Connect 2014 registration opens

by Volker Weber

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Will you be there?

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Gayle and I will not be there. We started going in 2000.

Bruce Elgort, 2013-09-07

Not going anymore. 18 Lotuspheres is my limit. See everyone t MWLUG and IKON next year.

Roy Rumaner, 2013-09-07

Roy - no IKON UK next year, I'm afraid. Unless something dramatic happens.

Rumours abound that there will be no free speaker tickets next year. This means that there will be more IBM speakers.

If it's wall to wall IBM marketing, then the value of the conference is dramatically reduced. This may influence my personal decision to go.

---* Bill

Bill Buchan, 2013-09-07

Bill, there is always IKON US which is only a 2.5 hour drive for me. Great time every year. Almost makes up for no going to Orlando, almost.

Roy Rumaner, 2013-09-07

I will be there.

Otto Foerg, 2013-09-08

I'm not planning to attend. Like Roy, it looks like my limit was 18.

Richard Schwartz, 2013-09-08

Attending the conference? No.
But I have reserved a room at the Dolphin for the Fri/Sat nights immediately prior to the conference. It's all about social, right? ;)

Joe Litton, 2013-09-10

Could this be a new trend? All your peeps travel to Lotusphere, but nobody attends Connect. Social in Kimonos and the Dolphin lobby. 'Sessions' on the beach. You only need to buy a whiteboard or a flipchart and some markers from Staples.

Volker Weber, 2013-09-10

Well it's a bit of an old trend for me for the last couple years. Except the last two sentences... LOL, no desire for whiteboards on the beach! Unless "whiteboard on the beach" is a new drink you just made up! ;-)

John Vaughan, 2013-09-11

I really do not understand IBM.

From the responses so far that's 3 people not attending, 2 attending local user groups instead (cf Warren Elsmore, now closed from lack of funding), 1 attending, and 2 going to the location just to meet people who are attending.

If you extend these responses to the community as a whole that's 10% attendance from people who would have gone a few years ago. I say this as someone determined to move my company away from notes - IBM are destroying the sense of community in Notes that made it an appealing option.

On the flip side, if you look at people who are going to unofficial events, or going to the venue to be part of the community if not the event itself, you find 70% involvement.

This is a genuine question: why isn't IBM's strategy engaging with its strongest evangelists?

Sam Wilson, 2013-09-11

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