Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Informix User Group Meetings in North America

If you are in North Texas, Chicago, Colorado or the Great Northwest and you are an Informix fanatic (why else would you be reading this?) then you need to plan to attend the Local Informix User Group meetings scheduled for the very near future.

Monday, November 12, 2012

Ok, This is Pretty Cool

The article talks about an Oncor, an energy company in Texas that services more than 3 million homes with electricity, that is using Informix (presumably TimeSeries, but not mentioned specifically) to do all kinds of bad ass things.
The smart grid is based on IBM hardware and software, including IBM POWER7 Servers and IBM Informix database software to manage the massive amounts of data produced by the smart meters. As a result of using Informix software instead of their prior data management solution
  • Meter data was loaded 20 times faster, and query performance increased up to 30 times faster. This is significant because faster processing of meter data enables faster business processes that use that data (such as meter-to-cash), and faster data analysis. 
  • Data storage needs were reduced by 70 percent and remained linear over time, allowing for predictable data storage requirements and significant cost savings.
I wrote a couple of blog posts in September 2011 after attending an IBM Smart Metering Summit in Austin, TX, if you'd like to check them out.

Smart Metering Data Summit
This Smart Meter Stuff is for Real

Now, the big question is: Will we see or hear about this outside of ElectricEnergyOnline.com and are there more TimeSeries deals in the pipeline? That would be great for Informix, like I said in 2011 this smart meter stuff is for real and IBM definitely has the superior product to handle this kind of data.

Friday, November 9, 2012

Dynamite Roll

On my way to work this morning, there was a news story on the radio about a new cologne called Sushi. The product description explains this unique product:
Not what you think it would smell like! Demeter's Sushi is the fresh scent of just cooked sticky rice and straight from the seaside seaweed, laced with hints of ginger and lemon essences. Simply delectable... after all, if it smelledlike fish, would you wear it?
This reminded me of an old joke about Informix Software (the company) and how they marketed their products:

Thursday, November 8, 2012

IIUG 2013 Updates

Some things to note about IIUG 2013:

Registration is now open - Register before January 17, 2013 to get the $225 Early Registration Discount.

Register as an IIUG member and receive and additional $100 discount.

The IIUG 2013 Cost Justification Document is now available if you need some help convincing your boss that IIUG 2013 is an effective way to spend your 2013 training dollars.

In previous years the Tutorials were held on Sunday before the conference started and cost extra, this year the Tutorials will be held on Thursday after the conference and are INCLUDED for all paid attendees.

The Tutorials are expected to fill quickly so reserve your spot as soon as possible, if you register early before the Tutorial schedule is released you will be able to return to your registration and make your Tutorial suggestions.

The Conference Planning Committee (CPC) is still accepting session abstracts if you would like to present at IIUG 2013 and receive a complimentary conference pass. Submit your idea to iiug2013.org/speakers before November 15, 2012.

It is going to be another great conference in beautiful California in 2013. The CPC is busy planning Sessions, Food, Parties, Exhibitors, Keynotes, Tutorials, Certifications and everything else, I hope to see you there!