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Formation 1960
Type User group
Legal status Association
Purpose Educational, Resources, Tools, Networking
Headquarters Chicago, Illinois
Region served
6,500 groups
23,000 individuals[1]
Official language
Jeff Carey
Main organ
Affiliations IBM

COMMON is the largest association of users of IBM midrange computers and IBM-compatible technology in the world.[2] The users' group is a private, not-for-profit organization that provides education, tools, resources and networking opportunities for IBM i users.

Financial problems[edit]

The Late-2000s recession had a severe effect on COMMON activities. IT professionals were working longer hours and had smaller budgets for training and education, which resulted in COMMON changing from two conferences per year to one.[3] Attendance at COMMON's technical events, which increased throughout the 1980s and 1990s, dropped substantially, resulting in a 2009 loss exceeding half a million dollars. The elected board of directors was unusually candid at the April 2009 meeting of members when they outlined the cutbacks to the 2010 conference, which included reducing the conference length from five days to four, eliminating free attendance for volunteers and seeking sponsorship for social events. Even so, 2010 expenses were expected to exceed income by nearly $140,000.[4]

Member Resources[edit]

  1. COMMON’s Annual Meeting and Exposition, "the premier" IBM System i "educational and networking event", according to press release.[5]
  2. COMMON Directions, a small EXPO with two days of educational sessions.[6]
  3. COMMON Focus, three days of educational workshops, including a small Expo.[7]
  4. One-day Seminars on leading-edge topics, held in partnership with Local User Groups throughout North America.[8]
  5. Web-based Education, including Webcasts.[9] and Webinars.[10]
  6. Networking and membership directory of all COMMON members.
  7. COMMON.CONNECT, the bi-monthly professional journal of COMMON.
  8. COMMON Connector, the monthly e-newsletter from COMMON.
  9. IBM Certification discounts.
  10. COMMON Online Networking community through iSociety.[2]
  11. COMMON Career Center, the exclusive System I job board for employers and candidates.[11]

Type of Memberships[edit]

  • Corporate: the company pays a single annual fee which allows all employees to take advantage of Common’s resources.
  • Individual: the named individual is entitled to Common benefits exclusively and is not transferable.
  • User Group: Available to local user groups (LUG), affiliated user groups (AUG) and sister user groups (SUG). All members may utilize Common’s resources.

Local user groups[edit]

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