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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 www.iiug2015.org. 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!
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: www.bluemix.net.
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!
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…
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 emphas.is. 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.
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 iiug.org 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.
Spring time is Informix time, especially here in Croatia. In March (tomorrow in fact), we have a regular Adria IUG Meeting, with our own speakers covering themes such as sysadmin database, memory organization and comparing databases. Next month we’re off to San Diego to International Informix Users Group Conference, far from home, but there are still two Informix events in May .
Alfatec Group, local Informix ISV/TP distributor is organizing their own Informix conference on Plitvice lakes, Croatia (May 21st and 22nd), and our Adria IUG is proud to organize and host another “Informix >> (Fast Forward)” conference in Zagreb, Croatia on May 23rd, all with international speakers. Plenty of events, official language of conferences will be English, so all Informix users and fans are more than welcome!
Even though I intend this blog to be mostly technical, there are occasionally some thoughts I’d like to share. Feel free to comment and add your own thoughts.
Couple of months ago I was doing some research on history of Informix so one of the things I found was Wikipedia page on Informix which states that the product was first released in 1981. This intrigued me to look further for some addional info on this first release, but apparently Google doesn’t have any page related to this event in its index. Later, Mr Scott Pickett pointed me to this video, where Mr Sippl says (at 14 min mark) that he sold some copies of Informix to some folks at 1980.
Now, all of this wouldn’t make much of a story if one could google for “30 years” and “informix” and find at least one decent site or event that celebrates this (IMHO) big anniversary for a software product. The mentioned search results mostly in CVs. “30 years of informix” search (with quotes) finds no pages. At the same time, prompted by this years celebration of 10 years of Informix being part of IBM, you could google for (quotes) “10 years of informix” and find that 4 out of first 10 pages relate to this anniversary.
I believe the mere fact that one product has survived this many years could be a potent marketing punch-line – make the same search, just replace database name with the “main competitor” and see for yourself. Not really surprised that IBM hasn’t mentioned 30 years, that’s somehow in sync with their strategy of “not marketing specific products”, but at least it should have been announces somewhere. As a Java developer, I had the luck to attend 2005 JavaOne Conference. It was a great celebration of Javas 10th birthday, and those guys from Sun made each of us 15.000 attendees feel proud to be part of this great technology. They understood the real power of the product comes from the users, developers, solution providers. Unfortunately for them, seems like there were some other things they didn’t quite understood, but nevertheless Java is still marching on.
Though it was IBM that should make the hype of it then, it also seems to me that we, as an Informix community, users, dealers, vendors… didn’t seize this opportunity to emphasize the greatness of the product that mostly gets our bills payed. There wasn’t enough talk about it throughout 2010, not even at the annual IIUG Conference. I’m not deluding myself, this is not in any way comparable to some cool feature like flexible grid etc, but it is something that tells other users and customers there is a tradition and loyalism involved here. For what I’m told and what I have read, Informix survived some very hard times in good part because of its users, and a big anniversary should be a great time to remember it.
Anyhow, that’s water under the bridge now. We can all set it straight very soon – next year there’ll be the first 0x20 years of Informix (or 040 if you prefer octal numbers)!