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THWACK COMMUNITY - 2016 YEAR IN REVIEW

Level 15

It’s that time of year again, that time when we pause for a moment and reflect on the year that has just passed. We tally up our accomplishments, make resolutions for the new year, and marvel at how a year can feel so long and so short at the same time. In the spirit of annual reflection, here’s a look at the THWACK happenings for 2016!

12 SolarWinds Lab Episodes

SUBMIT YOUR PICK! FAVORITE SOLARWINDS LAB EPISODE FROM 2016?

SOLARWINDS LAB #49: AUTOMATION DOMINATION AT YOUR SCALE

SOLARWINDS LAB EPISODE #48: THE DATABASE DILEMMA

SolarWinds Lab Episode #47 - Unexpected Simplicity: SAM 6.3

SolarWinds Lab Special Edition-Upgrades Un-Mystified

SOLARWINDS LAB #46: NETPATH'S SUPER FRIENDS - NCM AND NTA

SOLARWINDS LAB #45: HACKING THE INTERNET WITH NETPATH™

SolarWinds Lab #44: Huge New NPM 12 Features and the New Orion® UI

SolarWinds Lab #43: Virtually Unlimited Networks With GNS3

Solarwinds Lab #42 - All About Alerts

SolarWinds Lab #41: Monitoring 102 - Class Continues

SolarWinds Lab #40: Awesome Alert Integration: Slack, Service Desk and More

SolarWinds Lab #39: SolarWinds SWIS API Programming Class

11 Monthly Missions + the first annual THWACK awards!

thwack Monthly Mission - January 2016

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thwack Monthly Mission - February 2016

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thwack Monthly Mission - March 2016

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thwack Monthly Mission - April 2016

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thwack Monthly Mission - May 2016

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THWACK Monthly Mission - June 2016

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THWACK Monthly Mission - July 2016

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THWACK Monthly Mission - August 2016: THWACK Awards!

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THWACK MONTHLY MISSION- SEPTEMBER 2016

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THWACK MONTHLY MISSION- OCTOBER 2016

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THWACK Monthly Mission- November 2016

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THWACK Monthly Mission - December 2016

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10 SWUG meetups

Columbus, OH

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Dallas, TX

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Seattle, WA

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Atlanta, GA

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Las Vegas, NV (Cisco Live)

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Atlanta, GA (MS Ignite)

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Chicago, IL

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London, UK

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Honolulu, HI

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Orlando, FL

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9 Contests & Giveaways

8 New items in the THWACK store

  1. IT resolutions
  2. Cover your applications
  3. Most intriguing geek
  4. SysAdmin Day
  5. Compliance IQ
  6. Byte Club
  7. IP Conflict Resolution Contest
  8. Template Hunter
  9. Word-A-Day
  1. Game Table  
  2. THWACK Cornhole
  3. THWACK Fridge
  4. SolarWinds Socks
  5. THWACKcamp shirt
  6. IT Kong shirt
  7. Stainless Tumbler
  8. Coffee Mug

70,000 Daily Views on THWACK!

6 questions to spread the word

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6- The number of questions you have to answer to write a product review & earn a $25 Amazon gift card>>

5 Community Admins

DanielleH

Sr. Community Manager

wabbott

Community Marketing Manager

mblackwe

Sr. Community Manager (GNS3)

thegreateebzies

Product Manager-THWACK

lindsey.serrano

Community Moderator

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4 Geek Holidays Celebrated

Geek Pride Day- May 25th

THWACK’s 13th birthday-June 9th

SysAdmin Day- July 29th

IT Pro Day- September 20th (Every 3rd Tuesday of September)

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33,000 likes on THWACK content!

2 Bracket Battles

Free Tool Brack-IT-ology

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Annual Bracket Battle- Oh Captain my Captain

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The ONE & only THWACKcamp!

Thank you to all of you for making this the best THWACKcamp yet!

We’re already busy planning and preparing for THWACKcamp 2017!

