This October 24-28 IBM will be hosting its Information on Demand Conference in Las Vegas and I urge you to come and attend. If you have not been to one of these events its a great opportunity to meet the Informix senior developers as well as the executive staff. In addition there are many hands on labs and sessions to attend. In fact we will also be covering the content of our Panther release at this conference so if you have not been part of the Panther EVP this will be a great opportunity to get a deep dive into the newest features and functions. If you are interested in going you need to hurry to take advantage of the early bird special ($500 off the normal fee) which expires on Aug 31. Here is the registration link: http://www-01.ibm.com/software/data/2010-conference/registration.html
The other thing that we will doing in Las Vegas is conducting our customer advisory council meeting. The CAC meeting is used to discuss a range of topics such as what our future direction should be, discussion of customer solutions, support, documentation, etc... It is also a good opportunity to meet with IBM execs. In the past we have had meetings with Ambuj Goyal, Arvind Krishna, and Alyse Passarelli. If you are interested in becoming part of our customer advisory council please let me or anyone else on our team know. We're always happy to have more passionate Informix advocates in the CAC - it helps us make Informix a better product for everyone and helps you communicate directly with the Informix decision makers.
Following on theme of communicating with IBM executives I wanted to mention that the Informix team had a chance to spend a few days with Martin Wildberger, VP of Information Management Development, last week in Lenexa Kansas. Martin took over from Arvind Krishna last year around October. It was great to find that Martin has the same dedication and devotion to the Informix business as Arvind. If you come to the IOD conference you should seek out Martin (or any of the other IBM execs) and introduce yourself.