At the moment the LHC is making the transition from no beams to stable beams. It’s a complicated process that needs many crosschecks and calibrations so it takes a long time (they have already been working on the transition since mid February.) The energy is increasing from 7TeV to 8TeV, and the beams are being squeezed tighter, and this means more luminosity, more data, and better performance. As the LHC prepares for stable beams, so do the experiments. I can only see what is happening within ATLAS, but the story will be the same for CMS and LHCb.
[blog post] Ramping up27 03 2012