Informix News
18 Nov 13 - ZDNet - Top 20 mobile skills in demand... Read
09 Sep 13 - telecompaper - Shaspa and Tatung have shown a new smart home platform at Ifa in Berlin. Powered by the IBM Informix software... Read
06 Sep 13 - IBM data magazine - Mission Accomplished - Miami, Florida will be the backdrop for the 2014 IIUG Informix Conference... Read
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 #184)
October 2015

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Highlights: Is your Business ready for the Internet of Things?

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.



Editorial Back to top

I was planning to write a recap on the IBM Insight conference in Las Vegas. Unfortunately I was not able to attend Insight 2015 and the IIUG October board meeting. My wife is not well and I preferred to stay with her. I hope things will be better for me in the near future and I will be able to share Informix news with you again.

Gary Ben-Israel

Highlights Back to top

Is your Business ready for the Internet of Things?

Are you ready for the Internet of Things? Download this special white paper to learn how IBM Informix offers key capabilities to address the data management challenges of big data, cloud and mobile computing.

NEW White Paper

Conference corner Back to top

IIUG 2016 - Call for Speakers is now open

The IIUG Planning Committee has opened the speaker registration site for IIUG 2016. We are ready to accept your presentation proposals for this premier Informix event. The Sawgrass Marriott Golf Resort and Spa in Ponte Vedra Beach, FL will be hosting IIUG 2016 beginning Wednesday May 4th and running through Sunday May 8th, 2016.

The Sawgrass Marriott Golf resort combines contemporary accommodations and an amazing selection of dining options with a spa, meeting space, and 99 holes of championship golf over 65 acres. As a guest of the beach resort, you can enjoy access to The Stadium Course at TPC Sawgrass, one of the PGA TOUR's most venerable courses, home of THE PLAYERS Championship and the PGA Tour Headquarters.

The IIUG Planning Committee is seeking technical professionals as well as end users from the Informix community who are interested in sharing their knowledge, expertise, and experience with Informix and how they use it to improve their day-to-day business performance. This event stands out from many other industry events of this type due to the diversity of our speakers and the information they are willing to share with our attendees.

IIUG 2016 will follow the same format as last yearís event. The first 3 days will be a series of technical and user sessions, hands-on labs and general sessions. The last day will consist of Ĺ-day tutorials.

Presentation proposals should highlight Informix technical solutions, real world experiences and/or trade tips you want to share. PLEASE NOTE: The IIUG Planning Committee uses your proposal to determine what sessions will be presented at IIUG 2016, so your proposal should be brief but provide enough detail about your topic. Multiple presentations are encouraged. The actual presentation will not be needed until March. Speaker guidelines can be found here if you need additional information.

All selected speakers will receive a complimentary pass to IIUG 2016. This pass will include: the Wednesday night Welcome Reception, access to all sessions from Thursday through Saturday, the receptions on Thursday and Friday nights, and access to the Exhibit area. The pass does not include the Sunday tutorials, however, they can be purchased for a nominal fee.

The deadline for submitting your presentation proposal is November 30, 2015. For your convenience speaker logins have been retained for those who submitted a presentation proposal for IIUG 2015. Please submit your presentation proposal and biography today for consideration for IIUG 2016. Submit your proposal here.

If you are still unsure about speaking at IIUG 2016 or you donít have a topic you want to present, submit your request for assistance at

Registration will soon be open. Check out IIUG 2016 for additional information.

We look forward to seeing you at IIUG 2016.

IIUG 2016 Planning Committee

Support corner Back to top

It sounds like a paradox: SQL with NOSQL

When a DBA runs a SQL script, it is usually passed through an application interface, such as dbaccess. IBM Informix began providing dbaccess with 3.70 CSDK, so that a SQL routine can also be run on the client side. On older CSDK versions and in some operating system environments, that API option may not integrate well with other tools. A query can be run on client or server (with appropriate authentication) using the REST API with very little setup.

1. In the wire properties file, at minimum, set:

url=jdbc:informix-sqli://<ipnumber>:<tcp port#>/sysmaster:INFORMIXSERVER=<servername>;USER=informix;PASSWORD=<password>
# listener.hostName=* <-(use this host if not using local loopback)

2. Tell the JRE where your configuration is:

java -jar jsonListener.jar -start -config < file>

We are ready to run. As a sample, here is a query which uses the (UNIX) curl command to fetch users, session numbers, and the database they are accessing:

curl -G "http://localhost:8080/sysmaster/system.sql" (http://localhost:8080/sysmaster/system.sql) --data-urlencode 'query={$sql:"select username,odb_sessionid,odb_dbname from syssessions,sysopendb where syssessions.sid=sysopendb.odb_sessionid order by username"}'

Example output:


Note - you can substitute any valid expression (for the "..." ) in the section: query={$sql:"..."}

For more information start here.

- David Jay

RFE Corner Back to top

Just in case you are not aware, some time ago IBM created a public website to collect the requests for new features directly from users. The RFE (Requests For Enhancements) website is included in developerWorks. You can access it here.

Once you logged in with your usual IBM ID, choose "Information Management" in the Brand dropdown box and "Informix Servers" or "Client Products" in the Products dropdown box.

The interesting thing is that any request, including your request, if you place one, are submitted to be voted on. This means the RFEs that receive more votes have a greater chance to be considered by the architecture and development teams for further consideration. In other words, this IS the opportunity to provide enhancement ideas even if you are not the biggest IBM customer on the planet Earth.

