Today is the 10th anniversary of the Informix acquisition by IBM. I'm very happy to be employed, and by a stable company like IBM! About half the current Informix doc team came over in the acquisition. What can I say--we're very loyal to Informix! One of the best things about working on Informix is working with a development team that is really passionate about their product.
One of the other best things about Informix is the amazing customers. Every time I talk, email, or just listen to a customer, I find it very valuable. IBM really emphasizes the importance of customer perspective in its writers, as well as an understanding of customer business needs and improving time to value. We all try very hard to translate the information about functionality that we get from development into a clear statement of customer value. Please keep the feedback coming!
This year, I feel like I've come a full circle with Informix. When I started at Informix almost 15 years ago, one of my first projects was working on the TimeSeries DataBlade documentation with Kevin Brown. It has always been one of my favorite parts of Informix to work on. But after that initial assignment, I didn't get many chances to work on the TimeSeries documentation again, until this year. With 11.70.xC3, the TimeSeries extension, as it is now known, has been significantly enhanced, and I was lucky enough to be able to do the documentation for it. The TimeSeries data type technology was very cool 15 years ago, but today it is really coming into focus as a solution for the ubiquitous monitoring of everything that seems to be happening these days. Here's a couple of case studies that I found particularly interesting:
Hildebrand solves a key problem in smart metering research
Coldset Printing Partners: The IBM Informix TimeSeries solution helps company track usage trends and analyze data over time
I'm looking forward to seeing what the next 10 years of Informix at IBM will hold!