According to dictionary.com, initial is an adjective meaning “of, relating to, or occurring at the beginning; first.” (http://www.dictionary.com/browse/initial)
The important part about this is to remember that it’s just the beginning. Initial is the first attempt and is very rarely the final attempt. Let’s try to relate it to various categories to cover the majority of the readers.
Sports: If you have every played a sport, you were not ready for the hall of fame your first time playing it. Your initial attempt at learning the sport likely didn’t go so well. You had to attempt, learn, adjust, and repeat.
Programming: Regardless of how long you have been programming, you have probably made multiple revisions to any code you’ve written. You write it, test it, figure out what doesn’t work, make changes, and re-test.
Dashboard Development: In relating the topic to SolarWinds, if you are in the area of developing some type of dashboard, you’ll find that different audiences want to see different components. You may ask 10 different people and get 10 different design ideas. You build an initial dashboard, find out what the user wants to change, modify, and have them reassess.
Writing: As I write this article, I have already made multiple changes to it. The more I write, the more I think of, so in an effort to keep this from a dissertation, I have to narrow down the focus and revise what I want to talk about.
The key point to remember is that initial is just the beginning. You can apply it to anything from technology to relationships. Learn from what you do and use that knowledge to make improvements. Don’t let your first attempt be your last. While in some scenarios, you may be judged by first impressions, it is the lasting impression that will stay with the audience.