Informix News
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 #148)
October 2012

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Highlights: The Informix Early Validation Program for the next release is on its way

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.



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Last week was the IIUG Board of Directors meeting in Las Vegas. On Sunday some of us attended the Conference Advisory Council (CAC). The CAC is a group of customers commenting about various aspects of the Informix product, requesting new features and suggesting direction. Being under a Non-Disclosure Agreement, the CAC can hear about the new features of the upcoming version before they are made public. For the same reason I cannot tell you about them. All I can say is that the next version will have a bunch of very cool features.

The IOD conference started on Monday. For the first two days we attended sessions and met colleagues and IBMers. Monday night we had the traditional Informix party which was great as usual. On Wednesday and Thursday we had a board meeting. Two days of brainstorming, discussions and meetings with IBM executives. We hope the outcome will be beneficial for Informix and the IIUG.

I am trying a new format for this edition of the Insider. A short email version with links only and a full downloadable version on our website. Please email me and let me know what you think about it.

Gary Ben-Israel
IIUG Insider Editor

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The Informix Early Validation Program for the next release is on its way

The vNext release has been under development for more than a year, and is a major update that includes many client-requested features, performance enhancements and innovations.

Our goal in presenting this opportunity is twofold: give selected clients the opportunity to validate their applications and get an early start with the new features, and to validate the readiness of this version for GA in the near future.

We very much appreciate feedback from our EVP partners. It is a crucial aspect of the overall program readiness, without which we cannot achieve our goals. There are many Informix customers who are interested in the lessons learned in EVP so we encourage you to both provide us detailed feedback, and to consider providing the community with the highlights of your evaluation, by providing us with permission to include your feedback in our launch materials.

We are confident that we have improved the product and that vNext represents the best Informix server ever, and we're excited to give your organization an opportunity to get your hand on it first, and to help us with the final and critical client validation of this product.

Anita McKeithen, PMP
Business Operations Program Manager
IBM Certified Executive Project Manager
Information Management Division

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IIUG Informix Conference 2013 - Call for speakers

Submit a proposal to present at the 2013 International Informix Users Group (IIUG) Conference.

The IIUG Conference Planning Committee is ready to accept presentation proposals for the 2013 IIUG Conference which is to be held April 21 - 25, 2013 at the San Diego (CA) Marriott Mission Valley, USA.

Do you have experience with Informix or Informix related products? Do you have real-case studies related to Informix solutions? Have you discovered any Informix hints or tips? Are you interested in sharing your Informix knowledge and skills with the Informix User community? If the answer is yes to any of these questions the IIUG Conference Committee invites you to submit a proposal to speak at the 2013 Conference.

The 2013 Conference will be comprised of more than 80 technical/user sessions, a series of hands-on-labs and 1 day of comprehensive tutorials intended to reinforce the power of Informix. Presentation proposals should be brief, but more than 250 words, highlighting the Informix technical solutions, real world experiences or trade tips you will include in your presentation. Multiple presentations are encouraged.

If sharing your knowledge is not enough, conference speakers (non IBM employees) are provided with a complimentary pass providing access to conference sessions, meals and conference related networking events. Use to register your proposal. The deadline for submitting 2013 IIUG Conference proposals is November 1, 2012. For your convenience, speaker logins have been retained for those who submitted a 2012 IIUG Conference proposal. Don't delay - submit your proposal and biography today for consideration.

See you in San Diego!

The 2013 IIUG Informix Conference Team

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New in DeveloperWorks
Solving business problems with Informix TimeSeries
08 Oct 2012
This IBM Redbooks publication is for people who want to implement a solution that revolves around time-based data. It gives you the information that you need to get started and be productive with Informix TimeSeries.

Save this link to find about Informix on DeveloperWorks:

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IBM Data Management

IIUG Will Return to San Diego for 2013: Get ready for sun, sand, and Informix April 21-25, 2013!

The Preeminence of IBM Informix TimeSeries: Part 1. Handling the large volumes of time-stamped data generated from stock transactions, smart metering, and more

OEM website News

IM OEM web site live on IBM.COM: Join the IBM Information Management OEM solution program and win in the market place with greater flexibility to build robust solutions at a lower cost. Learn more on how you can embed Information Management Software

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Which version of CSDK should be used on Windows 7 platform?

