I almost missed this in my travels -- IBM has announced the call for abstracts for Lotusphere 2011 is now open.

The queens of Lotusphere wrote this better than I can, so here's some things to think about:

And this year we're adding a new content focus, and bringing back some old favorites. The sessions in the new "Business Solutions" track will speak directly to the non-IT audience, business managers, detailing how our collaboration solutions provide high value to organizations large and small, across all industries. And back by popular demand are "Customer Case Studies", where some of our most innovative customers will speak openly and candidly and showcase their real-life scenarios of their Lotus collaboration solutions in action.

NEW THIS YEAR! Be sure to consider submitting to the new "Business Solutions" and "Customer Case Studies" tracks

AGAIN THIS YEAR! We're accepting proposals for some of our most popular "featured" sessions -- Lotusphere Idol, SpeedGeeking and more.
As usual, we expect to get 10x the number of abstract proposals versus the actual speaking sessions that will be available.  Paul Mooney and Gabriella Davis have both posted ideas on how to get the best abstract into consideration.  I'll remind some of my own thoughts here as well: don't submit a topic that would obviously be expected to be delivered by IBM, concentrate on the tracks other than strategy and the new combined app dev/infrastructure "technology for collaboration solutions", and no partner sales pitches.  

I look forward to seeing what you've come up with for this year -- the conference has been getting better and better over the last several years, so the bar is high but you can jump it!

Link: ibm.com: Lotusphere 2011: Call for abstracts >

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