I know there was some speculation last week that when the deadline for Lotusphere 2007 submissions was extended, it was a signal that there weren't that many submissions.  Actually, it was really designed to let people who had indicated an intent to submit have some extra time to do so.

Now that the dust has settled, it's pretty amazing to see -- there have been more session abstract submissions than any year since 1999.  In the infrastructure track which I manage, we've had over 200 submissions -- for 50 speaking slots.

The toughest part is that so many of them are good!!!  My first pass was only able to reject 30 or 40 of them off the top -- normally, percentage-wise, that would be higher.

The overall conference satisfaction ratings have been rising every year for the last four.  I guess it's no surprise that so many people want to speak at an incredible conference.  This is going to be a tough decision process.  But no, that's not an open invitation to start lobbying for your submission :-)

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