John Carr wrote: <<SNip Snip Snip>> First off, I think John's letter really hit a cord, and that it should be read by many people in IBM as well as COMMON. Perhaps Wayne Madden was right when he said "Its the Marketing, IBM". Maybe the samething applies to User Groups? Afterall, what is COMMON anyway? Is it a twice a year conference or an organization? I think its not a greying of COMMON, but perhaps the current board and infrastructure has become too stale. Number one COMMON is not attracting new blood, and number 2 only the real COMMON diehards are still attending COMMON, so it seems that the population is greying. Before anyone sees this as a flame (which it is not intended to be), I have a lot of respect for the people who volunteer their time and effort to make an organization like COMMON run as smooth as it does. Either the COMMON board does not understands whats its membership wants, needs, or desires, or there are so many layers of management that nothing seems to change or get done. I have heard this from meeting with people at the past few COMMONs, as well as discussing this with numerious vendors at the exhibition. Speaking of vendors: The vendors are treated like Sh*t from the COMMON board, which is interesting in that we heavily subsidize the conference(I estimate just booth space rental is over $800,000 per conference, not counting all the advertising) and add a great deal of value to the conference by providing solutions that are lacking on the AS/400, contributing a contrasting (or complimentary) perspective on AS/400 issues/problems/solutions, and providing technical expertise at many sessions as speakers. So why is it that the vendors are never listened to by the board? New blood is needed to rejuvinate the COMMON board, to increase their awareness of the community that they were elected to represent, not to repress new ideas. As members of the IT community, one of our major challenges in our organizations is to embrace change, and allow change to permeate our environment without major disruption, but molding that "change" to improve our organization. An organization that stays static and resists change will be an organization that starts to shrival up and die. Is this what is happening to COMMON? Can they accept change? Why is the organization so secretive about why the new President (or CEO which ever the title) left so secretively and abrubtly? Why were there only 3300 members attending COMMON in San Antonio? I am not saying that the current board is inept, what I am saying is that better communication with the members, vendors, and press is the first step in letting us know what is happening inside the organization. But they must remember, that communication is a two way street, and they must listen and react to what the people want. *SOAPBOX *OFF -- Pete Massiello OS Solutions International Phone: (203)-744-7854 Ext 11. http://www.os-solutions.com mailto:email@example.com +--- | This is the Midrange System Mailing List! | To submit a new message, send your mail to "MIDRANGE-L@midrange.com". | To unsubscribe from this list send email to MAJORDOMO@midrange.com | and specify 'unsubscribe MIDRANGE-L' in the body of your message. | Questions should be directed to the list owner/operator: firstname.lastname@example.org +---
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