Attention Developers! The upcoming IIUG conference is especially for you

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by Rajesh Govindan, Portfolio Marketing Manager – IBM Informix

If you’re an Informix developer, you’ll want to attend the upcoming IIUG Conference in Raleigh, North Carolina. It’s the largest gathering of Informix users in the world. And it’s a great place to improve your skills, learn about new enhancements, and obtain valuable information from professionals who’ve faced and overcome the same challenges that you have.
Last year, the IIUG conference attracted over 400 professionals from throughout the world who joined together in an intensive learning environment that also offered great opportunities for networking, and featured some fun social events. This year’s event promises to be even better!
Industry visionaries from IBM and 3rd party vendors will be on hand for three full days to teach and tell Informix developers how to do their job more efficiently, and what to expect in the way of product improvements.

Then on Thursday, after the conference is over, attendees are invited to participate in FREE in-depth tutorials on Database Administration, Application Development, Security, Cloud offerings, JSON/NoSQL, and Apache Spark.
The International Informix Users Group conference will be held at the Marriott City Center, April 23 to April 27, 2017 in Raleigh, North Carolina, US. If you’d like to know more about the courses and activities at the upcoming IIUG event, visit our web site.  Space is limited for this international event, so be sure to book early!

IBM Informix Roadshow – Is your city on the list?

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by Becky Hanenkrat, NA Database and BigData Software Sales

Your job is to know more about Informix than your boss. So it’s time to hit the road and heighten your abilities at the 2017 Informix Roadshow!

We’re featuring a half-day with deep dive sessions presented by experts in the field. You’ll also have the chance to meet with others, like yourself, network, and hear how they’ve resolved the challenges they’ve faced. And the entire event is free…including lunch.

Join us in the morning to learn up-to-date information about the most recent features and functions included in Informix 12.10.xC6, xC7 and the newly released xC8. You’ll get valuable information about the newly integrated full disk encryption technology, as well as the latest features for NoSQL, replication, Administration, and more.

If you’re an Application or Data Architect, Database Administrator, Application Developer or
Line-of Business owner who is evaluating architectural and data server solutions for your corporate environment, this is an event you won’t want to miss.

In February, you can attend the IBM Informix Roadshow in:

·    Kingston, Jamaica
·    Salt Lake City, UT
·    Denver, CO
·    Phoenix, AZ
·    Chicago, IL
·    San Francisco, CA
·    Dallas, TX

If we’re not in a city close to you, we’ll be offering additional events in Canada and the US in March and April, 2017.

Space is limited and participation is popular. So be sure to sign up now to confirm your spot on the road to Informix expertise.

Register  here !

Make fun of your work at Informix Users Group Conference 2017

by Rajesh Govindan- Portfolio Marketing Manager, IBM Informix

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We’re delighted to announce that John Cohn, esteemed IBM engineer, inventor and author will be the keynote speaker at the International Informix Users Group conference. John is not only an innovator immersed in initiatives for IBM’s Watson Internet of Things, he’s also an expert on making fun at your job.
If you’ve ever wanted to stimulate your creativity to improve your performance, you’ll want to see John in action. (Think Albert Einstein after a couple of Red Bulls.) His high-energy enthusiasm and inspirational words will boost your spirit of innovation and adventure, so you’ll return to your office with renewed excitement for your work.
The International Informix Users Group conference will be held at the Marriott City Center, April 23 to April 27, 2017 in Raleigh, North Carolina, US. It will feature three full days of educational sessions for Informix DBAs, developers and managers, plus social events where you can meet with others who’ve encountered and resolved issues that you may be dealing with in your job.
The IIUG conference is the world’s largest gathering of Informix users, and attracted over 400 professionals last year from throughout the world. Enthusiastic participants from Bangalore to Omaha came, learned, and shared at an event geared specifically to their work and their information needs.
If you’d like to know more about this year’s IIUG event, visit our web site. Those who register before January 31st will save their company money with an Early Bird Special that offers $375 off the regular fee.
If you’re planning to attend the event, let us know what it is you’d most like to learn. Leave a comment and we’ll see what we can do to include your ideas at the conference.

