Worldwide skills transfer group launches in SA

COMMON set to launch locally in mid November

November 5, 2009

COMMON set to launch locally in mid November

COMMON is the world’s largest community of IBM users on the Power Systems Platform. This group promotes advocacy and skills transfer. COMMON will be launched in South Africa on 10 November at the IBM Auditorium in Sandton.

“COMMON is a community of IBM users within various industries that is totally independent and is able to provide skills transfer by sharing knowledge around core solutions whilst informing IBM about their client’s needs,” says Marinus van Sandwyk, Founder and CTO of Tembo Technologies (PTY) Ltd.

“IBM truly believes in COMMON because great things can be achieved through advocacy and teamwork,” says Cally Beck, Power Systems Academic Initiative Programme Manager, Northeast British Indian Ocean Territory and Central Eastern Europe Middle East and Africa.

“Now is the perfect time to launch COMMON in South Africa to enhance skills development and provide benefits to all in the IBM Power Systems community.

I have been involved in COMMON activities for a number of years and have seen firsthand the benefits it affords to all its members in networking, sharing knowledge, best practice and innovative ideas,” says Beck.

COMMON chairperson (North America) and a recognised international motivational speaker – Trevor Perry, who is currently one of the top 5 most influential people in application organisation will also be attending and presenting at the launch.

“The user group offers great value to businesses by enabling any person using an IBM Power System to have access to others in the community.  This access can help them gain even better benefits from using the system,” says van Sandwyk.