In a spirit of fairness (and also because it is legally required by the FTC), I am posting this Disclosure Statement. It is intended to alert readers to funding or gifts that might influence my writing. It will be updated when appropriate. It is intended to be incorporated by reference in future blogs.
The vendors for Network Field Day 5 (#NFD5) paid for my travel expenses and perhaps small items. The vendors in question are: Cisco, Brocade, Juniper, Plexxi, Ruckus, and SolarWinds. I’d like to think that my blogs aren’t influenced by that. Yes, the time spent in presentations and discussion gets me and the other attendees looking at and thinking about the various vendors’ products, marketing spin, and their points of view. I intend to try to remain as objective as possible in my blogs. I’ll concede that cool technology gets my attention!
Update 11/15/2013: Invited to and joined Cisco Champion program (ongoing). “I am a member of the Cisco Champions Program. Cisco Champions are passionate about Cisco and enjoy sharing our knowledge, expertise, and thoughts across the social web and with Cisco. I am not a representative of Cisco. My views as a Cisco Champion are my own.” Cisco may well have provided considerations (access to experts, special webinars, T-shirt, etc.) and in fairness, you should know that in evaluating my independence. I am joining in the hope I can learn and pass along information that blog readers and others may find useful.
Update 5/12/2014: I did a small amount of paid NDA providing consulting about my opinions and tech input for CloudGenix, a startup now out of stealth mode. And Tech Field Day paid most of my expenses to go to ONUG NYC 5/4-6/2014. The vendors interviewed for TFD videos: Glue Networks, HP Networking, and Nuage Networks.
Update 9/10/2014: Tech Field Day (and indirectly Cisco) paid my way to the Cisco UCS Launch in New York City on 9/4/2014. I enjoy occasionally visiting NYC. Free launches and lunches are fun. Tickets for the group to attend a Yankee game that evening were also provided. Nobody bought my opinions.
Update 2/1/2015: Network Field Day 9 (and indirectly the vendors listed on the Tech Field Day site for the event) are paying my way to a busy 3.5 days in Silicon Valley. There may be small samples or swag provided by the vendors. Swag plus getting away from the snow and cold in Maryland will be nice, but does not buy my opinions.
Update 10/2016: Note I’m still a Cisco Champion. That gets me some special seating and events at CiscoLive, also some small swag. Network Field Day 13 (and indirectly the listed vendors) are paying my travel expenses for two days in Silicon Valley. Swag as above. Opinions remain my own.
Update 8/2017: Still Cisco Champion, going to attend Network Field Day 16. The latter (and indirectly, the sponsoring vendors) pay travel expenses for three days in Silicon Valley. Minor swag from the Cisco Champion and Tech Field Day programs. My opinions remain stubbornly my own.
Update 10/2018: Still a Cisco Champion. I plan to attend Network Field Day 19. Travel expenses and swag as above. I like to think my opinions are my own. Also: I’m in discussions to do paid content development, one item at a time, for Kentik, billed via NetCraftsmen and with payment going to NetCraftsmen, not me personally.
Emphasize that last: my brain, mouth, writing, and opinions remain my own.