IIUG Insider (Issue #41) 28 November 2003

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Highlights: Board Elections Begin, Ontario UG Launches & 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. Elections for the 2004 IIUG Board Of Directors Have Begun
  2. Ontario Canada Informix User Group (OCIUG) Launched
  3. Informix Local User Group Update
  4. Red Brick User Group Launched in EMEA
  5. Software Group Products for Informix – Guide
  6. The Latest on IBM’s developerWorks for Informix
  7. Useful Links
  8. Closing and Credits

Elections for the 2004 IIUG Board Of Directors Have Begun

IIUG is pleased to announce that elections for the 2004 IIUG Board of Directors are taking place on our website from 24 November 2003 through 12 December 2003.

Ten IIUG members are running, one less than the 11 available seats. Because of this, our election consists of the entire candidate list being displayed and the members being asked to vote Yes/No/Abstain on the list as a slate. As it is now traditional, each candidate’s election address has been included in the ballot.

The election slate includes four returning candidates and six first time nominees. Geographically, six nominees reside in the USA, while four reside in EMEA (Europe, Middle-East and Africa). We are proud to say this is proportionately the best EMEA representation we have ever had!

For this election, IIUG has developed a brand new process and web-based system. The Nominating Committee, which consists of three non-returning IIUG Board members (James Edmiston, Jerry Hamilton and Hal Maner) will be closely involved during the elections process, providing daily audits of the votes.

We encourage you to vote as your opinion is important for all of us in IIUG. To cast your ballot, your IIUG membership number will be required. This number is usually included in IIUG e-mail correspondence such as the Insider. It will also be included in forthcoming election-specific Alerts.

You can vote now by visiting http://www.iiug.org/iiug/election/2004ballot.html.

Thank you for your support of IIUG!


Ontario Canada Informix User Group (OCIUG) Launched

The inaugural Ontario Canada Informix User Group (OCIUG) meeting was held at the IBM lab in Toronto on Wednesday, November 12. At this full-day session, IBM presented a wide variety of topics, including a technical roadmap for IDS and all other Informix products, an overview of the entire IBM software portfolio, and technical presentations on Information Integrator, Office Connect, Server Studio, and Informix Server Administrator.

During the afternoon session Jacques Roy presented a “T3” – a detailed technical overview of IDS 9.4 and how to use it. The entire session was very well-received by the 60+ attendees!

The session surveys evidenced a high degree of satisfaction and enthusiasm with the event, as shown by the following comments:

  • Bill Smith: “Valuable IBM presentations.”
  • Grace He: “The afternoon session (Jacques Roy) was very useful”
  • Anonymous: “Good to have a session on extensibility UDA by Jacques Roy”
  • Stephanette D’Souza: “Jacques made a fun’ filled session”
  • Robert Young: “Excellent Speaker” comment made on Jacques Roy

The next meeting will be held in March; details will be available on http://www.iiug.org/ociug. Thanks to everyone that attended!


Informix Local User Group Update

As mentioned in the preceding note, the inaugural Ontario Canada Informix User Group (OCIUG) meeting took place earlier this month in Toronto with over 60 attendees. IIUG formally welcomes and congratulates the newest Informix user group as they build on their successes with their next meeting scheduled for March 2004.

The list of upcoming Informix Local User Group meetings and events for December brings 2003 to a close with the following scheduled meetings and events.

3 December Arizona Informix User Group, http://www.iiug.org/aziug
Phoenix, Arizona
Contact: Paul Mosser, mosserp@wellsfargo.com

3 December Southern California Informix User Group, http://www.iiug.org/sciug
Costa Mesa, CA
Contact: Brian Pang, sciug@iiug.org

11 December Switzerland Informix User Group Meeting, http://www.idbug.ch
Zofingen, Ringer AG, Switzerland
Contact: Mark Isepponi, mark.isepponi@ringier.ch

12 December New York Metro Area Regional Informix User Group (NYMARIUG)
New York, New York
Contact: Michael Hiskey, nymariug@iiug.org

Check the IIUG events calendar periodically, http://www.iiug.org/calendar, for the most up to date listing of Informix Local User Group meetings and events.

News Flash: April 21, 2004 – Washington (DC) Area Informix Users Group Forum 2004. Save the date and be watching for more details!


Red Brick User Group Launched in EMEA

The first meeting of the Red Brick User Group in EMEA (Europe-Middle East-Africa) was held at the IBM Forum in Milan on 9 & 10 September 2003. This meeting was held with the intention of the Users gaining a good understanding of what IBM’s directions and plans for Red Brick are, and for all attendees have the opportunity to give their input, concerns/issues/problems.

Minutes of the meeting plus key presentations are available on the IIUG website at http://www.iiug.org/resources/articles/rb/rb_milan_sep03.html.

Further details of the Group are available from Gill Dawson, IBM(UK) Ltd (Gill_Dawson@uk.ibm.com)


Software Group Products for Informix – Guide

As mentioned in the prior issue of the Insider, IBM has produced a guide to IBM software products and how they integrate with the Informix portfolio. This document’s v1 is now available at the IIUG Member Area in Adobe Acrobat format. An introduction to the document is also available without restrictions at http://www.iiug.org/news/articles/sgp_15nov03.html.

We encourage you to download and review the entire Guide and share it with your management and colleagues as it shows how deeply Informix databases have been integrated with other IBM software products, creating a rich middleware ecosystem anchored on the databases you use today.


The Latest on IBM’s developerWorks for Informix

Informix Dynamic Server Problem Determination Tutorial Series

This series of eight free tutorials is designed to assist anyone supporting or developing in an Informix Dynamic Server (IDS) database environment, to quickly identify and resolve problems or errors encountered. The series will familiarize you with the IDS problem determination facilities and tools available to help you decide when it is most appropriate to use them.

http://www.ibm.com/software/data/support/pdm/idstutorials.html

How to Monitor and Estimate Logical Log Usage in Informix Dynamic Server

This article discusses in detail how to configure and manage logical logs in IDS. The author also demonstrates a how to estimate and predict logical log usage with a real life example.

http://www.ibm.com/developerworks/db2/library/techarticle/dm-0311findex.php


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

Please visit the IBM Redbooks web site at http://www.redbooks.ibm.com/mail for more details and up-to-the-minute technical information.


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

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