“Welcome to COMMON Belgium, the premier IBM Power Systems
(IBM i / AIX / Linux) national user community,
dedicated to harnessing the potential of IBM-based solutions
to advance our members’ businesses, skills and networking”


Just finished and upcoming events:

Just finished -15 May 2024 (on-line)

Common Belgium General Assembly – an on-line event

Date – 15 May

Venue – On-line

11:30 – 12:30 – Common Belgium General Assembly followed by Members’ Open Discussion

  1. The members approved last year’s certified accounts, thanked the outgoing Board for a splendid job and approved the 2024 budget.
  2. The outgoing President Philippe Vanden Bussche summarized 2023 activities and affirmed the 2024 activities that were decided in the 11 December 2023 strategy meeting.

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Upcoming event one - 22 May 2024 (in-person), IBM BLS (Evere)

Common Belgium Announcements & Education event, sponsored by TechXchange
(Exceptionally FREE for non-members also)

When – 22 May 08:00 – 13:30 hours, starting with breakfast and ending with lunch

Where – IBM BLS Brussels (Evere)



Upcoming event Two - 03-06 June 2024 (in-person) Milan, Italy

Common Europe Congress, 03-06 June, Milan, Italy
(Discounted Early Bird registration extended up to 15 May)

The exceptional once in a year advanced learning and extensive networking congress to hone your skills to enhance your career.

Already a member – save a whooping 825€ by registering in the Early Bird period till (125€ discount for early Bird, 300€ on congress fees, additional 300€ if attending both pre-conference workshops and even 100€ more if a person accompanies you – write to info@common.be to obtain your discount code.

Read Congress details here ...

Not yet member – become a Company, Corporate or Individual member to obtain these huge savings. And not only here but save also on all events and especially the autumn Benelux Power 2024.

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YOUR Education offer 2024

Just finished events

Common Belgium General Assembly 15 May (on-line)

11:30 – 12:30 – Common Belgium General Assembly followed by Members’ Open Discussion

  1. The members approved last year’s certified accounts, thanked the outgoing Board for a splendid job and approved the 2024 budget.
  2. The outgoing President Philippe Vanden Bussche summarized 2023 activities and affirmed the 2024 activities that were decided in the 11 December 2023 strategy meeting.
  3. Philippe also lauded Ranga Deshpande’s development of the new Common Belgium website and the new mailing system.
  4. The following new Board for 2024 was elected:
    • Philippe Vanden Bussche, President
    • Shrirang “Ranga” Deshpande, Vice-President
    • Marc Verbruggen, Secretary
    • Koen Decorte, Treasurer
    • Corneel Theben Tervile, Board Member
    • Guy Staskowiak, Board Member
    • Toshaan Bharvani, Board Member
    • Dirk Hauwaerts, Board Member
  5. Philippe thanked Liliane van Winckel, the outgoing Board member, for her impressive contribution for crafting education agendas, and welcomed the incoming Board members Toshaan Bharvani, an AIX/Linux and Open Source specialist, and Dirk Hauwaert, an Application Development specialist.
  6. The elections were followed by an open discussion on the values of Common Belgium – Networking, Education, Knowledge sharing, Professional development and Friendship – and how to stick to them through this year’s and future events.

Common Belgium 40th Anniversary Bash
and CD-Invest Ignite Spring Seminar

See the exquisite agenda

Monday-Tuesday 25-26 March, Park Inn Radisson Brussels
Place Marcel Broodthaers Plein 3, B-1060 Brussels, Belgium
(Smack across the exit Av. Fonsylaan at Zuid/Midi station)

Fire up 2024 with cutting-edge education and an electrifying celebration! Join us for Common Belgium’s 40th Anniversary and New Year bash, turbocharged with CD-Invest Ignite Spring Seminar (seminar on invitation only).

Get set to:

  • Dive into the forefront of knowledge with insights from IBM, Industry, and University Experts,
  • Mix and mingle over refreshing drinks and delectable dinner delights,
  • In addition, brace yourself for a chance to snatch a FREE registration valued at €1050 for an exclusive Common Europe Congress in Milan from June 4th to 7th.

Do not let go this epic fusion of celebration and career advancing education!


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What is COMMON Belgium

At COMMON Belgium, our focus extends beyond borders. COMMON Belgium proudly contributes to the thriving Common Europe community, where like-minded professionals from across the continent converge annually to explore emerging trends, engage with IBM experts, and forge lasting connections. Furthermore, we actively foster collaboration with our European sister user groups, aligning our efforts to create a seamless, transcontinental exchange of insights and expertise. Through these invaluable partnerships, we leverage collective knowledge to shape the future of IBM solutions on a global scale. 
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By joining COMMON Belgium, you become part of an inspiring journey – one that embraces innovation, fosters collaboration, and empowers you to shape the future of technology. Explore our initiatives, events, and membership benefits at www.common.be, and take your place at the forefront of IBM i driven transformation. Together, we propel a global community united by shared knowledge, collective vision, and a relentless pursuit of excellence.
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Welcome to COMMON Belgium, the premier national user community dedicated to harnessing the potential of IBM based solutions. Our mission is rooted in cultivating a vibrant ecosystem that revolves around networking, knowledge exchange, advanced education, and strategic influence within the realm of IBM i products and solutions. As a non-profit organization, COMMON Belgium unites a diverse community of clients, solution providers, academic institutions and IBMers, all driven by a shared passion for leveraging IBM i technologies to drive innovation and growth.
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Our commitment to collaboration extends across the Atlantic as well. As an active participant in COMMON North America, we ensure that our members are seamlessly integrated into an expansive network that transcends geographical boundaries. This partnership opens doors to a wealth of resources, thought leadership, and industry best practices, enriching the experiences and opportunities available to every COMMON Belgium member.
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  • “At ASCO we value our membership of Common Belgium as it provides us a means to stay up to date with IBM i developments and enhancements. Their regular theme based sessions are a means to stay up to date in the ever-changing IBM i and IT landscape. In addition, it provides us contact with other users who tackle problems we face as well and, through other insight or viewpoints, have sometimes handed better solutions than we could (not) have found.“

    Kris De Vlieger
    IT business relationship & development manager, ASCO Industries, Zaventem, Belgium
  • “Through participation in Common Belgium activities, Howest University students gain access to a wealth of IBM i knowledge and expertise from IBM Business Architects and industry leaders. The presentations, workshops, and seminars offer them insights into the latest trends and technologies within the IBM i ecosystem. This exposure, and networking with business professionals, not only enhances their technical skills but also equips them with a deep understanding of real-world business applications, infrastructure and security.”

    Corneel Theben Tervile
    International Coordinator of Applied Computer Science, HOWEST University of Applied Sciences, Bruges, Belgium
  • “Common Belgium’s education helps Colruyt Group to offer cutting edge IT solutions to our business. Their insightful sessions and workshops empower us with new technologies, enhancing operations. Moreover, the networking advantage of being a member allows us to connect with industry peers and leaders, amplifying our IBM i solutions leverage for ongoing success.”

    Peter Boesman
    Application Manager for Solucious (part of Colruyt Group) Belgium
  • “Being a member of Common Belgium has been a game-changer for our company. The current education they provide keeps our IT applications sharp, while the networking opportunities have connected us with industry peers and opportunities. Thanks to Common Belgium, we’re confidently steering our business through the ever-changing IT landscape.”

    IT Manager, An International 100 Years Young Company, Belgium