It’s Boxing Day, and If you’re reading this on the day itself, here’s to you and yours! I hope your Yuletide celebrations have been filled with family, friends, and above all, good times!


Today, I’m going to link my chosen word for 2017’s Writing Challenge, ‘UTILITY,’ to one of my favourite, but commonly overlooked, aspects of the Orion Platform: Custom Properties.


I won’t keep you from your family long, but this is a perfect opportunity for me to share why absolutely everyone should not only use Custom Properties, but use them as much as possible, within their estate.


Simply put, custom properties are the Orion Platform’s super power. They provide you with the ability to truly customise your Orion Platform and are used everywhere, from alerting, reporting, view and account limitations, to improving how some built-in dashboard resources can work for your business.


They also provide the means to automate many common tasks and reduce the complexity of your alert stack. The possibilities are only limited by how far outside the box you can think: the Orion Platform can be much more than "just" your monitoring tool, if you use Custom Properties wisely!


If I have piqued your interest and you’d like to know more about Orion Custom Properties, or if you need some advice on how to implement them, reach out to me here on THWACK. I’m always happy to help!


Make utilising Orion Custom Properties your tech New Year’s resolution, and I promise you’ll be pleased you did!


To end this post, I’d like to invite you, dear reader, to share your story. Like me, have you found a feature of a specific piece if software particularly useful? Have you found a particularly useful link, which helps you with your job? Please share! I look forward to reading your responses!