Benelux Power 2018 - Mon-Tue - 8-9 October Eindhoven, Netherlands

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Common Belgium, Common Netherlands and
Common Luxembourg are proud to announce
their annual flagship event for the 6th year


Workshops and deep dives - Monday 8 Octoebr

Main conference, Expo and Excellence Awards - Tuesday 9 Oct

Watch this space for more details


JSON and its practical uses for IBM i - 16 May Brussels


        Laptops must, it's fully hands-on register now

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Dear IBM i and Power Systems colleagues,

Come to learn JSON for IBM i full day from Birgitta Hauser, the "Queen of SQL".

JSON (Java Script Online Notation) is a data exchange format like XML. However JSON is simpler, less verbose and can be faster parsed than XML. In this way JSON becomes more and more important for data exchange, especially in composition with RESTful web services.  With Release 7.3 IBM introduced (and also provided for 7.2) all kinds of scalar and table functions for creating and consuming JSON data. The JSON data to be consumed can be located in a column of a Db2 table, in a source file member or in the IFS. Additionally IBM provided http-functions located within the SYSTOOL library for accessing RESTFul web services. By combining the http-functions with the JSON_TABLE table function, JSON data returned by a web service can be directly consumed. So everything is available, let’s start!

COMMON Belgium Board


Wednesday 16 May 2018, 9:30 to 16:30 hours
Location - IBM Client Center (Avenue du Bourget 42 Bourgetlaan, 1030 Brussels)

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• 09:30 Welcome coffee
• 10.00 Welcome from Philippe Vanden Bussche, President COMMON Belgium
• 10.05 JSON Basics and generating JSON Objects - Birgitta Hauser, Toolmaker, Germany
• 11:20 Coffee break
• 11:35 Generating JSON Arrays - Birgitta
• 12:50 Lunch break
• 13.30 Consuming JSON Data - Introduction - Birgitta
• 14:45 Coffee break
• 15:00 Consuming JSON Data (Advanced ) and accessing RESTFul Web Services - Birgitta
• 16:15 Networking drink

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COMMON Belgium & IBM Belgium celebrate IBM i 30 years


        Come to relish the IBM i Box of Chocolates, register now

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Dear IBM i and Power Systems colleagues,

We are very excited to invite you to COMMON Belgium and IBM Belgium combined 30 year celebrationbs of our beloved platform IBM i. The longevity of this platform is legendary and there is already a 10+ years roadmap, something not seen in the industry.

It's none others than Steve Will, the IBM i Chief Architect and Jacques Platieau, Country General Manager, IBM Belgium-Luxembourg who will grace this occasion.

This is your once a thirty years chance to attend such a prestigious event and listen to such prestigious speakers. Spread the word, come with your colleagues, this event is fully free.

COMMON Belgium Board


Thursday 26 April 2018, 13:30 to 20:00 hours
Location - IBM Client Center (Avenue du Bourget 42 Bourgetlaan, 1030 Brussels)

See speakers full list, bios and abstracts here

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• 13:30 Welcome coffee
• 14.00 Event opening - Philippe Vanden Bussche, President COMMON Belgium
• 14.10 Celebrating 30 years of IBM i - Steve Will, IBM i Chief Architect, Rochester, USA
• 14.50 ESB: integration in the enterprise, Geert Judong, IT Architect Brain2, Belgium

• 15:30 Coffee break
• 15:50 COMMON Europe Congress, Warsaw, 17-20 June 2018 – Shrirang “Ranga”     Deshpande, President COMMON Europe

• 16:05 IBM i 7.3 Technical Refresh 4 - Fabian Michel, Client Technical Architect, IBM Belgium
• 16:45 The IBM i Box of Chocolates - Steve Will, IBM i Chief Architect, Rochester, USA
• 17:25 IBM i Hall of Fame  - Francine Wiener, Louis Cuypers,Jos Vermaere, Paul Masschelein, Dimi Van Langenhoven
  • 17:45 Closing session - Jacques Platieau, Country General Manager Belgium-Luxembourg

IBM i 30th anniversary celebrations 

• 18:00 Cake cutting
• 18:15 Buffet Dinner

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JSON, Performance Monitoring, Announcements and New Year Reception, 27 February 2018



AutoWorld, Parc du Cinquantennaire 11 Jubelpark, 1000 Bruxelles
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Dear Colleagues,

Common Belgium is proud to invite you for the 2018 kick-off event. It will be a day of modernization and tradition. First we have modernization: you will know what JSON is and see its practical examples. The recent Power9 announcements will tell you why you should start preparing for upgrades already this year. Then we have tradition: a prestigious museum visit, AutoWorld, and a delicious dinner.
This education rich event and New Year Reception is free for members or first event participants putting their toes to COMMON Belgium waters. 
Fill in the evaluation form before dinner to receive a prize and qualify to win a free registration* to COMMON Europe Congress, 17-20 June, Warsaw, Poland.
* Free CEC registration prize (€ 625) only for COMMON Belgium paid members of 2017 or 2018 by 28th February.
Looking forward to seeing you in great numbers,
COMMON Belgium Board

Speaker details and abstracts available here.

Tuesday 27 February 2018, 13:30 to 21:00 hours

Location - AutoWorld, Parc du Cinquantennaire 11 Jubelpark, 1000 Bruxelles

13:30 Welcome coffee
• 14.00: Event opening - Philippe Vanden Bussche, President COMMON Belgium
• 14.10: Recent Power Systems and IBM i announcements summary - Fabian Michel, IBM Belgium
• 14.40: Predictive Performance Management - Fabian Michel, IBM Belgium
• 15.15: JSON - what is it and why should I know it? - Koen Decorte, CD Invest, Belgium
• 16.00 Coffee break
• 16.15: COMMON Europe Congress,Warsaw, 17-20 June 2018 - Ranga Deshpande, President COMMON Europe
• 16.25: JSON - some practical examples with RPG and SQL - Koen Decorte, CD Invest, Belgium.
AutoWorld museum visit
• 17:15 Guided visit
• 18:15 Drinks with the free CEC 2018 registration prize draw in the end
• 18:45 Dinner
Venue: AutoWorld (Parc du Cinquantennaire 11 Jubelpark, 1000 Brussels)
PS: COMMON Europe Congress, Warsaw, Poland.


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