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14 Nov 12 - IBM - IBM's Big Data For Smart Grid Goes Live In Texas... Read
3 Oct 12 - The Financial - IBM and TransWorks Collaborate to Help Louisiana-Pacific Corporation Achieve Supply Chain Efficiency... Read
28 Aug 12 - techCLOUD9 - Splunk kicks up a SaaS Storm... Read
10 Aug 12 - businessCLOUD9 - Is this the other half of Cloud monitoring?... Read
3 Aug 12 - IBM data management - Supercharging the data warehouse while keeping costs down IBM Informix Warehouse Accelerator (IWA) delivers superior performance for in-memory analytics processing... Read
2 Aug 12 - channelbiz - Oninit Group launches Pay Per Pulse cloud-based service... Read
28 May 12 - Bloor - David Norfolk on the recent Informix benchmark "pretty impressive results"... Read
23 May 12 - DBTA - Informix Genero: A Way to Modernize Informix 4GL Applications... Read
9 Apr 12 - Mastering Data Management - Upping the Informix Ante: Advanced Data Tools... Read
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
1 Mar 12 - IBM Data Management - Running Informix on Solid-State Drives.Speed Up Database Access... Read
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
6 Feb 12 - PRLOG - Informix port delivers unlimited database scalability for popular SaaS application ... Read
2 Feb 12 - developerWorks - Loading data with the IBM Informix TimeSeries Plug-in for Data Studio... Read
1 Feb 12 - developerWorks - 100 Tech Tips, #47: Log-in to Fix Central... Read
13 Jan 12 - MC Press online - Informix Dynamic Server Entices New Users with Free Production Edition ... Read
11 Jan 12 - Computerworld - Ecologic Analytics and Landis+Gyr -- Suitors Decide to Tie the Knot... Read
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
31 May 11 - Smart Grid - The meter data management pitfall utilities are overlooking... Read
27 May 11 - IBM Data Management Magazine - IIUG user view: Big data, big time ( Series data, warehouse acceleration, and 4GLs )... Read
16 May 11 - Business Wire - HiT Software Announces DBMoto for Enterprise Integration, Adds Informix. Log-based Change Data Capture... Read
21 Mar 11 - Yahoo! Finance - IBM and Cable&Wireless Worldwide Announce UK Smart Energy Cloud... Read
14 Mar 11 - MarketWatch - Fuzzy Logix and IBM Unveil In-Database Analytics for IBM Informix... Read
11 Mar 11 - InvestorPlace - It's Time to Give IBM Props: How many tech stocks are up 53% since the dot-com boom?... Read
9 Mar 11 - DBTA - Database Administration and the Goal of Diminishing Downtime... Read
2 Feb 11 - DBTAs - Informix 11.7 Flexible Grid Provides a Different Way of Looking at Database Servers... Read
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
12 Oct 10 - Database Trends and Applications - Informix 11.7: The Beginning of the Next Decade of IBM Informix... Read
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
19 May 10 - ZDNet - IBM software in your home? Pact enables five-city smart meter pilot in Europe... Read
17 March 10 - ZDNet (blog) David Morgenstern - TCO: New research finds Macs in the enterprise easier, cheaper to manage than... Read
17 March 2010 - Virtualization Review - ...key components of Big Blue's platform to the commercial cloud such as its WebSphere suite of application ser vers and its DB2 and Informix databases... Read
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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IIUG Alert (Issue #17)
February 22, 2002

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Welcome to the International Informix Users Group (IIUG) Alert! It contains time-sensitive material for the IBM Informix community. You are receiving it because you are an IIUG member or a local Informix user group leader.


  1. Last Call For 2002 Americas Conference Input! - Deadline February 28
  2. IBM/Informix Q4’01 Sales Successes
  3. Web Conference Features E-Business Solutions with IBM and Four J's
  4. IIUG Membership Metrics Show Continued Growth and Activity
  5. New Software Repository Page Features Recent Additions
  6. IBM Demonstrates Commitment to Informix Tools
  7. Oracle Leakage Headlined
  8. 2001 Informix Conference Survey
  9. Useful Links
  10. Closing and Credits

Last Call For 2002 Americas Conference Input! - Deadline February 28

Thanks to all who have submitted your content suggestions for the upcoming Informix User Conference (IUC). Your contribution will definitely make a difference.

For those who haven’t gotten to it, the deadline for submission of input to the "Call for Papers" and "Ideas for Topics" forms on the IIUG Web site is February 28, so this is the LAST WEEK TO SUBMIT YOUR IDEAS!

IBM and the IIUG are currently in the process of defining content and looking to you for breakout session and tutorial suggestions. Are you interested in technology and solution-oriented product presentations, success stories, road maps, panel discussions with experts in a specific area, or introduction to other IBM products? How about a discussion on WAP, Web, OLTP, Business Intelligence, Connectivity, Tools, DataMart or Data Warehousing technologies? You can still give us your input by completing the forms before the deadline. But time is running out, so act now!

To submit your name and abstract for a presentation for this year's conference, go to:

You can also use IIUG’s site to submit ideas for what you would like to see presented by fellow users, IBM Business Partners, IBM architects, developers, or marketing personnel. Submit your ideas at:

Don't miss this opportunity to assist the IUC Planning Committee!

IBM/Informix Q4'01 Sales Successes

The IBM Informix news web site carries a press release covered by Yahoo Finance, which points to significant Informix end-of-year sales successes. Highlights are:

After reporting that "10,000 Informix customers recommitted to IBM in the fourth-quarter" the article continues:

"IBM recently announced its 19th consecutive quarter of growth in its data management business. In the fourth-quarter, IBM's data management portfolio grew 48 percent."

