Attendees, with their shiny new IIUG Internet phones and laptop bags, began filling the key-note room at 9:30 for a welcome and introduction from Jeremy Dodd of the conference planning committe. This was followed by a key-note entitled "Information as a Service...A New Era in Databases" by Bob Picciano, IBM Information Management VP of database servers. As he reviewed the Information Management products DB2 Viper with XML support was a major theme, and equally prominent was IDS with its cost of ownership message, a review of the Cheetah announcement, a new and surprisingly artistic marketing video with some telling customer quotes.
After the day's technical tracks the exhibition hall opened, with Gösser on tap, snacks on trays and some interesting exhibits from Informix and DB2 partners. IBM's Informix booth has IDSAdmin for PHP, IDS 10.0 features and replication demo's.
Meeting so many people known only by email has been a real bonus. Instant messaging is all very well, but some things get sorted out a lot quicker face to face.
- Random Conference-cam cellphone snap
Jean-Georges Perrin gets to grips with 4GL to EGL migration..