IIUG Insider (Issue #223) February 2019

Highlights: IIUG has a new president

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.



The outgoing board had its last meeting in Athens.

Starting March 12 we have a new Board. Well not completely new. Out of 8 board members 7 are continuing on the board. We have 2 new members David Link and Ognjen Orel. I wish them luck on the new Board and am sure the will contribute to running the IIUG. Unfortunately, Bruce Sims who did a great job on the Board was not reelected. Bruce is a dear friend and I will miss him on the Board. I’m sure Bruce will continue contributing to the Informix community and will continue his work on the Conference Planning Committee.

Elected Board members are: (by alphabetical order)

  • Gary Ben-Israel – Israel
  • Miguel Carbone – Brazil
  • Rhonda Hackenburg – USA
  • Art Kagel – USA
  • Cindy Lichtenauer – USA
  • David Link – USA
  • Ognjen Orel – Croatia
  • Vicente Salvador – Spain
  • Eric Vercelletto – France

And our IBM rep Stuart Litel

An international board indeed.
We are having high expectation for the next version of Informix which will be released soon.
More than ever Informix needs your advocacy to keep going.
Stay tuned.

Gary Ben-Israel
IIUG Insider Editor
IIUG Board of Directors

2) Highlights

2.1 The IIUG has a new president

Cindy Lichtenauer is our new IIUG Board president.

Cindy joined the Board in 2004. She is well known to the Informix community, IBM and HCL. Cindy is replacing Stuart who served asthe IIUG president for the last 15 years. Replacing Stuart is not an easy task but I’m sure there is no one more fit for the job than Cindy. I wish her all the luck in the world and am sure you share my wishes.
Stuart is no longer an elected Board member but he will stay on the Board as the IBM rep and knowing Stuart will continue to work for the success of Informix and the IIUG.
Gary Ben-Israel

3) Informix Corner

3.1 More about Informix vNext

Informix is always alive, and getting even better at new version!

Recently we had some features announced for the Vnext (V14), which will be launched during this year.
I would like to transcribe some of them, and explain. Further details can be obtained on the original IIUG publication (reference is on the end of this article).

Personally I think some of these new features will be excellent for lowering product costs, and retaining customers who previously had no easy option to upgrade license, other than going to Enterprise Edition. Workgroup Edition is even more powerful for mid-size companies, and the new limits (24 cpu VPs and 32GB RAM) are much better compared to previous versions!

Another great point is that EE does not need an additional license pack for Storage Optimization. This strong even more SOF capabilities around customers, allowing to extend hardware life, raising performance generally gains around from 50% to 80% on storage economy on standard OLTP boxes.

Woops! I cannot forget mentioning: lowering memory consumption and backup windows improvements. There is no performance loss applying SOF on your engine. Fully transparent to applications, can be applied online, great feature!
Customers who should be strictly complaint to GDPR rules are now even safer with Informix: security keys can now be stored and managed outside the engine (Envelope Encryption)!

Informix HQ is a modern, secure and robust new tool for administration and monitoring of Informix engines, and is now part of the product.
Performance gains up to 10% faster than 12.10 on standard OLTP transactions!
Time Series: granularity is even more precise! Sub-seconds timestamps now allows even more data on your calendar storing: even better for IoT devices. Now it is possible to track packages inside a shipping depot using your own coordinate system!
SQL CTE standard is now available for developers to improve logic, ease maintenance and code comprehension.
There are lots more features: Informix as it is, a complete SGBD ready for mixed mode applications, ready for IoT, on this new version will show one more time to be the best database engine on market, for any use case!
Alexandre Marini


3.2 New software repository

We are working on moving the IIUG software repository to sourceforge.

Eric Vercelletto is working on moving it all to its new home.

4) RFE Corner

IBM has created a new RFE – Request For Enhancements website.
It looks cool and is easier to work with https://ibmanalytics.ideas.aha.io/?project=INFX&sort=popular
Please visit this site vote for your favorite enhancements and place new request.

Added last month:

Topic Votes Status
Informix support for Windows 2019 1 Planned
Informix HQ: Display kind of DBSpace type 1 Need review
Improve Stored Procedures features 13 Need review

Gary Ben-Israel

5) Informix Resources

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

5.1 Informix Blogs and Wikis

Blogs and Wikis that have been updated during the last month

More Blogs and Wikis

5.2 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

5.3 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.