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represent more than 18,000 IT
professionals using IBM Power
Systems and related solutions.
And that's just North America.
COMMON also has an international presence in nearly 20 European countries and in Japan.
"At first, the idea was to talk
about common technical issues,
from coding techniques to how
to manage the system," says
Butterill. "But over the years, it
has grown to reflect a wide range
of technology areas and interests
within the IBM Power Systems
community, such as Linux* and
to the People
By definition, user groups are
organized and run by users,
often meeting annually for a
large national conference, as
well as monthly for local events.
The goal is to learn from each
other's experiences and expertise. Therefore, while IBM
Power Systems is the focus of
COMMON's annual meeting and
expo, many of the speakers are
industry experts from companies
other than IBM.
In addition to in-person
meetings and events, user groups
also offer online education, certification training and exams, and
perhaps most importantly, direct
access to IBM decision-makers
through advisory councils and
Case in point: the Common
Americas Advisory Council is a
small yet diverse group of members that represent IBM customers of different sizes and industries, such as retail, distribution,
and education. The council is
designed to act as the liaison
between IBM as a company and
the user group members.
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"These groups are a great way to talk
to someone who solved a problem in a
way you hadn't even thought of yet."
-Alison Butterill, IBM i offering manager