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Group will hold its annual Congress in Vienna this June with a special golden jubilee celebration of advanced technical training and networking.

IBM Power users will meet in Vienna June 9–12 for the 2012 international COMMON Europe Congress (CEC2012) to celebrate the user group's 50-year anniversary. Experts from around the world will present the latest high-tech concepts and technologies in the famous Austrian Center Vienna (ACV) convention center. The theme of the conference is: "POWERful Future in a Mobile World."

CEC2012_LogoDocSizeThis year, the focus of CEC2012 will be on mobile information exchange with IBM DB2 and IBM i, private and public cloud solutions, and the latest application development trends. Organizers have found that personal networking helps secure attendees' advantage for realizing opportunities in the current IT world of information overload. IT managers and specialists will get not only the latest and most exclusive information to enhance their careers, but they also will profit from the extensive networking possibilities during meetings and evening social events.

COMMON Europe, which represents the community of IBM Power users, has invested heavily to make sure this anniversary Congress represents a great value for the international participants. This year, COMMON has invited the best and most famous experts in the world to the Congress to share their knowledge with the COMMON Europe community.

Participants will have a chance to acquire much unique information, not publicly available, for a low investment. This anniversary Congress will continue COMMON Europe's tradition of high-quality lectures of a non-commercial nature. Those considering attending can learn more at www.comeur.org/common.

Vienna is a top international meeting destination, hosting over 2,000 national and international scientific meetings each year. There are many reasons to visit Vienna, and the city is world famous for its imperial heritage—Schönbrunn Palace, the Belvedere, and the Hofburg. The capital scores high marks thanks to its first-rate musical and cultural attractions at concert halls, museums, and theaters, from the Golden Hall of the Musikverein to the acclaimed Museum of Fine Arts and the State Opera House. Outdoors, the city is beautiful as well. Over half the city is made up of green space, including parks and gardens, the Vienna Woods, and the wetlands of the Donau Auen National Park.

Vienna is also a byword for epicurean enjoyment with centuries of traditions shaping its coffee houses and Heuriger wine taverns. The bistro, wine tavern, and cafe are the pillars of Vienna’s culture of varietal pleasures surrounding food. Viennese cuisine is the only type of cooking in the world that is named after a city. The Viennese coffee houses are known around the globe for their informal pleasantness is an oasis of gemütlichkeit—the legendary Viennese coziness. Vienna is also the only metropolis in the world that grows enough wine within city limits to be worth mentioning.

There are at least six reasons to attend the CEC2012 in Vienna this summer:

  • High level Congress with excellent speakers from around the world
  • Best and most effective way to increase one's technical knowledge
  • Extend one's personal network with other specialists, experts, and IT-managers
  • Use the time out of your office to create new ideas for your business
  • Profit from the knowledge of other participants and share your experience
  • See Vienna, one of the loveliest cities in Europe

This Congress offers six parallel streams of presentations mainly in English (some in German), discussions, workshops and expert talks about current topics. Participants can expect to receive exclusive information during the event.

Congress2012ScheduleThe target group for this international Congress is IT managers, IT experts, and students. This is the best proven way to network with like-minded people and experts from IBM Rochester and other IBM laboratories.

Enhanced networking opportunities in a relaxed atmosphere are also offered through a welcome party, several happy-hour events, and a gala dinner.

Jan Leth-Kjaer, the president of COMMON Europe, emphasizes the excellent value of this year’s anniversary Congress because of the high participation of international experts and the exceptionally good support from IBM. He expects one of the most successful events IBM users have ever had. If you want to be part of this special community, register now at www.comeur.org/common.

COMMON Austria is a non-profit organization of leading IT managers and IT specialists using IBM solutions. The organization represents its members to IBM and other IBM solution providers. Internationally, it is represented in COMMON Europe, the European umbrella organization. Members profit from the extensive internal networking facilities during its events, discussions, and working groups. The close cooperation with IBM at national and international levels offers periodic expert events and even wider personal network possibilities at international congresses. For more information, visit www.common.at or contact Alexander Schaefer, president of COMMON Austria, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

COMMON Europe, a user community of IBM based solutions, is an umbrella organization of European national IBM midrange user groups. Its aims are “boost networking, share experiences, provide advanced education and training, influence IBM products and solution strategy, offer savings and efficiencies to its members and accelerate an ongoing open dialogue with IBM”. It is a non profit community of companies, organisations and individuals using IBM solutions. For more information, please visit www.comeur.org or contact Jan Leth-Kjaer, CE president, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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