerWorks - Informix Warehouse Accelerator: Continuous Acceleration during Data Refresh... Read
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13 Jan 12 - MC Press online - Informix Dynamic Server Entices New Users with Free Production Edition ... Read
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9 Jan 12 - - DNS impact on Informix / Impacto do DNS no Informix... Read
8 Sep 11 - - IBM Offers Database Solution to Enable Smart Meter Data Capture... Read
1 Aug 11 - IBM Data Management Magazine - IIUG user view: Happy 10th anniversary to IBM and Informix... Read
8 Jul 11 - Database Trends and Applications - Managing Time Series Data with Informix... Read
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27 May 11 - IBM Data Management Magazine - IIUG user view: Big data, big time ( Series data, warehouse acceleration, and 4GLs )... Read
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27 Jan 11 - exactsolutions - Exact to Add Informix Support to Database Replay, SQL Monitoring Solutions... Read
25 Jan 11 - PR Newswire - Bank of China in the UK Works With IBM to Become a Smarter, Greener Bank... Read
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20 Sep 10 - - ITG analyst paper: Cost/Benefit case for IBM Informix as compared to Microsoft SQL Server... Read
20 Jul 10 - IBM Announcements - IBM Informix Choice Edition V11.50 helps deploy low-cost scalable and reliable solutions for Apple Macintosh and Microsoft Windows... Read
20 Jul 10 - IBM Announcements - Software withdrawal: Elite Support for Informix Ultimate-C Edition... Read
24 May 10 - eWeek Europe - IBM Supplies Database Tech For EU Smart Grid... Read
23 May 10 - SiliconIndia - IBM's smart metering system allows wise use of energy... Read
21 May 10 - CNET - IBM to help people monitor energy use... Read
20 May 10 - ebiz - IBM Teams With Hildebrand To Bring Smart Metering To Homes Across Britain... Read
19 May 10 - The New Blog Times - Misurare il consumo energetico: DEHEMS è pronto... Read
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10 February 2010 - The Wall Street Journal - International Business Machines is expanding an initiative to win over students and professors on its products. How do they lure the college crowd?... Read

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Insider Profiles IIUG Director James Edmiston

Q: How do you use Informix in your "real" job (DBA, Consultant, Developer, etc.)?
A: I work as a DBA consultant primarily implementing financial data warehouse solutions for an agency within the US Federal Government. In 1999, the customer chose IDS as their database engine and hired our Firm to implement a data warehouse. Since then, they have asked for 6 or 8 additional data marts. My role involves database design, data loading, database tuning, sizing and related DBA tasks.
Q: How long have you been using Informix products?
A: Since 1996.
Q: What is your role on the IIUG Board?
A: In my 3rd year as a board member, I have taken on several roles. The first 2 years I was the "administrator" of the email discussion lists or Special Interest Groups (SIGs) which I am transitioning to another board member. I have also been the liaison to Informix Local User Groups where I am continuing to focus my attention. Additionally, I work on keeping the IIUG membership database updated and assist where I can with some tasks on the web/database server.
Q: Why did you volunteer to be on the board?
A: When I started participating in my local user group, the Washington (DC) Area Informix Users Group, I found it to be very enriching. I joined the IIUG board because I wanted to make a difference in the Informix user community by helping others have the same positive user group experience that I had. I also enjoy the interaction among people who have Informix in common.
Q: What do you want to accomplish this year on the Board?
A: I want to continue to grow and enhance the Local User Group program by building on the successes of the past year and helping to expand into more geographies.
Q: Where are you from?
A: I was born and raised in Memphis, Tennessee, but I haven't lived there since 1983. Since then, I lived in Dallas, TX for 3 years, Detroit, MI for 1 year and finally ended up in Northern Virginia (suburbs of Washington DC) where I have been since 1987.
Q: Best Informix story?
A: When I first started working with Informix, the lady who helped interview and hire me was the DBA "team lead". After I was there for a couple of months, she resigned and went to work for Informix, Corp. I like to think that she influenced my hiring so she could leave and go to work for Informix. Anyhow, her departure was the best thing to happen to me because I was forced to learn Informix more immediately. As a result, I prepared for and passed the Informix certification, and was able to advance my career as an Informix DBA.
Q: Worst Informix nightmare.
A: While attempting to reorganize some tables to eliminate a high number of extents, I "accidentally" dropped some production tables without successfully unloading them beforehand. Then, after realizing the mistake, tried to restore from the latest backup, only to have problems. After an agonizing 24 hours, I was finally able to restore and recreate the deleted data. It was a very humbling and unpleasant experience, but taught me several valuable "DBA" lessons.
Q: Can you tell us about your family and hobbies outside of the IIUG?
A: I'm married with 2 young children, ages 5 and 2. We recently moved and I have been spending a lot of time and energy (not to mention money) making the house a little more comfortable. My wife is a classical musician and conducts a community orchestra which adds a dimension of music appreciation to my life. We just visited New York City for the first time and got to see a number of famous sites including the former World Trade Center site.

Published by IIUG Enews (, 05 February 2003.