• Subject: Re: Common vs IBM's tech conf
  • From: Chuck Lewis <CLEWIS@xxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Wed, 03 Mar 1999 14:39:00 -0500

Krys !

 Be SURE to hit:  http://www.sysimp.com/tec/  for more information and if you 
have
questions, let me know !!

I went to Marco Island last year and the conference was GREAT and so was Marco
Island !

Jon Paris was there. Al Barsa, Wayne Evans and a HOST of others !!

Krys Theodore wrote:

> Okay, I've never heard of this one.
>
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> From:   Chuck Lewis[SMTP:CLEWIS@IQUEST.NET]
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> Sent:   Tuesday, March 02, 1999 9:04 PM
> To:     MIDRANGE-L@midrange.com
> Subject:        Re: Common vs IBM's tech conf
>
> Hey !
>
> And while we're on this - how about the Education Conncetion conferences ? !
>
> Gonna be back at Maro Island Jon ?
>
> Chuck
>
> Jon.Paris@halinfo.it wrote:
>
> > Speaking as a speaker (the only capacity in which I get to attend anything)
> > I tend to think of the differences between the IBM conference and COMMON
> > this way.  I leave it to the reader to decide which is pro and which is con
> > as this varies according to your taste.
> >
> > COMMON:
> >
> > Very large number of sessions on a wide variety of topics - sometimes tough
> > to chose the good ones and the sessions are too short to have time to find
> > another if you make a bad selection.
> >
> > Lower cost (no meals included).
> >
> > Sessions are 1 hour (as a speaker I find this too restrictive - but they
> > are trying some longer sessions)
> >
> > Theater style seating (no desks)
> >
> > Lots of Labs, but hard to get into the good ones.  Limited to zero access
> > outside of fixed Lab times.
> >
> > COMMON is much bigger with a better expo (3,000 - 5,000 people) terrific
> > networking opportunities but some people find it intimidating.
> >
> > IBM Tech Conference.
> >
> > Much smaller scale (900 - 1,200 people)
> >
> > Meals (breakfast and lunch plus one dinner and one reception) included -
> > attendees eating together plus smaller size makes for a more intimate
> > experience.  Lunch in particular provides a good networking opportunity.
> >
> > Sessions are 1.5 hours - more time for questions and to explore topics the
> > audience find tough/interesting
> >
> > Lecture style seating (desks)
> >
> > Fewer Labs but repeated often enough that you can always get a seat.  Lab
> > rooms are open out of hours for further practice.
> >
> > Hope this helps.
> >
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