I was in St. Petersburg, FL this past week for the Fall COMMON Conference. It's a small conference compared to the spring event, but I find these small conferences very enjoyable. The agenda has a little of bit of everything, so while the breadth of sessions may not match the much larger spring conference, there is still an excellent set of topics that are covered. One of the things I like best about the smaller conferences is that the attendees seem more relaxed – there often is more dialog and discussion with a small audience than with a larger one.
Next week is the Power Systems Technical University in Miami; I won't be attending that conference but others from IBM will be there. The last week in October has the Power Systems Technical University in Copenhagen, and I will be there, covering the performance topics that I usually talk about. In addition, I'll be doing a couple general IBM i sessions. Having never been to Copenhagen before, I'm looking forward to that trip!
If you would have told me 20 years ago that I would be out speaking and writing a blog, I would have scoffed at the thought; I was a software developer more comfortable with the confines of my office than sharing things I knew with a larger audience. But I decided to give speaking a try – I remember how nervous I was at first! But the feedback was always positive and the attendees were appreciative of the information, which kept me coming back, and as with all things, we get better with practice and experience. I'll keep on practicing...
With that thought – if you have areas of expertise that you think others would find valuable, submit your ideas for the COMMON Spring 2012 conference. The education team is always looking for new content to add to the agenda and new speakers to participate in the conference. The call for presentations was sent out this just week and now is the time to bring your ideas forward.