Highlights: Elections for the IIUG Board of Directors
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.
2.1 Elections for the IIUG Board of Directors
3) Conference Corner
3.1 Think 2019 | Feb 12-15 | IBM Flagship Technology Conference
4) RFE Corner
5) Informix Resources
5.1 Informix Blogs and Wikis
5.2 Social Media
5.3 Forums, Groups, Videos, and Magazines
In my last editorial I raised the following questions:
Can you solve the confusion between IBM Informix and HCL Informix?
Are there two different products HCL Informix and IBM Informix?
Who is in charge of marketing?
Who is in charge of product management?
Who decides what features go into v-next and what are the plans for future releases?
As IBM customers where do we go if we have issues with support?
Is the HCL website approved by IBM?
I promised that if I get answers they will be published.
In a meeting with Linda Hunt, Director, Strategic Partnerships, IBM Analytics, Business Development, Linda clarified the confusion we had at the CAC.
IBM continues to be responsible for IBM Informix go to Market including Sales and Marketing. This includes IBM client relationships and processes such as IBM client contracts, Passport Advantage, IBM Informix client feedback sessions, etc.
HCL is in charge of Informix development and support. In addition, HCL has its own sales offerings mainly in the cloud.
The answers to the questions above are:
- There is one Informix product in terms of code. But there are IBM and HCL packaging.
- IBM is responsible for marketing. Product management is a collaboration between IBM and HCL. Karen Qualley from HCL and Milind Tamaskar from IBM work together defining the Informix roadmap including features in the next versions and other joint product offerings.
- Support calls are handled by HCH Informix support team. If we have support issues we can contact IBM as we have done in the past.
- HCL has an HCL Informix community managed by HCL. IBM has an Informix community in IBM knowledge center. And of course there is the IIUG website.
At the CAC Pradeep Muthalpuredathe, Marcelo Cabane, Shawn Moe, Karen Qualley and Pradeep Natarajan were representing Engineering and Support for IBM Informix.
The only remaining issue is lack of communication between HCL and the IIUG. We are working on it and I hope it will improve.
IIUG Insider Editor
IIUG Board of Directors
The IIUG is electing a new Board of Directors. If you want to take part leading the IIUG stay tuned and follow our website and email blasts.
If you did not serve on the Board before, bear in mind it requires more than just a monthly call and 3 board meetings. I have always found the hard work rewarding and would like to see new people join us.
II you do not want to become a member of Board please remember to vote.
Due to technical difficulties the timetable for the elections has been modified. The new timetable is:
Jan 7 2019 – Nominations open
Jan 21 2019 – Nominations close
Feb 11 2019 – Election starts
Feb 25 2019 – Election ends
Mar 11 2019 – Election Result Officially Declared
Mar 12 2019 – New Board term starts
Look for future emails with more details.
Community Day February 11, 2019.
If you are attending Think 2019 join the community of cloud, data, and security enthusiasts as they discuss the technology of today and ideas for tomorrow. All Think 2019 attendees are welcome join the community of cloud, data, and security enthusiasts.
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 idea of the RFE corner is to provide a digest on new Informix RFEs and make those RFEs more visible and accessible to the community, so you can vote on those that are also important to you. By actively participating in this website, IBM will have solid and useful elements from the customer base to introduce new functionality to Informix product.
Also in the area of IBM website, a new functionality has been released: MyNotifications. You will want to register this webpage in order to receive the notifications of your choice (new product defects, new patch release, new versions etc…, on the frequency of your choice (daily, weekly). I have registered and will definitely remain registered, due to the value of the information delivered.
TOP 15 RFE’s
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.
Blogs and Wikis
- Art Kagel http://informix-myview.blogspot.co.il/
- Andrés Repossi https://andreserepossi.wixsite.com/hablemosinformix (In Spanish)
- Ben Thompson’s blog at: https://informixdba.wordpress.com/
- The IIUG forums at http://www.iiug.org/forums/technical.php
- Informix Marketing channel on YouTube http://www.youtube.com/user/informixmarketing?feature=results_main
- IBM DATABASE MAGAZINE at http://www.ibmdatabasemag.com
- Credentials, the IBM Certification Newsletter at http://www-03.ibm.com/certify/email/201307credentials.shtml
- There is now an Informix group on LinkedIn. The group is called “Informix Supporter”, so anyone loving Informix can join, from current IBM employees, former Informix employees, to users. It will also be a good occasion to get in touch with others or long-time-no-seen friends. If you fancy showing the Informix logo on your profile, join. To join, simply go to: http://www.linkedin.com/e/gis/25049/5E4B2048E558
Closing and Credits
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 Information 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
Editor: Gary Ben-Israel
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