IIUG Insider (Issue #221) December 2018

Highlights: Nomination for the IIUG board of directors opens January 7

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.


1) Editorial
2) Highlights
  2.1 Nomination for the IIUG board of directors opens January 7
3) Conference Corner
  3.1 Informix @ IBM Think
4) Informix News
5) RFE Corner
6) Informix Resources
  6.1 Informix Blogs and Wikis
  6.2 Social Media
  6.3 Forums, Groups, Videos, and Magazines

1) Editorial

Happy new year to all IIUG members!

In 2019 IBM is planning to release Informix 14.1.

The best place to acquire a full knowledge of all the new features will be IIUG World 2019. All we can say about it is it will be in October probably on the west coast. There are many good reasons to attend the IIUG conference. Getting up to date information about the new release will gives this year’s conference a huge additional value.

I have been participating in the IDS EVP program since IDS10 (when it was still called 9.5 and the EVP was called Beta). It is a great experience and an opportunity to help with Informix and getting to know the product. Since version 10 every new version is loaded with new features; we DBAs were longing for. 14.1 and it will have them too.

I know many of you are concerned with Informix’s visibility in the press. Informix is getting ready for the new release and I believe that during 2019 we will see more press coverage.

I wish 2019 will be better than ever for IBM, HCL and Informix. More Informix users, more IIUG members, more local user groups, a bigger and better conference, more content for the IIUG Insider, an interesting and profitable year to you all at work and a happy and peaceful year all together.

Gary Ben-Israel
IIUG Insider Editor
IIUG Board of Directors

2) Highlights

2.1 Nomination for the IIUG board of directors opens January 7

The IIUG is electing a new Board of Directors. If you want to take part submit your nomination by January 21.

If you did not serve on the Board before, bear in mind it requires more than just a monthly calls and 3 board meetings. I have always found the hard work rewarding and would like to see new people joining us.

If you do not want to stand for elections please vote.

The timetable is:

Jan 7 2019 – Nomination opens
Jan 21 2019 – Nomination closes
Feb 11 2019 – Election starts
Feb 25 2019 – Election ends
Mar 11 2019 – Election Result Officially Declared
Mar 12 2019 – New board term start

Gary Ben-Israel

3) Conference Corner

3.1 Informix @ IBM Think

Next February 12–15, IBM is hosting their flagship conference, Think 2019 in San Francisco, CA. Over the course of four days, you will have the opportunity to attend technical sessions, get hands-on experience, and meet with experts both inside and outside of IBM to sharpen your Informix skills.

There are a number of Informix-specific sessions that will be offered at the conference, below are some highlights:

Informix-Related Sessions:

  1. What’s New in IBM Informix and the Future Roadmap — What are the exciting new features in recent releases of IBM Informix? What might we expect from Informix in five years? Join us to learn about the Informix roadmap and what the team is working on.
  2. *Client Session* IBM Edge Analytics on Industrial Automation Data with Hilscher’s netIOT Edge Gateway
  3. Building an Embedded Application? Bring All the Power of Your Enterprise Database with You!
  4. Developers—Get Up and Running with IBM Informix with Docker

Other Hybrid Data Management Sessions

  • Session #7175: “Winning the Cloud Wars” – Discover how the ultimate flexibility of on-prem private cloud, public cloud, and hybrid deployment options gives empowers your business.
  • Session #2573: “Fast Data for Real-Time Analytics and Action” ­– Explore how to act on massive data volumes from IoT and online apps with data science.
  • Session #1790 “Machine Learning and Cognitive Analytics”– See how incorporating the most current data builds a foundation needed for the next level of advanced analytics.

Community Day

Back by popular demand, Community Day will kick off the week at Think 2019, with an entire curriculum dedicated to Hybrid Data Management users. Community Day will take place on February 11th, from 9am-3pm. To participate in Community Day, register for Think 2019 and select data analytics as your topic of interest.

Get Certified!

By attending Think 2019, you’ll also have access to the Think Academy zone. In this area, there will various types of hands-on-labs (instructor-led, self-paced, group labs, and bring your own machine) offered, as well as over 300 certification exams available. Every attendee is given one free exam, and a discounted cost of $50 per exam thereafter. To learn more about the certification program offered at Think 2019, and sign up for an exam, click here.

Click here to register for Think 2019 today! Be sure to apply the User Group discount and receive $200 off the price with the promo code DC19UGM. To find out more about the conference, click here.

Want to learn more about THINK from Robert Thomas General Manager IBM Analytics and Denis Kennelly General Manager IBM Cloud Integration –Hybrid Cloud. Come join us for a webcast on January 3, 2019 at 11AM Eastern USA time for a webcast. Sign up at: http://ow.ly/bow230n13zj

4) Informix News

Embedded Database Management Systems Market 2019: Growth Opportunities, Demand, Size, Share, Innovation, Top Companies (Microsoft,IBM,Oracle,Centura Software, Software AG, Informix and PointBase)


5) RFE Corner

IBM created a public website to collect the requests for new features directly from users. The RFE (Requests For Enhancements) has been assigned by IBM to the IIUG.

We are working on setting a new RFE site. All data from the IBM site will be transferred
Stay tuned.
Gary Ben-Israel

6) Informix Resources

IBM Informix home page www.informix.com or directly at: http://www-01.ibm.com/software/data/informix/

IBM Informix community https://www.ibm.com/support/knowledgecenter/en/SSGU8G_12.1.0/com.ibm.community.doc/community.htm

6.1 Informix Blogs and Wikis

Blogs and Wikis that have been updated during the last month

More Blogs and Wikis

6.2 Social Media

Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/groups/25049
Twitter : https://twitter.com/iiug
Facebook : https://www.facebook.com/IIUG.Informix
Informix IoT Channel : https://ibm.biz/BdH2nm

6.3 Forums, Groups, Videos, and Magazines

  • 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

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.