Tech Talks – DB2 for Linux, UNIX and Windows

by Sajan Kuttappa, Content Marketing Manager

IBM DB2 for Linux, UNIX and Windows database software is the foundation that powers many IBM Analytics offerings. In conjunction with the International DB2 Users Group (IDUG®), the DB2 product team hosts a series of monthly webinars highlighting key capabilities, use scenarios, and various aspects of data management needs. Below, you will find a listing of past webinars and upcoming topics. If there are topics that you would like us to cover, please email us at ibmdatamgmnt@gmail.com

2017
Topic Presenters
Extending SQL: Exploring the hidden JSON capabilities in DB2 George Baklarz
Jump Start 2017 with a new DB2 11.1 Matt Huras, Roger Sanders
2016
Topic Presenters
dashDB for Transactions – Fully managed Andrew Hilden
DB2 on the Cloud – Moving to the cloud with full control Jon Lind, Regina
BM DB2 on SAP – V11.1 Update and Recent Developments Karl Fleckenstein
DB2 Security: From the Data Center to the Cloud Roger Sanders
DB2 Tech Talk: Data Server Manager and DB2 connect Mike Connor, Anson Kokkat, Shilu Mathai
DB2 Tech Talk: DB2 V 11 performance update Peter Kokosielis
DB2 V11.1 Deep Dive on BLU & Analytics Enhancements John Hornibrook, David Kalmuk
Breaking scalability barriers: A DB2 V11.1 Technology Review Matt Huras / George Baklarz
DBaaS for Developers on IBM Cloud. Andrew Buckler
Can you use your SQL skills for big data? Paul Yip
What’s New in IBM Data Server Manager V1.1.2 Anson Kokkat

Network with peers at the Informix Users Group Conference 2017

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by Rajesh Govindan, Portfolio Marketing Manager – Informix

When we asked David Link from Nebraska what he liked most about the Informix Users Group Conference in 2016, he told us that networking was high on his list.

“I had an excellent time,” he said, “The content was great, the people were great, the social events were great…and it’s a great place to network and meet with other people.”

In other words, the IIUG Conference was great!

If you want to network with other professionals while you improve your Informix skills and learn about upcoming product enhancements, you’ll want to attend the 2017 event.

The International Informix Users Group conference will be held at the Marriott City Center, April 23 to April 27, 2017 in Raleigh, North Carolina, US. It will feature three full days of educational sessions for Informix DBAs, developers and managers, plus social events where you can meet with others who’ve encountered and resolved issues that you may be dealing with in your job.

The IIUG conference is the world’s largest gathering of Informix users, and attracted over 400 professionals last year from throughout the world. Enthusiastic participants from Bangalore to Omaha came, learned, and shared at an event geared specifically to their work and their information needs.

If you’d like to know more about this year’s IIUG event, visit our web site. Those who register before January 31st will save their company money with an Early Bird Special that offers $375 off the regular fee.

Also, if you attended last year’s event –like David Link –we’d love to know what you liked most about it. Please leave a comment to tell others about your experience.

 

Will you join me at the Informix Users Group Conference 2017?

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by Rajesh Govindan, Portfolio Marketing Manager – Informix

Are you interested in improving your Informix skills, learning about new features, and networking with others who have encountered –and resolved –the same challenges that you face? Do you want to become professionally certified on Informix or other IBM Analytics products? Would you like to attend seminars and tutorials that help you develop skills that will increase your value to your organization? Of course you do!

To give you a heads up , next year’s International Informix Users Group conference will be held April 23 to April 27, 2017 in Raleigh, North Carolina, US. There, at Marriott City Center, you’ll enjoy three full days of educational sessions for Informix DBAs, developers and managers. We’ll have several tracks dedicated to specific areas of learning, so you can select which one is best for you.

The IIUG conference is the world’s largest gathering of Informix users. Last year’s event attracted over 400 professionals from throughout the world, and garnered enthusiastic reviews from many who participated.

Hari Ammundi, Senior DBA at Action Net, attended for the first time in 2016, and told us, “The workshops are a wealth of information that I’m going to take back, and I think I’ll be visiting year after year for these functions.”   Hari, we look forward to seeing you again!

If you’d like to learn more about this year’s IIUG event, visit the web site. Those who register before January 31st will save their company money with an Early Bird Special that offers $375 off the regular fee.

