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2017 Common Europe Congress


2017 Common Europe Congress (CEC) – Brussels, Belgium – Announces Speaker and Session Schedule. Showcases all-star speaker line-up from IBM Power Systems Industry.

Luxembourg, Europe; 3 May 2017.  The 2017 Common Europe Congress (CEC) scheduled to take place in Brussels, Belgium on 18-21 June publishes full conference schedule which includes some of the best speakers in the industry from across Europe as well as a few headliners from North America.  This year CEC will host over 75 sessions offered in 2 1/2 days of education including new IBM education, real case stories, beginning to advanced topics, to timely technical content you can implement immediately upon your return to the office. Attendees can add a pre-congress workshop for even more in-depth learning!

A full list of sessions can be viewed online but some of the must-attend sessions and speakers include:

IBM i Architecture – Overview & Evolution, Steve Will, IBM

Predictive Performance Management, Dawn May, IBM

SQL for the Security Administrator, Scott Forstie, IBM

Mobile Apps on IBM i with IBM MobileFirst & Bluemix – Live Demo, Benoit Marolleau, IBM

Hidden Gems of DB2 for i, Scott Forstie, IBM

IBM i 7.3 – Useful tips to ease a Sys Admin’s life, Fabian Michel, IBM

Handling the Weird Stuff in RPG Programs, Paul Tuohy, ComCon Consultancy

Create or Replace … DDS Files with SQL Objects , Birgitta Hauser, Toolmaker Advanced Efficiency GmbH

Programming RPG with Style, Paul Tuohy, ComCon Consultancy

Using open source tools to modernize IBM i applications, Koen Decorte, CD Invest

Consuming JSON with SQL, Birgitta Hauser, Toolmaker Advanced Efficiency GmbH

Volvo and an everlasting relationship with IBM i, Tjeu Bollen, Beesda2

IBM i Authority Collection Service, Steve Bradshaw, Rowton IT Solutions 

From STRDBG to the RDi Debugger, Charles Guarino, Central Park Data Systems, Inc

HMC, IBM I, FSP, & Firmware: Putting all the pieces together, Pete Massiello, iTech Solutions


And many more sessions which can be viewed at


About Common Europe (CE)

Common Europe, an IT user community of IBM based solutions, is an umbrella organization of European national IBM Power Systems™, IBM i™, AIX™, and Linux™ user groups.  It aims to “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 on‐going open dialogue with IBM and other vendors”.  It is a European non‐profit community of organizations and individuals using IBM solutions.  For more information, please visit or contact Ranga Deshpande, CE President, at or Ralph Gervasi, CE, at


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