My company buys enough hardware and does enough services with IBM that our conference fee's are waived for a few of us.

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From: MIDRANGE-L [mailto:midrange-l-bounces@xxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of Paul Nelson
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"Like, is the cost really higher than COMMON?"

COMMON's about $50 per day higher for non-members.

Paul Nelson
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From: MIDRANGE-L [mailto:midrange-l-bounces@xxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of rob@xxxxxxxxx
Sent: Wednesday, September 03, 2014 6:17 AM
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Subject: Re: IBM tech conference

I would evaluate each conference myself before relying upon any references. Check out each conference's agenda and see if it meets your needs. While some conferences may have a huge diverse audience maybe, just maybe, their sessions will fit your needs if you actually plan your time out while there scheduling each open time slot with a session that meets your needs. For example if some conference is only 30% IBM i based but still leaves you with a full schedule of desired sessions, and some sessions that are hard to come by via other venues, then what does it matter that it's only 30% IBM i? You have to try a little harder to find the right people to network with while enjoying cocktails at the expo?

And some things change over the years. I knew of one gal formerly from our LUG that preferred the IBM Tech Conferences because, well, she wasn't the most physically fit person you ever met. She liked it that those conferences were all in one hotel while COMMON (at the time) was stretched out over 2-3 buildings. That and the IBM Tech Conference provided all the lunches and dinners so you didn't have to go out on the town to eat. Which often caused issues at COMMON when 3,000 people hit the lunch counter in the lobby all at once. COMMON does a much better job with some more of the meals at the expo than they used to.

People like Larry Bolhuis and Pete Massiello have awesome sessions but I would definitely not consider them developer sessions. My LUG is mostly developers and have expressed little interest in their sessions.

I'll admit that I have some preconceived notions about the latest versions of the IBM Tech Conferences. Like, is the cost really higher than COMMON?
Is it that way because System Z goes also and everyone assumes that anyone using System Z has unlimited pockets?

Rob Berendt
IBM Certified System Administrator - IBM i 6.1 Group Dekko Dept 1600 Mail to: 2505 Dekko Drive
Garrett, IN 46738
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