As my daughter reminded me that it is fireworks time again, due to the 4th of July here in the U.S., I reflected on that fact that important milestones should not be taken for granted. It is with that mind set I look back over the last ten years, since IBM acquired Informix.
Let’s start with the people first. The Informix community is made up of people inside and outside of IBM. Inside IBM I had the chance to first start working with Jerry Keesee back in 2004, when Janet Perna (GM of Information Management) asked me to focus on the Informix business and grow it. At first glance, Jerry seemed very intense. Although very accustom to intense people from growing up in NY, I was not expecting it from someone in the mid-west. That said Jerry has a great style and is a very welcoming individual. I appreciate Jerry’s vast knowledge of the Informix business. Jerry also offers his friendship to those that earn it, which is a disappearing deed in today’s business world. Outside of IBM I had the chance to get to know Stuart Litel (President of the IIUG) when I joined the IIUG board back in 2005. Stuart is a character and marches to his own drummer (another rare feat these days). Stuart defines passion in context to Informix around the world (ok, maybe the Red Sox too :>). He provides insight into what is happening in the Informix community and still runs the IIUG to this day. When working side by side with Stuart one is never bored.
In regards to the technology, what can I say that I have not said over the last seven years? Informix is great database technology! It is used by many of the top companies and governments around the world. Informix continues to have a bright future and I look forward to see what growth will occur over the next ten years. I would like to thank the entire Informix community for the last ten years! Onward and upward!
“In business, I’ve discovered that my purpose is to do my best to my utmost ability every day. That’s my standard. I learned early in my life that I had high standards.” – Donald Trump