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Happy Thanksgiving

Posted by MTorok Nov 21, 2011

“What you got to be thankful for?” …yes, I think it would be great to say in a Billy Crystal Miracle Max voice. Be it at school or at the dinner table around the great feast, it seems to be the question of the month. I can’t imagine, and maybe this is because I’m a jerk, but I can’t imagine easily throwing out a “thing-a-day” on Facebook. When it comes down to it, I’m thankful for the things that change my life, good or bad, and leave an impression.

So, I’m thankful for my son. I’m thankful for my job. I’m thankful for the challenges presented to me in trying to foster an interactive and enjoyable community for SolarWinds. In that light, I am once again thankful for the MVPs who took time out of their days and spent time looking at wireframes of the new community. I’m thankful for your honesty and your desire to make the community a better place for everyone, both new to the site and experts like yourselves. I’m looking forward to inviting a lot more people to beta the new site next quarter. If you are interested and we don’t make it an open beta, send me your info so that I know who to reach out to when we are ready.

I hope everyone has a fantastic Thanksgiving feast this week. And, if you are unfamiliar with the holiday, it is a time when the people of North America (mainly) take time to celebrate the many good things we have and that are provided for us. And, since I’m in Texas, I missed the Canadian holiday in October. Happy belated Thanksgiving to our northern neighbors… I’m thankful for those spur of the moment road trips to you from Ohio. I digress… Thanksgiving is a celebration of harvest and abundance. It is a time reserved for family, celebration, and reflection.

So, I am thankful for networks, for virtualization, for storage arrays, for complex applications, and for compliance needs. These leaps in technology and communication, and the complexities introduced by them, provide for my family. What are you thankful for?

Cheers,

Michael

MTorok

Spread the Word

Posted by MTorok Nov 7, 2011

Greetings all,

We are bringing back something I think has been long absent from our community. We used to have a rather vibrant advocacy forum: Spread the Word. This forum is back. Please help me breathe life into it again.

What is Spread the Word? Well, we want your stories. We want to hear why you chose SolarWinds products over other products in the space. We want to know what you think is cool about our products. We want to hear of your successes using the products. We want to hear what we did right and where we could still use some tweaks.

Answer these questions in your post and we will hook you up with some SolarWinds SWAG:

1.      What problem is the product you chose solving for you today?

2.      What were you using before? Please include the vendor and the product name in your post, if we replaced something else.

3.      When it came down to the final decision, why did you choose the SolarWinds product?

 

If you'd like to get your hands on a SolarWinds T-shirt, we could use your help in providing a case study or a public reference. These require a 20 minute chat with one of our PR team members or a reporter that we get you in touch with... so, they are a bit more involved than a post. If you are interested, we'd love to hear from you. Private message (PM) me on thwack and I will pass along contact info to our PR folks.

If you have a moment, help us get this program back up on its feet. Give us the same feedback we love to hear at the shows. Come visit us and tell us your story at Spread the Word.

Michael