The COMMON Americas Advisory Council (CAAC) is a small, diverse group of individuals that represent IBM customers of varying sizes and industries. It was created to act as the liaison between IBM and COMMON in order to gauge the community reaction to strategic IBM decisions and future direction. CAAC members are encouraged to pool their expertise and know-how to gather requirements from the user community and pass them along to IBM.
Andy BuchholtzInnovative Software Solutions inc
Ayden ButeraCreative Data Research
Karl HaggartOneMain Financial
Jasmine Kaczmarek M.R. Williams
Mike McArdleWestern Technical College
Richard McCarroll Innovative Software Solutions Inc
Carl Novit FRS Inc
Steve Pitcher iTech Solutions Group a Service Express Company
Marina SchwenkEverbrite LLC
Todd StewartHeartland CoOp
Jack WoehrThe Seiden Group
As part of COMMON’s advocacy program, you have an opportunity to provide feedback to help IBM enhance its systems. After your requirement is accepted, it will be visible in the system for review.
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If you represent a company that uses IBM i as its primary computing platform and have interest in joining CAAC if an opening develops, please submit an application.
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The maximum number of individuals on the CAAC is sixteen.
Up to four people on the CAAC can be business partners, ISVs or consultants.
Their role is to represent their clients, not their business
One person on the CAAC will represent the IT education community
Remaining CAAC members represent their own company
The individual’s company uses IBM i as its primary computing platform
This group should have a balance of business, management, hardware and software skills
A maximum of two members of the CAAC may also be on the COMMON Board of Directors
CAAC members serve a two-year term
After two years, the term is renewable once based on active participation throughout the current term and with approval from the CAAC and the COMMON Board
When recruiting new members, the CAAC looks for individuals with the following characteristics:
General IT knowledge
General business knowledge
Vision for the future in IT terms
Vision for the future in business terms
The following are the list of CAAC membership requirements:
Have 3+ years of experience in App Dev, Sys admin or Database/IFS
Be a current member of COMMON throughout CAAC term
Approved for membership in CAAC by the CAAC membership and the COMMON Board
Sign a Feedback Program Agreement (FPA) between employer and IBM
Attend at least 1 of every 3 consecutive COMMON conferences
Participate in CAAC meetings, both Face-to-Face and conference calls
Attend at least 2 of every 3 consecutive CAAC Face-to-Face meetings with IBM – usually in Rochester, MN
Self-fund or have your company fund travel to Rochester for the in-person meetings.
Attend monthly CAAC business meetings – typically the first Tuesday of the month
Participate in at least one CAAC RFE Subgroup (AppDev, Db2IFS, SysAdmin) – these meet monthly
Be an active team member, willing to learn, ask questions, and give feedback to IBM
Represent and advocate for the IBM i SMB community in America
It is COMMON’s discretion, including the COMMON Board and/or the CAAC, to review and interview all applicants before final determination is made for each applicant. The list of selected candidates and their applications will be submitted to IBM for final approval.
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