Just a quick report from the Chicago COMMON conference … and some first impressions.

  • The expo seems bigger than before, but kind of spread out in an awkward pattern.
  • Attendence seems to be up a bit. Although I haven’t seen any figures.
  • I’ve run into a few people wearing the old (black) MIDRANGE-L buttons … and of course gave them a free upgrade to the latest version 🙂
  • The opening session was quite interesting … although I didn’t necessarily agree with all the comments. The speaker, John Patrick was dicussing the future of the internet. He even mentioned blogs (although not this one 🙂 )
  • I had a very interesting discussion with Guy Vig at the IBM booth about the new command documentation generator. It looks quite interesting. Of course that’s more work related than anything else.
  • The “iSeries Nation Town Hall Meeting” was quite enjoyable … they ran a number of the TV spots for the iSeries and gave everyone a a copy of the Wall Street Journal ad slick. They talked about the new investment in ISV and advertising budget (300% increase in the advertising budget, which is a very good sign). I’ll be very interested in seeing how the plans are implemented.

I’ll try to mention anything that particular interest that I encounter.

About David:
David is a Principal Software Engineer for PTC, Integrity Business Unit. He cut his teeth on the S/36 and has more than 25 years of experience on the IBM i / System i / iSeries / AS400. He primarily works in Java and ILE RPG specializing in cross platform integrations. David has received the COMMON Distinguished Service award and was named an IBM Power Systems Champion. David is an active volunteer with the American Diabetes Association's Tour de Cure fundraising bike ride. He is currently captain of Team RED Chicago. David runs and maintains midrange.com. His personal blog is Geeky Ramblings.