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Educational Choices

LEARN from industry experts and choose from a broad range of education on IBM i, AIX, and Linux topics. 


The conference will offer over 300 educational sessions, labs, and all-day workshops. We will have tracks on hot topics like PHP, Open RPG, Mobile technology, and Cloud Computing; all delivered by the most respected presenters of the IT industry. Hear a new speaker in the morning, attend a user experience session in the afternoon, and network with the experts in the evening. Quite simply, this is where the rubber meets the road for IBM i, AIX, and Linux education. COMMON brings you the education you have come to expect at the Annual Meeting. Sessions are organized into Courses of Study to help you drill down into topic areas. 


Online Session Guide Now Available!  Get a glimpse into all the educational choices that will be available.  Click here to view the Online Session Guide.



COMMON Education

COMMON’s Annual Meeting and Exhibition in Anaheim will bring you new and exciting education on Power Systems, IBM i, Linux, and AIX. There will be four full days of educational sessions, hands-on labs plus an extra day of pre-conference workshops. 


Pre-Conference Workshops

Consider signing up for additional education to your conference experience by registering for a half-day pre-conference workshop (additional fee required). In depth technical workshops are either labs or lecture, and take place on the day before the conference (Saturday, May 14, 2016), beginning at 8 a.m. You can sign up for the workshop of your choice when you register for the conference. Space in each workshop is limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis.



COMMON’s computer labs are extremely popular because they provide the hands-on training you need to accomplish similar projects at your company.  You may attend any lab – there is no pre-registration. First come, first served!

Traditional labs* are hands-on classes on a single subject, and you stay from start to end. The presenter walks the class through the exercises as a group. Open labs offer multiple lab modules in the same room at the same time on a work-at-your-own-pace basis. With open labs, you can come and go, select as many or as few of the lab exercises offered. All open labs are staffed with experts to assist you. 


Course of Study Listing

All sessions at the Annual Meeting are grouped into broad topic categories called Courses of Study (COSs). Each Course of Study covers a specific area such as Application Development, Security, or Systems Management. 


The COSs are grouped by operating system, and each session is labeled with the operating system it applies to.  So a session may appear under an IBM i or Linux COS, for instance, but may apply to AIX administrators as well.  For this reason, make sure to sort the session guide by Operating System “keyword” as well as COS.    


Get more from IBM

COMMON’s Annual Meeting and Exposition provides a great opportunity to meet with many of the IBM team.  Executives and Technical Experts from IBM will be on-site to provide product updates, answer your questions,  and share their insights. IBMers will be there to help and guide you. Come to the Annual Meeting - IBM is looking forward to seeing you there!



COMMON Requirements

Welcome to COMMON’s Requirements Portal, your resource to share and enhance the IBM i and AIX operating systems by submitting feature requests and requirements to IBM. Part of COMMON’s advocacy efforts, this is your opportunity to make the operating system better for the entire community and provide a voice to IBM.

COMMON 2016 Buyer's Guide

The 2016 Buyer's Guide is now available. It's your reference for product and solution providers that serve the IBM Power Systems market.