Lotusphere 2011 by the Numbers #LS11

Slowly starting to catch up from Lotusphere and try to capture it all before I either forget, or can’t read my notes (even the ones I typed).  You all know I love looking at numbers so here are some of my personal numbers, and some provided at the closing general session.








Steps per Day






Tweets per Day






Conference Numbers (from the Closing General Session)

2011-02-03 15.13.24

Note: I am still seeking clarification from the conference organizers if the bacon was for the conference over all or if this just represented Julian’s bacon consumption.

2011-02-03 15.13.33

I don’t know how they came up with this number, but I am guessing half of it is transportation to Universal on Wednesday (the only bus ride I took all week)

2011-02-03 15.13.50

Now this one is interesting, based on peak WiFi usage (during OGS perhaps?) iPhone was the most popular device at the conference, and there were tons of iPads as expected too.  I am not surprised that Android came in at the bottom of the pile, but I am surprised how far behind it lagged the other categories.  I used my iPad plenty during the week, but my Droid X was by far my primary device throughout the week.

While we are talking WiFi, this point will probably be made a few times but it is worth repeating, the WiFi was terrific this year, kudos to the Lotusphere team, this has been a pain point over the last few years, but they seem to have listened and figured it out this tear.

13 Responses to Lotusphere 2011 by the Numbers #LS11
  1. Ed Brill
    February 6, 2011 | 2:56 pm

    Interesting, I don’t think any of my devices (other than the Mac) was ever on the wifi…I just didn’t bother since all I was doing was tweeting and occasional blog reading. Suspect that was not uncommon.

    Re the wifi, I think that’s why we were a little surprised at “Ask the Product Managers” when the guy asked “is the network manager here?” First because it seemed a strange venue for the question, and second because overall, we had not heard of issues. And I think the blogger den setup was the best this year we’ve done yet.

    • Mitch Cohen
      February 6, 2011 | 3:01 pm

      Ed – agree on the WiFi question I was right there in the front row at Ask the Product Managers, and agree with you on both points, the venue was wrong, and my experience was different.

      As for the device mix, I tended to put both my iPad, and Droid X on WiFi when available, perhaps US based attendees wouldn’t bother but international attendees for sure would use WiFi as much as possible to eliminate any roaming charges.

    • Mitch Cohen
      February 6, 2011 | 3:02 pm

      Forgot to mention the blogger den – really appreciate it being there all week, not just for the OGS. Still waiting for a recliner though 🙂

    • Craig Wiseman
      February 6, 2011 | 3:37 pm

      Absolutely have to agree. The wifi was 1000x better than previous spheres. I used my Droidx on wifi most of the time. I think the only room where I had issues was DL Hemisphere I, and I always seem to have trouble there.

      Overall, the networking was excellent.

  2. Branavan
    February 6, 2011 | 2:58 pm

    Well from one guy who loves numbers to another, its a great way to look at anything, but especially Lotusphere.

    The bacon stat and unanswered question notwithstanding, I agree that the peripherals number was probably the most interesting. An anecdotal survey of mine was that the ipad was by far the most heavily used tablet at the conference.

  3. Wes Morgan
    February 6, 2011 | 3:06 pm

    Is it bad if I’m responsible for more than 5% of the bacon?

    • Craig Wiseman
      February 6, 2011 | 3:35 pm

      Only if you admit it.

  4. David Schaffer
    February 6, 2011 | 3:39 pm

    WiFi was solid except during OGS. Don’t know if that was overload or a glitch they corrected. I could not open a Remote Desktop session over any of the Lotusphere connections — had to used the wired connection at my hotel for that.
    Blackberry users get a big speed increase with WiFi, even for tweeting, so I suspect most would connect as I did, but obviously the laptop connection was more critical and more appreciated.
    I only saw bacon at breakfast two days.

    • Chris Whisonant
      February 8, 2011 | 9:22 am

      I’m with you David. WiFi was indeed TONS better than previous years. However, using it for anything more than casual browsing (such as RDP, VPN, etc…) wasn’t really possible whenever I tried.

      Most of the time I had WiFi disabled on my iPhone. Also, I’m not surprised with the relatively low number of Android devices. No matter what people say, there really are far fewer Droid users – they’re just really vocal. I like to play “spot the Droid” when I’m traveling. iPhones and BlackBerrys are everywhere, but Droids are still difficult to spot most of the time.

  5. Roy Rumaner
    February 6, 2011 | 4:07 pm

    I want to congratulate the Network Manager for assuring that the WiFi was solid in the Product Showcase the entire show. I used my BlackBerry on WiFi almost the entire time and never had a problem getting a signal. Great job this year.

  6. Lisa Duke
    February 6, 2011 | 6:00 pm

    I’ve made this comment before, but to be fair, a lot of the people in the audience at the “Ask the Whatever” sessions aren’t clear on what is going on and who to ask where. Even if it is explained at the beginning they may forget once the discussion gets going. So I don’t think they are asking to be subversive, I think they just don’t know.

    Keep in mind those chuckleheads in the audience are IBM customers and partners, so we should cut them some slack. It may be their first Lotusphere.

  7. Christian Petters
    February 7, 2011 | 2:32 am

    Keep in mind that there were people in more distant hotels who got shuttled in daily. I account for 13 of the 11000 trips.

  8. Julian Robichaux
    February 7, 2011 | 9:52 am

    Funny story about the bacon: I actually wasn’t planning on going to breakfast on Wednesday morning, but when I went to get a cup of coffee I smelled it from the Dolphin dining hall (from about 100 yards away). I almost sprinted over there to get a plate before I had to head up to the Wed Keynote.

    When I left, I contemplated whether it would be rude to take a to-go cup of bacon with me, and [dejectedly] decided against it — can’t hold 2 cups of coffee AND a cup of bacon.