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Been a While

Title of my blog is Informix on my mind, but since I haven’t published anything for some time, one could argue that Informix was not on my mind lately :). Correctly, but only to some extend. Most of the time I’ve been busy finishing my doctorate research which I procrastinated for too long and finally defending my PhD thesis. During this time, from my perspective, only couple of things worth mentioning happened (which doesn’t mean I’m going to stop writing).

First, I gave a presentation on IIUG 2017 Conference in Raleigh, NC. In this presentation I covered some of the advantages of graph analyses and gave arguments that graph structure could be used for OLAP purposes. I also presented the algorithm and my open-source implementation of an ETL process in order to create a graph OLAP database from Informix database. Stay tuned, I’ll cover this in more detail, along with links to the code and presentation in a separate post.

Second, and of much more importance to global Informix community, was the IBM-HCL partnership deal about Informix development and maintenance. It was announced before the IIUG Conference in April, and produced a lot of different reactions, from “IBM finally killed it” to “this is a long-expected good news”. I’m not going to elaborate on the details of the deal since there is plenty of information available (let me google it for you). I was among those who were optimistic about this change, since IBM’s work on Informix was slow, especially in the last couple of years. On top of that, many great people whom worked on Informix left IBM or were moved from the product.

Now, it has been nearly half a year since HCL partnership was introduced and we’re all still waiting for any sign that this works. In this time, HCL hired some very good and Informix-caring people, for which I have high hopes that will succeed in moving things in right direction. Yet, we are still to see what happens, and I wonder how much longer should we wait.

HCL, the community is here, listening and it’s anxious.



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IIUG Conference 2015

The IIUG 2015 Conference in San Diego is getting very close. Next week, throughout the conference with over 80+ presentations, keynotes and other events, the IIUG will celebrate its 20th birthday! And following the “conference for users, by users” policy, I will present on some of the tools (mostly open-source) and techniques my team uses in a daily work with Informix. It will be a run-through different software, from scripts and SQL tools to application development and testing techniques we use in development, maintenance and support of big information systems. Though some of the stuff will certainly be familiar to a part of the audience, I hope everyone gets to hear and learn about something new.

Find the info about the conference and the schedule at For developers, it should be especially pleasing to see a number of developer-oriented topics – Java, Hibernate, web security, etc – just follow the D track.

See you at IIUG 2015!

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A Short Recap of the Informix >> 2014 Conference

As previously announced, our Informix >> 2014 (Fast Forward your Data) Conference took place in Zagreb, Croatia on May 22nd, with some great presenters and topics. Jerry Keesee gave a great overview of the current state of Informix technologies, Informix road map, IBM’s software portfolio and Informix’s role in it. Stuart Litel explained the work IIUG is doing for all the Informix people and the product. He also talked about the IIUG Board of Directors Award, promoting once again one of two this year’s winners, Adria IUG president, Hrvoje Zoković.
Jan Musil made two great live demo presentations, one about exploiting Genero to create a native mobile applications for both Android and iOS devices, and the other about using new mongodb capabilities in Informix, including sharding.
Frederick Ho presented the impressive current state of Informix Warehouse Accelerator, while Jean Georges Perrin showed the potential of employing the JSON capabilities in the existing information system. And finally, yours truly gave a talk about Internet of Things and its impact on our future.

On the downside, the event attendance was not as expected. However, we hope to get it back on track for the upcoming events.


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A Look Back at the 2014 IIUG Conference

The 2014 edition of annual International Informix Users Group conference was held last week in Miami, FL. Another great opportunity to hear the news from the world of Informix, discuss the future of Informix and information management in general with the Informix architects, developers and managers, and last, but certainly not the least, hang out with dear friends.

Looking at the session line up, clearly NoSQL integration has become a very interesting point in Informix’s life. Roughly 30% or more of the sessions covered up some piece of this new feature and possibilities of expansion. Seams like hybrid databases could get a life in this environment. Also, implementation of MongoDB API for Informix (JSON Wire Listener) enabled the connectivity of various frameworks and tools to Informix, which offers some interesting thoughts – like graph database support through TinkerPop API.

