Well, it’s been a long time since I’ve had to do THIS kind of disclaimer!
Next week, I’m going to embark on a fun journey known as Storage Field Day 2! Sure, I spent most of last year helping Stephen Foskett organize and run them (and heck, I even got to emcee a Virtualization Field Day!), but this will be different because I’m coming back as a delegate!
As a loyal blog reader, you’ll no doubt be exposed to the things that I’m checking out and find interesting. If you follow me on twitter, then you’ll get to experience them in real-time. God help you.
So, I’ve got that whole “Blog With Integrity” badge thing going on, and I want to take this time to give you the lowdown on how things are arranged, financially speaking.
Gestalt IT, the company who runs Tech Field Day directly pays for my travel arrangements and my lodging during the event. I do not receive money for attending Tech Field Day.
The companies who present at Tech Field Day pay Gestalt IT to be there. They don’t pay us. We aren’t there to be cheerleaders, we’re there to critically evaluate and investigate. They obviously want us to say nice things, but they understand that we will be honest. If I say something is cool, it’s because I think it’s cool – it’s not because someone asked me to say that it’s cool.
Because this is a good marketing opportunity for the companies taking part, they usually shower us with gifts that you would be able to get if you went to their booth at a tradeshow. Shirts, pens, pads of paper, flash drives, and so on. I’m not going to break it down per company unless someone goes above and beyond the norm. You can consider it a safe bet that, if we visit a company’s headquarters, we have a flash drive with that company’s logo.
I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again…I’m not going to say nice things about someone just because they give me a 2GB flash drive when I can go to a store and buy a 32GB USB 3.0 drive for $30. I appreciate that people give us flash drives, because they usually hold things like marketing material, white papers, slide decks, and so on, but it doesn’t curry favor. It gives me reference material.
So anyway, there you go. I’ll be in San Jose for almost all of next week. Sorry for the volume of tweets you’ll see. You will be able to follow along live, too, because we’ll be streaming at TechFieldDay.com, so make sure to keep up with what we’re doing. Twitter hashtag is #SFD2.