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This blog is supported by a company, InfoAdvisors. For questions about this blog, please contact Karen Lopez (wbadmin@infoadvisors.com or @teamdata or @datachick).


This blog accepts forms of cash advertising, sponsorship, paid insertions or other forms of compensation.  These ads are rare and will be clearly marked.  Some links may lead to affiliate compensation, primarily to Amazon.com or their various country-specific banners.


This blog abides by word of mouth marketing standards. We believe in honesty of relationship, opinion and identity. The compensation received may influence the advertising content, topics or posts made in this blog. That content, advertising space or post will be clearly identified as paid or sponsored content.  In most cases, this compensation comes in the form of not-for-resale demonstration software (Microsoft, CA, Idera and others), review copies of books, videos and other works of art, review hardware or other items.  We do not write reviews of products for vendors we are currently under contract with.

The owner(s) of this blog is not compensated to provide opinion on products, services, websites and various other topics. The views and opinions expressed on this blog are purely the blog owner’s. If we claim or appear to be experts on a certain topic or product or service area, we will only endorse products or services that we believe, based on our expertise, are worthy of such endorsement. Any product claim, statistic, quote or other representation about a product or service should be verified with the manufacturer or provider.


The owner(s) of this blog would like to disclose the following existing relationships. These are companies, organizations or individuals that may have a significant impact on the content of this blog. Vendors we have had contracts with the following organizations that provide products or services in the data profession/industry: Dataversity.net, Neo Technologies, Embarcadero Technologies, CA, IBM, Dell Software, VMWare, Idera, Foskett Services. We serve on the following corporate or non profit boards: Zachman International (Advisory Group), Toronto SQL Server User Group .

InfoAdvisors is a member of the Idera ER/Studio Product Advisory Council.

Karen is a NASA Datanaut. She is not compensated in this role, but does receive mentoring and coaching on using open source software and open data.

While not specifically related to content of this site, Karen is a brand ambassador for INKnBurn.com.  She is a Microsoft Data Platform MVP and occasionally receives branded items from Microsoft, namely branded clothing and award disks.  She also receives free development (non-production) licenses for Microsoft products and services, including an MSDN Enterprise subscription.

InfoAdvisors is a Microsoft Partner and receives discounted partner production software licenses for enterprise products.

Karen is a frequent attendee of Tech Field Day events, which bring independent writers and influencers together with vendor product management teams.  Typically travel expenses are covered as are meals and social outings.  These expenses are paid by Tech Field Day.  No compensation is paid to Karen by the vendors presenting. There may be swag or other gifts and these are disclosed in each event section.

I am a regular blogger and writer (lightly compensated) for:

  • Idera
  • Dell Software
  • SolarWinds Thwack

Recent engagements and gifts of significance:


Dell provided me with a Latitude 7370 laptop.  They provided this with no requirement to review or comment on it.  You may have seen some tweets about my experiences with it, notably my happiness with the soft touch carbon covering. That was all legit joy.

VMWorld 2016 (August)

Press Badge for VMWorld at no cost.

  • Backpack, water bottle, various t-shirts and socks from vendors
  • Meals and snacks provided by event in the press lounge and at regular event areas.
  • Drinks from Cisco at their vBacon event (I don’t eat bacon).
  • Drinks at a private party hosted by X-IO.
  • VMWare Event party (snack food and drinks), plus Fall Out Boys performance

Delegate for Tech Field Data eXtra at VMWorld. Hotel expenses  for 3 nights and some meals were covered by Tech Field Day.  I received as swag:

  • Sandisk: a WiFi thumbdrive and a portable bluetooth speaker
  • Primary Data: Tile, USB Stick and t-shirt

Cloud Field Day 1 – 2016 (September)

Docker Druva

Dell World 2016 (October)

Sandisk Docker SolS

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