For a view of the conference from Jean-Georges Perrin's inimitable Gallic perspective, and better photos, check out Postcards from Anaheim: Information On Demand 2006.
Mike Eisner's keynote
I sometimes skip keynotes but was glad to attend this one. Mike Eisner is obviously an art lover, drawing on the world of fine art in many of his points. One analogy he used was that of Pointillism. Using "Sunday on the Island of La Grand Jatte" by Georges Seurat to illustrate micro-management - the dots representing the minute aspects of the organization, which in his viewshould be controlled by management - while at the same time encouraging mistakes, a few bad dots do not ruin the overall picture.
At the Q&A at the end, which sadly avoided anything controversial, he wandered off-topic to repeat something taught to him at a young age - how to tell good art from bad. If you look at a paintingand it is nice, pleasant and comforting, it is probably bad art. If it is repellent and does nothing for you it is probably also bad art. If it is confusing, challenging, makes you think for a while and want to look at it again, it's probably good art.
IDS and Web Services
In the developer den Alexander Koerner had in interesting talk about using IDSas a web service consumer and provider. I'm keen to see whether he forsees anypotential in using the IDS Solano feature as a web service provider. The developerden also had free copies of a recent Red Book "Developing PHP Applications for IBM Data Servers" which covers Cloudscape, DB2 and Informix.
There were several good IDS performance presentations, as well a Birds of a Feathersession. One talk I managed to attend on Friday morning was Jeff Filippi's "Informix SQL Performance tuning tips" which had some effective real-world tuning examples.
I enjoyed Christoph Jaeger's "Informix IDS and Blackberry Mobile Applications"session. At one point he threw his Blackberry on the floor, which prompted a member of the audience to throw his Palm into the aisle. I was about to smashmy cellphone and shout "DESTROY THE MACHINES" when I realised they were justextolling the relative durability of their personal communication devices.
- Conference photo
An important customer meeting took place here.