60+ IBM i User Groups and Communities to Join
The strong community and culture that have grown up around the IBM i platform in the 30 years since it launched as the AS/400 underscores the success and popularity of this well-known technology. There are dozens of related user groups out there that help people get out of their everyday mindsets with the chance to interact with others who know IBM i—and who may be using it to address similar challenges in a new way. Case in point: Did you know there are more than 26,000 members of LinkedIn’s group for IBM i, iSeries, and AS/400 professionals?
Many users have spent much of their careers working with IBM i. In fact, our recent poll showed that 56 percent of respondents have 30+ years’ experience with the platform, meaning many of you may be looking forward to retiring soon, or will have to decide what to do when your IBM i talent retires! These user groups are critical as a place where newer IBM i professionals can look for information and best practices as they ramp up on the many ways IBM i is an amazing and powerful system. As newcomers come on board, make sure you share your knowledge and set them up for success.
To help you navigate this vast playing field, we’ve compiled a comprehensive list of IBM i user groups around the world.
Ontario (Toronto) – Toronto Users Group and Facebook
The largest of the user groups is COMMON, which brings together IBM technology users across scores of local chapters across the globe. COMMON also has a Facebook User Group page with over 200 members.
Connecticut – Fairfield Application System User Group
Georgia – IBM i Tech Community
Illinois – Omni Users Group
Massachusetts – NEMUG
Minnesota – QUSER
Missouri – Gateway/400 Group
New Hampshire – New Hampshire Midrange Users Group
New Jersey – NESTU
Rhode Island – New England Midrange Users Group
Tennessee – IMUG
Washington – Pacific Midrange Systems Association
Wisconsin – Wisconsin Midrange Computer Professional Association and Facebook
Belgium – COMMON Belgium
Denmark – COMMON Denmark
Germany – COMMON Deutschland
Luxembourg – COMMON Luxembourg
The Netherlands – COMMON Netherlands
Norway – COMMON Norway
Poland – COMMON Poland
Argentina (Buenos Aires) – COMMON Argentina
Brazil – COMMON Latino
Peru – COMMON Peru
Australia – Interaction Australasia
Japan – COMMON Japan (iSUC)
Korea – SISA Korea
In addition to the regional groups listed above, there are many other IBM i user groups and resources to explore:
IDUG DB2 User Group: IDUG is the foremost independent, user-driven community that provides a direct channel to thousands of professional DB2 users across the globe.
imPower Technologies: Jim Buck has an online offering that includes RPG Free/RDi education. The site states its goal as being driven to deliver the highest quality IBM i educational training that transforms corporate culture, nurtures and enhances workforce skills, and delivers maximum ROI for the corporate education budget. This is a good tool for educating new IBM i technologists.
The Large User Group (LUG): LUG counts almost 100 large companies among their members, all of which have made significant investments in their IBM i platforms. These companies are located around the world and span multiple industries.
North East User Group Conference: NEUGC is an annual IBM i event held in New England for IBM i (Power Systems, iSeries, AS/400). It’s designed to bring together IBM user groups from Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont. They also have a Facebook page.
System i Developer: SiD is a consortium of experts in RPGIV, SQL, DB2, ILE, RSE/RDi/RDP/WDSc, and PHP offering education, training/services, and conferences, including the RPG & DB2 Summit, in support of RPG and DB2.
IBM i Community: An emerging community for RPG/COBOL/DB2 professionals.
PUB400.COM: A free, public server running IBM i 7.4 for everyone
IBM i also has a Facebook page.