I wanted to take some time to reflect on the IIUG Conference that was held last week. In doing so, the first word that comes to mind to describe the conference is seamless. It is a very comprehensive conference that flows very smoothly through out the week.
I want to thank the IIUG conference committee for putting on such a great event. One of the key aspects that makes this conference very valuable is the support, sessions, and access to Jerry Keesee’s development team. Folks like Kevin Brown, Gayathri Srinivasan, Mukta Singh, Fred Ho, Jonathan Leffler and many others make this a special event.
A thanks goes out to all the international customers and Business Partners that traveled a long way to attend the conference. I have to say I was a little disappointed with the number of attendees from the U.S. My first thought was too many people in the U.S. have seen the Wizard of Oz and maybe they think that Kansas will not live up to that magical experience that was captured on film some 71 years ago. The reality is that the conference is very magical, not based on where it is held, but rather by the passion, knowledge and interaction of the people who attend. So, if you did not attend this year you really should go next year and reach out to others who may not be aware of the conference as well.
I wanted to do a shout out (American translation: Hello) to a few of the folks I saw at the conference. First up is Liew Kim Non from DB Solve Technologies a Business Partner from Malaysia. As a side note the Malaysian IUG Conference was just held in early April.
I also met with James White and Mike Barnwell from Fourth Generation Software Solutions. They are targeting the healthcare industry with their ERP solution based on the security Informix provides to be complainant with new HIPPA regulations. I also met with Roy Hart VP of Sales from GeneXus USA. They offer knowledge-based software development tools that work with Informix. My last shout out goes to Steve Churchill and Craig Humphreys from PreferredPartner. I appreciate their unique ideas and focus on Informix. It was great to re-connect with Steve after having worked with him, Angel and Eric during their SupportNet days.
My two wishes for next year are more attendees, especially from the U.S. and a fiber optic line dropped to my room for internet access, as the current set up was less then stellar.
A German Informix business partner AVM Softbase (focused on the fashion retail business) will be exhibiting at the SPESA Expo in Atlanta, GA. Please stop by and visit the booth.
SPESA EXPO, the industry’s largest and most comprehensive event of 2010, covers everything from concept to delivery. Fashion and sewn products executives and professionals gather in Atlanta on May 18-20 for a one-stop shop of materials, machinery, technology, and supply chain services while gaining valuable insight through seminars and networking.
AVM can be found at booth 5014.
I have included below some information we handed out at the IIUG Conference. Please download and enjoy!!
Informix Success Story (4 pages, PDF): IMC14545-GBEN-00
Informix Success Stories (85 pages, PDF): IMM14063-USEN-00 Final
Tri-fold Informix Reference Guides:
Just as a reminder please take time to fill out the Informix survey at: http://www.oninit.com/survey/ibm.php
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