Pete Massiello wrote:
I have met people at COMMON, and I have no problem
calling them and asking questions and getting answers, and that has helped
me and my customers so much, that I can't even put a value on that.
I'm glad you mentioned this "undocumented" part of COMMON. Long before
there was a Midrange there were people that I met at COMMON that I, too,
could (and very often did!) call upon for assistance. All too often
I've seen attendees at CUDS (now iSocial) that just sit around quietly
sipping their Coke (or whatever) by themselves or in their familiar
clique. Personally I'm an introvert, but I just suck it in and start
talking with people.
One of the questions I've been asked in this regard is, "How do I start
meeting people? I'm just a programmer from Deming, New Mexico." Well,
volunteering is a great way; you immediately start making contacts
without even trying! I know personally that both the Education
Foundation and the Requirements Committee are looking for people to help
man their tables for an hour or two here and there; all you have to do
is smile and answer simple questions. Michelle August, CEF
(august@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx), and Phil McCullough, iROC
(Phil.McCullough@xxxxxxxx) would love to hear from anyone planning to
attend the conference.
* Jerry C. Adams
*IBM System i Programmer/Analyst
B&W Wholesale Distributors, Inc.* *