Congratulations to the winners!
Advanced DataTools sponsored a contest (which became the first of many) at the International 2009 IIUG Informix Conference in Kansas City, April 26-29, 2009, to find and honor the fastest Informix DBAs. The challenge was to take a basic Informix database server and a SQL script that takes about 30 minutes to run -- who can get it to run the fastest?
- Download the IBM Data Magazine article (PDF) - "Fastest Informix DBA: How Did They Do It?"
Grand Prize - Fastest User DBA: Andrew Ford
Runner Up and Fastest Mid-Aged DBA (30-50) and Domestic DBA: Tom Girsch
Fastest IBM Developer: Spokey Wheeler (best overall time)
Fastest Old-timer (longest experience with Informix): David Link
Fastest Senior DBA (over 50): John Fahey
Fastest Professional Consultant DBA: Warren Donovan
Fastest Youngest, Newest, and Fastest International DBA: Jean-Michel Ramseyer
Congratulations to everyone who participated, this was a blast and I think everyone had fun and did a great job. They all took a poorly tuned onconfig file and sql script that took over 30 minutes to run and had in running in 1-4 minutes. We are planning to do a podcast or webcast with the winners to find out how they did it. And we are looking at ways to do this again so stay tuned!