COMMON Belgium & IBM Belgium celebrate IBM i 30 years


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

Register  now


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

Register here

• 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

Register here


BeNeLux Power 2018: Expo, Workshops, Certifications, Conference 8-9 October


                                        Benelux Power 2018 
           Vandervalk Hotel, Eindhoven, Netherlands  08-09 October, 2018
Benelux Power brings together hundred plus Power System experts, users, vendors and like-minded
under one roof to network, learn, and share best practices. Education is delivered by
industry experts, IBM developers.
Reserve your seat already here.
The top-notch speakers planned for the moment are IBM Executives Alison Butterill, Huibert van de Putte
for keynote and Carol Woodbury, Jesse Gorzinski, Koen Decorte, Manfred Sielhorst, Liliane Vanwinckel,
Lora Powell, Rudi van Helvoirt, Steve Bradshaw and Willy Ceuppens. Others are in pipeline.
The 7 three hour workshops and deep dives of 8 october and 20 sessions of 9 October offer education on
the following topic areas:
Application Development
DB2 or SQL
Emerging Technology
Open Source
System Management
IBM i Security and beyond
Workshop or Deep Dive

The 3rd edition of Excellence Awards gives the once in a year opportunity
to clients and BP/ISV's to showcase their innovative solutions.
See the full annoucement here

Event well-wishers, partners and sponsors:



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



AutoWorld, Parc du Cinquantennaire 11 Jubelpark, 1000 Bruxelles
More details below Register here

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.


Benelux Power 2017 & COMMON Europe iTour



Register now for Benelux Power and COMMON Europe iTour: 

GDPR - Managing the data effectively in an ever changing world.

COMMON Europe iTour is free for BE, NL & LU user group members

Dear colleagues,

You are cordially invited to our Benelux Power annual flagship event in its 5th year
and the Excellence Awards for the 2nd year. 

There are 3 simultaneous 3 hours full education deep dives in the morning on
1) GDPR - Hints and Tips, 2) Modern Application Development,
3) Hints and Tips for IBM i System management.

The COMMON Europe iTour in the afternoon , going to 12 European countries
is coming to Benelux also. Its sponsors this year are Vision Solutions and
Arcad Software. There are 4 red hot topics with the theme:

GDPR - Managing the data effectively in an ever changing world.

Do not miss this education rich event. 
Boards of COMMON Belgium, COMMON Netherlands and COMMON Luxembourg

Register now: 

Speaker details and abstracts here, more info coming soon..

Wednesday 15 November 2017, 9:30 to 18:00 hours

Location - Hotel Vandervalk, Aalsterweg 322, Eindhoven, Netherlands

Agenda (subject to change) -

Benelux Power 2017 and Expo
Three parallel deep dive 3 hours sessions in 3 rooms:
1) GDPR - Hints and Tips, Stephan Leisse, Vision Solutions
2)Modern Application Development - Floyd Del Muro, Arcad Software
3) Hints and tips for IBM i Systems Management, Rudi van Helvoirt, Helvoirt Automatisering
08:30 to 09:00 Welcome coffee & registrations in Expo
09:00 to 10:20 Deepdive part 1 
10:20 to 10:40 Coffee break
10:40 to 12:00 Deepdive part 2
COMMON Europe iTour
12:00 – 13:00      Registration and Lunch in Expo
13:00 – 13:15      Welcome - Common Country Presidents & sponsors
13:15 – 14:00      Make the POWER i server a Data Warehouse - sharing DB2 data on other technologies – Vision Solutions
14:00 – 14:45      How to standardize an IBM i environment for GDPR compliance – Arcad Software
14:45 – 15:15      Networking and coffee break
15:15 – 16:00      Migrate and Upgrade While Active – Vision Solutions
16:00 – 16:45      DevOps and its seamless integration with GitHub, Jira and Jenkins – Arcad Software
16:45 – 16:50      Group photo
16:50 – 17:30      Closing drink + Excellence Awards

Speaker details and abstracts here, more info coming soon.


                      Thank you sponsors



Latest Images