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.

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.)

 

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 

Golf, Beaches and Informix – Welcome to Florida!

By Sajan Kuttappa, Marketingsajan Manager – Analytics Platform Services, IBM

IBM Informix has forged new frontiers with its ability to effectively manage large amounts of data from the Internet of Things. You can also seamlessly integrate non-standard data types, with a rich set of APIs including REST, that enhance development simplicity, flexibility and time to market. All of this without compromising on availability, scalability and security which make it the most powerful enterprise class database in the market today

While Informix has evolved over the years to stay in tune with rapid advances in technology, the annual IIUG conference has established itself as the premiere data and analytics conference and the best place to learn about the latest updates from the technology world. The best brains are selected to share their expertise during 3 days of educational sessions that will help the audience develop key skills for career advancement while also providing great networking opportunities with IBM executives, Informix development team and more.

In 2015 we celebrated 20 years of the IIUG and I am sure the emotional moments from the conference held at San Diego last year will be etched in the memories of all those who attended. The 2016 conference will be held from May 4th – 8th at the Sawgrass Marriott Golf Resort & Spa, Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida, USA and the lineup of speakers and sessions looks very promising.

At the home of the PGA tour, you will be served an excellent platter of technical educational sessions that cover everything from the benefits of Hybrid databases, Spark analytics with Informix, Tools and technologies for the world of Internet-of-Things (IoT). You can further benefit from the optional tutorials on May 8th around database administration, application development and tools on Sunday. Become IBM Informix Certified by taking the IBM Informix Professional Certification exams or almost any other IBM Information Management exam (the first exam is usually free at a savings of about $150).   IIUG banner

Visit www.iiug2016.org for more details and register yourself. Paid registration includes full access to IIUG 2016 from May 4 – 8 including continental breakfast and lunch each day, the Wednesday evening reception and admission to IIUG party on May 5 and 6. IIUG members who register online get $100.00 off registration fees

So get ready to tee off with the best minds in the technology world. Welcome to Florida!

IBM Insight 2015 – A guide to the DB2 sessions

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By   Sajan Kuttappa,  Marketing Manager, Analytics Platform Services

In just a few weeks from now, thousands of people will converge in Las Vegas for the much talked about IBM Insight 2015 conference at Mandalay Bay, Las Vegas.

If you are a DB2 professional, an information architect or a database professional interested in knowing about the latest in in-memory technology, DB2 for SAP workloads and database Administration tools, there is an excellent lineup of sessions by subject matter experts that has been planned for you at the Insight conference. This article will highlight the topics that will be covered so that you can create your agenda in advance

IBM DB2 continues to be the best database option for SAP environments. Experts will share DB2 BLU Best Practices for SAP systems and the latest features of DB2 that enable in-memory, high-availability and scalability for SAP. For those interested in new deployment options like Cloud, we recommend sessions covering IBM’s portfolio of Cloud solutions for SAP on DB2 customers. The Hands-on-Labs at the conference will showcase how to best leverage DB2 BLU for SAP Business Warehouse.

Don’t miss the many client stories about how they benefited from DB2’s in memory technology (BLU Acceleration) to enable speed-of-thought analytics for their business users, share their lessons learned on and best practices, and talk about enhancements and tips for DB2 LUW and DB2 BLU. If you are planning for increased workloads, look out for the session on scaling up BLU acceleration in a high concurrency environment.
Learn more about upgrading to the Data Server Manager for DB2 and simplify database administration, optimize performance with expert advice & reduce costs across the enterprise.  Apart from this you can hear how our clients achieved cost savings and reduced time-to-market by migrating to DB2 LUW. Also on the menu is a Database Administration Crash course for DB2 LUW that will be conducted by top IBM champions in the field.

There is a lot that will be take place in Las Vegas. A week of high-quality educational sessions, hands-on-labs and panel discussions awaits you so attendees can walk away with better insights into how DB2 integrates into big data analysis and how it delivers in the cloud and more. We look forward to meeting you in Las Vegas for Insight 2015; and whatever happens in Vegas (at Insight) should definitely not stay in Vegas!!!

A list of all the sessions can be found at the below links

DB2 for SAP:   http://bit.ly/db2sapatinsight
Core DB2 for the enterprise: http://bit.ly/db2coreatinsight
DB2 with BLU Acceleration: http://bit.ly/db2bluatinsight
DB2 LUW tools / Administration: http://bit.ly/db2toolsatinsight

So start planning your agenda for Insight 2015 .

Follow us on Twitter (@IBM_DB2 ), Facebook (IBM DB2) for regular updates around the conference and key sessions.

