The IOD conference starts in Las Vegas on Sunday and this is the time of year when I glare enviously at anyone who doesn't leave everything to the last minute and isn't working on their conference sessions.
I am relieved that at least that my Hands on Lab: 1230 Getting Started with the IBM Developer Cloud and Informix Dynamic Server is complete (with a lot of help from co-author Yunming). It's been fun working on this lab and getting to use the cloud features.
What is the IBM Developer Cloud? The IBM Smart Business Development and Test Cloud site describes it as "a dynamically provisioned and scaled runtime environment that provides everything needed to develop and test application code". If you have not tried it, it's worth a look. It's in an open beta phase at the moment, which means it's free to create an ID and launch your own images. Another invite-only beta phase is scheduled to begin in December that will include many new features. In the lab we'll launch our own Informix cloud images, manage connectivity with RSA key pairs, set up web services, HDR and MACH11 on our cloud instances. In case I'm not shamelessly promoting it enough, I also plan to hand out free Amazon Web Services Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) vouchers at the lab, so if you're attending IOD come along to Breakers-C on Wednesday afternoon (2pm-5pm) and try it out. We'll also be demo'ing the Informix Developer Cloud image in the Expo hall at certain times.
If you're planning on being there, hope to see you at the Community reception at 8pm on Sunday.
Informix partner Bell Micro and IBM are teaming up to put on a community event for Informix ISV's, users and business partners in Henley-in-Arden, Warwickshire, UK on November 12th 2009. This is how the agenda is shaping up:
For more details go to: http://ibm.bellmicro.eu/informix_event/, you can register online here, or call 0113-251-3045.
To anyone who thinks this blog has lost its originality and has just become an outlet for announcements for conferences, user group meetings, chats with the lab, I'd like to say
2010 IIUG Informix Conference - Call For Presentations
Proposal Submission Deadline: November 1, 2009
The Conference Planning Committee is currently soliciting presentation proposals for the 2010 IIUG Informix Conference, to be held April 25-28 in Overland Park, Kansas USA - http://www.iiug.org/conf. The conference provides a forum for the exchange of information among Informix DBAs and developers and is the premier technical Informix event of the year.
This is your opportunity to share your expertise with a global audience of Informix enthusiasts. If you are selected as a speaker, you will receive a complimentary pass that provides access to all break-out sessions, conference-related events and meals.
The Committee is looking for content that will be of interest to all audience levels. Subjects related to all current Informix and Informix-heritage products, or products that operate in those environments such as other IBM products, third party, Open Source and cross-platform products are welcome.
Topics relevant to today's environment and of interest to conference attendees include, but are not limited to:
- Database Essentials
- Application and Database Architecture
- Installation, Configuration and Administration
- Performance Tuning and Monitoring
- Application and Query Optimization
- Stored Procedures, Triggers, Datablades and UDRs
- Development Languages, Tools and Web Programming
- Linux and Open Source
- XML, SOA and Web ServicesVirtualization and Cloud Computing
- Mobile Applications
- Location-Based Services
- Encryption, Auditing and Security Compliance
- Continuous Availability and Disaster Recovery
- Practical Tips and Tricks from a User PerspectiveReal-Life Experiences and Case Studies
To see the presentation guidelines and submit your abstract, visit the Call for Presentations web page - http://www.iiug.org/conf/call_for_presentations
The deadline for submitting your presentation proposal is November 1, 2009. If you have any questions or comments, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The IIUG Conference Team
Here's an IIUG conference summary email that was sent to IIUG members today..
In less than 2 weeks time IBM Informix Architects, Developers, Support engineers and Management teams will mingle in Kansas City with Informix DBA's, Developers, Managers, Analysts, and Press at the 2nd annual IIUG Informix Conference. It's not too late to register and attend. You do not want to miss this event!
No other conference in the world will focus this intensely and comprehensively on the Informix product set. For 3 action-packed days across 5 content-rich tracks, from April 26-30, there will be an absolute focus at The Marriott Hotel in Overland Park, Kansas — which is right down the street from the Informix Development Labs.
Don't delay register now! http://www.iiug.org/conf/2009/iiug/register.php
No matter how you look at it, this conference is an unbeatable deal. So, plan on being at the 2009 IIUG Informix Conference in Overland Park, Kansas April 26-29, 2009.
TUTORIALS (Sunday April 26th)
- Monday: Dr Arvind Krishna, WorldWide Vice President IBM Information Data ServersDr Krishna is the person responsible for all IBM database products including the Informix portfolio.
