This year’s COMMON Annual Meeting is in Austin, TX. Many things are similar to past meetings – a great technical agenda with a lot of sessions, IBM i experts giving the presentations, the Expo where you can learn more about products and solutions that are available, conversations with colleagues that I’ve meet over the years, and the opportunity to meet more people, all of who have one thing in common – their passion for i.
One thing that is a bit different this year is the use of social networking at the conference. Social networking was used in the past, but even more so this year. There is the COMMON User Group Facebook page, you can follow the @COMMONug Twitter ID as well as the conversation tagged with #commonug or #IBMi. People at the conference used social media to share their experiences, and if you weren’t at the conference, you can still read what people were saying.
It’s a busy week for me with seven presentations. While I enjoy giving the presentations, I really like the questions and discussions that come up after the session. I always learn something new and there are always challenging questions. It’s also very rewarding to help others or to assist with solving a problem.
If you haven’t already heard, this year is the 25th birthday of IBM i. The birthday celebration was unveiled at the COMMON opening session. There’s an IBMi25 Facebook page and there will be 25 “chapters” posted that celebrate the past, present and future of i, and its unique combination of technology, community and business. You’ll want to take a look and add your comments. You can also follow @IBMi25 on Twitter or with the #IBMi25 hashtag.
After COMMON, I have a week to catch up, then I’m off to present at two local user group conferences. I’m attending the New England User Group Conference and the Toronto User group Conference (TEC) and am looking forward to those events as well!