CrowdChat: Join Our Expert Panel And Get To Know dashDB

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ITSO Social Business Manager for DB2

Are you facing challenges with your current data warehousing and analytics architecture? What role do cloud technologies play in your data architecture? Join us November 18th at 2:00 PM ET for an IBM Information Management CrowdChat as we take a deeper look at these questions and introduce you to dashDB, a powerful new cloud based data warehousing and analytics solution.

dashDB-checklistv2Don’t miss out on the many benefits that analytics on the cloud will bring for your organization. Get to know more about dashDB during this one hour open chat with experts Alan Hoffman, founder of Cloudant, Nancy Hensley, Director, Strategy and Marketing, Database Software, Sam Lightstone Chief Architect for Data Warehousing, and Adam Ronthal, Product Marketing & Strategy – Big Data, Cloud. Questions we’ll be addressing with our expert panel:

  1. What role do cloud technologies play in your data architecture?
  2. How do you see this role changing in the next 18 months?
  3. What are the benefits of analytics on the cloud for your organization?
  4. What are the pressures you are feeling from your lines of business around analytics?
  5. What would you like to know about dashDB?

What is a CrowdChat?

A CrowdChat is a free community virtual event platform that works seamlessly with Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn to allow users to engage in an online conversation held at a pre-arranged time around a topic using a specific #hashtag. You can sign in using your Twitter, Facebook or LinkedIn account. It’s easy (and fun!) to participate in a CrowdChat.

#dashDBCrowdChat details

Use your Twitter, LinkedIn or Facebook credentials to log in to the service using the URL below or by clicking here. The chat can also be followed on Twitter using the hashtag #dashDBChat. Anyone and everyone is welcome to join, especially the developer community!

Date: Tuesday, November 18th
Time: 2:00 PM ET
Link to Chat: http://www.CrowdChat.net/dashDB
Chat hashtag: #dashDBChat

Be sure to listen to the postcast before the chat: http://bit.ly/dashDBpodcast  Don’t forget to follow dashDB on Twitter @getdashDB

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Inside IBM Insight 2014: See How Clients Are Revolutionizing Their Business With DB2

cassieBy Cassandra Desens
IBM Software Group, Information Management  

This will be my second year at Insight and I must say, it is my favorite time of the work year. As frenzied and busy as the planning is, the return on intangible investments is worth it. Ask anyone – after just a few short days in Vegas you walk away with a renewed sense of excitement around IBM, its products, lots of free stuff, and usually a head cold  (I’m no doctor, but casinos are definitely germ incubators).

Last year I was amazed at the hundreds of events and opportunities the conference presented by customers. Demos, a city-sized EXPO floor, labs, 1-on-1s, both large general & breakout sessions,  product specific & networking events…the list goes on and on. There are so many different ways to spend your short week with us at Mandalay Bay. The question is – what will you choose to attend?
Allow me to suggest the client-led sessions.

As I said in my last blog entry, Balluff loves BLU Acceleration too: “Hearing customer stories puts our product claims into perspective. Success stories give us the ultimate answer to the elusive question “How does this relate to me and my business?”.”

There is nothing that gets me more excited than hearing how a customer was able to revolutionize their business with DB2 for Linux, UNIX and Windows, so today I want to recommend 5 Insight2014 sessions for you to attend to hear the way companies around the world are leveraging DB2. I encourage you to weave these into your busy schedule next week. I promise you won’t be disappointed!

1) IWA-4145A: Keeping Data Analysts in the Pink: IBM DB2 with BLU Acceleration on Power System at BlueCross BlueShield of TN
Date & Time: Monday October 27th, from 2:00-3:00pm
Speakers: Randy Wilson Lead DB2 for LUW DBA at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Tennessee, and Danny Arnold, Software Client Leader at IBM
Abstract: When BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee (BCBS of TN) data analysts ran certain queries, the queries did not run in a timely manner and took hours to complete. In need of a solution, the company decided to test the IBM DB2 10.5 with BLU Acceleration technology. The initial results were astounding, showing queries completing in just seconds, not hours. The company then installed DB2 10.5 with BLU Acceleration on a large test environment on the IBM POWER7 system. It worked with its data analyst team of IBM Cognos and SAS users to identify queries that could benefit from the BLU Acceleration technology. In this session, you learn about BCBS of TN’s experience with DB2 BLU and how it allows the company to make better business decisions.

