I'm a bit behind on my blog updates, so let me catch you up on the 2009 IIUG Conference happenings. At Monday's keynote, Arvind Krishna, Vice President, Data Management and worldwide Information Management Development, spoke about our history of innovation and announced the latest innovations - IBM Informix Warehouse and deep compression technology.
Jerry Keesee, Director of Informix R&D and Kevin Brown, Chief Architect of Informix (below), addressed the group later in the day.
New this year were the Birds of a Feather sessions, which were very well attended despite being at 6PM happy hour time. It may have been the promise of conference swag or the desire to be close to the entrance for the reception, but there was lots of lively discussion at the standing-room-only BI session I attended.
The conference planning team looked fabulous in their Hawaiian shirts to go with the Hawaiian theme of the day. James Edmiston had a very entertaining video take-off on "Hawaii 5-0" for the "HawaIIUG" and IDS 11.50.
The local Informix engineering and support teams joined the evening
reception at the conference, and were easily identifiable with their
'big blue' leis. Unfortunately I didn't get any snapshots of the few brave souls with grass skirts. I'm sure we'll be seeing those on Facebook!
Tuesday morning started in the clouds - but not just the lousy Kansas weather this week. Dr. Anant Jhingran, Distinguished Engineer, Vice President and Chief Technology Officer of Information Management talked about cloud computing and Informix. We were also very pleased to have special guests from local (and not so local) universities, who joined a roundtable to discuss the Informix on Campus program. Representatives from the University of Kansas, Kansas State University, Wichita State University, Baker University, the University of Missouri, Kansas City and the University of Zagreb, Croatia were in attendance.. It was a great discussion with a lot of ideas and resulting plans. Watch this space for more on this topic in the future!
Be sure to check out Jacques Roy's blog and the IDS Experts Blog for more details about the conference.
Announcing Informix Warehouse and Deep Compression