It has been another three hectic months in the worldwide autobahn: Los Angeles, San Jose, Kansas, Chicago, New York, Sunnyvale, Mexico, Dallas, Kansas, Stockholm, London, Zurich, Barcelona, New Jersey, Hamburg, Boston, Bengaluru, Pune, Delhi, Singapore, Kansas, Colombia and back to Miami.
In all of these places, meeting with clients and business partners, with actual and former users, with prospects and colleagues. As always, I found a lot of positive energy and motivation that mutually encourages to keep moving forward in the direction we had set. Of course, invariably you will find more challenging environments, to put it elegantly, but addressing and resolving is part of our mission too.
While all of these places, people and cultures differ profoundly, I found a common factor of success: a mission-oriented mindset and its corresponding execution, an openness to collaboration without a quid pro quo, a willingness to socialize and mutually enabling, sharing their learnings and a capacity to leverage the latest of our technology.
On the other hand, the adoption of technology by clients has been dramatically changing to mission-oriented too. While “one size fits all” type of solutions still hold ground, they are fighting an uphill battle with a guerrilla-like of micro-services self-developments in new languages, containers, choreographers, analytics on the fly, multiple clouds and fog computing for IOT. We see an explosion of mission-oriented databases in the market, meant to be turned on or off as required for specific actions. Some of them will succeed some of them not.
However, it is evident that typical core systems of record are now conceptually enclosed to that, a self-contained modern legacy, even with the latest features. Moreover, that the new transformational projects are planned and executed with a mission-oriented mind and toolset, agile method, from idea to concept, from concept to POC, from the very POC transitioning to test and production.
So that’s why need to keep thinking on our mission-oriented roles. What is our best feature? What are our strengths? What’s your shiny thing?
All of these aspects keep circling in my mind and taking advantage of my long trips, headsets on, I keep looking for answers on how to better define what the right framework for a mission-oriented go to market, offerings and product development is.
To these many places I go, I fly several airlines and most importantly for a pilot, different airplanes!. From the small ones Embraer, Sukhoi, and Bombardier, to the big Boeing and Airbus. All different, but with something in common: all of them were conceptualized mission-oriented. Moreover, in some cases, even philosophically oriented, like the Airbus A380. Pilots differ between flying a Boeing or managing an Airbus.
In my recent trip to Hamburg to attend and present at the IIUG Users Group, invited by Dr. Julio Aspiazu, I flew on a Lufthansa A380 (so I can learn more words) and asked the captain to visit the cockpit. While he sweetly said “that all planes fly equally on the same principles” referring to my type of flying, he displayed this impressive amount of technology capable of managing to silently soar a building plenty of people and cargo through the air. However, behind all of that, there was an original philosophical idea, and then an inspirational communication and then a contagious socializing among team members, to put a plan together that with all challenges would come out with a breakthrough of a mission-oriented artifact. We can counter-challenge with the fact that the market moved in another direction but is a different story and analysis. A Concorde in a museum is still the fastest ever if you turn it on. Apollo sent us to the moon and Soyuz is again sending packages to the skies.
Digging-on that line of thinking, I found this relevant and opportune article, written by Professor Mariana Mazzucato, which I share and strongly suggest to read thoroughly:
Great learning and confirmation that mission-oriented journeys require direction, policy, and a framework. Also, more importantly, an understanding of society.
So, how to become mission-oriented in a world of Legacy?
The challenge is that HCL Informix in one hand is part of the “old world” of systems of record, but in the other possesses unique technological advantages that can serve in many different types of mission-oriented projects. Actually in many kinds of mission-oriented projects altogether. As one.
As mission-oriented, with superior OLTP capabilities with reported 2.5M transactions/min, 2.5k on-line hits per second, highly unattended and distributed, while processing OLAP queries with our in-memory columnar database capabilities, OLAP in OLTP, with a small footprint is entirely relevant for industries like parcels, online retailing, gaming, logistics and automation. Moreover, remembering that all of that power fits on an IOT edge device is compelling.
Add to that the use of smart triggers and anomaly detection, plus the hybrid SQL + NoSQL, Time Series and Geo Spatial and you can cover many missions. In some cases permanent, in some others turned on and turned off conveniently. We see that behavior in AWS already and we love it!
Last month our friend Henri Cujass, CTO of leolo IT http://leolo.de/leolo2016/ ran an IBM Informix benchmark of IBM Power and HP Superdome Flex platforms in Montpellier, on behalf of one of their customers, a fast-growing parcel logistic business determining their future big IBM Informix enterprise system. They were trying to address who has the best RedHat integration for NUMA in a high-performance IBM Informix computing environment.
Numbers such as 100 million records index built test in 20 seconds in Power8 (32x4.3GHz), 3.2 million record inserts per second with Superdome leveraging its new system integrated SGI memory bus, 45 million records per second in a “select group by” test with a maximum of parallel operations in Superdome, 250 million of records per second on parallel decision support queries with additional filter also in Superdome. Staggering numbers.
Henri pointed out that neither platform lost performance with virtualized servers, so there was no impact from VMWare ESXi or IBM’s PowerVC. Also, he validated a couple of the HCL Informix Lab rules: with HCL Informix, you don’t need to use hyperthreading and that “cores -2” will run the best performance.
You can contact Henri for additional details on this benchmark or for running your own with him. We’ll keep supporting him on this mission! leolo.de/leolo2016/
So there shouldn't be a shame of the fact of being a legacy when thousands of major government agencies and leading companies around the world still run and will keep running their whole business in IBM Informix. Just in Germany, you would be amazed at how thick it can be, from the produces and imports standardizations to the space agency itself, across most of the industries whatever its size. While in Hamburg, with my friend Richard Luft we met with Peter Hansen, CEO, and his executive team at Pascal https://www.pascal.de/en another ISV providing vertical ERP systems that ships across the world, literally, full of good ideas on what to improve.
Add to the equation the fact that thousands of users worldwide that are not even in the latest supported version, relying on the legendary sturdiness “sleep well at night” zero DBA to run their business. Anywhere.
Recognizing that fact is why availability, usability, and affordability are high priorities. Going to all clouds, creating new tools and unleashing all of its power for any size of projects. Creating new lines of services, supporting both legacy and breakthrough mission-oriented projects.
So, legacy is good too when you also have available the features for mission-oriented roles, and when you are indeed everywhere.
This offering comes to complement all other already available in the market. It applies for projects of any size, and it can be contracted month to month or in different yearly basis, with a fix public market price (same as we did in AWS) and discounts based on advance year payments.
Sizing and pricing are self-determined and based on CPUVP, regardless of hardware or any other physical measurement.
We are deploying a Business Partners Program to complement our go to market, with the objective of expanding the footprint of HCL Informix around the world.
We are genuinely excited about this announcement that comes to reinforce the momentum.
Feel free to contact me anytime on this.
Of course, with all of this excitement, we are not losing track of the issues reported in support, and we are executing a plan to enhance them, which includes adding more local personnel.
Last but not least, as part of our mission-oriented execution, we are fully committed to actively participate in the upcoming IIUG World 2018 http://www.iiug.org/iiugworld/, in October 2018 in Washington DC.
We are providing content, speakers and all of the help necessary for a successful event.
It is also an excellent opportunity to help us understand your missions besides the networking.
You should be registering today! Here’s the link https://www.iiug.org/conf/2018/iiug/register.php
See you on the Autobahn!
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