IIUG Insider (Issue #183) September 2015

Highlights: IBM has received a Software Excellence award for Informix from Cisco

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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We have successfully passed three Jewish holidays: Rosh Hashanah, our new year; Yom Kippur and Sukkot. So I had little time for editing the Insider. I promise to work harder next month.

If you will look at the conference corner you will find valuable information about the Informix sessions at the IBM Insight. So if you are going, take a hard copy so you do not miss them.

Gary Ben-Israel

Highlights Back to top

IBM has received a Software Excellence award for Informix from Cisco

IBM has received a Software Excellence award for Informix from Cisco (every year for past 3 or so years, Cisco has spent $10-12 million on Informix licenses to embed in their solutions. This is 90% of Cisco’s annual IBM software purchase).

This recognition definitely strengthens IBM’s position with re-sellers and VADs, especially those that are in the Informix business. The award speaks to IBM’s commitment to developing strong collaboration with our strategic partners such as Cisco, to continuously deliver the high quality solutions that lead to high customer satisfaction.

For about a decade, Cisco has relied on Informix core strengths to embed in various Cisco Collaboration solutions. IBM’s relentless attention to customer and partner satisfaction and leading technology innovation are critical success criteria for Cisco.

During the award ceremony Cisco publicly recognized that the IBM team went well above and beyond by:

  • adding Cisco test suites to the Informix releases so that each release can be fully tested before the customer gets their hands on it
  • working closely with Cisco to simplify both business and contracts models for increased speed and efficiency through the procurement process
  • achieving a 100% score in software quality, which includes response times
  • regularly and openly advising Cisco on 3rd Party and open-source applications included with Informix

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Informix — The next generation database platform for IoT

Mark your calendar to learn about the latest Informix developments. During these sessions, you will hear directly from:

  • Customers, Partners and IBM thought leaders on how IBM helps to deliver a lower cost, high performing and more reliable solution out of the box
  • Session Preview tool
  • Session Overview
  • IBM Business Partner
  • Sponsors & Exhibitors

Meet with Insight 2015 customer speakers and leverage their experiences all week!!

For more information, contact:

Gary Procter: gproctor@us.ibm.com
Rajesh Govindan rajesh.govindan@in.ibm.com

Data Management Keynote — Meeting the challenges of ground to cloud data management:

Monday, October 26th, 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM, Mandalay Ballroom

