Summary of Realistic Lotusphere Attendance Figures

We all exaggerate numbers if they make us look good. And so it is with conferences. Here are our estimates of key statistics:

  • Grand total: 5,200-5,500 attendees
  • 3,700-4,000 paying, full conference registrants -- of these, about 55% were IT staff, the rest were ISVs, consultants, VARs, and sponsors
  • Breakdown of the IT staff:
    • 25% from organizations with more than 50,000 employees
    • 50% from organizations with 5,000 to 50,000 employees
    • 25% from organizations with less than 5,000 employees
  • 750 third-party exhibitor staff
  • 600 Lotus and IBM staff
  • 130 journalists
  • 20 analysts -- of these, three or four had some level of competence

Overall sense: The numbers were up perhaps 10% over last year. Lotusphere attendence has held solid over the last several years, although it is down from pre-9/11 headcounts of 10,000 for 2000 and 2001. Obvious conclusion: The customer base is solid and continuing to invest in Notes/Domino.

... David Ferris

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