IIUG Insider (Issue #9)
September 06, 2002
Highlights: Bye Says Fred, Last Words on IUC'02, Welcome Mohan, Querix
Freebie, and More...
Welcome to the International Informix Users Group (IIUG) Insider! It
contains timely and relevant information for the IBM Informix
- Outgoing IIUG President's Last Words
- 2002 Informix User Conference (IUC) - Going Live
- New IBM Advocate to the IIUG Board - Welcome Mohan Natraj
- Webcast - IUC Highlights & Announcements - 18 September
- Free Querix 4GL Development Suite Informix & DB2 for IIUG Members
- New IBM Offers for Informix & U2 Customers
- Informix CSDK Downloads Coming to IIUG's Member Area
- Forum 2002 (USA's Eastern Seaboard) - Software Contributions Requested
- Useful Links
- Closing and Credits
Outgoing IIUG President's Last Words
The upcoming IIUG leadership events, to take place in conjunction with
the Informix User Conference (IUC) in Anaheim, California, will be my
last as IIUG President and Board member. It's been a good ride, not
lacking in drama or purpose. You all, the IIUG membership, have kept
me pumped and engaged, allowing me to lead, represent, advocate,
influence. I've made life-long friends and mastered the joys of daylong
meetings that keep IIUG's operation and services running and growing.
Now, after two terms and almost three years on the hot seat, I am happy
to be transitioning my responsibilities to Jerry Hamilton. Jerry will
become IIUG President on Tuesday, 10 September, at the IIUG Annual
General Meeting. He was selected by the outgoing IIUG Board of
Directors, and elected to the 2003 IIUG Board by you, IIUG members, as
an incumbent. Working for an "end-user" company, Fleishman-Hillard,
Jerry wears the Informix badge around the clock and has served on the
IIUG Board since 2001. He's a good, levelheaded man who will make a
fine IIUG President.
What's next for me? I will continue to serve IIUG in the capacity of
Managing Director, augmenting the IIUG Board and taking direction from
the IIUG President. In some ways, it will be business as usual. I'll
stay visible and continue working hard in support of IIUG's membership.
IBM will make this possible by underwriting my dedication without
strings attached and as a gift to the Informix community. Thank you,
Janet Perna! Actions indeed speak louder than words.
2002 Informix User Conference (IUC) - Going Live
How many times will we talk to you about IUC'02? Well... just enough to
ensure that you can't tell us later that you knew nothing about it.
Here's our last pre-conference blurb. We hope to excite all who have
already registered, and perhaps even convince a few more that IUC'02
is not to be missed.
- Via our newly acquired web cam, IIUG will show you images of the
floor live! Our intrepid team of techno-nerds will make this happen to
keep you amused as well as informed. Don't miss our exhibit booth and
check out our home site starting Monday [http://www.iiug.org]. See us
attendees say "Hi Mom"!
- Submit your questions for the IUC'02 panels. These can be product-
specific or business level:
http://www.iiug.org/calendar/iic/iic2002_questions.html. We will post a
digest of the overall Q&A on our web site soon after IUC'02.
- The following Informix-centric tutorials will be offered:
- IDS Performance and Tuning Tricks - Instructor: Mark Scranton.
Learn essential concepts that can be used daily for maintenance,
support, troubleshooting, and performance tuning of an IBM
Informix Dynamic Server (IDS) database engine.
- IDS Database Optimization - Instructor: Mike Lowe
Learn about performance tuning considerations for various aspects
of the Information Technology (IT) environment; here are the tips
you need to optimize both hardware and application.
- DB2 for IDS Administrators - Instructor: Bob Bernard
Enjoy a guided tour of DB2 Universal Database (UDB). Learn the
differences between Informix Dynamic Server (IDS) and DB2 UDB
architecture, data type mapping, table creation, and indexing
- XPS 8.4 Features and Usage - Instructor: Glen Mules
Get a comprehensive introduction to the features of IBM Extended
Parallel Server (XPS) Version 8.40.
- Building and Deploying e-business Applications in Hours Using
Office Connect - Instructors: Michael Dick and Omkar Nimbalkar
Learn to build extremely user-friendly business productivity
applications with IBM e-business technologies.
- Financial Applications Using Time Series Data - Instructor: James
Using practical examples from investment banking (centering on
(portfolio risk, returns, volatilities), we'll explore how
Time Series data can bolster your financial applications.
Learn how to, utilizing Excel, invoke user-defined routines in
the IBM Informix Dynamic Server engine that manipulate TimeSeries
and Numerical Algorithms Group (NAG) data types and functions.
