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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 - BernieSpang.com - 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 - BernieSpan.com - 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 - planetIDS.com - DNS impact on Informix / Impacto do DNS no Informix... Read
8 Sep 11 - TMCnet.com - 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 - planetIDS.com - 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
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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
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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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IIUG Insider (Issue #145)
July 2012

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Highlights: Modifications to the Innovator-C Edition of Informix

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.

Contents:

 

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The world is focused on the 2012 Olympics in London. Unfortunately there is no competition for databases. If there was, Informix would gain more gold medals then the USA and China combined. Nevertheless, for all sport fans from all over the globe I wish well to you all.

Enjoy.

Gary Ben-Israel
IIUG Insider Editor


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Modifications to the Innovator-C Edition of Informix

IBM has made modifications to the Innovator-C Edition of Informix. Many of the previous limits were too broad and were not sustainable for our business partners. Innovator-C continues to be a robust database requiring little or no administration for small-to-midsized applications, available at no-charge.

The revised 11.70 Innovator-C Edition includes the following capabilities and limits:

  • Limited to 1 core/1 CPU VP and 2GB of memory.
  • Unlimited data storage.
  • Includes some autonomic features that minimize system failures and improve performance
  • Offers automated backup and restore functions while eliminating many manual tasks
  • Allows a customized deployment footprint, and application control of the server via the administration API, making it even easier to develop integrated applications
  • Delivers easier use of location-based data in an SOA environment with the Web Feature Services API
  • Integrates through a full range of APIs, including Java and Microsoft .NET and supports a broad range of integrated development environments (IDEs), such as Eclipse, IBM Rational Application Developer and Visual Studio .NET
  • Operating systems supported: Linux, Windows, and MAC

To view more about the features and benefits of Innovator-C, review the following link:

http://www-01.ibm.com/software/data/informix/feature.html?S_CMP=wspace

Jerry Keesee
World Wide Director, Informix Software
IBM Data Management


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Information on Demand 2012 updates

Information On Demand 2012 Sample agenda builder

Have you created your sample agenda using the Information on Demand 2012 sample agenda builder? This new IOD 2012 smart site enables you to start building your agenda. Once you build your agenda you will be able to download your sample agenda. This agenda builder is only for evaluation purposes. You must be registered for the conference to actually schedule and enroll in sessions. You may save or email a sample agenda as a pdf file.

Get more details here:

http://sample.iodsmartsite.com/

Save Big at Information On Demand 2012

Save $300 on your registration fee and save big on your hotel accommodation when you register by August 31. And another good news for our IIUG members : You can save $100 on your registration fees at IOD 2012 by registering using the following promotional codes:

  • If you are a customer please use the promotional code: D12CUG
  • If you are a business partner please use the promotional code: D12BPUG

http://www.ibm.com/software/data/2012-conference/


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New in DeveloperWorks

Evaluate: Informix 11.7
http://www.ibm.com/developerworks/downloads/im/informix/index.html
Download a trial version of Informix Ultimate Edition 11.7 or download one of the free editions: Informix Developer Edition 11.7 (for development use only) or Informix Innovator-C Edition 11.7 (for small production workloads.)
Also available in:
Portuguese: http://www.ibm.com/developerworks/br/downloads/im/informix/index.html
12 Jul 2012

Compare the Informix Version 11 editions
http://www.ibm.com/developerworks/data/library/techarticle/dm-0801doe/index.html
Get an introduction to the various editions of IBM Informix, and compare features, benefits, and licensing considerations in a side-by-side table. Regardless of which edition you choose, Informix brings you legendary ease-of-use, reliability, stability, and access to extensibility features.
Also available in:
Chinese: http://www.ibm.com/developerworks/cn/data/library/techarticles/dm-0801doe/index.html
Chinese: http://www.ibm.com/developerworks/cn/data/library/techarticle/dm-0801doe/index.html
Russian: http://www.ibm.com/developerworks/ru/library/dm-0801doe/index.html
Portuguese: http://www.ibm.com/developerworks/br/data/library/techarticle/dm-0801doe/index.html
5 Jul 2012

Oracle to IBM Informix porting guide
http://www.ibm.com/developerworks/data/library/long/dm-0608marino/index.html
This article describes the differences between Oracle and Informix functionality and syntax. In addition to DDL, DML and overall SQL syntax, you'll explore the differences between Oracle and Informix with regards to the use of large objects, user-defined types, user-defined routines, and table partitioning.
1 Jul 2012

Save this link to find about Informix on DeveloperWorks: http://www.iiug.org/url/devworks.html


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Advanced DataTools Informix Remote DBA/Support Offering

Remote Technical and DBA support from Advanced DataTools helps small, medium and enterprise installations maximize their IBM Informix database performance and uptime while minimizing costs and overhead. We can help resolve and/or prevent the worst technical problems you could imagine!

