Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Bloggin Ain't Easy

Have I really not written anything since August? Wow, my bad.

What can I say? I haven't been wearing my Informix DBA hat at work lately. I've been playing Python developer so my attention has been focused on other things. That's one of the great things about Informix, it runs so well that I don't have to devote 100% of my time to keeping the engines humming. This is great for me because I get to do some development work which I find interesting and my company gets to use me as a Software Engineer when the DBA workload is low.

So what got me focused on Informix again? Well, I just printed my boarding pass for a flight tomorrow to attend an IIUG Conference Planning Committee meeting this weekend. This is my first year volunteering for the CPC and I'm excited to be part of this group that has consistently put on a great conference for the Informix community.

If you haven't heard, the 2011 IIUG Informix Conference will be held May 15th - 18th at the Overland Park Marriott in Kansas and you can find a lot more information at the conference website.

The theme of the conference for 2011 is to Go Cruising with Informix. Come learn from to the best and the brightest Informix speakers about how you can take advantage of your Informix engines and take advantage of the cruise like all inclusive nature of the conference which includes meals, drinks and entertainment.

Among other conference logistic planning things the CPC will be putting together the session grid for the conference this weekend, no easy task. We've received A TON of submissions this year and it will be our job to pick the right sessions and schedule them appropriately to maximize your training dollars.

Speaking of your training dollars. If you have them, then there is no better way to spend them then on the IIUG conference. Of course I have to say this as a member of the IIUG Board of Directors and now the CPC, but here are some numbers and you can be the judge.

Early Bird Registration (Before February 1, 2011) is $625 and if you're an IIUG member (it is freakin' free to join) you get $100 off conference registration.

That's $525 for the conference registration. Show me where you can get 3 full days of Informix training by the people who actually wrote the code, great food (breakfast, lunch and food at every night time activity), drinks (open bar dude!), entertainment, free internet, access to the vendors in the EXPO hall and free IBM certification training for $525. You can't. You simply can not beat the value this conference provides.

If you need something a little more formal than the promise of an open bar to show your boss, check the Conference Website for a full Conference Justification write up.

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