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Some reports from your IT monitoring system help you do your job—like auditing, troubleshooting, managing resources, and planning. There are also reports that you create to let your boss know how the IT environment is performing, such as enterprise-level SLAs, availability/downtime, and future-proofing. But what exactly does senior management really need to know, and why?


In the "Executive BabelFish: The Reports Your CIO Wants to See" session, you’ll hear from SolarWinds CIO Rani Johnson, Director of IT, SANDOW, Mindy Marks, Kinnser Software CTO Joel Dolisy, and me, SolarWinds Head Geek Patrick Hubbard. We will present relevant information and how it is used.


THWACKcamp is the premier virtual IT learning event connecting skilled IT professionals with industry experts and SolarWinds technical staff. Every year, thousands of attendees interact with each other on topics like network and systems monitoring. This year, THWACKcamp further expands its reach to consider emerging IT challenges like automation, hybrid IT, cloud-native APM, DevOps, security, and more. For 2017, we’re also including MSP operators for the first time.

THWACKcamp is 100% free and travel-free, and we'll be online with tips and tricks on how to your use SolarWinds products better, as well as best practices and expert recommendations on how to make IT more effective regardless of whose products you use. THWACKcamp comes to you so it’s easy for everyone on your team to attend. With over 16 hours of training, educational content, and collaboration, you won’t want to miss this!


Check out our promo video and register now for THWACKcamp 2017! And don't forget to catch our session!

I'm back from Microsoft Ignite, which was my third event in the past five weeks. I get to stay home for a couple of weeks before heading to the premier event of the year, THWACKcamp 2017! If you haven't registered for THWACKcamp, yet, go here and do it now.


As always, here are some links from the Intertubz that I hope will hold your interest. Enjoy!


With new Microsoft breakthroughs, general purpose quantum computing moves closer to reality

By far the biggest announcement last week at Microsoft Ignite was (for me, at least) their research into quantum computing. I’m looking forward to using up to 40 qubits of compute on Azure in a future billing cycle. I can’t wait to both pay my bill and not pay my bill each month, too!


Do You Really Need That SQL to Be Dynamic?

No. #SavedYouAClick


Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella: We will regret sacrificing privacy for national security

Truer words will never be spoken.


Malware Analysis—Mouse Hovering Can Cause Infection

I suppose the easy answer here is to not allow for URLs to be included in hover text. But short links are likely a bigger concern than hover text, so maybe focus on disabling those first. If you can’t see the full URL, don’t click.


Breach at Sonic Drive-In May Have Impacted Millions of Credit, Debit Cards

Attacking a fast food chain? Hackers are crossing a line here.


Kalashnikov unveils electric “flying car”

In case you were wondering what to get me for Christmas this year (besides bacon, of course).


Mario was originally punching his companion Yoshi in Super Mario World

Mario. What a jerk.


Behold! The Glory that is an American State Fair:

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