- Tuesday: Dr. Anant Jhingran, Distinguished Engineer, VP and CTO for IBM's Information Management DivisionCloud Computing, Databases and the Role of Informix Dynamic Server (IDS)
- Wednesday: Q&A with Key IBM/Informix ExecutivesStuart Litel, President of the IIUG along with Alyse Passarelli WorldWide Vice President of IBM Information Management Database Sales, Jerry Keesee, Worldwide Director of IBM Informix Development, Al Martin, Worldwide Director of IBM Data Management Support and Bernie Spang, IBM Worldwide Director of Marketing
TECHNICAL SESSIONS (Monday April 27 — Wednesday April 29)Over 85 technical sessions over three full days!For an updated list of sessions, visit: http://www.iiug.org/conf/2009/iiug/sessions.php
CERTIFICATIONAll attendees can take IBM Information Management Certification exams at no cost. Each of these tests is a $150 value!
- Sunday night welcome cocktail reception in the exhibit hall with an xtreme Team Trivia event to follow!
- Monday night reception for all the attendees, exhibitors, speakers and all the local IBM Informix Development and Support Staff from the Lenexa labs — sponsored by Gillani.
- Tuesday night - Casino night at the Marriott hotel, sponsored by the IIUG.
The IIUG 2009 Conference
in Overland Park, Kansas is coming up on April 26-29th.
Cindy Lichtenauer from the IIUG Board of Directors recently sent an invite which introduced the conference as follows:
Nowhere in the world will you find a conference where you will get more foryour money!
For the low price of $649 you will be able to attend three jam-packed daysof Informix-only content. You can attend the 2009 IIUG Conference and yourconference fee, hotel, airfare and all meals will be less than what youwould pay for the registration fee alone at other conferences! Beat theprice increase on March 1 and make sure you will be able to attend, as the2008 event was a complete sellout.
We have lots of new content this year including 5 tracks containing 88technical sessions, Keynote presentations from IBM executives, greatnetworking opportunities, an exhibit hall filled with Informix vendors andfree IBM certification.
I took a look at the Pre-Conference Tutorials
page and see a lot of detail for the sessions that take place the Sunday before the conference, including:
Morning Sessions (8:30am-12:00pm, Breakfast 7:30-8:30 included)
- Certification Preparation — Sanjit Chakraborty
- Troubleshooting Methods and Techniques — Suma Vinod and Mark Jamison
- Introduction to IDS, with hands-on — Carlton Doe
- New SQL features in IDS 11.10 and 11.50 — Keshava Murthy
- Hands-On Lab - Explore IDS Enterprise Replication — Nilesh Ozarkar
- From I-4GL to Genero®: Migration 1-2-3 — 4J's http://www.4js.com
Afternoon Sessions (1:00pm-4:30pm, Lunch 12-1 included)
- Certification Preparation — Sanjit Chakraborty
- Advanced Troubleshooting Scenarios — Ron Privett, Elisabeth Bach, Suma Vinod
- Using All of IDS MACH-11 Technology, with hands-on — Carlton Doe
- Extending Your Business Logic with OpenAdmin Tool for IDS — Ian Ilsley
- Hands-On Workshop on New IDS Features — Frank Arias
- New GUI Features in Four J's Genero® 2.20 — 4J's http://www.4js.com
All Day Sessions (8:30am-4:30pm, Lunch and breakfast included)
- Getting the Most out of IDS Indexes — John Miller
- Solving Complex IDS Management and Performance Optimization Challenges with Server Studio and Sentinel — Art Kagel by AGS http://www.serverstudio.com
If you're going I hope to see you there. This year I'm currently scheduled to give a presentation on Informix virtualization, and have a standby session on IDS on Windows. If all goes well I'll get to participate in some usability sessions and demo's as well..[Read More
This year's European IOD Conference
is taking place in Berlin, June 2-5 2009, and the deadline for submitting papers is Feb 13.
Here is the conference information...
The largest and most valuable IBM Information Management event in Europe, Middle East & Africa (EMEA)
Wednesday - Friday, 3-5 June (Business Partner Programme Tuesday 2nd June)
Estrel Convention Centre, Berlin, Germany
Come see how…
* You can reduce costs within your organisation * You can leverage your existing Information Management technology investments for new business opportunities * You can build an Information Agenda for your organisation * You can improve the customer experience * You can drive competitive advantage through reuse * You can get to market faster * You can improve the reliability and flexibility of your infrastructure * You can optimise operational efficiency * You can utilise innovative solutions for data and information management * You can create new selling opportunities * You can mitigate risk and manage compliance * You can uncover best practices from leading EMEA organisations * You can network with your peers and learn from each others’ experiences * You can ensure success for global sourcing strategiesWho?
