Happy 10th Anniversary for Informix!

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

Published in: on July 1, 2011 at 3:04 pm  Leave a Comment  

Oracle Customers Feeling Left Out – Discover Why Informix Is Here to Help!

Hopefully you are already aware of the fact that back on March 22, 2011; Oracle had decided to discontinue all software development on the Intel Itanium microprocessor.

Oracle announcement


Why is this important?  HP has the vast majority of Itanium servers in the market, making HP-UX the main operating system for Itanium. Informix on Itanium is a great choice if you want to keep on Itanium, but switch off of an Oracle database. IBM has committed to support Informix on HP-UX for years to come.  Talk to your IBM sales rep or Business Partner today! 

“If you are out to describe the truth, leave elegance to the tailor.” – Albert Einstein

Published in: on June 8, 2011 at 3:09 pm  Leave a Comment  

Rolling Thunder – Informix 11.7 Strikes Again

Informix 11.7 is introducing more innovation to delight Clients and Business Partners. The two new additions are the Informix Ultimate Warehouse Edition and Informix Genero.

Informix Ultimate Warehouse Edition Details

The “Informix Warehouse Accelerator” accelerates select queries, with unprecedented response times, using a columnar database structure.

  • Performance:  Unprecedented response times to enable ‘train of thought’ analysis frequently blocked by poor query performance
  • Integration & Transparency: Connects to Informix through deep integration providing transparency to all applications
  • Self-managed Workloads & Simplified Administration: Queries are executed efficiently using hands-free operations, eliminating many database tuning tasks

Do you have performance-bound queries? Are you looking for a blazing-fast, mixed-workload, low cost warehouse solution?

Look no further!

In summary, the IBM Informix Ultimate Warehouse Edition is capable of accelerating warehouse queries up to 300X, at the same time it lowers data warehouse costs. This product is also an ideal upgrade path for XPS and Red Brick customers. This is available as a new license sale or a “trade-up” to existing Informix customers.

Informix Genero Details

Informix Genero is an offering that will complement existing Informix 4GL by allowing users to deploy existing and new applications in browser-based, GUI desktop, mobile and cloud environments.

Who is this offering for:

  • Customers who want to move “as-is” legacy 4GL code into a web-based, GUI desktop, mobile or cloud environment without doing a complete re-write
  • Business Partners looking to expand their offerings to modern environments
  • ISVs looking to package and resell modern 4GL solutions with Informix

In summary, IBM Informix Genero helps you deploying apps faster with easy graphical tools. Informix Genero lowers development costs and improves developer productivity. Why do a complete re-write that can take years, when you can leverage IBM Informix Genero to modernize your application in days or weeks .


“Imagination is more important than knowledge.” – Albert Einstein

Published in: on March 29, 2011 at 3:19 pm  Leave a Comment  

2011 Informix Business Partner Call

 Informix Channel Partner Webcast This Week!

We will highlight our strategy for 2011, as well as provide sales and marketing updates.

  • Intro – Welcome      (Rob Thomas)
  • Strategy 2011             (Bruce Weed)
  • Marketing                   (Ted Wasserman)
  • Roadmap                     (Steve Troisi)
  • Sales Plays                  (Bruce Weed)
  • Q&A                          

For Business Partners Located In North America/Latin America/EMEA

Thursday February 17, 2011 at 11:00am – 12:00pm Eastern (16:00 GMT) 

For Business Partners Located In Asia-Pacific

Thursday February 17, 2011 at 8:00pm – 9:00pm Eastern (Friday February 18, 2011 at 01:00 GMT) 

For all Business Partners, ISVs, OEMs and VADs who want the latest update around the Informix business, includes a special announcement for Cognos partners.  Please contact your IBM channels rep for webcast information and details.

“A man with no enemies is a man with no character.” — Paul Newman

Published in: on February 14, 2011 at 4:23 pm  Comments (1)  

Webcast On The Total Economic Impact™ Of IBM Informix Database Server

Tuesday, December 14, 2010
Time: 9:00 am PT / 12:00 pm ET  (U.S.A. time)
Duration: 60 minutes

Register for this InformationWeek Webcast and receive a complimentary white paper, “The Total Economic Impact™ Of IBM Informix Database Server”

Few companies have a meaningful way to measure the value of IT and IT projects before making an investment. Technology providers frequently talk about features and functions but sometimes forget to help potential clients understand benefits.

