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01 Feb 13 - IBM Data Magazine - Are your database backups safe? Lester Knutsen (IBM Champion) writes about database back up safety using "archecker"... Read
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 Insider (Issue #46)
01 April 2004

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Highlights: Gary profiled, CopperEye, Forum 2004, IBM announcements & More...

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.


  1. Gary Ben-Israel Profiled
  2. FAQ about CDI and Informix List
  3. WAIUG Forum 2004
  4. CopperEye Datablade for IDS
  5. Red Brick Gold Analytic Offering Announced
  6. Complimentary IBM Informix Professional Certification Exam Preparation Document
  7. Download the IDS Problem Determination Self-Study Series for Free
  8. Check Out the Courses Offered by Education Centers for IBM Software
  9. Get Up to 40% Off Some DB2 Information Management Books
  10. New DB2 Information Management Professional Certification Roadmaps
  11. Useful Links
  12. Closing and Credits

Gary Ben-Israel Profiled

Q: How do you use Informix in your "real" job (DBA, Consultant, Developer, etc.)?
A: Officially I am the CIO of my company. But I am deeply involved in database design and administration and software development.
Q: How long have you been using Informix products?
A: I started in 1993 with Informix 5 and moved on to IDS 7 and IDS 9.
Q: What is your role on the IIUG Board?
A: I will be helping out with the Insider.
Q: Why did you volunteer to be on the Board?
A: I have received great help from the IIUG for over 10 years I feel it is my turn to contribute.
Q: What do you want to accomplish this year on the Board?
A: I would like to address regional problems and to enhance relationships between local user groups and the IIUG.
Q: Where are you from?
A: I am from Jerusalem, Israel.
Q: Best Informix story?
A: IDS 7 to IDS 9: We just took the machine down on 7 and up on 9. There was no need for Export/Import nor recompiling of 1.5 Million lines of 4GL code.
Q: Worst Informix nightmare?
A: None. With Informix I sleep well at night.
Q: Can you tell us about your family and hobbies outside of IIUG?
A: I am married and have three children. My hobbies are reading, hiking and Tai Chi.

FAQ about CDI and Informix List

"The mailing list is a bi-directional gateway to the comp.databases.informix (c.d.i) UseNet news group..." Thanks to Jonathan Leffler: he put out a very comprehensive FAQ about CDI, which you can find on the IIUG web site at:

WAIUG Forum 2004

If you plan to attend only one event this year, this one must be it: great content, great people, great day...

Wednesday, April 21, 2004
8:30 AM to 5:00 PM

Northern Virginia Community College
8333 Little River Turnpike
Annandale, VA

For more information, visit:

IIUG President, Stuart Litel will be there to answer all your questions regarding IIUG. Current, and past, board members will be there too, come and meet Lester Knutsen, Cindy Lichtenauer (our current Lug nut), Hal Maner, Jean Georges Perrin...

CopperEye Datablade for IDS

IIUG offers room for software vendors to express themselves in the Insider. This month, we will discover CopperEye, with its revolutionary Datablade for IDS.

"The first new Datablade since IBM's acquisition of Informix has been developed by CopperEye, Ltd., a software firm based in Bath, U.K. The CopperEye Datablade provides a high-performance replacement for the standard Informix B-Tree index. It is unique from other Datablades in that it is a general-purpose solution suitable for all types of scalar data, rather than being targeted at specific types of information such as time-series or geospatial.

The CopperEye Datablade replaces the standard Informix B-Tree index with CopperEye's own patented indexing approach that exhibits significantly improved maintenance performance. In benchmarks conducted jointly with IBM, performance improvements of up to 6X were seen in both concurrent scenarios and scenarios with multiple indexes and multiple fragments.

The CopperEye Datablade can have the greatest impact for Informix customers dealing with very large data volumes where they are running up against batch window limitations as the volume of data has grown. Becoming disk-bound for index inserts is the typical bottleneck in these situations, which is exactly the area CopperEye addresses by dramatically reducing the disk I/O associated with maintaining the index. The significant performance improvement possible with CopperEye can have a dramatic operational impact without costly hardware investments that may not eliminate the performance bottleneck.

The CopperEye Datablade is currently in Beta. Companies using Informix who are interested in more information or to be considered for participation in the Beta program can contact CopperEye at or visit"

Red Brick Gold Analytic Offering Announced

IBM extends data federation to Red Brick users by including DB2 Information Integrator in the Red Brick Gold Analytic offering and delivers Informix Dynamic Server Workgroup Edition Unlimited license.

More info

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Complimentary IBM Informix Professional Certification Exam Preparation Document

The DB2 Information Management Professional Certification team has recently updated the Informix exam preparation document. This document for exam 915 (formerly 660-612) can help you better prepare to become an IBM Certified Solutions Expert. This document covers role description, requirements, objectives and preparation suggestions. For more information or to download please visit:

Download the IDS Problem Determination Self-Study Series for Free

Now you can download the Informix Dynamic Server Problem Determination Self-Study Series for Free. This complimentary series of eight tutorials is designed to assist anyone supporting or developing in an IDS environment. Candidates will learn to quickly identify problems or errors encountered therefore accelerating the total time to problem resolution and reducing dependence on IBM customer support. Get started today and check out the tutorials:

Check Out the Courses Offered by Education Centers for IBM Software

To ensure that you have access to the best possible training options to fulfill your diverse training needs, we have built a worldwide network of selected training partners. These partners are authorized Education Centers for IBM Software (ECIS) to offer you consistent, quality training on the complete DB2 Information Management Software portfolio around the world. For more info please visit:

Get Up to 40% Off Some DB2 Information Management Books

Get up to 40% off many of the latest releases through the DB2 Information Management Books Web site! IBM has developed a specialized books Web site for DB2 information management publications. This site features the latest titles on certification as well as books to help you get started and advanced titles to help you take your skills to the next level. Simply click on the title (s) of your choice and you will be quickly linked to the discount web site where you can purchase books using your major credit card.

For Informix-specific books, please visit Click here

New DB2 Information Management Professional Certification Roadmaps

To help you begin and prepare for professional certification, we have created a series of certification roadmaps to help you define and map out your certification path. We offer a variety of job-related certifications for our DB2 information management software products. Our roadmaps are designed to provide a comprehensive, concise view of all the exams and roles available as well as provide you with the most efficient path to achieve the various levels of certification. To view please visit:

Useful Links

In response to your input, we have created a new page on the IIUG web site containing all the links we used to include. Please find it at:

Please visit the IBM Redbooks web site at for more details and up-to-the-minute technical information.

Closing and Credits

The International Informix Users Group (IIUG) is an organization designed to enhance communications between its worldwide user community and IBM. IIUG's membership database now exceeds 18,000 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.

Sources:IIUG Board of Directors
IBM Corp.
Editors: Jean Georges Perrin
Fred Hubbard
Ron Flannery
Sam Gentsch
Gary Ben-Israel
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