Technical and Business leaders, together with our Business Partners across all industries who are responsible for:
* Business Intelligence & Performance Management * Enterprise Content Management * Data Management * InfoSphere (Data Warehousing, Data Integration and Data Quality)Additional linksCall for SpeakersRegisterInformix CAC Meeting at IOD
And, in particular:
Technical Personnel such as:
* IT Managers * Database Administrators * Data, Content or Information Architects * Developers * Consultants * Enterprise Architects * ERP and CRM Managers
The Informix Customer Advisory Council will also be meeting at the conference. Here are the details:
A face-to-face meeting will be held before the start of the IBMInformation On Demand EMEA Conference 2009, where there will be numerous IDS technical sessions and customer-led Informix success stories. The meeting details are as follows:• Venue - Estrel Convention Centre, Berlin, Germany • Date - Tuesday, 2nd June, 2009• Hotel & Travel information - http://www-01.ibm.com/software/uk/data/conf/hotels/index.html• IOD Conference information - http://www-01.ibm.com/software/uk/data/conf/Please contact Gayathri Magie at gayathri _at_ us.ibm.com for more details about the CAC and the upcoming meeting.[Read More]
A few stragglers from the IIUG conference are camping out at the Doubletree for various meetings this week, and the consensus is that the first IIUG conference for many years was a great success as well as being fun. Good job Stuart and team. The sponsors I spoke to appreciated having such an Informix focussed attendance at the booths too.
If you were at the conference this week there is a good chance you'll see yourself in the IIUG Conference 2008 photos
, as enigmatic Frenchman Jean-Georges Perrin was very efficient with his camera.[Read More
You may have seen announcements for the 2008 IIUG Informix Conference
in Lenexa on April 27-30 this year. Ones like this for example..
But is it worth going to? why Lenexa? what can we expect this year?
I put these and some other tough (well slightly tough) questions to IIUG
President Stuart Litel
who kindly agreed to an exclusive interview with the Informix Application Development Blog..
Q. What's different about this year's IIUG conference over previous years?
A. It will be a very technical event with a concentration on purely Informix. All the sessions revolve around the entire Informix product line.
Q: Why did the IDUG and IIUG conferences go their separate ways?
A: A few reasons.
1) The IIUG Board believed that the users wanted a more affordable and Informix only event. We had experience at doing two day events before and we attracted many more people.
2) We wanted to do an event that was a break even event financially, not where costs were very high and the price had to be high and also not to make a big profit, but only to put a little seed money away to cover costs to do an event each year.
Q: Why would people want to take time out of their work schedule to attend the IIUG Conference?
A: I have personally been to each and every Informix conference since they started about 15 years ago. I personally believe it is not only what you learn but the people and relationships you make, such as meeting you the first time a few years ago and fellow Informix users around the world. If I have technical problems or questions I have the contacts throughout the world to talk to and help with my word situation.
You will be learning and meeting some of the best instructors, but at conferences you are meeting the best technical trainers from IBM, developers like yourself, Jonathan Leffler, John Miller, Madison Pruet, Kevin Brown, Scott Lashley as well as fellow users who you can share work experiences. I have often said give me two days at a conference with power users and developers vs ten weeks of Informix only classes and you will learn not only more but create the right contacts to assist you in your every day business life. And don't forget you can meet Carlton Doe and get a copy of his IDS 11 book autographed!
Q: Attending a conference is a big waste of money, discuss..
A: I definitely dont agree with that statement. See all my comments below. I mean for about $1500, three days, over sixty sessions on JUST INFORMIX and its related products, how can you beat that. I have heard well its not only the money but also the time away from the office. Please tell me what better deal there is in the IT / IBM / Informix world. The IIUG created this event to be just that an event that people will learn about and talk about later. I have heard people comment about coming to Kansas City, whats there to do. Trust me I just about the same thing, but it does not matter where we hold the event, we are there for the event and to learn and meet fellow users and this proved to be the perfect location.
