IBM Informix Road Map for 2012 : An interview with Jerry Kessee

I had the opportunity to interview Jerry Kessee (World Wide Director, Informix Software) during the Informix India Annual User Group Meet 2012 which took place on the 16th of February 2012 in Mumbai.

While speaking with him, I got a chance to ask him about the road map of Informix in 2012. In his response, he spent a few minutes speaking about the milestones achieved by Informix, especially last year.

To summarize, there were a lot a lot of ground breaking technologies that were introduced last year, some of the highlights include

  • The introduction of Informix 11.7 which revolved around the technology of flexible grid focused on ‘clustering’, which allowed a company to better leverage heterogeneous hardware in a cluster and to leverage on share disk technology. Companies could use it for scale out, workload balancing etc., which eventually helps in achieving 24/7 availability. With these features, we were able to drive a key message to our customers, which is ‘Maintenance and upgrade without any downtime’ – which is extremely valuable to our customers.
  • Then came the introduction of the ultimate warehouse edition which is an in memory columnar based warehouse that uses extreme compression – we would like to talk about analytics at the speed of thought and our customers have benchmarked that technology at 500 to 700 fast performance improvement
  • Genero has been OEM’ed from 4J’s. This technology allows our customers to modernize and develop new applications not restricted to web space more importantly in the mobile space.

And this year’s focus is primarily around the following:

  • Warehouse technology
  • Modernization
  • Leveraging Informix’s unique capabilities around TimeSeries and Spatial data to focus particularly around the smarter planet initiative and,
  • Enhancing the overall OLTP capabilities

Jerry reinforced the focus of Informix in the coming years, and touched upon how critical Informix is also to the smarter planet initiative. The road map for Informix looks very promising and allows our customers and prospects to choose a lot of great technologies.

You can watch the complete interview on YouTube, by clicking here.

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Until next time,

Louis

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IBM Informix goes to the University; Learned by over 4K students and still counting

Meet Dr. Mirta Baranovic, Head of Applied Computing Department, School of Electrical Engineering and Computing at the University of Zagreb in Croatia.

What is the connection between Dr. Mirta Baranovic and Informix?

Dr. Mirta Baranovic started developing a passion for Informix in the early eighties, bringing Informix to the University of Zagreb and using it as the basis of her database courses. In fact, more than 4,000 database students have taken her classes over the years.

When asked “why Informix?” her reply is simple – “love at first sight”. She gives a lot of credit to the architecture of Informix which is in her words ‘brilliant and modern’. From an academic’s point of view, there is another compelling reason for liking Informix, the fact that the concepts in Informix are clear and simple, and a student can easily grab those concepts. And thanks to the way Informix is built, it requires little or no effort to run.

In addition to these reasons, a key strategic relationship with an Informix business partner in the region further strengthened this relationship. It is a fact that, although students had the option of using the other products, Informix has been and continues to be a popular choice.

It’s indeed a pleasure to know how Informix is playing an important role in shaping up the career of thousands of students across Croatia.

The unmatchable features of Informix that came up in my conversation with Dr. Mirta Baranovic, include:

  • Reliability
  • Quality of architecture
  • Clarity of concepts

All these qualities add up to make Informix a preferable choice for Dr. Mirta Baranovic.

This is a rare testimony for Informix, where Informix is making a difference in teaching many generations of students, the fundamental database concepts. I am not sure how many other products can make such claims.

I sincerely thank Dr. Mirta Baranovic for giving me the opportunity to learn about her work, and Stuart Litel for introducing me to Dr. Mirta.

If you would like to know more about Dr. Mirta Baranovic and the work she does, you can write to her at mirta.baranovic@fer.hr

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Until next time,

Louis

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Photograph of Dr. Mirta Baranovic

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