Also, if you’ve got something to teach or talk about, we’re seeking presenters. So drop a note to Bruce Simms at bruce@iiug.org. (Presentations to global audiences look great on performance reviews and resumes!)

This is the premier world event for Informix DBAs, developers and managers. Please join   and together we can ensure IIUG members remain recognized for their professionalism, expertise, and commitment to learning new Informix skills.

 

 

(Did you attend the IIUG event last year? If so, leave a comments to let me know what you enjoyed most at the conference.)

 

Simply Powerful and Flexible – IBM Informix on Cloud

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by Pradeep Muthalpuredathe

To make sense of the avalanche of data generated today, you will need to put the data to work. The more you do it, the better the outcome. But the cost of storing and managing the data on premise grows very fast along with growing infrastructure and operational cost. Add to that the cost and challenge of scaling your requirements to match your needs – and pretty soon it all starts getting overwhelming.

IBM recently launched the Informix on Cloud, a hosted cloud service on IBM Bluemix, running on IBM SoftLayer Cloud infrastructure – just to address these challenges. Available in configurations (sizes) to suit your every business need, IBM Informix on Cloud builds on the tried and tested capabilities of Informix Advanced Enterprise server. Besides the OLTP and OLAP capabilities of Informix, you can take advantage of industry leading technologies like TimeSeries, Spatial, NoSQL, along with the high-performance, being delivered at a very low total cost of ownership.

You can have your current on premises applications connect to Informix on Cloud and continue your current operations while getting the benefits of Cloud. You can also build your analytics applications using other Bluemix services which will integrate seamlessly with Informix on Cloud, thus delivering data visualization, executive dashboards, predictive analytics and streaming analytics capabilities, all on the same platform. The table below will help describe this better –

Synergy Area Use Cases Description
Predictive Analytics Predictive analytics solutions for different industry use cases, including manufacturing, transportation, insurance, weather related use cases Predict and plan maintenance requirements, eliminate unplanned downtimes, avoid accidents/disasters, by using historic data to look into models and patterns, to predict behavior, potential failures/outages, etc..
Watson Analytics Data visualization, dashboards and infographics, automate predictive analytics Gain and share insights from the data in the Informix repositories, trigger actions based on events and find answers to business questions
Spark Analytics Complex in-memory (lightning fast) analytics from hybrid data stored in Informix, and take advantage of machine learning capabilities Spark Analytics provide big-data analytics capabilities for deeper analytics for data in Informix on Cloud, real-time insights on streaming data to Informix
Dataworks Move data from multiple sources to the Informix on Cloud service, cleanse and visualize data, to improve quality of data and deliver accurate insights Access to data from a hybrid source, a proven way to move data to Informix on Cloud

 

Streaming Analytics Real-time processing of massive amounts of unstructured and streaming time-series data to  Informix on Cloud service for operational data stores. Real-time analysis on data-in-motion, combined with TimeSeries analytics with Informix on Cloud

 

One of the most frequent concern/question about hosting data in the cloud is about security and privacy. With Informix on Cloud, your data is encrypted with industry standard algorithm, both while at rest in the database and in flight between the database and client applications.

Informix is uniquely positioned as the database of choice for Internet of Things (IoT) solutions – with its native support for time series, spatial and NoSQL data types. And its zero administration requirements, auto configuration and autonomic capabilities make it deeply embeddable in IoT edge analytic solution on gateway devices at the edge of IoT. With Informix on Cloud, you can now build a complete end-to-end IoT solution that combines advanced analytics in the cloud with edge analytics. You can take advantage of Informix’s industry leading replication capabilities and its in-memory query acceleration with Informix Warehouse Accelerator (IWA), to build a complete solution.

Whether you are a DBA, Application developer, CTO or CIO of your company, Informix on Cloud provides a simple, easy and secure option with a very low total cost of ownership (TCO), that more than meets your data management and analytics requirements. For more information, check out the Informix on Cloud web site .

DB2 for SAP – Poised for growth

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Like most organizations, your company is pressing ahead to close out projects and prepare new ones for the coming year. Inevitably, these annual evaluations and reviews call into question the preservation of your existing IT investment while exploiting new areas for growth. Some vendors strongly encourage vertically integrated solutions with a promise of seamless operation, but reality dictates a closer look at technology choices.