Roadmap — Informix

Session Number Date Time Room Title Speakers
DMX-2620 Mon, 26-Oct 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM Mandalay Bay South Convention Center Level 3-Palm A IBM Informix Strategy and Technology Roadmap: Capitalizing on Growth Opportunities Richard Wozniak – IBM
DMX-2050 Mon, 26-Oct 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM Mandalay Bay South Convention Center Level 3-Palm A Security Best Practices for Informix Jonathan Leffler & Nagaraju Intuiri – IBM
DMX-1995 Tue, 27-Oct 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM Mandalay Bay South Convention Center Level 3-Palm A Next Generation IoT Analytics Service Enable Fast IoT Application Creation Sheng Huang & Yaoliang Chen – IBM
DMX-3145 Tue, 27-Oct 2:30 PM – 3:30 PM Mandalay Bay South Convention Center Level 3-Palm A Leveraging Computational Power at the Edge: IoT/M2M Solutions With Informix in the IoT Gateway Robert Andres – Eurotech
IOT-3239 Tue, 27-Oct 2:30 PM – 3:30 PM Mandalay Bay South Convention Center Level 3-Banyan A IoT for the Shopping Malls of the Future Josh Cooper – Hildebrand & Kevin D. Brown – IBM
DMX-1043 Tue, 27-Oct 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM Mandalay Bay South Convention Center Level 3-Palm A Highly Successful Performance Tuning of an Informix Database Brad Price – Werner Enterprises
DMX-2350 Wed, 28-Oct 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM Mandalay Bay South Convention Center Level 3-Palm A Informix on ARM and Informix TimeSeries: Producing an Internet Mike Walker – Advanced DataTools
DMX-4071 Wed, 28-Oct 11:30 AM – 12:20 PM Mandalay Bay South Convention Center Level 1-Meet the Experts – Forum 2 Meet The Experts: IBM Informix, Internet of Things, Embedded DB and More Kevin D. Brown, Scott Lashley, Shawn Moe, John F. Miller III – IBM
DMX-1768 Wed, 28-Oct 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM Mandalay Bay South Convention Center Level 3-Palm A Managing Internet of Things Data on the Edge and in the Cloud with Intel and IBM Preston Walters – Intel & Kevin D. Brown- IBM
DMX-3256 Wed, 28-Oct 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM Mandalay Bay South Convention Center Level 3-Palm A SCADA Systems and Cloud Based Solutions: Monitoring Dated Equipment Kevin D. Brown – IBM
DMX-2904 Thu, 29-Oct 8:30 AM – 9:30 AM Mandalay Bay South Convention Center Level 3-Palm A Developing Hybrid Applications With Informix: Your Data Model Should Not Restrict Data Access Erika Von Bargen & Shawn Moe – IBM
DMX-2628 Thu, 29-Oct 9:45 AM – 10:45 AM Mandalay Bay South Convention Center Level 3-Palm A Always On: High Availability Best Practices for Informix Scott Lashley & Nagaraju Inturi – IBM
DMX-2649 Thu, 29-Oct 3:30 PM – 4:30 PM Mandalay Bay South Convention Center Level 3-Palm A Informix Operational Database and Streaming Analytics with Spark Kenneth Myers – IBM
Hands on Lab
LCD-1139 Mon, 26-Oct 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM Mandalay Bay South Convention Center Level 1 Bayside F – 13 Hands on with Multi Tenancy in IBM’s Internet of Things Engine Carlton Doe – IBM
LCD-3177 Tue, 27-Oct 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM Mandalay Bay South Convention Center Level 1 Bayside F – 05 IoT Foundation on IBM Bluemix: Build an End-to-End Application to Evaluate Sensor Data Alexander Koerner & Andreas Weininger – IBM
LCD-1141 Wed, 28-Oct 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM Mandalay Bay South Convention Center Level 1 Bayside F – 13 IBM TimeSeries Service Hands-on Lab: Integration of NoSQL and Time-Oriented Data Carlton Doe – IBM
LCD-3119 Wed, 28-Oct 2:00 PM – 5:00 PM Mandalay Bay South Convention Center Level 1 Bayside F – 07 Application Development Using a Hybrid Database Shawn Moe & Bingjie Miao – IBM

IIUG 2016 Speaker submission will soon be open

Now you know where IIUG 2016 will be held, Sawgrass Marriott Golf Resort & Spa, Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida.

And, you know when IIUG 2016 will be held, Wednesday, May 4 – Sunday, May 8, 2016.

It’s time to start thinking about what you want to present at IIUG 2016. The Planning Committee is always interested in getting some great topics for this exclusive Informix event.

IIUG 2016 is all about Informix, but is not limited to Informix. There are many products and technologies that work well with Informix. You may have a solution using one these technologies that others would appreciate learning about. Or, maybe you are doing something innovative with Informix that you want to share with our attendees. This is your opportunity to share your knowledge and experiences to help others who may be looking for new ways to use Informix to improve their business strategies.

If you are interested in presenting at IIUG 2016 and can’t think of a topic you can always contact the IIUG 2016 Team for help.

Look for the submission announcement towards the end of October 2015 or you can keep updated at IIUG 2016.

We will also be opening registration for IIUG 2016 about this same time. As you think about registering for IIUG, please remember we have reserved a limited number of rooms at the Sawgrass Marriott for this event. So you might want to consider booking soon before these rooms are gone. We will not be able to help you if you don’t reserve a room at this top rate Resort.

Several of our attendees like to incorporate other activities with their IIUG event. If you are looking to extend your trip it may help you to know that Mickey, Minnie and all of their Disney friends are only a short 2 hour drive from Sawgrass Marriott Golf Resort and Spa. You could extend your trip by flying into or out of Orlando. Why not rent a convertible and enjoy the drive in the beautiful Florida sun.

So, keep watching for the announcement for Speaker submissions and IIUG 2016 registration openings.

We look forward to seeing you at IIUG 2016.

IIUG 2016 Planning Committee

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New and Improved

Over many weeks, support has noted an increase in the number of installation questions, perhaps because of a change in the command line options available during installations. On the Informix Dynamic Server 12.10, we have made improvements by way of better logging and debugging options, and easier silent installations.

