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,


An exciting event : Informix India Annual User Group Meet 2012 – Mumbai (India)

Informix India Annual User Group Meet was held in Mumbai (India) on the 16th of February 2012. It was a great one day event, and a really motivating sight to see almost 60 Informix enthusiasts in one room. There was never a dull moment during the course of the day and the User group was very excited about attending to the event. The event had substantial representation from the IBM side, which includes executives like Jerry Keesee (Director – Informix), Bernard Spang (Director – Marketing), Rajesh Nair (Product Manager – IBM Informix), Rachael Rusting ( Director – IBM) and from the IIUG we had the privilege of having the IIUG president himself – Stuart Litel.

This was a forum for IBM to reinforce to the user group about how important Informix is to IBM and what they could look forward to with Informix in the future. The response from the event was very positive and the user group is certainly looking forward to the next meet.

This event also was a platform to identify volunteers in India who could steer IIUG chapter locally. We have got 2 nominations for this spot and we will be working closely with them to set the next steps  from here.

Please do have a look at the photographs shot during the event here

Thanks for all your support in making this event happen!

Until next time,