If you’re currently running an SAP environment with DB2 for Linux, UNIX and Windows software, there are quite a few options available to help you leverage existing DB2 infrastructure and be well positioned for new projects. You are cordially invited to attend a half-day seminar to learn key DB2 insights and considerations for SAP environments.

Our IBM SAP experts will:

  • Outline issues and factors affecting database use with SAP
  • Go over key considerations on selecting solutions
  • Provide a DB2 for Linux, UNIX and Windows Roadmap
  • Showcase breakthrough in-memory technologies
  • Illustrate how your continued use of DB2 for Linux, UNIX and Windows in SAP environment is not just safe but the optimal one for growth

The seminars will be held at 2 cities in North America. Please find below details and register for the one nearest to your city

  1. Cincinnati   – Monday, December 12th, 2016 from 9:30 AM –2:30 PM EST

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     2. New York City –  Tuesday, December 13th, 2016 from 9.30 AM – 2.30 PM EST

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After all, wouldn’t you want to know how to make existing investment work smarter without the risks of rip and replace?

 

 

 

IBM DB2 sessions at IBM Insight at World of Watson conference

by Sajan Kuttappa,  Marketing Manager- IBM Analytics Platform

As organizations develop next-generation applications for the digital era, many are using cognitive computing ushered in by IBM Watson technology. To make the most of these next-generation applications, you need a next-generation database that must handle a massive volume of data while delivering high performance to support real-time analytics. At the same time, it must provide data availability for demanding applications, scalability for growth and flexibility for responding to changes

IBM DB2 enables you to meet these challenges by providing enterprise-class scalability while also leveraging adaptive in-memory BLU Acceleration technology to support the analytics needs of your business. DB2 also handles structured and semi-structured data from a variety of sources to provide deep insight. With the ability to support thousands of terabytes, you can use historic and current data to identify trends and make sound decisions. The new release DB2 11.1 that was announced earlier this year comes packed with many enhancements for BLU, OLTP, PureScale, security, SQL, and more!

Whether you are interested in an overview of the improvements available with the new release or an in-depth understanding of the new enhancements, IBM World of Watson is the place to be.  The IBM Insight conference is now part of IBM World of Watson 2016 on October 24-27 and continues to be the premiere industry event for data and analytics professionals, delivering unmatched value and exciting onsite opportunities to connect with peers, hear from thought leaders, experience engaging content, and receive training and certification.  This article will highlight the key DB2 sessions at the IBM World of Watson conference.

We will start with Session #3483 by Matt Huras, IBM DB2 Architect who will provide a technical overview of the new release and the value the new features provide for your installations. We also have the following sessions that provide deeper coverage for the new enhancements available with the new release

  • DB2 11.1 includes significant enhancements in the area of availability — particularly around the pureScale feature. You can attend the Session #1433 – “The Latest and Greatest on Availability and pureScale in DB2 11.1” to learn about these enhancements, including simplification of deployment, new operating system and virtualization options, HADR updates, and improvements in the areas of management and multitenancy.
  • DB2 11.1 packs several enhancements to protect your data whether they are on-premises or on the cloud. Do look out for Session #1038 – “DB2 Security: From the Data Center to the Cloud” for an overview of the various security mechanisms that are available with the latest version of DB2 for Linux, UNIX, and Windows, as well as introduce you to several things that must be taken into consideration if you plan on moving your DB2 database environment from the data center to the cloud.
  • There is a lot of talk about in-memory computing and columnar multi-partitioned databases to improve analytic query performance. DB2 1 brings MPP scale to BLU! If you need a detailed step-by-step approach to implement the newest version of DB2, come learn about often overlooked but very important best practices to understand before and after upgrading by attending the Session #1290– “Upgrading to DB2 with the Latest Version of BLU Acceleration”  
  • DB2 11.1 is the foundation for hybrid cloud database deployments. In addition to being available to install on cloud-based infrastructure it is also the foundation of DB2 on Cloud and dashDB cloud data service offerings. Attend the Session #1444 – “Hybrid Cloud Data Management with DB2 and dashDB” to learn more about these different options and when you’d want to choose one over another.
  • If you are deploying DB2 for SAP applications, we have lined up Session #2629 by SAP and IBM experts – “IBM DB2 on SAP – V11.1 Update and Recent Developments”.  In this session, we will give an overview of recent SAP on DB2 extensions and which DB2 V11.1 features are most important for SAP applications.  One of our clients – BCBS of TN will also share their experiences with DB2 V11.1 around analytics and the benefits that they’ve seen.