Jon Erickson of Forrester Consulting will present the results of an IBM commissioned study which examines the total economic impact and potential return on investment (ROI) that organizations may realize by deploying IBM Informix database software. The study uses a comprehensive methodology to bring third-party, objective ROI analysis to organizations considering the use of Informix.

Richard Wozniak of IBM will also provide a brief overview of the recently released Informix “Panther” which extends the capabilities of Informix with greater simplicity, power and flexibility.

Sign up here:


Published in: on December 13, 2010 at 8:45 pm  Leave a Comment  

Panther is released, the new decade starts now!

This is an exciting time.  Product launches do not happen every day, so we should all take time to learn more about what Informix 11.7 (code named Panther) brings to the table.  For those of you who will be at the IOD Global Conference in less then two weeks, you will have the chance to join in on the celebration.   Today the official press release went out on the wire.  The actual announcement occurred yesterday.  I have provided below some high level bullet points on what is new and exciting with V11.7 .  

Highlights of Informix 11.7
·        Zero down time for maintenance and upgrades – made easy!  Keep data available even during planned outages, without the need for temporary hardware, or cloning of databases or applications. You can also utilize heterogeneous hardware and operating systems within the grid
·        Analytics enhancements: Informix 11.7 significantly enhances the ability to handle warehousing workloads, with analytical queries running up to 50% faster. Higher performance means fewer servers – and less space, power, and cooling resources.
·        Even less administration: New autonomic capabilities in Informix 11.7 include automated storage and memory management, a new deployment utility and automated install capable of mass deployment across multiple servers, as well as an automated task scheduler.
·        Enhanced Developer Productivity: Support for Optim Development Studio and IBM Mashup Center will enhance developer productivity. Additionally, Informix 11.7 has built-in support for special data types, such as Time Series, Spatial, and MQ Series, allowing for a new class of applications.
·        Cloud Computing and Virtualization: The Informix Flexible Grid makes Informix a perfect choice for virtualization and cloud computing. Informix 11.7 allows backup and restore of data that is stored in the cloud. This enables scalable storage that can be accessed from the web.


Informix 11.7 Announcement letter

 The Informix 11.7 Press Release

Front page “news flash” on DBTA!


Article on DBTA about Informix 11.7


Updated web pages on ibm.com (with more to follow)


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Published in: on October 13, 2010 at 9:48 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Informix Events

Below is a list of some of the Informix Events happening between now and the end of the year.  There are other events not posted below that are run locally in geo by Business Partners, User Groups and Sales Teams. Please note the biggest event in October is not list below either, for more information on that event go to:


“Do not seek to have events happen as you want them to, but instead want them to happen as they do happen, and your life will go well” – Epictetus

Published in: on September 22, 2010 at 2:38 pm  Leave a Comment  

ITG analyst paper: Cost/Benefit case for IBM Informix

As compared to Microsoft SQL Server for midsize organizations. 

This white paper summarizes the results of a comparison study in which the total cost of ownership of IBM Informix is shown to be at least 31 percent less than the cost of Microsoft SQL Server. This will be of great interest to midsize businesses that face considerable challenges in their IT environments to reduce costs while gaining competitive advantage, increasing organizational efficiency and responsiveness, building new relationships with customers, and realizing other bottom-line benefits.


“Price is what you pay.  Value is what you get.”  – Warren Buffett

Published in: on September 20, 2010 at 2:49 pm  Leave a Comment  

Forrester Total Economic Impact Study For IBM Informix

Few companies have a meaningful way to measure the value of IT and IT projects before making an investment. Technology providers frequently talk about features and functions but sometimes forget to help potential clients understand benefits.

Recently, IBM commissioned Forrester Consulting to examine the total economic impact and potential return on investment (ROI) that organizations may realize by deploying IBM® Informix® database software. The study uses a comprehensive methodology to bring third-party, objective ROI analysis to organizations considering the use of Informix.

The conclusion? IBM Informix delivers high performance and cost efficiency, including administration efficiency, reduced downtime, improved server utilization, and reduced support costs. But don’t take our word for it. Read the report for yourself.


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Published in: on September 16, 2010 at 9:25 pm  Leave a Comment  

Informix Survey, your input sequestered

Informix Survey for Continuous Availability White Paper.

Every response matters. Start the Survey below.

Published in: on August 12, 2010 at 8:59 pm  Leave a Comment