Both CSDK version 3.50 and CSDK 3.70 are supported on Windows 7 operating system, which makes difficult to decide which one to use. A useful way to decide which CSDK to use is: consider what version of Informix Server you are using. By design, the CSDK version will be the "latest 3.x for 11.x". Here "x" is the same minor version number ".50" or ."70" as the database engine, e.g., Informix 11.50 and CSDK 3.50; or Informix 11.70 and CSDK 3.70.

In regard to the bit level, 64-bit windows will support either 32-bit ('.TC') or 64 bit (.'FC') CSDK. Although the bit level is not significant for determining which one to use, it is important to note that the ODBC manager on Windows 7 is 64-bit. If you want use a 64-bit CSDK, you will have no issues. However, a 32-bit CSDK will require an older ODBC manager.

-David Jay

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Informix Performance Tuning Technical Training Day

The Washington Area Informix User Group will be hosting a one day Informix Performance Tuning Technical Training Day.

Date and Time: Thursday, November 8th, 2012, 9:00am to 4:00pm
Location: Advanced DataTools Corporation, 4216 Evergreen Lane, Suite 136 Annandale, VA 22003

Morning Session - Special Guest - Scott Lashley, Kernel/Performance Architect, IBM Informix IDS Portland, Oregon

Scott is the IBM Informix Dynamic Server (IDS) Kernel/Performance architect. Starting with Informix Turbo and the implementation of blobs, Scott has been actively developing Informix database engine technology since 1987. Scott was the kernel architect for Informix XPS, Informix's shared nothing architecture database product. Scott spent a few years helping IBM DB2 LUW by leading the HADR project before returning to Informix IDS for the IDS Cheetah release. Scott's passion is on developing technology to help reduce the human cost of maintaining the IDS database engine with emphasis on self-tuning and self-maintaining algorithms along with continuing to improve transaction and query performance. Scott's current focus is on accelerating query performance using main memory techniques. Scott has a BA in Computer Science and Religion from Mt. Vernon Nazarene University, Mt. Vernon Ohio. Plus, Scott referee's 350+ adult recreational basketball games a year.

Some of the topics Scott will cover are:

  • Query Processing
  • Indexing
  • Diagnostics
  • Storage Enhancements
  • Networking

And More ...

Afternoon Session - Informix Performance Tuning by Art Kagel and Lester Knutsen, Advanced DataTools Corporation

We will cover some of the tips and tricks from our Fastest Informix DBA Contest held at the last IIUG conference. The goal of the contest was to see who could optimize an Informix database server running 1,000 OLTP users in under one hour and generate the most transactions per minute.

The Grand Prize Winner of the new Apple iPad and the Fastest Overall Informix DBA was Andrew Ford. Andrew's results were almost three times faster than the next closest contestant's results. Andrew generated over 57,000 transactions per minute.

The meeting is open to all but we have limited space. Please register so we can keep a count of attendees: For more information and to register visit


Informix Performance Tuning Bootcamp

Date: Nov 5 - 7, 2012
Location: Seoul, Korea

Date: Dec 12 - 14, 2012
Location: Shenzhen, China

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Advanced Datatools

Advanced Informix Performance Tuning Course

December 3-6 2012 by Lester Knutsen and Art Kagel (attend online or in our classroom)

This course is confirmed and only has 3 spaces left.

Do you want to learn how to be the FASTEST Informix DBA? This is the course our Fastest Informix DBA contest was developed from, and it will increase your database performance tuning skills.

This 4-day course focuses on techniques for optimizing an Informix Database. Labs will demonstrate more than 100% performance improvement. Each student will have a 4-core Linux server with Informix 11 and a large dataset for benchmark exercises and labs. Attend the class in person or online via our Web Training Center. Both Art Kagel and Lester Knutsen will be teaching the Advanced Classes together.

The 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.

The course 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.

Registration Information:

or call 703-256-0267 x101 for more information and to Register.

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Informix blogs and things

New blogs added

John Miller - Informix Fun Facts Much more than fun

Informix Support by Pradeep Kutty

Roger Powell


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November - 2012
Date Event Location Contact
5-6 Informix Technical Road Show Auckland, New Zealand  
5-6 Informix Performance Tuning Bootcamp Seoul, Korea  
8-9 Informix Technical Road Show Wellington, New Zealand  
8 Washington Area Informix User Group - Informix Performance Tuning Technical Training Day Annandale, Virginia Lester Knutsen
12-13 Informix Technical Road Show Santa Cruz, Bolivia  
15-16 Informix Technical Road Show La Paz, Bolivia  
December - 2012
Date Event Location Contact
12-14 Informix Performance Tuning Bootcamp Shenzhen, China  

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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

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