"The Informix acquisition is exceeding our expectations. We appreciate the overwhelming support from the thousands of Informix customers and partners who are committed to IBM," said Janet Perna, general manager, IBM Data Management Solutions

"IBM is the leader in delivering the most innovative data management technology in the industry and surpasses the competition in scalability, reliability and total cost of ownership. In 2001, IBM was awarded 132 database software patents, two times more than its nearest competitor."

The IBM Informix news site is at:

And the Informix story covered by Yahoo is at:

Web Conference Features E-Business Solutions with IBM and Four J's

You are invited to attend an hour long live Web Conference, "e-Business Solutions with IBM and Four J's" using PlaceWare Web Conferencing on March 06, 2002, at 9:00 AM, US Pacific Standard Time (PST).

IBM and Four J's have recently engaged as new partners in the sale of rapid deployment, e-business solution technology for your Informix-4GL applications and your Informix and DB2 databases. Come hear how the Four J's Business Development Suite (BDS) can move 1000s of users from green screens to GUI. Find out how Four J's BDS may help you to grow your business by offering choices you didn’t have until now. Learn how Four J's BDS gets you to an e-business solution quickly and easily. You will also get an overview of Four J's latest releases and a sneak peak into future releases.

Ron Flannery, IIUG Board Member, Stephen Sykes, Four J's VP Americas, and Meg Hilbert, IBM Marketing Manager, will host this event.

To find instructions for this conference via the IIUG home page, please visit our web site and look under "Highlights for Today".

IIUG Membership Metrics Show Continued Growth and Activity

Thanks to the efforts of IIUG Board member Hal Maner and Informix technology, we have begun tracking the evolution of our membership and have learned good news:

The size of our membership increased during the month of January by 173 members, and, more importantly, the number of "fully qualified" active members increased by 402! The biggest gain in active members was from the US with 298 more active members. Outside of the US, an additional 104 fans of Informix activated their membership.

Over time, the IIUG Board’s ability to slice and dice the membership database will improve IIUG’s ability to focus its attention where it is needed most and identify opportunities to encourage the formation of new Local User Group chapters.

New Software Repository Page Features Recent Additions

Walt Hultgren, IIUG Software Repository Administrator and IIUG co- founder, reports that there have been recent additions to the software repository, which are worth checking out by developers seeking to expand their tool set.

New submissions include "mon buffer" to monitor buffer utilization and "logcheck" which reads log numbers from logical log tapes. There are also updates to several programs including "who access" which determines who is accessing or locking a table.

A special page just to list new submissions and updates has been added by Walt to assist members in keeping up with the latest changes to the repository. It can be viewed at:

If you haven't visited the repository lately, see what you've been missing! This is the location where members freely share their solutions in the best community spirit.

IBM Demonstrates Commitment to Informix Tools

IBM Informix application development tools (IBM Informix 4GL Compiled, Rapid Development System, Interactive Debugger, and I-SQL) version 7.31.UC1 are now generally available according to a recent announcement by Meg Hilbert, IBM Data Management Marketing Manager for the Informix Portfolio.

In addition to various bug fixes, the three primary enhancements include:

- Support for Long IDs, which are especially important for IBM IDS 9.x users, who can now exceed the 18 character naming limitation (e.g. table name)

- Support for NCHAR and NVARCHAR

- Commonly shared libraries between 4GL, 4GL RDS, SQL and Client SDK are now fully compatible with each other allowing easier installation of these products.

More releases are being worked on too! The IBM technical and marketing teams received some great feedback from customers and partners who had called in on a special phone conference January 31 to discuss 4GL- application access to DB2 databases. It sounds like the DB2 access is important to the community, so we should see some more announcements on that feature set soon. The participants on the calls were also happy to hear about upcoming support for Dynamic Arrays and XML output support.

Don't forget to call your IBM Account Executive or Technical Support contact to get set up with this newest tools release.

Oracle Leakage Headlined

An interesting InfoWorld news item was picked up and shared with the IIUG Board recently, which may interest our membership. The article is headlined "UNBREAKABLE" ORACLE9I SPRINGS A LEAK”.

Posted February 06, the article, out of San Francisco, begins "Despite the vendor's claims, Oracle's Oracle9i database is breakable, a U.K. security firm reported Wednesday."

The article continues stating "Several security flaws were discovered in the company's software, including one that could allow a hacker to gain access to Oracle's database server without a user ID or password. The flaws were discovered by a security expert from Next Generation Security Software Ltd., based in Sutton, U.K."

The full story can be read here:

The flaw was also reported by Computerworld at this location:,4125,NAV47_STO68105,00.html

We are guessing Oracle’s Marketing message just might not quite float!

2001 Informix Conference Survey

Many of you have already provided excellent feedback on last year’s IBM Informix Conference. But we don’t want to miss yours, so, if you haven't already done so, now would be a great time to complete the 2001 IIC Conference Survey located on our web site at:

Your voluntary contribution of time to complete the survey is a vital component of planning efforts to continuously improve our conferences and maximize their benefit to our membership. We want events that are relevant, useful and fun.

NOTE: We're interested in your feedback even if you couldn't attend that event!

Useful Links

Closing and Credits

The International Informix Users Group (IIUG) is an organization designed to enhance communications between IBM and its worldwide user community. IIUG now approaches 13,000 members 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.

Sources: IIUG Board of Directors
Editors: David Smith and Ron Flannery, IIUG Board of Directors

For comments, please send an email to UG@IIUG.ORG.