By now your probably aware that the lowest
cost for Lotusphere 2007 is $1695 which is a bit of an increase over last
year. The CLP’s out there normally get a $500 discount but until
we hear more that discount is
not being offered this year. After the 15th October the price goes up to
$1895 and on December 9th up to $2095.. As Andrew
points out this will raise IBM
an extra $2.8 Million if the usual 7000+ attendees go to the conference.
So if IBM is getting all this extra
money then one question has to be asked, will we, as attendees see any
benefits from the extra income.
From my first USA Lotusphere just 3
years ago to the latest one even I have seen the service levels at the
show get worse from year to year. At my first show they had a wonderful
coffee stand on the showcase floor that was open ALL DAY, you could walk
up, ask for a double shot latte and it would be made for you on the spot.
The next year this wasn’t just gone it was worse, as Julian
experienced when his coffee was
rolled away from him from right under his nose, and last year in the Dolphin
they served the afternoon coffee breaks down on the showcase floor and
not up by the breakout session rooms.
So if some of the extra income for Lotusphere
2007 is spent on providing a much better coffee service that I won’t grumble
too much about having to pay extra….
If you could ‘improve’ Lotusphere in
any one way with the extra income what would you spend it on ?
( Unless, of course, the 2.8 Million
is the fee to have William Shatner do the opening session, I’d happily
pay extra for that )