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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.
The big announcement in the world of Informix the other day was IBM signing the agreement with Chinese company General Data Technology or GBASE, which is, based on information on their website, a key software enterprise in the state planning. The base of the agreement (copy of the news is here) is that IBM shares the code of Informix, and GBASE will (in support of the China government’s national technology agenda) modify its security to conform to standards of Chinese government. That modified Informix will then be used in the future database projects.
So this is obviously big news for Informix, because it guarantees the expansion of the product to a fast growing market, but what does it exactly mean for us, non-IBMers involved in the Informix business?
Well, I’m looking at this in a good faith, so my personal thoughts are positive. This kind of agreement will result in bigger demand for Informix experts, both domestic and foreign. I have to admit that I have no idea about the state of affairs regarding Informix experts in China, but I presume it is definitely possible there will be a need for database designers, architects, and even bigger need for DBAs to maintain the big installations we all imagine when thinking of databases in China. So it’s quite possible some of us will find our careers continuing somewhere in east Asia or telecommuting for a local partner in China. Other than that, new DBAs should be properly trained, so that’s also another opportunity for all of us involved in teaching and training. This also means the growth of Informix community, and hopefully there will be more international community members springing out of these systems.
But most importantly, this means a long term survival of Informix as a product, which is of course in the best interest of all the Informix people. As Mr. Art Kagel said, this is the proof Informix is here to stay. And a little dream for the end, to share with you… would be nice to have this kind of commitment in other countries as well. Just saying.