A few updates on the Lotusphere 2007 front.

  • First, it's been great to see the enthusiastic blogging by speakers about their upcoming sessions.  As both Rocky and I have mentioned, there are a lot of new faces among the 2007 speaker crowd.  I encourage you to check them out.
  • One interesting new old face is Burton Group's Peter O'Kelly, who notes that it has been more than 11 years since he last spoke at Lotusphere.  I believe this is the first time we're having an industry analyst speak as part of the main conference, and it's great to see someone of Peter's caliber in our "futures and innovations" track.
  • Birds-of-a-Feather acceptances went out earlier tonight.  BoFs were handled differently for Lotusphere 2007 than prior years.  The 50 BoFs  on the agenda were selected directly by Lotusphere 2007 registered attendees.  That's one new benefit of being registered early!  I was a little surprised at some of the topics that bubbled up as a result (or were left on the cutting room floor), but I think all will be pleased at the diversity of topics.  The BoF on "Lotus blogging community (not just bloggers!)" that I submitted was voted in, so I'll look forward to meeting many of you at that session.
  • Customer sessions are shaping up.  Instead of individual sessions with individual customer case studies, there will be four panel discussions featuring customers/partners on four different topics.  I'm leading/moderating the panel discussion on Notes/Domino 8 beta.  No, I haven't selected anyone yet, though I have some good candidates.  We have a beta check-in call tomorrow to explore this a bit more.
  • Last, Kristin Keene confirms that there will be a JAMfest at Lotusphere 2007, Monday night, Swan tent.  Good deal!  Let's just hope I have a voice this year -- the last two haven't been so good for that.

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