Advanced DataTools' staff of highly experienced, certified IBM Informix consultants are well trained in all levels of database performance and optimization. This allows us to offer our customers IBM maintenance and support contracts on most versions of Informix Dynamic Server, on any platform/operating system.

Top experts in the field, Art Kagel and Lester Knutsen, manage and support our team of certified IBM Informix consultants. Art and Lester each have over 28 years of Informix DBA experience and both have received the IIUG Directors Award, and the Inaugural Data Champion award by IBM.

For more information: http://www.advancedatatools.com/Solutions/Support.html

Advanced Data Tools Training

September 10-13 2012 - Informix for Database Administrators
This course is for database administrators, programmers, and technical support personnel who will be setting up, managing, and tuning IBM Informix 11, 10 or 7 databases.

December 3-6 2012 - Advanced Informix Performance Tuning
This course is for database administrators and application developers who will be responsible for managing, optimizing, and tuning an Informix database server. The focus is on skills, procedures, and scripts to improve the performance of your database server. The course will provide a toolkit of scripts and utilities to start monitoring and optimizing your Informix database server.

All courses may be taken online on the web from your desk or at our training center in Virginia. All you need is a web browser and a SSH client (like Putty) to connect to the lab machines in our office.

The follow is a link to the courses on our web site:

http://www.advancedatatools.com/Training/InformixTraining.html

Registration Information:

http://www.advancedatatools.com/Training/CourseRegistration.html or call 703-256-0267 x101 for more information and to Register


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Articles

DBTA
Empowering Business Analysts with Faster Insights!
A DBTA article by Keshava Murthy (Senior Technical Staff Member at IBM Informix development working on query processing and data warehousing)
http://www.iiug.org/url/dbta.html

IBM Data Magazine
New Certification : With this new exam and certification role, the successful candidate will be able to:

  • Identify the files and applications necessary to install and configure Genero
  • Run and recompile in both text and graphic mode
  • Enhance applications with Genero features
  • Enable Genero for the web
  • Generate reports
  • Implement web services
The exam consists of 70 questions, which students will have 90 minutes to complete.
http://ibmdatamag.com/2012/07/new-certification/


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Should I install my Informix tools in the same directory as my Informix Server?

When products are built with different versions of CSDK, or include a different version of CSDK, they must be installed in separate directories.

The Informix server 11.50 is shipped with a Client SDK (CSDK) whose version matches the server version. Informix 11.50.xC9 will ship with CSDK 3.50.xC9, where 'x' is F for 64 bit systems, and 'x' is either U,T or H for 32 bit systems.

Likewise, Informix server 11.70 is shipped with a Client SDK whose version matches the server version. Informix 11.70.xC5 will ship with CSDK 3.70.xC5, etc..

The tools such as the 4GL compiler, debugger, or rapid development system, or ISQL (and their respective runtimes) are also built with CSDK. The version of CSDK used will depend on the current release level of CSDK at that time, and whether it is intended to be used with Informix 11.50 or Informix 11.70.

Because of product architectural issues, 3.50.* and 3.70.* libraries cannot be mixed. Doing so will lead to application failure. Failure symptoms may include, but are not limited to blank form screens and core dumps. Application program failures do not appear to effect data in the database.

When you install tools in the same directory, you may overwrite the library of one product with the same library of the second product. This is not a problem as long as the products are built with the same version of CSDK, down to the minor release level. (e.g. 3.50.xC5 where C5 is the minor release). If the products are built with different versions of CSDK, it may cause problems which lead to application program failure.

If you have products which have been built with different versions of CSDK and installing them in the same directory has led to problems such as blank screens and core dumps, then segregate the products by CSDK build version. Set your PATH and LD_LIBRARY_PATH variables as appropriate for the users.

You can find the version of CSDK used to build a tool by untaring the product file, and checking the machine notes file under $INFORMIXDIR/release/, or by going on line to the Information Center for the appropriate Informix server and drilling down to Release Information, then Informix 4GL, then the particular release version, then Release Notes. In that file you will find the version of CSDK used to build the tool.

Note that the version of the tool and the version of CSDK used are not necessarily the same. For example, 4GL 7.50.xC6 was built with CSDK 3.70.xC4.

Jeffrey Cauhape


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Withdrawal from marketing

Effective on the dates listed below, IBM. will withdraw from marketing, part numbers from the following product releases licensed under the IBM International Program License Agreement:

