• Subject: RE: Common vs IBM's tech conf
  • From: Chris Cole <ChrisC@xxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Sun, 7 Mar 1999 08:29:10 -0000

Jon

The events I am comparing for 1999 are:

April 19 - April 23 & April 26 - April 30 E5405 ITSO AS/400 Technical
Forum Rochester
May 17 - May 21 ITSO AS/400 Technical Forum La Hulpe

Judging by the length and titles of the forums they look similar.  I
received the information via email from Jerry Engelbert at Rochester.  I
have been very impressed with the forums at La Hulpe and I would like to
know if the sessions at Rochester mentioned above are similar.

Thanks for your help

Chris           

        -----Original Message-----
        From:   Jon.Paris@halinfo.it [SMTP:Jon.Paris@halinfo.it]
        Sent:   03 March 1999 18:49
        To:     MIDRANGE-L@midrange.com
        Subject:        Common vs IBM's tech conf

         >> I've attended the tech conf in Europe (La Hulpe, Belgium)
and I have
        the
         >> opportunity to attend the Rochester event this year.  Do you
know if
         >> they are similar events?

        I guess I should ask first which Rochester event you mean as
there are a
        number, each with a different focus.  Do you know the actual
title (Forum
        of the Americas for example). The AS/400 Technical Conference in
the US is
        run by IBM Education and Training and is often in a resort type
location
        (definitely NOT Rochester <grin>).  The event that is held in La
Hulpe
        (which as you probably know I have attended several times) is
sponsored by
        the ITSO (the Redbook people) and/or Rochester PID (Partners in
        Development).  Although run by E & T they are not quite the
same.

        The La Hulpe and Rochester sessions focus very heavily on the
"latest and
        greatest" i.e. they tend to be very release specific.  The
AS/400 Technical
        Conference on the other hand (like COMMON) has a much broader
base.  While
        it will have a lot of "update" sessions it also has a lot of
basic sessions
        for those just entering into a particular area.  For example,
for a couple
        of years now I have been teaching a complete RPG IV course at
this
        conference (from the basics - through procedures and the latest
stuff -
        complete with hands-on labs.  At the Rochester event I'd be
lucky (if I was
        still with IBM) if I could schedule an RPG IV V4R2+ update
session and/or
        Lab.

        If you want only the latest-and-greatest then Rochester is for
you.  If you
        want a broader spectrum, then the Tech Conf, COMMON, or the
Education
        Connection conferences would be a better bet.


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