As for the Conferences being a waste, hey I have been to every Informix Conference there ever was under Informix Corp. Every IBM event that had Informix content (the old Technical Conferences and now IOD) and IDUG / IIUG event and most of what I have learned and almost all the Informix contacts I have in the world were all made due to coming to these conferences. It is like anything else, it is what you make of it, and here you have the opportunity to make what ever you want with fellow users from around the world.
Q: What presentations are you planning to attend?
A: Me personally, to tell you the truth I have not looked at the sessions yet. But there is over 60 Informix technical sessions, the most number of Informix sessions than any IBM conference or other event anywhere in the world! and for the price, how can you beat this! The bad news I doubt I will get to any sessions, because I will be too busy with the event. Although I try not to miss sessions from what I call the "Gang of Five", the Five IBM Distinguished Engineers - they are always the best (of course Guy I will get to your sessions).
Q: Why Lenexa, I mean come on, why Lenexa?
A: If you take a right hand turn out of the hotel it is College Blvd. Drive five miles or so down the road and that is where most of the Informix developers and support team for IBM are actually located. Many of these people will be presenters at the conference in addition the Monday night party we intend to invite the entire Informix development and support staff to the party. One big family is what I am calling it!
Also Kansas City is centrally located in the middle of the United States so we are not at either coast. I remember the biggest Informix conference ever was held in Chicago with over 5,000 attendees and I believe one of the reasons was due to the location. What do they say in real estate... LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION. well Overland Park / Lenexa / Kansas City provided just this.
Q: Do you have any entertainment lined up for us?
A: Wait you said people were there for the technical sessions... OK I will give you an exclusive PEAK but will not spill all the details.
Sunday night will be a reception in the Exhibit Hall starting around 6PM
Monday night will be an event which I will call "Party with the Informix Family" with all the attendees, developers and support staff from the area invited and Tuesday night is an off site event which I will not give you any of the details. But here is something I will say to you... They put me in charge of the parties, so if you have met me before you will know the food and beverages will be good (and I love to eat and I hate drink coupons hint hint :) )
Over the years I tell lots of Informix stories and I will always remember a few years back at an Informix conference run by IBM I walked down a hallway and there was Jonathan Leffler sitting on the floor eating lunch with some users drawing all kinds of technical information. Give Informix users some good Informix content and pizza on a box and a corner to sit in on the floor and they are happy... We re there for the technical information, but the entertainment will be fun too!
Q: How are the registration numbers looking so far?
A: We are way ahead of schedule. As of the writing of this to you, we only have space for about 110 - 120 more people. The hotel can only hold about 340 people in the main conference room, so that is our limit. Also on the Hotel room block, we have blown over it twice! I had to call the hotel and get more rooms under the hotel room block. We are way ahead of projection. In fact we have more Informix people already registered than attended last years combined IDUG / IIUG event and we still have over 11weeks to go!
Also on the side of Sponsors / booths... We have more booths already signed up an paid for then the IBM IOD and IDUG 2007 events combined!
Q: Why Lenexa again?
A: Cause we want to be where the developers are! It gave us access to the core of the Informix team (of course besides you guys up in Portland, Oregon!)
We have three of the most important people in the IBM Informix world coming to speak. Arvind Krishna is the Vice President of Database Servers for IBM Information and he will be the keynote. If you have never heard Arvind speak, he is truly very informative and very entertaining. Also speaking will be Jerry Keesee and Bernie Spang together. Jerry is the Director of World Wide development for IBM Informix and this past year at IOD, Jerry's session was one of the few for any product that was standing room only. In fact they closed off the room due to fire regulations. Bernie Spang is the Director of WorldWide Marketing for IBM Information Management Databases. These two are great together, which is why I asked them to do it together. It will be fun to see who gets more time on stage!
And speaking of these three individuals, there will be some world class special announcements happening that I cant talk about a this time, but they will be press worthy announcements happening (opps that is all I can say). But there is some other special stuff happening that I have not even told the conference committee yet that I have planned up my sleeve.
Speaking of the Conference committee, these people are doing one heck of an amazing job. Lead by IIUG Board Member Cindy Lichtenauer, One of the IIUG Founders and first President Walt Hultgren and long time IIUG Board Member James Edmiston, they are joined by long time Informix users: Kernoal Stephens, Tammy Frankforter, David Link, Bruce Simms and Tom Beebe.
Also one last note. I got an email from someone in Croatia the other day who is coming. He figured out that he can fly to the USA, stay for the entire conference and pay for the conference registration for less than it costs just for the registration only to an IBM conference in Europe and this event is where the true Informix knowledge will be, so he is coming to the event and urging other users in Croatia to also come.
