I know I'm a little late to the party... let's call it recovery, but I wanted to take a few minutes to draw your attention to the thwack store http://thwack.solarwinds.com/store.
We are really excited to provide a little bit more incentive, an extra nudge as it were, around gathering points through your helpful posts, your responses, your uploads, your downloads -- your engagement with everyone.
The store provides a venue for you to redeem points for SolarWinds merch.
Some cool things to make note of:
Let us know what you saw at the shows that you really liked and want to see in the store. We have some ideas, but we welcome more. Bring them on.
I wanted to get these out to you as soon as we got them. I always wonder about the results of surveys I take, and I wanted to let you see how you ranked in.
These are the results of the survey I asked you to participate in here: Disasters: How Prepared Are You? How Prepared Is Your Datacenter?
Disaster Preparedness and Response Survey - SolarWinds and Network World
Other (please specify) 11.6%
I don't know. 1.4%
|Unconcerned. They appear willing to gamble and hope that a disaster never occurs.||7.1%|
|Low priority. They display some concern for being able to recover from a disaster, but dedicated funding for IT investments is scarce and projects/processes are tackled on an ad-hoc basis.||33.3%|
|Medium priority. There are dedicated funds for disaster preparedness/response investments, but it’s never quite enough to get all the necessary IT projects green-lighted.||28.6%|
|High priority. Significant, generous funding exists for disaster preparedness/response investments, and projects are carefully planned and executed.||28.6%|
|Top priority. Projects are carefully planned, funded and executed, and people/budget resources are plentiful.||2.4%|
environment while mobile. 21.3%
And there you have it, all. I believe there were prizes to be had here... so I think Jodi will be posting here soon with those results, too.
Check out the article in Network World here, http://www.networkworld.com/news/2012/091212-solarwinds-262311.html , and our press release on the subject here, http://www.marketwire.com/press-release/solarwinds-network-world-survey-finds-remote-it-access-aids-disaster-response-time-business-nyse-swi-1700964.htm.
See you on the boards,
It has been a while since I reached out and a lot has been going on in the background. I wanted to let everyone know what is happening and generally keep in touch.
Everyone who keeps up with us knows we have a new firewall management solution that fits in rather cozily with our networking solutions. It seemed so incredibly natural for us to have a product for firewalls that I have to admit that, when I heard the announcement, I simply shook my head 'yes' and felt incredibly at ease with it. It just makes sense.
Now, the next phase of thwack will be a bit more intriguing for some of you, and I hope not frustrating for others. We are implementing machine translation for the site. Before anyone tells me how MT is bad and how it is so incredibly rudimentary, understand that we want the community to be international and not segregated. There will be bumps with MT. There may be amusing errors in translations. I would ask that you point those out to me when we go live. But, what I would also point out that there is also no other realistic way to take a living, breathing community and provide international input in real time. We are going to give this a go and I sure hope it is successful. When it is live, there will be flag links at the top left of the page. So far, testing has been rather fun... and, well, challenging. It brings me back to my German classes... Holy Crazy Memories von die Fledermaus.
Soon, you should also see our thwack store rise up... You will be able to redeem points for a variety of cool SolarWinds swag, ranging from buttons to t-shirts to USB keys to beanies to laptop skins. And, so you know, while you will use your points earned on thwack as the means to your swag end, you will not lose your rankings. Rankings are based on lifetime points, so spend those points to your heart's content. Soon.
New spaces, like PatchZone and the SMI-S Vendor Array Matrix are in the works. We are serious about giving back to you, our community. We are serious about making the site helpful to you as you go through your day and not a place to only find SolarWinds-specific info. I hope you are enjoying and checking those spaces regularly.
Okay, enough outta me.
See you on the boards,