IIUG Insider (Issue #32) 25 July 2003

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Highlights: IDS 9.4 UC2 for Download, Stuart as President, and 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.

Contents:

  1. IDS 9.4 UC2 Now Ready for Download
  2. Stuart Litel is IIUG President Elect for 2004
  3. IBM Offers IDS Upgrade Promotion in Canada and USA
  4. IBM Data Management Technical Conference Update (Las Vegas)
  5. Using the Onpladm Tool for Informix HPL
  6. IIUG Webcast News: U2 and Informix Tools
  7. IIUG Insider Going HTML… Now 8 August 2003
  8. Useful Links
  9. Closing and Credits

IDS 9.4 UC2 Now Ready for Download

IBM’s R&D team in Lenexa, Kansas, has made IDS 9.4 UC2 available to IIUG for its members to download. Linux and Windows versions are available immediately at http://www.iiug.org/members

With over 1200 downloads, IDS 9.4 has become the most successful download ever at the IIUG site.


Stuart Litel is IIUG President Elect for 2004

IIUG’s ENews team caught up with Stuart Litel, recently elected IIUG President by the IIUG Board of Directors for the 2004 term, which will begin on 1 January.

Stuart had this to say to ENews: “The future of IIUG depends on the future of the Informix product line and we need to remember this. We need to learn to work with users, VARs, IBM and other Informix product vendors to successfully promote the status of these people in order to maintain the Informix product line and, with any luck, even see it grow. This should be the main goal of IIUG and its board, and as President it will be my main objective. We need to understand that IBM will not advertise Informix products, so please get over it. Just because Informix is not advertised, that does not mean it is dead, after all we all have a job using Informix, so how can it be dead? Informix has a very viable future and if we think it is dead, it will die, but if we continue to use and support the product, it will be around for a very long time, so the users need to be part of the solution, not the problem.”

Stuart’s biography and ENews profile are available at http://www.iiug.org/iiug/board.html#Litel.


IBM Offers IDS Upgrade Promotion in Canada and USA

IBM has notified IIUG’s ENews team that in an effort to spur some new sales of IDS to current customers, it has extended a new limited time promotion for IDS.

The deal is for customers who acquire an upgrade license from IDS 7.x to IDS 9.4 (including the newly announced IDS on Linux for zSeries: http://www.ibm.com/software/data/informix/linux4zs/), or from IDS 7.x to the IBM Transaction Processing Gold Bundle, which includes IDS 9.4 and DB2. Customers meeting this requirement are eligible to receive a rebate on the purchase of additional new licenses.

The rebate amounts are highest through September 30, so you are encouraged to look at this offer sooner, rather than later. The offer is valid for customers in the United States and Canada from July 22 through December 30 of this year. For more information, visit http://www.ibm.com and enter IDS0722 in the “NavCode” window, located on the lower right side of the screen.

IBM has also told ENews that IDS promotions are also being considered for other countries.


IBM Data Management Technical Conference Update (Las Vegas)

Plan on being in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA, 27-31 October, for the IBM Data Management Technical Conference. As an International Informix Users Group (IIUG) member you are entitled to a special $150 IIUG discount until the day before the conference, which cannot be used in conjunction with the “Early Bird” or any other discount.

As in prior years, those in attendance will be able to participate in a lively panel exchange with senior IBM executives on topics of interest to all DB2 Information Management Software customers and business partners. Don’t miss this opportunity to go live with these key decision-makers at the “Meet the Executives” panel session sponsored by the International Informix Users Group (IIUG). If you would like to submit a question for “Meet the Executives”, send it via e-mail to conferences@iiug.org with “MTE Question” in the message subject line.

You can also attend IIUG’s Annual General Meeting, where IIUG leaders will present the year’s report and their plans for 2004. All conference attendees interested in IIUG activities and programs are welcome and encouraged to attend.

For more information on the conference or to register, please visit http://ibm.com/training/conf/us/dm – Remember to choose Attendee Type: “Informix IIUG” to get your $150 discount.


Using the Onpladm Tool for Informix HPL

Make load and unload jobs easier to administer by using the onpladm tool. This article explains how to use this tool that gives the IDS administrator the flexibility to control all the facets of High-Performance Loader ‘on the fly.’

Please find this article, submitted to IBM by John Carlson here.


IIUG Webcast News: U2 and Informix Tools

On 16 July, IIUG and IBM co-hosted an IBM U2 Product and Strategy Update Q3-2003 webcast which enjoyed more than 120 on-line attendees. This event is now posted to IBM’s e-seminars archive site under “IBM Data Management Events” at http://www.placewareforum.com/eseminars/page.cfm?p=home.

Mark your calendars if you are interested in the upcoming IIUG/IBM Webcast on System Management Tools Roadmap & New Features (ISA, Server Studio JE and DB2 Tools), scheduled for 14 August 2003. For more information, please visit http://www.iiug.org/news/webcasts.html


IIUG Insider Going HTML… Now 8 August 2003

We intended to begin our e-mailed HTML Insider with this issue, but we didn’t. IIUG ENews has lied again! We are now targeting the 8 August edition to launch.

IIUG members will continue to receive the now-traditional text version, but if you wish to receive the glossier HTML e-mail, simply visit the Member Area and click on “Membership” to set your email preferences.


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:

http://www.iiug.org/quicklinks.html


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
Editors: Fred Hubbard, IIUG Board of Directors,
David Smith, IIUG Board of Directors, and
Jean Georges Perrin, IIUG Board of Directors
For comments, please send an email to ug@iiug.org.

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