I don't know if everyone saw this, but there are two parts to this. First,
COMMON is going to be streaming the opening session live to everyone who
wants to see it. Free, no charge at all. Then, we are also going to do a
virtual conference for those who can't make the actual conference (for this
there is a fee). We hope both of these can help bring information to
everyone who can't attend COMMON. Remember, that COMMON has the Best Power
System's speakers in the world, so it's a great way to sample some education
to improve your skills. For those people who keep hearing about COMMON, but
have never been able to attend a conference, or for those people who haven't
been to COMMON in a few years, this is a great chance to see what COMMON is
all about, and get a little of the "buzz". You know, the last few
conferences I could feel that "buzz" in the sessions, in the hallways, in
our events at night, and it was great. Of course, being President I might
be a little biased, but I don't think so. I have learned a great deal over
the years from COMMON, and I continue to learn from people at the conference
at every conference I attend.



I hope to see you in Minneapolis, but if not I hope you are able to take
advantage of both of these offerings and improve and enhance your skills.



Pete



COMMON NEWS RELEASE





COMMON Unveils New Virtual Education Product - COMMON LIVETRACK



Stream Opening Session and Nine Education Sessions Live from
COMMON 2011 Annual Meeting and Exposition in Minneapolis



April 12, 2011 - COMMON today unveiled a new product, COMMON LIVETRACK, to
further provide more virtual education options to the Power Systems
community. This new product will allow those who are not able to attend the
upcoming COMMON Annual Meeting and Exposition in Minneapolis to still be a
part of the largest gathering of the Power Systems user community. Anyone in
the world will be able to stream the Opening Session, which officially kicks
off the Annual Meeting, live to their computer, and hear and see what's new
and exciting in COMMON and IBM.



In addition to the free live streaming of Opening Session, LIVE TRACK will
also offer a cost-effective option to stream nine education sessions
directly from the COMMON Annual Meeting. These nine sessions, delivered over
three days, offer a wide variety of topics, all delivered by some of the
most recognized experts in the industry. A complete list of sessions
included in the LIVETRACK education offering can be found at
http://www.common.org/livetrack.



"LIVE TRACK is a great way to educate the community about what's new and
exciting in the Power Systems world by streaming the Opening Session from
the Annual Meeting to everyone at no charge," said Pete Massiello, COMMON
President. "It allows those that could not attend to still be a part of the
largest gathering of the Power Systems user community and hear from COMMON
and IBM ."



"The LIVETRACK education sessions allow those who can't come to the
conference to still reap the benefits of leading education from some of the
most recognized Power Systems experts in the world. What a great way to
receive the value of COMMON at your desk with little or no travel expense
that you can include as part of your daily schedule."



COMMON Annual Meeting Opening Session

The 2011 Annual Meeting and Exposition officially kicks off with the Opening
Session hosted by COMMON and IBM starting at 3:00 pm on Sunday. COMMON
President, Pete Massiello, will be joined by Tom Rosamilia, General Manager
of IBM Power Systems and System z, to welcome attendees to the conference.
Pete will cover important highlights for the conference week ahead and brief
members on the successes and initiatives that COMMON has undertaken over the
past year, and Tom will provide some very interesting IBM highlights, and
will also be joined by Eric Brown, key member of the IBM Watson team, to
provide a fascinating technical overview of Watson and DeepQA. During this
session, Pete and Colin Parris, VP and Business Line Executive for Power
Systems, will reveal the winner of the 2011 COMMON/IBM Power Systems
Innovation Award, presenting the company with the crystal statue and
certificate of achievement.



More details about COMMON LIVETRACK and registration for this new virtual
offering can be found at http://www.common.org/livetrack .






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