Just one month remains until the IIUG Event in Raleigh, NC. Register today!

by Rajesh Govindan, Portfolio Marketing Manager, IBM Informix

If you’ve got the time, we’ve got the space! But you’re going to want to register now — before the conference is 100% booked.

Already, we’ve had lots of Informix developers from all over the world sign up to attend this year’s IIUG conference. They’re not only coming for the 20+ educational sessions we’ll be offering over three days of jam-packed learning, but also to attend our sensational keynote presentation by John Cohn.

John is well known for his entertaining and inspirational talks, and you won’t want to miss what he has to say. His enthusiastic approach to work has made him one of the most sought-after speakers at IBM, where he serves as IBM Fellow in the IBM Watson Internet of Things Division. You may also recognize John from his TED Talks presentation, or in his appearance in “The Colony” on the Discovery Channel.

In addition to John Cohn, our roster includes Informix experts such as:
·    Alex Chen
·    Jeff Filippi
·    Hulka Radomir
·    Art Kagel
·    Lester Knutsen
·    Doug Lawrey
·    Ognien Orel
·    Jacques Roy
·    Nancy Slaughter
·    Neil Truby
·    Mike Walker
·    David Williams

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 great opportunities to listen, learn and network with colleagues who have overcome the same challenges you face.
After the main event, attendees are invited to participate in FREE in-depth tutorials on Database Administration, Application Development, Security, Cloud offerings, JSON/NoSQL, and Apache Spark.
If you’d like to know more, visit our web site.  Time and space are running out, so be sure to book as quickly as you can!
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If you’ve already registered, please leave a note and tell us what you’re most looking forward to learning.

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 !

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!

Connected devices and new business engagement models for industries

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By   Sajan Kuttappa,  Marketing Manager, Analytics Platform Services

Business strategy expert Michael Porter recently referred to it as the “Third wave of IT innovation”. Not a day passes without articles being published about the multi-billion dollar value that it will help create.

If you are still wondering what this is about…here’s one more hint –  While everyone seems to agree on the impact that this will create not many understand the true shape that this could take in the future.

We are talking about the Internet of Things (IoT) and the promise of an utopian future where connected devices are the norm. As experts will tell you, the IoT as it is popularly called, is not new-to-the-world. In fact it has been around in different forms for many years.

While a few industries like manufacturing are ahead of the curve with adoption of IoT, there are new use cases within other industries where the concept of devices talking to each other over the internet is helping with designing innovative products, tackling inefficiencies within supply chains, improving customer service and more. Businesses of all types – manufacturers, servicing organizations, public utilities, industrial, telecommunications, healthcare providers and more are adopting the use of sensor technology to lower operating costs and increase business value. This is driving the need for instant access to information for speed-of-thought insight and the ability to deliver new services in record time.IoT event - San Jose

Join IBM and Intel for a special event at the IBM Briefing Center in San Jose on August 17th. This half-day event will feature real world solutions using the latest IoT, cloud and analytics technologies. Come and learn how leading edge solutions can be implemented now and take the opportunity to meet the IBM and Intel teams supporting IoT industry solutions.

You can register for the event here – https://ibm.biz/BdXAXK

Creating Real World Sensor-to-Business Value Internet of Things Applications

sajanBy Sajan Kuttappa
Marketing Manager, IBM

Consider the following scenarios:

  • Analysis of data from shoppers’ mobile devices is delivering insights about which store location within a mall will guarantee a retailer the highest footfall
  • Consumers are optimizing their energy consumption by better analyzing their power usage patterns over regular time intervals. Utility companies are using this data to build more responsive grids
  • Public transport /shared transport is being revolutionized with a better understanding of how and when people travel

The aforementioned scenarios are not just a futuristic outlook on the potential benefits of connected devices – rather they are some of the existing applications of the insights gained from machines talking to each other. These are exciting times in the world of connected devices. Devices today are helping companies and consumers learn a lot more about their ecosystem and are helping create new services and evolve new business models.

Hildebrand’s Smart platform powered by IBM Informix

Hildebrand is one such company which is focused on helping develop solutions for the retail, energy and transport industries using their Smart Platform. They recently used their Smart platform to launch a retail “footfall” tracking solution that collects and analyzes 250 million data points per day to deliver insights to retailers about dwell time, frequency of return visits. Apart from this, Hildebrand solutions continue to play an important role in the domain of energy usage and transport systems.

To tackle the big data, Hildebrand deployed IBM Informix database, which has built-in ability to handle massive amounts of Time-stamped data easily while providing faster storage, retrieval and real-time analytics

Constructing the IoT solution

IBM and Hildebrand are hosting a special event in London on December 10, 2014 focused on creating real world sensor-to-business value Internet of Things applications. This half-day event will feature a real world solution using IBM Cloud TimeSeries technology with Hildebrand data collection and analytics solutions.

If you are interested in learning how real-world IoT solutions are built, you can attend this half-day event on Dec 10th starting at 09.30 AM at the IBM Executive Briefing Center, Southbank, London and take the opportunity to meet the IBM team supporting IoT Industry solutions in the UK.

You can book your place by registering for the event here http://www.hildebrand.co.uk/IoTLondon/

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