Complimentary Scholastic Membership

Scholastic Membership Application

As a member of COMMON, you, your school, and your students will be part of the largest community of IBM Power System users and solution providers. Through this community, you and your students can network with peers, industry experts and IBM, while learning best practices and sharing experiences as participants in the broader IT community. Being part of the COMMON Community affords your school and students with:

  • First-hand practical knowledge about the IT industry along with invaluable contacts that can shape their career path after graduation.
  • Participation in the collective voice to IBM and other solution providers that resonates throughout the larger IT community as the voice of expert authority on Power Systems-related topics and issues.
  • Special pricing for students to attend Conferences.
  • Members-only pricing on all COMMON educational options, including free Webcasts on leading topics.

Membership Benefits

In addition to the benefit of being involved in a large community of members dedicated to IBM i and the IT industry, a COMMON Membership also provides a number of beneficial educational options, including newsletters, conferences and online education.

COMMON Connector e-Newsletter

COMMON’s monthly e-newsletter is sent to members to keep them updated on COMMON’s key initiatives that include: Community & Networking, Education and Leadership & Advocacy along with all upcoming educational events.

COMMON.CONNECT is the official print publication of COMMON and focuses on delivering value to members by engaging the COMMON community.
Contents include technical articles, member-relevant content, member and company profiles, member benefits, event information, user group updates, and other articles that are of benefit to the membership and the broader COMMON community.

  • Published bi-monthly electronically.
  • Reaches over 20,000 participants actively involved in Power Systems
  • Recipients include all levels of IT professionals, including decision makers, analysts, and programmers. 

COMMON Career Center
online job board brings together employers and job seekers specifically in the Power Systems area, targeted for the most qualified users of Power Systems and related solutions. Job Seekers can search for jobs and apply directly, post their resumes confidentially, create search agents, and save jobs for future application.

COMMON Educational Options:

COMMON Annual Meeting and Exposition
The premier Power Systems-related educational conference and annual meeting of the COMMON membership, it provides attendees with four full days of in-depth IBM i and AIX education that includes all-day preconference workshops, all-day integrated seminars, open labs and a wide variety of regular-length sessions.

COMMON Fall Conference and Expo
Choose from over 100 educational sessions on a large variety of topics over three days, along with an opportunity to participate in vendor-led sessions by leading solution providers on their products to provide attendees even more value.

Webcasts are exclusively free for COMMON members, and offer a great option to stay up-to-date on the latest in Power Systems-related education. Delivered by recognized speakers, they offer members the flexibility to participate from anywhere they have Internet access.

Webinars are a great option for COMMON members who are looking for in-depth education on a specific topic at a great value. The quarterly Webinars consist of several webcasts on one topic, delivered over multiple weeks by industry experts. Along with the education, you’ll have access to handouts and a discussion board after the Webinar where you can further discuss the topic with the speaker and other participants.