Last week saw the return of a fall COMMON event. Hosted in San Antonio, TX, this event was shorter and more concentrated than the meeting held in Orlando earlier this year. This marked a change made by the COMMON leadership a couple of years ago when the decision was made to host only one event per year, instead of the previous spring and fall events.
Overall, the two-and-a-half-day event appeared to be a resounding success. With a couple hundred attendees and an expo floor full of exhibitors—including our own family of PowerTech, Help/Systems, Sequel, and Bytware companies—there was plenty for everyone to see and do. Concentrated education tracks meant that speakers such as me enjoyed rooms filled with attendees; a scene that always encourages more active participation. In my conversations with attendees during the event, as well as reading several online blogs upon my return, I have observed a consensus that the event was well received and would likely be repeated next Fall. Of course, we still have the 2011 annual meeting to look forward to in our own Minneapolis, MN.
I was glad to make it back from San Antonio in time to drop in on Help/Systems’ fun “Midrange Mixer” event. This is an evening that we host in Rochester during the LUG (Large User Group) meetings held at IBM. An evening of cocktails and fantastic food at Victoria’s was accompanied by numerous discussions with customers about encryption, automation, and regulatory compliance, as well as various drawings for gift cards from famous retail chains that use IBM i. Thanks to all of the customers for spending a great evening relaxing with us after a long day of meetings!
Lastly, where would I be without a picture to commemorate my visit to the home of the Alamo? For those of you that might not be familiar with the significance of this historical marker, the Alamo is a former mission and the scene of a famous 13-day siege in 1836 when a vastly outnumbered Texan Army defended Texas from an invading Mexican Army. While all but two of the defenders were killed, this brutal battle sparked events that marked the end of the Texas Revolution. While the original perimeter walls of the compound have long been replaced by hotels and tourist attractions, the following image shows the front of original inner chapel that now serves as a sanctuary to those that lost their lives in the name of freedom.