Our clients Nordea Group and Argonne National Laboratory will also share their experience with deploying IBM Data Server Manager.  The hands–on-labs HOL 1766B – “DB2 High Availability and Disaster Recovery with Single or Multiple Standby Databases” allows you to configure and manage a production database with single or multiple standby databases using DB2 HA/DR facilities.

If you are a new user of DB2, you can also read this guide to the introductory DB2 sessions . Whether you are determining your next move or optimizing your existing investments in data and analytics capabilities, the IBM World of Watson 2016 conference is the place for you. This is your opportunity to get the training, answers, certifications and insights you need to be at the top of your game . If you have not yet registered for the conference, we suggest you visit this link and register yourself  –  bit.ly/WorldofWatson 

IBM DB2 – the database for the cognitive era at IBM World of Watson 2016

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by Sajan Kuttappa,  Marketing Manager- IBM Analytics Platform

IBM Insight, the premiere data, analytics and cognitive IBM conference, is now part of IBM World of Watson 2016 to be held at Las Vegas from October 24-27.  This year attendees will be able to experience first-hand a world of cognitive capabilities that IBM has been at the forefront of. World of Watson incorporates the kind of information you gained from IBM Insight — the tools and best practices to manage your data — and raises the game. You’ll also see how Watson’s capabilities give you a broad view of your business, its competitive landscape and what it takes to make your customers act. Our CEO – Ginni Rometty will deliver a keynote at this year’s conference. And on the evening of October 26th, our special event will feature Grammy winner Imagine Dragons.

Whether you’re a beginner or a seasoned DB2 professional, there is a treasure trove of information that you could walk away with. IBM experts and your peer speakers will share information about migration guidelines, new features of recent releases, implementation experiences, and much more. Likewise, our hands-on-labs (HOL) complement these topics to further enrich the experience.

For users new to DB2, we recommend attending session 3585 on “DB2 v11.1 Fundamentals” by Roger Sanders.  This presentation will provide a great overview of DB2 for Linux, UNIX and Windows. It will take attendees through the concepts covered on the DB2 11.1 Fundamentals certification exam: planning, security, working with databases and data objects, using SQL, and data concurrency. It will also provide a brief introduction to other DB2 based offerings like DB2 on Cloud and dashDB.

IBM provides number of database options for organizations who would like to deploy applications on the cloud – be it fully managed or hosted environment.  IBM dashDB for transactions provides a fully managed database service in the cloud that is optimized for online transaction processing workloads. DB2 on Cloud is a hosted service that offers the agility of cloud deployment and the management control you enjoy with the on-premises software.

  • If you would like to understand the capabilities of the dashDB for Transactions offering, consider attending session 3471 on “dashDB for Transactions: Fully Managed and Truly Awesome,” where we will discuss key features of this enterprise class service and its design and implementation for availability and performance.
  • DB2 on Cloud offering gives you everything you know and love about DB2 for Linux, UNIX and Windows software in a cloud environment hosted by IBM. You still have full DBA control to customize the database. You can rapidly provision it for instant productivity. And the monthly subscription-based licensing makes it easier to predict and control costs. As with any OLTP database supporting your critical applications, high availability and disaster recovery concerns are top of mind. We have lined up a session (Session #1439) that will help you understand how to “Implement High Availability and Disaster Recovery for DB2 on the Cloud.”

You can learn how to further optimize DB2 performance with management tools like IBM Data Server. The Hands-on-Lab  3141A- Secrets of the Pros: Using Data Server Manager to Monitor, manage and Mitigate Performance Problems will teach you how to use the latest version of IBM Data Server Manager to diagnose and resolve performance problems.

We hope that you can take advantage of these sessions by attending the World of Watson conference. Stay tuned for our next article on sessions for “Intermediate” skill sets and “Advanced” users.

We look forward to seeing you in Vegas. If you have not yet registered, please visit this link for more details – http://bit.ly/WorldofWatson