2021 Events Plan



Happy New Year, and I hope the year is off to a great start for you! After a tumultuous year last year, we are excited and hopeful about what 2021 has in store for COMMON and our members, such as yourself. We look forward to continuing to serve you and the rest of the COMMON community with benefits and products to help you advance your career.

Here is an update on our plan for 2021, including changes to our conference events in response to the evolving pandemic landscape. As the leading provider of unique, practical education in the IBM i and related space, we want to make sure we are meeting your needs, while keeping the health and wellness of this entire community in mind. Below is the plan and timeline for our major in-person, hybrid, and virtual events for 2021:

  • NAViGATE 2021
    • A new Hybrid event, taking place May 24-26, 2021 in Columbus, OH and virtually online.
    • Completely reimagined content that focuses on quick tips-and-tricks, business cases, lessons learned, and innovative technologies and solutions – education that can immediately impact your job and organization that is entirely new content.
    • 250+ short-format sessions presented by industry experts, peers, and solution providers from this community.
    • It will feature an in-person tabletop Expo, and Virtual Expo, of leading solution providers.
    • Unique in-person and virtual networking opportunities for attendees to interact and share knowledge.

  • iNSIGHT 2021
    • On-demand “Netflix” type virtual education event offering 150+ sessions to take place in July 2021.
    • On-demand and live sessions and panels featuring industry expert speakers, providing you flexibility to consume the content on your schedule.
    • Full virtual Expo of leading solution providers to learn about the latest innovations available for your business.

  • POWERUp 2021
    • Largest conference event of its kind, our marquee conference event, will take place October 4 -7, 2021 in Virginia Beach, VA.
    • It will be offered as a Hybrid event with in-person attendance and virtual attendees
    • 4 full days of leading education on latest IBM i and related topics, over 275+ sessions presented by industry expert speakers presenting live
    • Largest Expo of its kind with dedicated days for a Virtual Expo
    • Unique in-person and virtual networking opportunities for attendees to interact and share knowledge

  • 2021 IT Executive Conference
    • Created for IT managers and decision makers, it will take place October 4 - 6, 2021 in Virginia Beach, VA
    • An event for senior-level managers and executives who want to maximize their investment in IBM Power Systems
    • Peer-to-peer discussion, updates and education from IBM executives and industry experts
    • Networking opportunities with peers to learn best practices and strategies that can transform your business

In addition to these major conference events, we are also planning two virtual conferences that will be free to anyone to attend. More information will be coming in the near future.

As a reminder, members have access to our vast Content Library that offers nearly 400 hours of educational content on-demand, all delivered by industry expert presenters. See all the benefits available to members here: www.common.org/membership/benefits

Thank you again for your continued support of COMMON – your professional association dedicated to providing you with benefits that will impact your company and your career.

I look forward to meeting you soon!


Gordon Leary

COMMON President