Lotus may know I want to register for Lotusphere 2010 early, but...
... apparently Lotus *doesn't* know I've ALREADY DONE THAT!!!!
Got this email today:
date Fri, Oct 9, 2009 at 3:14 AM
subject Lotusphere 2010 - 17 Years as a Leading Industry Conference - Lotus Knows You Want to Register Early and Save!
Dear Thomas Duff,
Lotusphere is the premier event for the Lotus and WebSphere Portal software community worldwide: developers, administrators, IT and business professionals looking to drive better business results through collaborative software and solutions. We'll share the best content from our community with sessions like JumpStarts and QuickStarts, from Birds-of-a-Feather discussions to the ever-popular Best Practices sessions, it's all about delivering the latest word on Lotus and WebSphere Portal software products, services and strategy. You'll hear it right from the source -- our engineers, developers, and designers, and from cutting-edge IBM Business Partners, fellow customers and industry gurus.
We are writing to you as a member of the Lotusphere community to invite you to attend the 17th annual conference. Take advantage of this year's lowest possible registration fee. The Lotusphere 2010 registration site is open and the fee is $1895.00 USD per person - - the lowest it will be this year. To assist you in your planning, we want you to know that on November 21, 2009, the registration fee will go up to $2295.00 USD per person and then on January 14th, it will go up to $2495.00 per person. So, act now - you have plenty of time to get your funding approved and get registered by November 20th.
The Large Group Discount will be back again for your convenience: if you have twenty (20) or more people attending from your company, you can take advantage of special pricing. Full details on this offer can be found at www.ibm.com/lotus/lotusphere. Please be sure to use the special Large Group Registration URL found on this same web site.
We are planning another informative and content packed conference. At this very early stage you will find only basic information on the Lotus web site; watch for continual updates. We can share a few details with you here:
* The conference will take place from January 17 - 21, 2010 at the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resorts, and Disney's Yacht and Beach Club Resort and will follow the same format as past years with sessions and Business Development Day beginning on Sunday, an Opening General Session on Monday morning, sessions, labs, exhibits and BoFs running all week - concluding on Thursday afternoon with an entertaining Closing General Session.
* Once again, there will be lots to look forward to! We are designing the conference content with our community in mind. There will be lots of practical core Lotus Notes and Domino content, plenty on real-time collaboration, and the ever popular trend-centric panels where we will dive deep with expert testimony on what's hot in today's business and technology environments. We invite you to submit an abstract and help shape the 2010 conference - you can find the form at www.ibm.com/lotus/lotusphere.
* The Lotusphere 2010 Housing Bureau, Experient Housing, also has their web site open for you to make your hotel reservations. Be sure to look for the link at the end of the conference registration process to make your hotel arrangements.
Everything you need to register, book a hotel or submit an abstract can be found on the Lotusphere web site. Pass this link along to colleagues - - we want all of our friends, new and old, to know what Lotus knows - about the power of collaboration, the power of community and the power of Lotusphere!
Register now! We hope you will take advantage of this offer and we are looking forward to seeing you in Orlando in January.
The Lotusphere 2010 Team
OK... I understand it's easiest to just mass-mail the email addresses you have from prior Lotusphere events, IBM events, etc. But if you're going to be using the "Lotus Knows" in the subject line, it's best *not* to send the email out to people who have already registered. I'm reasonably sure Experient already has my registration info... a simple filter to strip off registrations they already have would be nice. Otherwise, the whole "Lotus Knows" subject line becomes a bit of a joke.
Oh, and the "large group discount"... wasn't that a buy-5-get-1-free or something like that in the past? I'm curious to see how many companies will be sending 20 people. Maybe a PriceWaterhouseCooper-type firm who is global, but even then in this economy, I have my doubts. Perhaps IBM will get a few additional attendees, though. :)