The annual COMMON Conference starts on Sunday, April 7 in Austin, Texas. As usual, this will be one of the busiest and most enjoyable times of the year. This year, though, promises to be even busier and more exciting for me because of the events that will kick off at the conference.
I will be delivering sessions in front of audiences nine times (at least) during the conference. I’ll also be speaking to, and with, the members of the COMMON Americas Advisory Council the two days before the conference begins. At the Conference, I’ll be giving updated versions of my typical presentations:
- Why IBM i? – a version of which I will also share with the IT Executive Conference
- IBM i Today, Tomorrow & Beyond – the trends and directions for IBM i
- IBM i Latest & Greatest – which describes the capabilities added in 7.1 and with the Technology Refreshes that have come out since then
- IBM i Technology Refresh Overview – which describes what a TR is, how it works, and discusses best practices for using them
Then I’ll be up front with the panel of IBMers at the IBM i Q&A, I’ll join the Young i Professionals (YiPs) for their session, and I’ll deliver a brand new session called
Business Value of Integration (if I ever get it written!)
If you’re counting, that’s eight.
Yes, 2013 marks 25 years since the introduction of the AS/400. IBM i on Power Systems is proud of that heritage, we’re proud of the stability and investment protection it demonstrates, and we’re proud of the commitment it represents to our customers. We were not about to let this birthday pass without celebration, so it all begins at COMMON. Colin Parris, General Manager of Power Systems will do the official kick-off in his keynote on Sunday, April 7, and there will be many events at the conference itself. But the celebration will last months, and you will want to pay attention to our social media outlets to keep up with everything.
Speaking of social media for the birthday, the starting point for each new part of the celebration will be on Facebook. We have created the ibmi25 Facebook page (bit.ly/ibmi25) and starting on Sunday we’ll have a steady stream of celebration messages appearing there. We’ll also be using blogs and Twitter to get the party started. So stay tuned!
I hope to see you at the conference!