• Why Investing in Software Security Is Worth It

    Building IT software isn’t always the most secure process. The reason for this is simple economics. Companies can’t always afford to build in the security features software needs to be secure.   Let...
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  • The Actuator - July 17th

    Had a great week in Austin last week, even managed to play some touch rugby with members of Team USA. After a short turnaround at home, I'm in Las Vegas this week for Microsoft Inspire. If you're attending MS Inspire,...
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  • Having and Testing Backups Is Key to Running Systems

    The title of this post says it all. In IT, we’ve said for years you need to take and test backups regularly to ensure your systems are being backed up correctly. There’s an adage in IT: “The only goo...
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  • The Actuator - July 10th

    In Austin this week where the weather is boring, just a constant 97F degrees and bright blue skies. The locals tell me it doesn't really get warm until August. I'm not going to stick around to find out.   As alw...
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  • The Actuator - July 3rd

    Happy 4th of July everyone! I hope everyone reading this is enjoying time well spent with family and friends this week. My plans include landscaping, fireworks, and meat sweats, not necessarily in that order.   ...
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  • Assessing Your Agency’s Cloud Readiness

    By Omar Rafik, SolarWinds Senior Manager, Federal Sales Engineering   Here’s an interesting article by my colleague Brandon Shopp about the government’s renewed interest in cloud. He offers considerat...
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  • Converting Business Requirements for Availability May Require Some Reality Checks

    Management loves uptime, but they rarely want to pay for it. It seems like that line pretty much explains a third of the meetings IT professionals have to sit through.   When we have conversations about uptime, ...
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  • The Actuator – June 26th

    Home after a couple weeks on the road between Cisco Live! and Data Grillen. My next event is Microsoft Inspire, and if you're attending, please stop by the booth so we can talk data.   As always, here are some l...
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  • The Actuator – June 19th

    Home from San Diego and Cisco Live! for a few days, just enough time to spend Father's Day with friends and family. Now I'm back on the road, heading to Lingen, Germany, for Data Grillen. That's right, an event dedica...
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  • Culture of Data Protection: Data Quality, Privacy, and Security

    As I explained in previous posts on building a culture of data protection, we in the technology world must embrace data protection by design:   To Reward, We Must Measure. How do we fix this?  We start rewa...
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  • The Actuator – June 12th

    This week's Actuator comes to you from sunny San Diego and Cisco Live! If you are here, and reading this, then you still have time to stop by Booth #1621 and say hello. I enjoy talking data with anyone, but especially...
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  • Can Edge Computing Help Resolve Our Top Network Challenges?

    By Omar Rafik, SolarWinds Senior Manager, Federal Sales Engineering   Here’s an interesting article from my colleague Mav Turner. He offers a good overview of edge computing and offers suggestions on overco...
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  • What Makes a Good Project Manager? Why a Big Project Without a Great PM Is Bound to Fail

    The bigger the project, the more risk there is. Any decent-sized project needs a professional project manager to run it and help mitigate that risk. When it comes to big projects, great project managers are worth thei...
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  • The Actuator – June 5th

    This week's Actuator comes to you from June, where the weather has turned for the better after what seems like an endless amount of rain. We were able to work in the yard and it reminded me that one of the best ways t...
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  • The Actuator – May 29th

    I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday weekend, surrounded by friends and family. Summer is upon us, finally, which means more yard work to get done here.   As always, here are some links from the Intertubz tha...
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  • Alternate Actuator:  The Bacon Edition

    With humble admiration and praise for sqlrockstar and his weekly Actuator, I wonder if it might be time for an alternate Actuator. August, aka the "silly season," is just around the corner. The silly season's heat and...
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  • The Actuator – May 15th

    Had a great time at the Seattle SWUG last week. I always enjoy the happiness I find at SWUG events. Great conversations with customers and partners, and wonderful feedback collected to help us make better products and...
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  • The Actuator – March 20th

    In sunny Redmond this week for the annual Microsoft MVP Summit. This is my 10th Summit and I’m just as excited for this one as if it was my first.   As always, here are some links from the Intertubz that I...
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  • The Actuator – July 4th

    Happy 4th of July! Holiday or not, the Actuator always delivers. I do hope you are taking the time to spend with family and friends today. You can come back and read this post later, I won’t mind.   As alw...
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  • The Actuator – March 27th

    I'm home from Redmond and the annual Microsoft MVP Summit. Attending Summit is one big #sqlfamily reunion for me. It was great seeing the familiar faces that help Microsoft deliver the best data platform tools, produc...
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