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State of THWACK - October 2017

Happy cruising the THWACKillac this glorious Tuesday! I can’t believe it’s been an entire three months since the last time we chatted about how THWACK is growing.

Last week we wrapped up nine months of preparation for our epic annual virtual IT event, THWACKcamp 2017. If you haven’t checked out some of the amazing sessions the SolarWinds team put together, zip over there and take a peek. I personally thought the 7 Deadly Sins of Data Management session was phenomenal, and I’m not even a DBA.

The event grew with vengeance this year, and helped us with momentum to make some really great updates to THWACK. If you’re active on here, you’ve probably noticed some of the changes roll out over the last couple of months, including @mentions in our live chat and a prettified (technical word) chat embed.

Leaps Forward this Quarter:

  • Site facelift to match the gorgeous refreshed SolarWinds brand.
  • Optimized navigation to simplify your life and make things easier to find.
  • Missions have been de-coupled from blog posts, enabling us to (soon!) do much more exciting activities like Easter egg hunts, quiz games, etc.. The sky is the limit.…the cloud is. Whatever.
  • Blog updates! While we gave a facelift to the ever-so-famous Geek Speak blog, you may have also noticed an exciting new blog called Monitoring Central. It connects with IT Pros on trends and events in the IT industry.
  • Automated store rewards. WHAT? Yes. We can now give away store items to people for participating in any activity you normally receive points for. In fact, any THWACKcamp 2017attendee from the US, UK, Germany, and Canada is in the process of receiving swag bags for attending!

All in all, a pretty solid quarter. As always, a tremendous shout out to Danielle, Wendy, and all of the amazing SolarWinds team members who made THWACKcamp 2017 such an epic event.

We’d also like to publically humiliate our latest team member, Brett Holzhauer, as our latest baby penguin.

Much love, THWACKnation.

Baby Penguin.jpg


You made me smile.  Again.

And welcome, brett.holzhauer​!

Level 14

Great job as always to the team!!

Love the photo...

Level 9

Love the changes. Cannot wait for the new missions - the old ones are awesome, but Easter egg hunt? Say WHAT?!

Ooops thegreateebzies​ I saw a soon in one of those, is it wise to start that hype train. Quiz games and easter egg hunts. woo hoo.


I love the fact that SolarWinds get it. We need to grow and change constantly. I'm amazed by how many "tech" companies have ancient websites or documentation, or manuals, and worst of all ancient software.

SolarWinds is doing a great job innovating and growing and we the Thwack members appreciate it.

Don't forget the shout out to the THWACK MVP's who attended, in person, for THWACKcamp. We are already looking forward to next year's TC with even more MVP's in person, new and old.  🙂

Level 14

welcome Brett Holzhauer,

I'm already looking forward to getting out to TC18 after I had to withdraw from attending this year. I was gutted.

Level 10

"In fact, any THWACKcamp 2017 " ... what about any THWACK Camp?!

Level 12

Oops! THWACKcamp attendee in the US, Canada, Germany, or the UK is receiving a swag bag. 🙂


Level 9

hahahha. Welcome junior!

Level 15

Attending THWACKcamp was a great time and it was cool to meet Brett Holzhauer, looking forward to next year.   The changes to the site are pretty good, and look forward to the info from Monitoring Central ...   Thanks team. 

Level 12


It was a pleasure to meet you! Thanks for coming.


Thwack is looking great. ThwackCamp was awesome! Thanks for the big effort you all put in!