Enroll today, as these classes tend to fill up quickly!!! For more
info, please go to:
New IBM Advocate to the IIUG Board - Welcome Mohan Natraj
Mohan Natraj, IBM Data Management Solutions' Worldwide Brand Manager
for XPS and Red Brick, has replaced Meg Hilbert as IBM's Advocate to
the IIUG Board of Directors. As such, Mohan has full voting rights and
shares equal responsibilities with other Board members.
A 5-year veteran of Informix, Mohan has held both engineering and
management positions. His career at Informix started as the Manager
for OEM engineering in the XPS group, which quickly included the
engineering operations for the entire XPS development team. Mohan's
past experiences in partner management and customer services management
at Sequent helped him build strong relationships with such key hardware
partners as HP, SUN, IBM, Compaq and Siemens.
In his third year at Informix, Mohan concentrated on the product
management area for XPS; while an active member of the Arrowhead
strategy team, he also managed an engineering team. Mohan's
responsibilities expanded into Marketing in years four and five. His
key focus this past year has been Informix loyalty at all levels.
Mohan said to the IIUG Board: "As the IBM Advocate for the IIUG, I hope
to bring more clarity into the way IBM works, enabling the Board to be
more effective in influencing and managing the information flow in and
out to the user group communities from IBM. My goal also is to work on
increasing the IIUG membership."
Mohan, welcome to the team!
Webcast - IUC Highlights & Announcements - 18 September
Mark your calendar: 18 September! IIUG and IBM will co-host a webcast
titled ever so aptly: "Informix - Future Visions: A Follow-Up on the
Informix User Conference and Recent Product Announcements".
Join IIUG board member Ron Flannery and IBM representatives and
participate in the question and answer session. Your valuable feedback
helps IIUG represent your interests and advocate to IBM.
More information will soon be available at
Free Querix 4GL Development Suite Informix & DB2 for IIUG Members
All IIUG registered members attending a Querix's presentation at IUC'02
or at the exhibition booth will be awarded a voucher for Hydra V4 for
Informix & IBM-DB2, including 18 months technical support and upgrade
Querix will exhibit their latest products, including Hydra V4, at
IUC'02 Booth 481. Their conference session, titled "Modernize and
Migrate Your 4GL, ESQL/C and NewEra Applications", will take place on
Monday, 10 September, in Room 201D.
IIUG members not able to attend the show may request Querix's latest
development tools for Informix, including an extended 18 months free
technical support and upgrade service. Again, this offer is only valid
for registered IIUG members. Organizations using 4GL applications or
developing 4GL applications for their own purpose are entitled, as a
one time special offer, to receive any number of compilers and
concurrent client runtime licenses.
To make your request, please send e-mail to Request4Querix@IIUG.org,
providing your IIUG membership address and e-mail address.
Please note that this is a good faith offer, subject to certain
limitations and restrictions. IIUG does not implicitly or explicitly
endorse any third party product. For more information on Querix's Hydra
V4, please visit http://www.querix.com.
New IBM Offers for Informix & U2 Customers
IBM has recently added a web page to promote new programs for Informix
customers and partners. Find the latest special offers at
Check out "SteelEye", a high-availability protection offering for
Informix-based database applications, near the bottom of the new web
Informix CSDK Downloads Coming to IIUG's Member Area
Courtesy of IBM Data Management Solutions, the IIUG Member Area will
have CSDK 2.50, 2.60 and 2.70 for a variety of operating systems
available for download by September end. Keep an eye on
http://www.iiug.org for updated information.
Forum 2002 (USA's Eastern Seaboard) - Software Contributions Requested
The Washington Area Informix User Group (WAIUG), the New England
Informix User Group (NEIUG) and the Southeast (Atlanta) Informix User
Group (SEIUG) are sponsoring a technical conference and forum November
8-9, 2002 in Falls Church, Virginia. At Forum 2000, we had 230
participants, 16 speakers and 18 exhibitors. Participants will receive
a complimentary software CD.
We seek new and novel software contributions; these will appear on the
CD, along with software authored by many of the familiar
comp.databases.informix contributors. Software should either pertain
to Informix or be useful to someone working with Informix. If you have
written a utility that will benefit our membership, by all means share
Please submit your contribution to Peter Wages [firstname.lastname@example.org],
or, if you would like your submission to appear in the IIUG software
repository (http://www.iiug.org), please send it to Walt Hultgren
[email@example.com]. All software on the IIUG Web site will be included
on the CD.
For more information on Forum 2002, please visit
http://www.iiug.org/waiug or those interested in exhibiting may contact
Note: Thanks to a suggestion by an IIUG member, this section has been improved to show both the name of each link and the URL. Keep the ideas coming!
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 exceeds 15,000 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: Fred Hubbard and David Smith, IIUG Board of Directors
For comments, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.