Warm Sun and a Hot Agenda

The time is ripe to learn about the Internet of Things and more at the 2014 IIUG Informix Conference in Miami

Director of Offering Management, IBM Analytics, IBM

I’m pretty excited to be headed to Miami, Florida for the 2014 International Informix Users Group (IIUG) Informix Conference April 27 through May 1, 2014. Not only am I looking forward to seeing all the smart people who will be attending, but also because the IBM® Informix® database is such a big part of a massive transformation taking place in the enterprise information management space.

At the heart of some of the coolest things going on in the industry is the Informix technology. The database space is expanding in ways never dreamed of just a few years ago, thanks in part to cloud computing, analytics, mobility, and everyone’s new favorite topic, the Internet of Things. The Internet of Things refers to the growing number of devices and sensors that communicate and interact through the Internet—not just smartphones and tablets, but also a broad range of technologies with unique applications.

The source of this big data tsunami that has generated so much buzz during the last few years is the many devices and technologies in use every day that have become increasingly connected. And inside those technologies are databases. Not every database can go there, but Informix is one that is leading the way.

An interconnected source of big data

The Internet of Things is no longer a buzzword; it’s become real with billions of connected devices that are driving demand for new services, fast development of applications, and real-time access to information. The influx of data is expected to be huge and creates opportunity for growth and new revenue streams. Harnessing the data from billions of connected devices requires the capability to store, access, and query transactional structured data and unstructured data together to produce actionable insights.

Informix is forging new territory in this space with its unique ability to seamlessly harness SQL, NoSQL, and JavaScript Object Notation (JSON) data. And it provides linked intelligence for devices with embedded advanced reduced instruction set computing (RISC) machine (ARM) support, time series data, and rapid analytics with in-memory queries. In fact, in-memory processing is another extremely hot technology, and Informix is an early leading-edge purveyor of this advancement. The result of all this capability is fast development of web and mobile applications and speed-of-thought insight across all data for fast business decisions.

A warm climate for sharing valuable insight

Register today for the 2014 IIUG Informix Conference. Its Miami location offers an exceptional venue to collaborate with peers and learn about the latest trends and technologies, such as how the Internet of Things is impacting and revolutionizing the industry. Don’t miss out on hearing all about recent Informix innovations and how they are bridging the gap between the enterprise world of relational data and advanced computing technologies designed for big data, cloud, and mobile computing.

Beth Smith, general manager for IBM Information Management, and Jerry Keesee, worldwide director of Informix Software at IBM, will deliver keynotes. They will share their vision for the future of IBM’s Information Management division and the Informix roadmap, development, and its path forward as the intelligent database for the Internet of Things.

The 2014 IIUG Informix Conference provides the opportunity for users and Informix experts to reconnect, share ideas, and gain insights that can occur only in face-to-face settings. Highlighted sessions for the 2014 event include ways to develop NoSQL and SQL applications using JSON and Binary JSON (BSON) data with Informix, data on mobile and embedded devices, and Integrated Windows Authentication (IWA). Other events include accelerating analytics for sensor data, technical deep-dives, hands-on labs, and demos.

Don’t miss this year’s exciting event. I’ll be attending, and I encourage you to join me. All the cool kids will be there.

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