Program numberVRMWithdrawal from
marketing date
Program release name
5725-B4111.50.008/17/12Informix Choice Edition V11.50.0
5724-C233.0.008/17/12Informix Client SDK V3.0.0
5724-C233.50.008/17/12Informix Client SDK V3.50.0
5724-C243.0.008/17/12Informix Connect Runtime V3.0.0
5724-C243.50.008/17/12Informix Connect Runtime V3.50.0
5724-L2310/16/12Informix Dynamic Server (IDS)
5724-C291.30.008/17/12Informix Excalibur Text Search DataBlade. V1.30.0
5724-Z0411.50.008/17/12Informix Express. Edition V11.50.0
5724-C198.5.008/17/12Informix Extended Parallel Server (XPS)V8.5.0
5724-C583.11.008/24/12Informix Geodetic DataBlade V3.11.0
5725-A4011.50.008/17/12Informix Growth Edition V11.50.0
5724-C592.00.008/17/12Informix Image Foundation DataBlade V2.00.0
5724-I353.1.008/17/12Informix JDBC Driver/Embedded SQL V3.1.0
5724-I353.50.008/17/12Informix JDBC Driver/Embedded SQL V3.50.0
5724-C271.6.008/17/12Informix Server Administrator V1.X V1.6.0
5724-C618.2.108/17/12Informix Spatial DataBlade V8.2.1
5724-C618.20.008/17/12Informix Spatial DataBlade V8.20.0
5724-C624.01.008/17/12Informix TimeSeries DataBlade V4.01.0
5724-C631.10.008/17/12Informix TimeSeries Real Time Load Bundle V1.10.0
5725-A3911.50.008/17/12Informix Ultimate Edition V11.50.0
5724-C304.12.008/17/12Informix Web DataBlade V4.12.0
5724-C304.13.008/17/12Informix Web DataBlade V4.13.0
5724-D271.00.008/17/12Informix Workgroup Datablade Bundle V1.00.0
5724-C437.25.x08/17/12Informix Standard Engine
5724-E937.25.x08/17/12Informix Standard Engine Runtime Edition
5724-D615.20.X08/17/12Informix Online Personal Edition
5724-E035.20.x08/17/12Informix Online Extended Edition for Linux
5724-D597.25.x08/17/12Informix SE Personal Edition

http://www.iiug.org/url/withdrawal.html

Informix bootcamps

Informix 11.7 Bootcamp

Date Country City Registration Information
Aug 6 - 8, 10, 2012 South Africa Johannesburg Register at http://www-304.ibm.com/events/idr/idrevents/register.action?meid=5614&ieid=3315
Class to be held on Aug 6, 7, 8, and 10th. Extended 4-day agenda to cover Informix Warehouse Accelerator module* on Aug 10th
For more details see http://www.ibm.com/developerworks/wikis/display/im/Informix+11.7+Bootcamp

Informix Performance Tuning Bootcamp

Date Country City Registration Information
Sep 19 - 21, 2012 China Shanghai Register at https://www.ibm.com/events/swgeer/swgeer06.nsf/signin?openform&seminar=kwockwn8venqj&lang=en
For more details see http://www.ibm.com/developerworks/wikis/display/im/Informix+Performance+Tuning+Bootcamp

* http://www.ibm.com/developerworks/wikis/display/im/Informix+Warehouse+Accelerator+Bootcamp

Discover Informix in Malaysia

A user group Event On August 2nd,2012
Be sure to be a part of the largest gathering of Informix users in Malaysia on August 2nd (Thursday) from 1: 30 PM to 7: 30 PM at Ballroom A, Level 10, DoubleTree Hotel, Kuala Lumpur, followed by Buka Puasa dinner that will commence from 7:30 PM onwards.

Get more details here:

http://wp.me/p1DlXt-4t

Discover Informix in Thailand

A user group event on August 7th (Tuesday), 2012
If you are around Bangkok during the week of 7th (of August 2012), please join us to for this half a day event and be a part of the largest Informix users gathering Thailand. We will be having some of the members IBM Informix leadership team and Informix subject matter experts to be present for this event in person, and they will be most happy to spend time with you to discuss on how IBM could help better achieve your business goals with Informix.

Get more details here:

http://wp.me/p1DlXt-4P


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August - 2012
Date Event Location Contact
1 Informix Road Show - Actually using smart sensors and other time sensitive data with TimeSeries Dallas, Texas Carlton Doe - cdoe@us.ibm.com
8 Informix Road Show - Turning data into knowledge at the speed of thought Chicago, Illinois Carlton Doe - cdoe@us.ibm.com
9 Informix Road Show - Actually using smart sensors and other time sensitive data with TimeSeries Chicago, Illinois Carlton Doe - cdoe@us.ibm.com
14 Informix Road Show - Turning data into knowledge at the speed of thought Atlanta, Georgia Carlton Doe - cdoe@us.ibm.com
15 Informix Road Show - Actually using smart sensors and other time sensitive data with TimeSeries Atlanta, Georgia Carlton Doe - cdoe@us.ibm.com
October - 2012
Date Event Location Contact
21-25 Informix on Demand 2012 Las Vegas, Nevada  
 

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Closing and credits Back to top

The International Informix Users Group (IIUG) is an organization designed to enhance communications between its worldwide user community and IBM. The IIUG's membership database now exceeds 25,000 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:  Gary Ben-Israel
Rhonda Hackenburg

For comments, please send an email to gary@iiug.org.