At 05:41 PM 3/2/99 -0500, you wrote:

Jon;

Good analysis.  But IBM gives the Gospel according to Provda.

Al


>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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