Personally I have estimated that the total cost of the event for someone in the USA including Airfare, hotel and conference registration is only about $1500 from most anywhere in the lower 48 states! Remember a week at an IBM class is I think about $2500 just for the tuition and IOD registration is about $1595 for the EARLY BIRD. Here you get much much more for about the less cost!!
Thanks Stuart! From what I've heard the list of sessions is being finalized about now. Here is where you can check the list of Confirmed Technical Sessions
. Hope to see you there in April.
Thanks to a habit of arriving fanatically early to airports I can spend a few minutes sifting through the embers of the IOD 2007 Conference, from the perspective of someone who missed half the talks he wanted to attend due to clashes with important engagements such as lunch, refreshment breaks, and food left unattended in conference rooms. Here are some of my highlights:Demo 'til you Drop
Demo 'til you drop is a brutal gong show styled event where participants demo their pants off until they make a mistake, pause, something fails to work, or they mention their product supports Oracle. Congratulations to Informix's Alexander Koerner who won the show with his notorious "Cluster in my trousers" (aka Cheetah to Go) demo of Informix Dynamic Server 11.10's replication features running on memory sticks.Exhibition Hall
Informix had several booths in the Expo hall, including demonstrations of Open Admin Tool (OAT), Replication (ER, HDR and Mach11), Label Based Access Control (LBAC), and IDS for the gaming industry. We were also handing out a DVD which included the free IDS 11.10 Developer Edition. Nearby another line of booths was reserved for Informix partners, such as Cobrasonic
, and Kazer
I'm not very good at gathering freebies at conferences, because I was brought up to feign interest in a product before collecting the loot and this can be time consuming. Fortunately many booths had interesting wares, such as the SUSE Linux Enterprise 10 SP1 Live DVD being given away at the Novell booth, which includes a very nice desktop interface and Lotus Notes 8.Data Studio
There were many talks and Developer Den sessions centered around IBM Data Studio
- the new Eclipse based development environment formerly known as Developer Workbench - and its various tools and features. It was good to see some demo's and tutorials showing how easy this is to use. Now I need to try some of them back at the office..Net application Development
Writing .Net programs for IDS is becoming much easier. Ajay Aggrwal's "Rapid Application Development on .Net for IDS" session lived up to expectations and demonstrated using the new IBM Database Add-ins for Visual Studio 2005 to create working Informix .Net applications in minutes.Self-Contained Informix Applications
Alexander Koerner let us in on his Cheetah to Go secrets with a detailed session showing how to use Qemu
to create a self-contained IDS demo application consisting of a fully functional IDS Mach 11 cluster with demo applications on 512 Mb USB drives.IDS versus the Competition
Simon David, better known as Cosmo, shared some comparisons configuring and benchmarking IDS vs Oracle, and pointed out some inaccuracies and bias in a recent Forrester report.Rise of the Robots
Friday morning sessions can be a little under-populated so I had visions of my Developer Den session about interfacing databases with chat bots going something like this:
Guy: Welcome to exciting world of chat bots.Chatbot1: Sensors indicate room is empty.Guy: Silence Chatbot1Chatbot2: Destroy all humans.Guy: No-one asked you.
Fortunately a few people wandered in by accident and the chat bots cooperated, which was good enough for me.
Overall there was a positive feeling at the conference amongst Informix attendees - the increased investment and focus on Informix by IBM is reaping results. It's good to be working on a product in ascendancy, and hear in person comments from DBA's who use IDS and like where it's going.
I asked Hrvoje Zokovic
how the Cheetah Technical Workshop in Croatia went and here is his write-up..Alfatec Group
and IBM Croatia
organized an IDS Cheetah Technical Workshop
in Zagreb, September 5th-7th for IBM business partners and customers. The presenter was Scott Pickett
and during three days of his addictive presentations attendees were informed about Cheetah new features. Besides the presentations, attendees got to grips with Cheetah during the labs – MACH11 with hdr, rss, clr and sds was configured by attendees in a matter of minutes. The new features enjoyed a rapturous reception, with attendees saying they are ready to start using Cheetah. Scott also announced more exciting features in future IDS releases.
Obligatory view out of the window.. I'm sure I've been lost in that part of Zagreb before
Scott sets his class an impossible exercise
For more pictures of the event check out Alfatec's photo album