It seems like it is never too early to start thinking about the next Lotusphere.  Several months ago, the content team convened to start thinking about what we'd like to do differently in 2006.  While 2005 was a great show, and had the best ever ratings, 2006 is going to be better still.  Lotusphere 2006 will be held in Orlando on January 22 to 26, 2006.

There will be several format and content changes for Lotusphere 2006.  We're not messing with success, but rather listening to what you want.  The content team is changing a bit, much for the better.  Kristin Keene is still the empress of Lotusphere sessions, managing the five-month process of building a great show.  I'll continue to manage the Infrastructure track and provide management-level guidance for the overall agenda.  I've recruited Kathleen McGivney to the content team to manage a new Bootcamp track of deeply technical sessions.  As Kathleen says:

Lotusphere has been very technical for years. There have been deep technical sessions at Lotusphere for a long time. The problem is that the people who look at the tracks don't necessarily see that. So we're making sure that we bring those deep, under-the-hood technical sessions to the forefront.
Also moving is Rocky Oliver, now an IBMer, from semi-official outside advisor on the Best Practices track to the dude managing both Best Practices and Jumpstarts.

Rocky blogged the other day about the call for abstracts, which should go live in the next day or two.  Some good ideas generated there already, and I know he has been pinged/mailed privately about more.  This is all good news.  Keep an eye on lotus.com/lotusphere for abstract submission to begin.

Last, Lotusphere 2006 registration is now open.  Many of you received e-mails today, based on your business partner status, CLP status, friends-and-family status, ... whomever you are, you can register now for a special early-bird rate of US$1395.  This rate will increase to US$1595 on October 15, and on December 3 to US$1795 (if any registration slots remain by then).  Lotus CLPs can find information about CLP registration and discount here (use your CLP site access username/password).

Rocky, Kathleen, and I look forward to working with blog readers (and everyone) to make this the best Lotusphere yet, and can't wait to see you all in Orlando in January!

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