The default name and location of the installation log file for either the database server or client products has changed to /tmp/iad_act.log (UNIX, Linux, Mac OS X) or \tmp\iad_act.log (Windows). You also have the choice to specify a different name and location for the installation log file with the -DLOG_FILE option in the installation command.

The -DDEBUG option is being dropped. Instead, we allow for tracing levels (1-9) that use the ‘-DEBUG_LEVEL’ option in the installation command. If tracing is enabled, the default name and location of the debugging file is /tmp/iad_dbg.log (UNIX, Linux, Mac OS X) or \tmp\iad_dbg.log (Windows). You can set the name and location of the debug file with the -DDEBUG_FILE option.

Click here for more information on what’s new.

– 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 September 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.

Print session info for long transaction in msg log or DUMPDIR
Votes: 2
When a long transaction fires, the only informix in the online.log file is the transaction number and not much more that would enable the DBA to quicky find the guilty transaction. Request to list the guilty session number in the online.log and eventually in onstat -g sql and onstat -x

INFORMIX Servers Management table Auto Repair Tool
Votes: 1
Request to implement automatic system catalog repair, because it takes a long time on large servers

TS Rolling Window Containers dropping dormant window should be similar to D…
Votes: 2
This is related to how Time Series can use the rolling window container. Defaut behaviour is that once the dormant fragment is removed, it has gone forever. If one wants to keep the data somewhere, the only solution is to unload it or insert into another table. Request the possibility to choose between drop or fragment detach, just like ALTER FRAGMENT DETACH does.

Enable HDR Secondary to perform archives
Votes: 3
Is a duplicate of “Backup from RSS or HDR Secondaries using ontape, onunload, onbar, dbexport”: simply vote for it instead of the current one

A Java JDBC program has a problem with displaying the content of column “fe…
Votes: 1
The feprogram column in syssessions / onstat -g ses does not show correcly when the client is an additional java thread. This is probably a product defect and should be logged as a PMR.

Customer requesting JSON data type support in 4GL
Votes: 1
Request to have the possibility to DEFINE BSON/JSON datatype in Informix 4GL

Top 13 RFEs (by votes)

RFE Abstract Status Votes this month Votes last month Evolution
Backup from RSS or HDR Secondaries using ontape, onunload, onbar, dbexport under consideration 29 21 ++
Implementation of regular expressions (adding to LIKE/MATCHES functions) under consideration 19 17 +
Implement CREATE OR REPLACE option for stored procedures under consideration 16 15 +
Add constant to centralized Key of ER Consolidation Model submitted 12 11 +
Improve performance of L1/L2 backups submitted 11 9 +
ALTER owner of database objects after creation submitted 10
Backup Individual database, not entire instance submitted 8
Enable defined limits on sqltrace submitted 6
Clone a database under consideration 5
suppress fast repeating event from running alarmprogram for each event submitted 5
Implement Oracle “Flashback Database and Restore Points” submitted 5

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.

Eric Vercelletto

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IoT event at San Paulo

IBM will be hosting an IoT event in Sao Paulo, Brazil on Oct 16th. Stay tuned for further details.

Informix News Back to top

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Calendar of events Back to top

October – 2015
Date Event Location Contact
1 2015 Informix Roadshow Atlanta, Georgia Carlton Doe
25-29 IBM Insight2015 Las Vegas, Nevada


Informix resources Back to top

IBM Informix home page

http://www.informix.com or directly at: http://www-01.ibm.com/software/data/informix/

Informix blogs and wikis

Blogs and Wikis that have been updated during the last month

  • PlanetIDS: Blogs, Videos, News and more *** Up to date feeds from many blogs ***

More Blogs and Wikis

Forums, groups, videos, and magazines

  • The IIUG forums
  • Informix Marketing channel on YouTube
  • IBM Data Magazine
  • Credentials, the IBM Certification Newsletter
  • The Informix Zone
  • 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.

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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
IBM Corp.
Editor: Gary Ben-Israel

For comments, please send an email to gary@iiug.org.


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By Vicente Salvador

Board member since 2014, a user since 1989 and Informix fan. I'am software architect which allow me to combine technical and business skills.