The other thing I'd offer is that if you are interested in checking out vendor products the expo is much larger at the Annual Meeting. While there are a good variety of topics at both, the depth is greater at the Annual Meeting. Also the Annual Meeting will tend to have more experts (especially IBM experts) to interface with, both in and outside of class, as well as more customers who might have the same issues you have to talk to about their approaches.

It is a toss up, but if you haven't been in a few years, I'd suggest the Annual Meeting. Hopefully you'll be able to demonstrate the value and still get one to the Fall Conference! Of course, full disclosure, I am a tad biased!

Jeff Carey, MSIT, MBA
Treasurer, COMMON
Immediate Past President, OMNI User

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Subject: A COMMON Question

This question is mostly for those who've attended both the Annual meeting (the large meeting), and the other 'downsized' meeting.

I haven't been to a conference in a few years but this year's budget looks like it will allow for it.

I'm weighing sending one person to Anaheim but wonder if there would be greater benefit in sending two to Columbus later in the year.

I know the travel cost will be significantly less (we can drive), but what I'd like to see is an example of the agenda used in the past 'downsized'
meetings so I can compare it to a regular meeting.

I guess I'd like to know what's going to be available in Columbus before deciding to go to Anaheim or whether it would be worth waiting for Columbus.

Comments welcome.

Thanks, Jerry

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