1) Database Modernization 20 Apr @ IBM Bru 2) Common Europe Congress 18-21/6 Brussels



IBM Client Center, Evere, Brussels
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COMMON Europe Congress 18-21 June
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Dear Common Belgium members,
and all IBM i and Power enthousiasts,
Common Belgium is proud to invite you to the second event of this year.
This time it’s all about database. More specific: database modernization.
The focus is more on ‘how to’ than on ‘why’.
The first session will indicate how to start with temporal database and row and colomn access control.
The second sessions is about what you can expect when modernizing your database.
The third session is more about how design decisions can impact the performance of the database:
A roadmap to datacentric computing. 
After the first session and before the lunch we will have our annual general assemblee. A short
presentation will cover the 2016 events, the financial results and the events we planned for this year.
The COMMON Belgium Board

Speaker details and abstracts available here.



Thursday 20 April 2017, 10:30 to 17:00 hours
Location - IBM Client Center Brussels, (Avenue Bourget 42 Bourgetlaan, Evere)

• 10:30 Welcome coffee

• 11.00: Event opening, Philippe Vanden Bussche, President, COMMON Belgium
• 11.10: Getting started with Temporal database and RCAC, Andy Youens, IBM i Consultant, FormaServe, UK

• 12.25: General Assembly followed by Lunch

• 13.10: Do’s and dont’s of a database modernization project – hands in the dirt tips, Michel Mouchon, CTO, Arcad Software

• 14.25 Coffee break

• 14.40: Why you cannot miss the COMMON Europe Congress, Brussels, 18-21 June 2017, Ranga Deshpande, President, COMMON Europe
• 14.55: A datacentric roadmap – practical tips from an experienced person, Jos Vermaere, IBM Academy of Technology

• 16.10: Closing drink / Networking moment

Venue: IBM Client Center Brussels, (Avenue Bourget 42 Bourgetlaan, Evere)
Registration: here




1) The Open i; Latest 7.3 news & NY Reception 2) COMMON Europe Congress 18-21/6 Brussels



Het Anker brewery, 14/3 Mechelen
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COMMON Europe Congress 18-21 June
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Het Anker (Guido Gezellelaan 49, 2800 Mechelen)

This "Open i & 7.3 news" community building event is FREE for all Power Systems and IBM i fans.

Dear colleagues,

Common Belgium is happy to invite you on the first Common event of 2017. It will be a day of innovation and tradition.
First we have innovation: you will see how new technologies, open source tools and Linux are implemented on IBM i and IBM Power.
Then we have tradition: is anything  more part of our culture and heritage than a visit to a brewery followed by a beer dinner?

The agenda for this event is build around the increasing possibilities of Open Source tools,  applications and linux on IBM i.

This New Year reception is wholly free for members and non-members.
Fill in the evaluation form before dinner and qualify to win a prize* - a free registration to COMMON Europe Congress, 18-21 June, Brussels, Belgium.

The COMMON Belgium Board

* Free CEC registration prize only for COMMON Belgium paid members of 2016 or 2017, before 31st March.
See speaker details and abstracts here.

Tuesday 14 March 2017, 13:30 to 20:00 hours

Location - Het Anker (Guido Gezellelaan 49, 2800 Mechelen)


• 13:30 Welcome coffee
 14.00: Event opening - Philippe Vanden Bussche, President COMMON Belgium
 14.10: State of the Business - Eddy Nijs, IBM Server Systems Manager Belux
14.30: Current status of Open Source and Linux on IBM Power Systems and  IBM i
   What about the new languages on Power Systems : GIT , Orion, Python,..
   and to get started with - Franz Bourlet, IBM Belgium
 15.15: IBM i and i7.3 in 2017: what can you expect ? - Fabian Michel, IBM Belgium
 16.00 Coffee break
 16.15: COMMON Europe Congress, Brussels, 18-21 June 2017 - Ranga Deshpande, President COMMON Europe
 16.25: From legacy AS400 applications to renewed IBM i applications with new functions and possibilities:
    a practical approach with live examples - Koen Decorte, CD Invest and Philippe Vanden Bussche, e5 mode.


Het Anker visit
 17:15 Guided visit
 18:15 Beer tasting
 18:45 Dinner

Venue: Het Anker (Guido Gezellelaan 49, 2800 Mechelen)

Registration: http://www.common.be/Registration_Open_Source_14_March



Benelux Power 2016 and Excellence Awards


Details here

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Submission last date extended to 14 Sept
Innovative clients,
Innovative partners,

This is your chance to show your magnificent solutions to the community, win international acclaim and an award 

Benelux Power
Excellence Awards

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 Event well-wishers, partners and sponsors:


IBM i 7.3 and Bluemix: 26 May, Brussels

Registration: http://www.common.be/IBM_i_announcements_and_Bluemix

Save 26 May – A two parts day: “IBM i” 7.3 announcement and “Bluemix”.

1. “IBM i” 7.3 is like a good wine, improving year after year to suit to your business taste. This presentation
covers all the latest trends and directions in the marketplace, the POWER & IBM i roadmaps and the
key DB2 technologies that IBM have been adding. You will also hear all the latest announcement about
infrastructure news like new larger and cost effective SSDs and how to get faster insights and business value
by using Flash Storage with IBM i. Also, Fabian will explain how IBM i can easily play in Hybrid Cloud scenarios.
The most important IBM i is security authority collection that helps you secure the platform by giving
correct authority to you users and not more.

2. Bluemix is the IBM cloud platform to accelerate innovation on both sides of the firewall. What’s in it for IBM i?
How to take a fast start and integrate it in your mobile, IoT and other applications running on your IBM i.
Attend the second part to know this “in your language”.

Abstracts and speaker details: coming soon.

Date: Thursday 26 May 2016
Venue: IBM Client Center, Avenue de Bourget 42 Bourgetlaan, 1130 Evere (Brussels)
Registration: http://www.common.be/IBM_i_announcements_and_Bluemix

Agenda (subject to change)

Thursday 26 May 2016, 12:00 to 17:00 hours

Location - IBM Client Center Brussels, (Avenue Bourget 42 Bourgetlaan, Evere)

• 12:00 – 12:40 Registrations, networking and welcome lunch
• 12:40 – 12:50 Introduction , Shrirang “Ranga” Deshpande, COMMON Belgium
• 12:50 – 13:50 IBM i 7.3 Infrastructure and security enhancements, Fabian Michel, IBM Belgium

• 13:50 – 14:10 Networking coffee
• 14:10 – 15:10 IBM i 7.3 DB2 and language enhancements, Paul Masschelein, IBM Belgium
• 15:10 – 16:30 Bluemix – Why you need to know it, Eric Cattoir, IBM Belgium

• 16:30 – 17:00 Networking and closing drink

Venue: IBM Client Center (Forum), Avenue du Bourgetlaan 42-44, Evere, Brussels

Registration: http://www.common.be/IBM_i_announcements_and_Bluemix



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