IIUG Insider (Issue #195) September 2016

Highlights: Informix on Cloud offering

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.



I would like to wish a happy new year to all the Informix community.

October 3 is the beginning of the Jewish New Year.

I hope that 5777 (According to the Jewish count) will be a great year for Informix.

As we wish in Hebrew Shana Tova.

Gary Ben-Israel


Informix on Cloud Offering

IBM Informix on cloud offers the rich enterprise performance available in the cloud (without the cost, complexity and risk of managing your own infrastructure)

Informix on Cloud brings Infrastructure as a service economics to data infrastructure, while preserving control, performance, security, and availability expectations needed to run enterprise businesses.

Informix on Cloud – Key benefits

  • Accelerates deployment
    Informix on Cloud will accelerate and simplify your cloud deployments and take advantage of the high performance
    Informix engine that integrates Time Series, Special, NoSQL and SQL data together.

  • Lower your total cost of ownership
    Lower your cost and complexity on infrastructure maintenance, software licensing and support Choose the size you need and pay a monthly subscription.

  • Enterprise security
    Informix on Cloud offers native encryption with all configurations, you are in control of your data at rest and in flight.

  • Analytics for Iot solutions
    Easy replication of your time series and other data from the edge into the IBM Informix on Cloud for performing deeper analytics, including predictive analytics

For the full presentation by Chetan Chaturvedi and Nicholas Geib go to: http://bit.ly/2cf3KIq

Gary Ben-Israel

Conference corner

IIUG 2017 is Confirmed

The dates and location for IIUG 2017 are now finalized. We will be going to Raleigh, North Carolina Marriott City Center. Take a virtual tour now. The event will kick off on Sunday evening April 23, 2017 with a welcome reception.

We are excited about the location. It has more local restaurants, shops and bars then any hotel were we have led this event. IIUG President Stuart Litel is pleased with the new location since Raleigh is known for its high tech area. Although the hotel is slightly smaller than last year’s Marriott Sawgrass, Stuart said it was like working with family when he signed the contract and IIUG 2017 will be the only event held during our 5 days there.

The hotel is a short 15 minute taxi ride from the Raleigh (RDU) airport which now serves flights to many USA destinations and serves at least two European non-stops to London and Paris.

The entire, amazing planning team is back and ready to plan a top notch event. More details to come in the following weeks including speaker submissions and conference registration. You will find this information shortly at www.iiug2017.org.

Hope to see you there,

IIUG Board

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RFE corner

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, is 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 your 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.

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 a few days ago and will definitely keep registered, due to the value of the information delivered.

Check at this place.

New RFEs for September 2016

Movement has been slow in the RFE area for this month. Nonetheless some of the top 14 are still progressing.

Informix systabauth table reached maximum space and is at 98%
SYSAUTHD table is at 98% and we want to free up space
Votes: 1
TBLSpace can not be sized on temporary tables
Trying to use -ef and -en to size the TBLSpace on a system that use a lot to temp tables but the command fails.
Votes: 2

This looks like a bug: I would put a PMR for that

TOP 14 RFE’s

Abstract Status Votes Progr.
In-Place Alter for varchar, lvarchar and boolean Under Consideration 46 0
Backup from RSS or HDR Secondaries using ontape, onunload, onbar, dbexport Under Consideration 42 0
SQL interface to obtain the temporary space usage (tables, hash, sorts…) Submitted 40 +1
Obtain the query plan of a running query Under Consideration 32 +2
Request to track and save a time stamp for last time an index was used. Nee… Submitted 31 0
Backup Individual database, not entire instance Submitted 25 0
New feature to have FORCE_DDL_EXEC functionality for all DDL changes Submitted 23 0
ALTER owner of database objects after creation Submitted 22 0
Implementation of regular expressions (adding to LIKE/MATCHES functions) Under Consideration 22 0
Implement CREATE OR REPLACE option for stored procedures Under Consideration 21 0
Allow triggers install/updates without taking an outage for the box Under Consideration 17


Need an onmode option to terminate orphaned, tightly coupled global transac… Under Consideration 17 0
Allow “group commit” as other RDBMS

Under Consideration 15 +1
Add constant to centralized Key of ER Consolidation Model Submitted 14 +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.

Eric Vercelletto

Informix corner

Informix Cloud Data Services

Informix developerWorks – IBM

The time-tested characteristics of Informix – high performance, reliability, ease of use, and low cost of ownership, combined with the latest features…

Connect to Informix Server developerWorks – IBM

When an Informix on Cloud environment is provisioned, the IBM operations team does the initial setup and configuration. They will provide you with a…

Welcome to the 2016 Informix Roadshow

Informix 12.1 is simply powerful.

Coming to a Location Near You

What is the Informix Roadshow?

The 2016 Informix Roadshow is a two-day, deep-dive technical event that gives you hands-on experience with the latest IBM® Informix® release features, and Informix Warehousing technology. This roadshow is designed to help you gain fresh, innovative ideas for optimizing your business performance and creative competitive advantage – and it’s absolutely free to attend these events.

The Roadshow topics include:

  • Latest features of IDS 12
  • Replication Technologies
  • Compression
  • Storage Manager
  • Time Series – Smart Metering
  • Informix Warehouse Accelerator
  • Embed and Autonomics
  • NoSql
  • Internet of Things
  • Roadmap

The current Informix Roadshow presentations and agenda, both of which are subject to change, and the last four years Informix Roadshow presentations are available here.

The current Informix Roadshow Agenda is here subject to change.

If you would like to try Informix for free, links to various software downloads are here:

Stay tuned for upcoming events:

Date Location
October 3-4 Sao Paulo, Brazil
October 6-7 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
October 11-12 Mexico City, Mexico

Calendar of events

October – 2016

Date Event Location Contact
3-4 2016 Informix Roadshow Sao Paulo, Brazil
6-7 2016 Informix Roadshow Rio de Janeiro, Brazil  
11-12 2016 Informix Roadshow Mexico City, Mexico  
24-27 IBM World of Watson 2016 Las Vegas, NV, USA  

April – 2017

Date Event Location Contact
23-27 IIUG 2017 Raleigh, NC, USA

Informix resources

IBM Informix home page 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

More Blogs and Wikis

Social media

Linkedin : https://www.linkedin.com/groups/25049
Twitter : https://twitter.com/IBM_Informix
Facebook : https://www.facebook.com/IBM.Informix
YouTube : https://ibm.biz/BdH2nb
Informix IoT Channel : https://ibm.biz/BdH2nm

Forums, Groups, Videos, and Magazines

  • The IIUG forums at /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
  • The Informix Zone at http://www.informix-zone.com
  • 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

Useful Links

In response to your input, we have created a new page on IIUG web site containing all the links we use to include. Please find it at /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. 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

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.