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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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The Biggest Informix Circus Moves to Miami

Finally it is official. The biggest Informix circus in the world moves next year to Miami, FL, USA. For all of us coming from Europe (hope I get to go!), this means a shorter and maybe a slightly cheaper flight, shorter time difference and hence easier jet-leg to overcome. As for the downsides, seams like the Marriott hotel itself is somewhat pricier than the one in San Diego, and I’m a bit concerned about a limited number of rooms available. Hope all of Informix party will squeeze in.

It will be nice to visit a new place. We’ve been in the central USA, on the West Coast, now it’s time for the East Coast. What’s next? IIUG guys, may I suggest another continent 😉

Anyway, before this conference we have more actual Informix events ahead of us. The Informix >> (Fast Forward your Data) Conference – our Adria IUG main event of the year – will be held in fall in Zagreb, Croatia, and as always, we expect skilled and prominent speakers. More news of that will follow as soon as we confirm all the details. There is another Informix event in prospect in this same time frame here in Croatia, but not confirmed just yet. It’s getting lively again after the summer break…

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IIUG Conference 2012 – Very Short Recap

This years conference, according to organizers was the biggest ever! Don’t know if the reason was moving to San Diego, but it was certainly nice to visit a new place. The sessions were great, keynotes as well, got to know some new guys, to make some deals, and the opportunity to speak to Jerry Keesee.

A bit of local-patriotism. Croatia being a relatively small country, got two very nice acknowledgments this year. My very own professor Mirta Baranović got the IIUG Directors Award (together with Scott Lashley). Also, our Adria IUG president, Hrvoje Zokovic is third time IBM Information Management Champion. Congratulations to all! And also congratulations to Andrew Ford for wining the Fastest DBA Contest. What a win that was – Andrew made the test engine commiting three times more transactions than the second-ranked contestant!

There’s another interesting thing worth pointing out. I learned about It is a crowdfunding site for visual journalism run by Jan Husar. There are lot of cool projects seeking funds by this site, so I recommend checking it out. Oh yes, it is powered by Informix, of course.


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IIUG Conference 2012

With IIUG conference under a week to go, it’s time to take a look at a conference schedule. Here are some of my own recommendations on what to attend and who to listen. Please bear in mind these are based only on my preferences and knowledge of presenters, so if I miss anybody, it doesn’t mean a thing :). For those of you who unfortunately are not attending the conference, I suggest to log on to member area and search for presentations as soon as they’ll be available.

Keynotes should definitely be attended. Hoping to find out more about IBM’s future plans for Informix and the next release. Also on this topic, Mahesh Dashora will speak about roadmap for 2012 and beyond (F09).

For all of you (us) interested in utilizing the mobile platforms, there are two sessions on Android (B03. Informix and Android: dbaccess, OAT, and more; and B15. Mobilize your data with Informix & Android), one on iOS (C05. Informix Applications Uncovered on iOS) and one on development with Genero (G12. Developing a mobile application in Genero).

There is never enough talk about security, so be aware of sessions by Tom Beebe (A03. Application Security For Informix Developers) and Jonathan Leffler (H03 and H15. Demo of IDS Security features).

Also, there will be a number of sessions regarding smart metering and time series data (C15, D11, E02, E03, E12, H06) hope to see some interesting new examples of time series usage, especially those which could also be applied in different areas of work.

If you are in warehouse business, attending sessions (co)authored by Frederick Ho should be mandatory: A02. How To Achieve Leaps in Warehouse Query Performance with IDS ; A17. Deploying Solutions with Informix Warehouse Accelerator – Customer Experiences; E17. Informix Warehouse Accelerator – A look at the First Year and Beyond; F01. Data Warehousing Technology Trends – What You Need to Know.

And last, but certainly not the least, there are some guys who know and understand Informix way better than vast majority of us. I’d suggest to attend sessions by (alphabetical order): Art Kagel, Lester Knutsen, Jonathan Leffler, John Miller III, Madison Pruet.

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