Lotus to keep Lotusphere non-attendees informed via Web

Eric B. Parizo, Executive Editor

Since attendance at Lotusphere 2002 in Orlando is expected to be down as much as 50% from last year, more Lotus Software enthusiasts will likely keep tabs on the show from afar.

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Even though Lotus is still hoping more attendees will register at the last minute, Lotus plans to take steps to ensure those outside Walt Disney World remain in the know.

Sandra Marcus, Lotus' program director for worldwide corporate events, said the company will update its Web site at least once each day with news from the show, and links to those updates will be posted on its home page.

Webcasts, however, will only be available to attendees. Marcus said even though Lotus videotapes nearly all Lotusphere sessions, putting those recordings on the Web is expensive.

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"The utilization of the Webcasts was good but not enormous in past years, so it was a business decision that I needed to make as I looked to ensure we could deliver the same high quality conference this year," said Marcus.

The Webcasts are part of Lotusphere 2002 Online, a Web-based repository of Webcasts, information, and discussion databases that is available to attendees shortly before, during and after Lotusphere.

Video recordings of Lotusphere sessions will be available for sale following the show. Marcus said only about 25% of the sessions will be sold as video recordings because of copyright issues involving non-Lotus presenters and case studies involving Lotus customers.

Cassettes will be sold through Stamford, Conn.-based Everett Hall Associates, Inc. for $24.95 each, though volume discounts are available. Recordings will available in all video formats worldwide.


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