2) IWS-5729A: IBM BLU Acceleration: Adoption Guidelines and Lessons Learned at Coca-Cola Bottling Company

Date & Time: Monday October 27th, from 3:30-4:30pm
Speakers: Andrew Juarez, Lead SAP Basis DBA at Coca-Cola Bottling Co., and Naresh Chainani, DB2 Development at IBM
IBM DB2 with BLU Acceleration can provide performance improvements that range from 10 times to 25 times and beyond for analytical queries with minimal tuning. If you are eager to understand how your business can take advantage of this technology for your warehouse or data marts, attend this session. You learn how quick and easy it is to get started with BLU. You see a specific real-world example based on the Coca Cola Bottling Company’s experience with DB2 BLU, from installation to performance tests. You also see how DB2 BLU fits into the SAP BW environment.
3) IWS-5338B: Why the University of Toronto Loves BLU: Faster, Smaller, and Simpler in Only a Few Hours
Date & Time: Tuesday October 28th, 10:00-11:00am
Speakers: Brenda Boshoff, Senior Database Administrator at University of Toronto, and Adam Storm, Senior Technical Staff Member and Master Inventor at IBM
Abstract: It’s not every day that a new database technology promises revolutionary performance gains, improved compression and radically reduced time to value. It’s even less often that such aggressive claims can be validated by customers. This session takes you through the adoption cycle of IBM BLU Acceleration at the University of Toronto. You learn how an aggressive one-day proof of concept achieved dramatic performance gains in less than three hours. You gain insight into the process of taking BLU Acceleration through the QA cycle and into production. If you’re considering moving to BLU Acceleration, attend this session to see how the University of Toronto successfully adopted the technology in its environment and achieved dramatic results.

4) IWS-5787A: Simplify your SAP Landscape – Superior SAP BI Performance @ Yazaki with DB2 BLU
Date & Time
: Wednesday October 29th from 11:15-12:15pm
Speakers: Juergen Laudien, Infrastructure Manager at Yazaki Europe, Bernd Ertl, Competitive Sales Lead at IBM, Karsten Stoehr, Competitive Database Sales Specialist at IBM, Carsten Dieterle, SAP Infrastructure Solution Architects (SOLAR) – SAP Growth Program at IBM
Abstract:The topic is about simplifying your SAP BW landscape by taking SAP BWA and HANA appliances out of the IT infrastructure and replace it with DB2 BLU instead of SAP HANA – Many DB2 clients have done this. They have gained their experiences in proof of concepts as well as in production environments which prove, that DB2 BLU needs up to 85% less cores/storage/RAM compared to SAP BWA or HANA appliances. This huge amount of HW savings and the reduced SW license costs allow clients to run their business faster and more efficient on DB2 BLU.

5) IDB-4606A: Ameriprise Financial’s Deployment Experiences with IBM DB2 High Availability Disaster Recovery
Date & Time: Wednesday October 29th from 4:30-5:45pm
Speakers: Chip MicAllister, UDB Database Technical Lead at Ameriprise and Dale McInnis STSM: Chief Architect IM Cloud Availability
Abstract:  In this session, you learn about the high availability disaster recovery (HADR) feature in IBM DB2. Then, you will hear about Ameriprise Financial’s experience when deploying DB2 HADR in its production environment.

Safe travels everyone and see you soon!

Inside IBM Insight 2014: What You Need To Know About The dev@Insight Program

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By Steven Miller
Data Maestro, Talent & Skills Ecosystem

Something new and interesting is taking place at IBM conferences this year.  Maybe you’ve noticed the dev@ events?  If not, let me tell you about dev@Insight.

IBM Insight is a meeting of minds for data and anaytics. Big data and analytics are necessary to help your team improve every decision, optimize every process, and inform every interaction.  dev@Insight is a developers and architect-specific program that takes place along-side the Insight conference to give you the know-how, skills, and best practices for you to harness this all-important data and analytics. This is your opportunity to build new skills, learn how to build serious mobile & cloud data driven applications, to get to know technology experts, and to network with peers.

Join the thousands of architects, scientists and practitioners who will share their insights, experience and expertise in more than 130 hands-on labs, sessions, workshops, Ignite® talks, hackathons and certifications.  Learn from leading data and analytics experts, work through technical exercises at your own pace, and explore innovative new technologies.

dev@Insight is open to everyone who attends Insight 2014 with a valid registration. 

For full details, click here.

The Sunday kick-off starts at 4:30pm. Monday’s night’s main event starts at 7pm. Wednesday night’s finale starts hosted by the Cloudant team starts at 5:30pm (registration required).  Beer will be served at the evening events.

Book your build consult or hands-on lab now: