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2016 Common Fall Conference & Expo

Monday, October 24, 2016 to Wednesday, October 26, 2016
12:00 AM to 12:00 AM
Hilton Columbus Downtown | Columbus, Ohio
401 N High St, Columbus, OH 43215

Join Surround Technologies at Common in Columbus, OH.

As the fall season settles upon us, it’s time to connect with IBM i professionals at the annual COMMON Fall Conference and Expo. COMMON is the world’s largest professional association of IBM technology users. They provide independent education, certification, advocacy, and networking among users, IBM, and related third-party solution providers. This fall, COMMON is returning to Columbus for three days of Power Systems education and networking. For full conference details & registration visit the COMMON conference website.

We welcome you to come visit us in the Expo area at booth #24 for our demonstrations of Accelerator and to talk with our IBM i Modernization and Development Superheroes. We are very excited to introduce our newly released desktop-style web applications that will revolutionize how and where your users can access your enterprise systems. Stop by for a 1-on-1 demo or just peek over some shoulders and get ready to say WOW! Also, please schedule a 1-on-1 to reserve a time to sit with us to discuss your needs specifically.

Every year we look forward to interacting with IBM professionals, and meeting new colleagues in the IBM i workspace. This year we are kicking it up a notch and have accepted the COMMON UI Modernization Challenge! Attendees from the conference will go head to head using their tools and know-how to modernize the same set of tables into a state-of-the-art user friendly application. Each vendor will conduct a 75-minute session to present their results. You won’t want to miss this first of a kind challenge! Check out the sessions tab for more information about the Common UI Challenge!

Attend our sessions this year at Common for some great information on becoming a software superhero by accelerating software development and modernization at your company.

Superhero Trophy

Challenge Accepted! Surround's Modernization Superheroes take on the Common UI Modernization Challenge

Monday, Oct 24, 2016 11:00 AM - 12:15 PM
Hopkins | Lobby Level

Common's Challenge

Looking to modernize your screens but don’t know which solution is best for your business?

During the Fall Conference, see how modernization vendors approach the same set of tables with their solutions. Each vendor will conduct a 75-minute session to present its results. If you are in the market for a solution, you won’t want to miss this opportunity for an even comparison.

Surround's Answer

Don't just modernize your screens, re-architect and modernize your entire system from the ground up. In this session we will use Surround's Accelerator development solution to:

  1. Create a new well-architected web-service enabled application with both Windows and a Responsive Web Line of Business Application
  2. Create a new customer-facing website with product ordering and information portal.
  3. Demonstrate Surround's Accelerated Software Development Methodologies for repeatedly delivering successful projects.
  4. Demonstrate Surround's low-risk phased software modernization process.

Don't miss this session

This is something you must see to truly believe. Once you see it, you will want to download the Accelerator Trial to try it out for yourself. And, each attendee will be entered into our raffle to win a free Accelerator Development License!

Can't wait? Contact us now.  Get more details at the Conference Website  Try out Accelerator for yourself


Lee Paul, Chief Modernization Strategist

Lee Paul is CEO and founding member of Surround Technologies, LLC.

Lee graduated Syracuse University in 1991 with a BS in Aerospace Engineering. With limited job opportunities he started his own business in Information Technologies and never looked back. Self-taught and now with over 25 years in the industry Lee is a software innovator, visionary and strategist focused on helping and enabling companies use software technology to tactically and strategically solve their business challenges. He believes software can truly change the world in positive and meaningful ways and that this can be achieved by each individual company utilizing software to better deliver their products and services; utilizing software that people love. He understands and evangelizes the necessary and critical balance within each company between the Software Investors (the business), software Consumers (business staff, partners, customers, community and audience), Software Producers (IT Staff) and Software Providers (the plethora of vendors).

Derek Maciak, Chief Technology Officer

Derek Maciak is the Chief Technology Officer and partner at Surround Technologies, LLC

Derek has over 20 years of experience in the software industry. He is the Lead Architect and Product Manager of Surround's Accelerator software development solution that is used within many different companies in many industries worldwide. Derek has consulted on numerous large-scale enterprise level applications in the manufacturing, retail, hospitality, publishing, and transportation industries just to name a few. For the past several years Derek has focused a great deal of time on software modernization and accelerating agile development for windows, web and mobile using a Service Oriented Architecture. As an avid IBM i proponent, Derek and his team recognized that User Interface and User Experience were becoming increasingly important and has been providing tools and strategies to clients who wish to further empower their IBM i systems without dead-ends or lock-ins.

Learn & Experience Hands on with a
1-on-1 Consultation and Demonstration

We are excited to speak with you about your project objectives and needs and the conference presents a great opportunity to do it in person. Whether you’re in the planning phase, are ready to get started or well into the project, we’re here to help you reach your goals and discuss ideas about how you can accelerator your software development and modernization.

Simply fill out the form below to get started by scheduling a consultation with our experts.

Come visit us at the Common 2016 Fall Conference and Expo. You can find us at Booth 24.

We will be discussing and demonstrating our software development and modernization strategies, processes and tools including the powerful Accelerator for software re-architecting, generation and conversion. Oh yea, and be on the look out for some announcements and prizes at the booth! And make sure we scan your badge to be entered in our raffle to win your own developer license of Accelerator.

These days go fast! To carve out a set time to meet, please schedule a 1-on-1 meeting, call us at (239) 405-8427, or email us at

COMMON Expo Schedule

Date Time Who's Invited Location
Monday, Oct 24, 2016 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM Expo Open to All Attendees
Attendee lunch in Expo from 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Hilton Columbus Downtown
  6:00 PM – 8:00 PM Evening Welcome Reception for All Attendees Hilton Columbus Downtown
Tuesday, Oct 25, 2016 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM Expo Open to All Attendees
Attendee lunch in Expo from 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Passport to Prizes Drawing from 1:30 PM to 2:00 PM
Hilton Columbus Downtown
Hands On Learning
Schedule a 1-on-1 Demonstration

Every convention gives you the opportunity to see what software can do for you using demo data. We can work with you 1-on-1 and show you what our software can do for you with YOUR DATA - ON THE SPOT!

If you would like to schedule a 1-on-1 meeting with one of our experts simply fill out the form below and a representative will contact you with a confirmation of your requested time and date. In the event that your chosen time and date is not available, or has already been booked, we will work with you to choose the next best time that works for your schedule.

COMMON Fall Conference Location

Hilton Columbus Downtown
401 North High Street
Columbus, Ohio 43215

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