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Informix Community Event

Thursday saw the annual UK Informix community event at the Henley Golf Club, sponsored and extremely well organised by Bell Micro. Unfortunately, a nasty accident on the M5 delayed the arrival of many of the participants, but we soon sat down to a number of excellent presentations, compered by David Linthwaite.

This included an excellent comic turn from Jerry Keesee, who delivered the Informix roadmap and new features update.

Guy Bowerman spoke about application development, virtualisation and the cloud and I found that I finally "got" the cloud, especially from an ISV's perspective.

Cosmo then spoke about the Informix Warehouse and how it can complement your existing investment in Informix. He also delivered a competitive overview covering the major competitors to Informix and a discussion of some benchmarking activity.

While some of us were trying to have our lunch, Jon Ritson discussed how to implement MACH11.

Robert Dant of Centric iSolutions (a grizzled veteran DB2 DBA) discussed their new product and why it would only ever run on Informix.

There were also a couple of product demonstrations that really caught my eye, including the new configuration management feature in ServerStudio and Lintel Software's Infotrace log analyser. These could both be incredibly useful additions to any Informix DBA's arsenal of tools.

Outside of the presentations, there was also the chance to mingle with some of the best and brightest minds in Informix. This year, we had Jerry Keesee, Director of Development for Informix; Terri Gerber, Worldwide Sales Executive for Informix; Guy Bowerman, Embedability Architect; most of the level 3 tech support engineers were there as well as some of the (very) old guard of Informix hands.

I can heartily recommend that any Informix user should clear their diary for next year's event: the presentations were of an extremely high standard (I can say that, because I didn't present!) and the organisation was immaculate. Hats off to Sandra Rye and the rest of the Bell Micro team for an excellent event.

It's an excellent opportunity to learn, mingle and enjoy -- make sure you are there next year!

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