IoT (Internet of Things) is another new focal point for Informix database. Mainly because of its great embeddability and auto configuration features, Informix is a database of choice for many automation devices. Shaspa, the company producing home automation control devices, based on ARM processor, has been mentioned as an example more than a few times throughout the conference talks.

There is also a new logical organization in Informix being prepared for the next release. If a DBA handles many databases on a single Informix instance, this organization allows her to define each database as a tenant, confined in its own db space and other resources. This ensures the hardware limitations are not exceeded by a single database, yet enables easier administration of a server, allowing the DBA to have to administer a single Informix instance. This kind of instance is referred to as a multi-tenant server, and is now configurable in Informix as well.

IBM also has a nice new toy, currently in beta, called BlueMix. It is a cloud-based platform for building, managing and running applications of all types (web, mobile, big data…). BlueMix uses open standards, and offers various tools as-a-service, some of which are Informix-based. Definitely worth taking a good look at:

There were plenty more talks on various subjects regarding Informix – total of about 90 sessions, hands-on labs and half-day tutorials. All presentations should be available to IIUG members via the IIUG member site.

As for the venue, the conference hotel was the best we’ve seen on IIUG conferences. Downtown Miami proved to be a very interesting place to hold a conference, and also at much closer reach to us coming from the other side of the Atlantic. Nevertheless, the conference attendance seems to be lower than the previous years, perhaps because of higher prices of the conference as well as the hotel.

And to conclude with some good news, IIUG Board of Directors is giving two IIUG Board of Directors Awards every year, one to an IBMer, one to a non-IBMer. Award winners this year are Ms Anita McKeithen from IBM, and the president of our local Adria IUG and a long-time Informix promoter and educator, Mr Hrvoje Zoković. Congratulations to both!



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New Edition of the Informix >> Conference

Our local IUG group, Adria IUG (with members from countries near the Adriatic Sea: Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia, Montenegro) organizes the one-day conference we call Informix >> (Fast Forward your Data). This year, forth edition of the conference will take place on May 22nd in Zagreb, Croatia. The complete list of speakers is yet to be finalized, but we’re already happy to announce the three number ones  in the Informix world that will come and share it all with our eager community. They are (in alphabetical order):

  • Jerry Keesee – IBM’s Worldwide Director of the Informix Business – the guy who knows the (Informix) future, even without the tea leaves!
  • Stuart Litel – The President of the International Informix Users Group – the ultimate president of every Informix user, should I say more?
  • Scott Pickett – The Biggest Informix Traveler of the world – the guy who brings Informix closer to the masses; the roadshow master; the Informix missionary!

Informix users and friends near Croatia, save the date and make sure you don’t miss this great opportunity to listen for some good talks, meet and get to know our guests! Looking forward to see you all there.

Edit: All the info about the conference in Croatian is now published here.  The invitation in English is here.

And this is the complete line-up for the event:

09:00 Registration & Coffee
09:45 Opening (Hrvoje Zoković, Adria IUG, President)
10:00 Keynote (Jerry Keesee, IBM, Worldwide Director – Informix)
11:00 All about IIUG (Stuart Litel, IIUG, President)
11:30 Coffee Break
12:00 Informix & Mobile technologies – Genero Mobile demo (Jan Musil, IBM, Level 2 Certified IT Specialist)
13:00 Driving fast Business Decisions through Extremely Fast Analytics (Fred Ho, IBM, Chief Technologist – Informix Warehouse)
14:00 Lunch
15:00 JSon in your engine – what does that mean? (Jean Georges Perrin, IIUG Board of Directors)
16:00 Informix & NoSQL integration – demo (Jan Musil, IBM, Level 2 Certified IT Specialist)
17:00 Internet of Things (Ognjen Orel, Adria IUG Board of Directors)
17:30 Informix Q&A


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