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Mar 7 2008   1:49AM GMT

Do you still need a good reason to attend COMMON

David Vasta David Vasta Profile: David Vasta

You asked to go to COMMON in Dec and your manager said, well see. Then you asked again in Feb and he said something about a budget problem, of course you hand not heard anything? The you asked last week and they now want a justification. Well if your managers are that thick then you will need some ammo.

I could tear into a rant about managers that don’t get COMMON or Lotusphere for that matter but I will hold off. You managers know who you are and if you can’t point them out in a room of all the other employees then the dim wit is you. Bingo!

So you need a plan to give you half witted manager that keeps asking you what the System i is for, duh. Here is what COMMON says are the good reasons to attend.

The conference will offer well over 500 educational sessions, hands-on labs, and all-day workshops. We’ve have tracks on hot topics like PHP, open source, and IP Telephony; 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 hits the road of i5/OS education.

COMMON in Nashville will be just as large as our recent conferences; we’ve organized our education logically so it’s easy to select what will benefit you most. All sessions at the conference are grouped into broad topic categories called Courses of Study. Each Course of Study covers a specific area, such as RPG IV, and may also include Focused Education Roadmaps. Focused Education Roadmaps are pre-selected sets of sessions that form a learning path to help you master a particular subject.

COMMON in Nashville will be just as large as our recent conferences; we’ve organized our education logically so it’s easy to select what will benefit you most. All of the COMMON sessions are organized into Courses of Study (COS). Each COS covers a specific area such as DB2 UDB with clearly defined descriptions. Many COSs include distinct subsets of sessions, called Focused Education Roadmaps, intended to guide you through a specific skill path. Each Focused Education Roadmap includes a set of 6-12 sessions that provide definite educational goals and business objectives.

With that said now you need to build an email to help you win your battle with dummy in the office with the little water fall on his desk. You know the one that while in meetings spits on your notes. I have given you all the ammo you need, I hope. Now get your rear end to COMMON and when you do, make sure you grab me as say hello. I look forward to hearing more about the dude you have to work for.

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