Adria Informix User Group Meeting 11/17/09
The Adria IUG president Hrvoje Zokovic sent me a note reporting on the 1st Adria Informix User Group Meeting..
The first Adria IUG meeting was held on 17th November 2009. at the hotel Tomislav in the Medvednica nature park close to Zagreb. The meeting was attended by more than 40 Informix fans from Croatia and neighboring countries.After welcome coffee and drinks, the meeting was opened by the president of the Adria IUG, followed by presentations from IBM Informix experts from the United States. The first presentation was the Informix roadmap, and the second one was about exciting new features in the new version of Informix Dynamic Server. After lunch the second part of the new features presentation was held. The last presentation was named "Developing web applications with Django" with an emphasis on the use of Informix Dynamic Server. The meeting was concluded with the second Adria IUG Assembly which included a report on the activities carried out since the establishment of Adria IUG. There were also some statute amendments adopted, and discussion of further actions to be taken. During the meeting the majority of participants filled the application for membership of the Association.Visitors participated in a survey of future meetings, and expressed interest in the following topics:
- Whole day meeting, more lectures
- Troubleshooting lecture
- Presentation of concrete solutions based on Informix
- High-availability solutions based on Informix
- Object relation mapping tools
- Where and how is Informix used in Croatia and the region
- Report on the status of IBM Informix in Croatia and the region
Stockholm Informix User Group Meeting 11/16/09
After a busy week of meetings in the UK and Ireland I went to Stockholm to talk at the Stockholm Informix User Group meeting. I was a bit disappointed that it wasn't snowing but you can't have everything. The meeting started with an introduction from IBM Sweden's Information Management sales manager Fredrik Prien, followed by me presenting the IDS roadmap, then discussing embeddability, virtualization and cloud computing. Next up was Rickard Linck with a very detailed and informative talk on recent IDS features, followed by Ulf Åkerberg with an interesting talk on High availability demands at the Swedish Migration Board.
Speaking at this event turned out to be a lucrative endeavour, with all presenters receiving some bottles of Schnapps, Schnapps glasses and a scarf. Forgetting that the Schnapps was in my hand luggage and going through 3 sets of airport security to get home was challenging, but somehow I managed to bring them home without needing to drink them on the spot.
After the user group meeting most attendees decamped to a very pleasant Swedish restaurant for nourishment and bibulation..