Some RFEs will be of great interest, others will not seem useful to you. This is why your opinion is important. Do not hesitate to vote and place comments!

The idea of the RFE corner is to provide a digest on new Informix RFEs and make those RFEs more visible and accessible for the community, so that you can vote for them in a faster and easier way. By participating actively in this website, IBM will have solid and useful elements from the customer base to introduce new functionality to Informix product.

Please also note that now on we can see the last comments of the IBM Lab about each RFE, and its status now appears clearly.

Register here

(Login at DeveloperWorks to see the RFEs.)

New RFEs for October 2015

The activity has been rather low this month. We can see that the Backup from RSS or HDR server is again progressing. Some other interesting features are also requested. To be followed next month.

Request to track and save a time stamp for last time an index was used. Need to identify un-used indexes
Votes: 15
A need exist to cleanup unused indexes. so they can be dropped. This can be an added field to a system catalog table.

Add functionality to speed up reading pages into buffers
Votes: 1
This RFE is logged because a performance problem arise with IBM Cognos software with Informix. The business complaints that when the first runner of a report runs in 20minutes and subsequent runs will be 2 minutes.

Remove limitation on TEXT and CLOB datatype to have the same functionality as LVARCHAR
Votes: 1

Top 25 RFEs (by votes)

Backup from RSS or HDR Secondaries using ontape, onunload, onbar, dbexport Under Consideration 3 6 30
Implementation of regular expressions (adding to LIKE/MATCHES functions) Under Consideration 0 2 20
Obtain the query plan of a running query Under Consideration 0 3 16
Implement CREATE OR REPLACE option for stored procedures Under Consideration 2 3 16
Request to track and save a time stamp for last time an index was used. Need to identify un-used indexes. Submitted 0 1 15
Add constant to centralized Key of ER Consolidation Model Submitted 0 1 13
Improve performance of L1/L2 backups Submitted 0 2 11
ALTER owner of database objects after creation Submitted 0 2 10
Include the regexp datablade into the Informix product Submitted 1 1 8
Backup Individual database, not entire instance Submitted 0 2 8
Option to get a warning if strings are truncated during an insert Under Consideration 3 3 6
Clone a database Under Consideration 0 2 6
Enable defined limits on sqltrace Submitted 0 1 6
suppress fast repeating event from running alarmprogram for each event Submitted 0 1 5
Enable HDR Secondary to perform archives Submitted 1 1 4
character truncate problem in Informix 11.5 Duplicate 1 1 3
Print session info for long transaction in msg log or DUMPDIR Submitted 0 1 3
add update_ipa task to future Informix 11.70 release Submitted 0 1 3
TS Rolling Window Containers dropping dormant window should be similar to DETACH FRAGMENT Submitted 0 1 2
odbc support for Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7.1 Submitted 0 1 2
Dropping Primary Keys Submitted 0 1 2
Add functionality to speed up reading pages into buffers Submitted 0 1 1
Remove limitation on TEXT and CLOB datatype to have the same functionality as LVARCHAR Submitted 0 1 1
Informix support for Oracle Linux (RHCK) Submitted 0 1 1

Do not forget to vote for one or several of those RFE's if they fit your requirements. The more vote, the more chances that the Dev Team will seriously consider the request.

You can access each RFE by clicking on the above links. At the bottom of each RFE page you will find a hyperlink to vote for it. You will see the Request stats, including number of votes for this request, on the right side of the request page. The more votes, the greater the chance an enhancement will be addressed by the Development Team, taking into consideration the general interest.

Take some time to examine the full list and vote for the enhancements you would like to see implemented.

Gary Ben-Israel

Informix corner Back to top

WAIUG meeting

Greetings Fellow Informix enthusiasts:

We are excited to announce the next WAIUG meeting will be a half day meeting held on Tuesday, November 17, 2015 in Tysons Corner, VA.

We have selected 3 technical topics which include:

  • Genero - Simple migration of traditional 4GL to more modern offerings by Four Js
  • Using ER and Grid by Ramanathan Sivaguru, IBM
  • Informix with future technologies - discussing Informix use of NoSQL, connections with Node-RED and the larger usage with the Internet of things (IoT) by Tom Beebe


IBM TEC Center
8401 Greensboro Drive, Suite 120
McLean, VA 22102
8:30 am - Noon

***Parking at the IBM TEC center parking garage costs $10. - The Spring Hill Metro Station on the new Silver Line is 2 blocks away (about a 5-10 minute walk) from the IBM TEC center.

A light breakfast will be served prior to the meeting and lunch will be provided at the conclusion.

IMPORTANT: please register by Monday, November 16th to ensure we have an accurate count when placing our food order.

Register for this event or obtain additional information on the WAIUG Website.

We hope to see you there.

James Edmiston, President WAIUG

Informix News Back to top

IBM just signed a brilliant deal with ARM to 'watch' billions of devices on the Internet

Business Insider UK

IBM launches Apache Spark cloud service


International Business Machines Corp. (NYSE:IBM)ís Cloud Service On Apache Spark Rolls Out


Calendar of events Back to top

November - 2015
Date Event Location Contact
17 Washington Area Informix Users Group Meeting Washington DC James Edmiston

Informix resources Back to top

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Blogs and Wikis that have been updated during the last month

More Blogs and Wikis

Forums, groups, videos, and magazines
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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
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Editor:  Gary Ben-Israel

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