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Common 2017 Annual Meeting and Exposition

Sunday, May 7, 2017 to Wednesday, May 10, 2017
8:00 AM to 6:30 PM
Loews Sapphire Falls Resort at Universal Orlando
6601 Adventure Way, Orlando, FL 32819

Join Surround Technologies at Common in beautiful Orlando, FL.

The largest gathering of IBM i and Power Systems professionals in the world.

The COMMON Annual Meeting and Expo is not just 4 packed days of education, it's a great way to network with IBM i professional; keeps you current on the latest topics, such as the IBM i, open source and security; provides best-in-class education where you can attain valuable certifications; and demonstrates the latest products and services from IBM and others – all in one location. For full conference details & registration visit the COMMON website.

Visit us at Booth #500 in the Expo

Looking to Modernize, integrate, or extend your IBM i applications to Windows, Web, or Mobile?

Surround Technologies participates in the expo every year at Common. Visit us at Booth #500, to discuss your software modernization and development needs; for demonstrations of Accelerator, the most powerful software modernization solution available; and some great prizes.

We'll help you to go hands-on and experience what a true multi-platform, multi-device, end-to-end software development and modernization tool can build for you in minutes - sometimes with little or no coding needed! With an out-of-the-box stellar UX and solid code foundation, just plug in your data and develop for any device, on any OS.

Schedule a 1-on-1 Consultation

Get your questions answered from development and modernization experts.

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.

Don't miss this valuable opportunity, Schedule a 1-on-1 Consultation today to reserve your time.

Attend our Educational Sessions

Challenge Accepted - Again! COMMON is hosting the second COMMON UI Modernization Challenge and Surround Technologies is ready to blow the crowd away for a second year in a row.

New this year, Surround will also be providing an Open Lab on ".NET and the IBM i for Modern Desktop and Mobile Applications". If you are interested on developing .NET applications with the IBM i, this is a Can't miss opportunity!

Visit the sessions tab for more information.

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 - Again! Surround's Modernization Superheroes take on the 2nd Annual Common UI Modernization Challenge

Monday, May 8, 2017 8:00 AM - 9:15 AM
Turks 1 | Turks 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.  Sign up for the Session  Try out Accelerator for yourself

Open Lab (25AB or 27AB): .NET and the IBM i for Modern Desktop and Mobile Applications

Two opportunities
Monday, May 8, 2017 3:30 PM - 4:45 PM < or > 5:00 PM - 6:15 PM
St. Croix 1, Lobby | Grand Caribbean Level

Lab Overview

Whether you are just looking to get started or are looking for some advanced tips, this Lab will provide you with the tools, tips, and techniques to get you up and productive in developing with .NET and your IBM i. You will learn how to get started with .NET, connect .NET applications to the IBM I, and how you can continue to develop your next .NET application for your business. Learn how to deliver robust applications that will get your users, executives, and business partners in love with your IBM i software all over again.

In this Lab, attendees develop modern solutions for the IBM i in Visual Studio using .NET. You will build both Native Windows Desktop and Responsive Web .NET applications accessing data and programs on the IBM i. You will learn about tools, tips, and techniques to help you deliver software faster, with better quality, and more of the software functionality your business needs.

Join us for this inspiring hands-on look at how to be productive and successful when modernizing legacy and building modern new applications for your IBM i.

Learning Objectives

  1. Download, install, and set up the development environment to work with the IBM i.
  2. Building your first application.
  3. Rapid development and software generation to Build Enterprise Line-of-Business Responsive Web and Native Windows Applications.
  4. Software User Experiences for Web, native Windows, and mobile applications.
  5. Future-proof Application Architecture for line-of-business and other enterprise applications.
  6. Building Native Mobile apps with .NET.

Sign up for 25AB (3:30 PM) Session  Sign up for 27AB (5:00 PM) Session


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 2017 Annual Meeting and Expo. You can find us at Booth 500.

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 lookout 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
Sunday, May 7, 2017 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM Welcome Reception Loews Sapphire Falls Resort
Monday, May 8, 2017 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM Expo Open to All Attendees
Attendee lunch in Expo from 12:15 PM - 1:15 PM
Loews Sapphire Falls Resort
  6:30 PM – 8:30 PM Evening Reception for All Attendees Loews Sapphire Falls Resort
Tuesday, May 9, 2017 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM Expo Open to All Attendees
Attendee lunch in Expo from 12:15 PM - 1:15 PM
Loews Sapphire Falls Resort
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.

2017 COMMON Meeting and Expo Location

Loews Sapphire Falls Resort
6601 Adventure Way
Orlando, FL 32819

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