Informing the IBM Community

2017 Common Europe Congress Concludes


An event that truly represents the European IBM I community.

Common Europe re-elects Executive Committee with new Treasurer.

Luxembourg, Europe; 21 June, 2017.  The 2017 Common Europe Congress (CEC) concludes as one of the best IT events in recent Common Europe history.  It was held in Brussels, Belgium from 18-21 June.  The Congress hosted 250 participants from 21 different countries, 19 exhibiting vendors from across Europe and the United States, and offered over 75 technical sessions. “The congress provided a well-balanced mix of traditional subject matter like databases, application development, system management, security, and first-hand customer cases.  There were also forward-looking and cognitive computing topics such as open source, block-chain, IBM Bluemix and other IBM Watson initiatives.”

“With Congress attendees from 21 different countries, this Congress truly represents a vibrant European IT community”.  Its’s clear this gathering has gained momentum and has business needs on its radar. I look forward to new successes in the coming years”, said Ranga Deshpande, Common Europe’s President.

Additionally, at a meeting that took place during the Congress, the Common Europe board elected / re-elected its executive committee for the coming year.  The executive committee is charged with moving the organization forward in 2017 and 2018.  The 2017-2018 Executive Committee is as follows:

President: Shrirang “Ranga” Deshpande, Common Belgium

Vice-President: Thomas Schweizer, Common Switzerland

Treasurer: Piotr Tkaczyk, Common Poland

Marketing Director: Torbjörn Appehl, Common Sweden (Data 3)

Technical Director: Christoph Cuscoleca, Common Austria


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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