What is COMMON Belgium?

Common Belgium is a non-profit organization with a mission to promote member networking and educate its members with IBM products and solutions, with a special emphasis on "IBM Power Systems" and IBM i. Our community members are mainly small and medium businesses using Power Systems represented by IT managers and often the senior staff. COMMON Belgium provides the best forum to share experiences and also to communicate with IBM and its channel partners. COMMON Belgium is a member of COMMON Europe, www.comeur.org, affiliated to COMMON North America, www.common.org, and is a close partner of 16 other European user groups with similar goals. 

The association was founded in 1984 and its members are companies and channel partners using IBM products and solutions. Regular meetings are organized to present evolutions in the IT world and help to understand the technical and organizational consequences of new tools and technologies.

Technical and non-technical presentations are proposed in full or half day meetings. Subjects can be very technical like a presentation of some in depth aspects of the latest operating system or very general like electronic invoicing and open to IT as well as non IT persons ... 

The association wants to inform the consequences of the use of an IT tool and allow the exchange of experiences and solutions between peers sharing the same concerns, using the same techniques and facing the same problems ...

It is also an authentic user group where people can just meet and network ...

The Board has a president, two vice-presidents, a secretary/treasurer, and up to 10 additional directors. They are volunteers elected by the members and they prepare the meetings and manage the association.

Last but not the least, the registration fee for one company is a bargain of 250 EUR + VAT/year. It gives access for up to three participants from the same company to all the events at member fees, often free, and offers important discounts on some IBM educational events and Common Europe congress.

Individual membership is at 100 EUR + VAT/year and offers the same advantages to that person.

For more information, visit http://www.common.be or send an e-mail to info@common.be.