Vendor Forum Rules

The APMdigest Vendor Forum was established to give vendors of Application Performance Management (APM), BSM, ITSM, NPM and related technologies an opportunity to share their views with the IT community in an objective venue. All commentary in Vendor Forum blogs is intended to be objective, vendor-neutral and non-promotional content to educate and enlighten our readers.

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All vendors in APM, BSM, ITSM, NPM and related market spaces are welcome to blog on the Vendor Forum at no cost. To request a blogging account on the Vendor Forum, contact Pete Goldin, Editor-in-Chief of APMdigest.

Please observe the following rules when blogging on the Vendor Forum:

- A request for a blogging account on the Vendor Forum must come directly from the individual whose name will be on the blogs, from that individual's corporate email address.

- Only one representative from each vendor will be allowed to maintain a blogging account for the Vendor Forum at any particular time, if that vendor does not sponsor APMdigest. To change the blogger for your company, contact Pete Goldin, Editor-in-Chief of APMdigest.

- APMdigest sponsors are allowed multiple blogging accounts on the Vendor Forum. Gold Sponsors are eligible for up to 10 blogging accounts, and Silver Sponsors are eligible for up to 4 blogging accounts. This sponsor benefit is especially helpful for companies with multiple thought leaders in the industry who would like to claim authorship for their own blogs. Click here to find out how you can sponsor APMdigest.

- Do not promote your own company, products or partners in blogs on the Vendor Forum. Topics should be general industry interest. Copy and graphics should be non-promotional and vendor-neutral.

- Do not criticize a competitor's products or company in any blogs on the Vendor Forum.

- Each blogger is allowed to include a link to their company website home page at the end of the blog. However, only sponsors of APMdigest can include additional links at the end of the blog, to other pages on their websites, white papers, webinars, articles, blogs, product pages, etc. Click here to find out how you can sponsor APMdigest.

- Do not place any hyperlinks in the body copy of the article linking to your company's web pages or any other promotional pages. Hyperlinks in the body copy should only be to support factual points you are making.

- Try to keep blogs to 500 words or less. This is more of a guideline than a rule. You can include more content if you wish, but APMdigest recommends posting shorter blogs more often. If you have written a 1000+ word blog, consider breaking it into two or more blogs, and post them a couple weeks apart. You could call them Part One and Part Two, if you want.

- All blogs will be reviewed by APMdigest prior to publication. APMdigest reserves the right to edit any content submitted, and the publication of any blog is at the sole discretion of APMdigest.

- A Vendor Forum blogger can either log into the APMdigest system to post their own blogs, or send copy to the editor, who will post the blog under the blogger's name. Once the blogger saves a blog in the system, it does not automatically publish. The system notifies the editor, who will review and publish. The date the blog is actually published will be decided by the editor.

- Please note: if the blogger saves an unfinished blog in the system, and plans to log back in and finish it later - and therefore does not want the blog published yet - they must notify the editor right away, otherwise the blog might get published. APMdigest recommends posting blogs in the system only when they are ready to be published.

- If a blogger posts their own blog, and wants to include a graphic with the blog, the graphic must be added by the editor.

- All Vendor Forum blogs must be original content that has not been published somewhere else. APMdigest periodically may request to re-post a blog, if the content is particularly valuable to our readers, but please do not re-post your blog on APMdigest, or pitch APMdigest to re-post your blog.

- You can re-post your blogs from the Vendor Forum on your own blogs or websites, as long as you mention that the blog was posted on APMdigest, and include a link to our site. However, we recommend linking to the blog on APMdigest.com rather than posting the full blog on your site, to highlight the fact that the content was published by an independent third party. Publication of your blog on a respected industry site provides strong thought leadership credibility for the author and company.

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