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Thank you to everyone who has been a part of the THWACK community this year & in years past. Your passion, enthusiasm, input, and dedication is what drives us to make each year on THWACK bigger & better than ever before.

What are your favorite THWACK 2016 memories?

17 Comments
MVP
MVP

And a great year it was !

My thanks to everyone at Solarwinds on a great year....

Level 11

after talking about solarwinds to everyone (friends, my colleague, clients etc) a lot infact almost once a week, well i was waiting to get some goodies of solarwinds but just that i am in india. It wasnt possible. God's grace i moved to london and the first thing i did was to order as much goodies from store 🙂

the support you guys giving my god never seen such an active team for any other product be it a simple small support to a multi billion dollar worth company support.

You all rock and hats off to you guys.

Keep up the good work. God knows, one day you might get a Guinness record for the active user groups / community (you can think on doing something like that). With the support you from people like me i am sure we together get a Guinness record for SolarWinds.

Hail Solarwinds.. Ho Hoooooooooooooo

Solarwinds thanks for a great year.   I loved Thwack camp, thank you for the SWUG Orlando, all the contests, t-Shirts, freebie items, and everything you do to help me maintain my geek, while living as a mild mannered IT Super Hero.

All of the Labs, and opportunity to contribute has been especially awesome.   Its been a trying year for me personally but I can usually count on my Solarwinds family to keep me geeky.    Thank you.

Another great year of Thwack zaniness and Geek fun. This year's content speaks volumes to the creativity and dedication of all the staff. What a great place to work and be is Solarwinds. Happy New Year to everyone and I look forward to 2017!

Talking to kong.yang​, Dez​​, stevenwhunt, patrick.hubbard​, cobrien​, tulsiDanielleH, wabbott and a bunch of other awesome SW folks during the chicago SWUG was enlightening (and entertaining). I think pretty much everyone I talked to represented all of the kinds of people who share the passion and interest in technology I also feel. My kind of people!  

Plus I got to bring kcolgan​ and epeace​ into the thwack fold, although I'm jealous of kcolgan​'s win of the raspberry pi last week. (Still jealous, I expect you to hook that up in the breakroom at least once).

It's been a great year to expand my knowledge (never knew NCM at all before this year and didn't give it enough credit for sure), and I hope you guys come back to Chi for a SWUG again!

I'd forgotten some of those things--thanks for making it all happen!  I'm better off for the things SW and Thwack members contribute.

Level 14

I was at SWUG London, but the sentiments are the same It was an amazing day & so inspiring to meet the team from Austin & Cork as well as a heap of other users. It really fires us up!    

Level 9

Not a chance designerfx....

Level 11

I, for one, am extremely grateful for the giveaways and the Thwack Store. Who can complain about free stuff? I appreciate the responsiveness of the community managers and moderators.  I also appreciate the kindred sense of humor when we chat on a thread, and moreso when BACON is mentioned!  Have a truly blessed New Year!

MVP
MVP

An eventful year with Thwack !!

A lot of projects and products done .. and thanks to the entire community for the year long support, great inputs and advice received for a lot many things. The Labs, Missions, Polls, Surveys, Beta programs, new launches (Big one in NPM) were all very exciting !!

Grateful to all the community members who made our journey fun-filled and a great learning experience.

MVP
MVP

The Thwack community is one of the best parts of using Solarwinds.

All of the contests, missions, activities and most of all the community interaction make this feel like an IT Home.

I really enjoyed each of the monthly missions and look forward to Thwack Camp each year. I only wish the live Labs were on a different day - Wednesday is a weekly meeting that I can't get out of. So, it's replays for me.

MVP
MVP

yep - this really is one of the best parts of Solarwinds product ownership.

Level 14

You ALL did a great job this year!  Looking forward to another one!

MVP
MVP

Thanks for another great year. Bring on this one!

Yes, 2016 was a very good Solarwinds Year.  Look forward to 2017!!!!

Best 2016 Thwack memory, easy, SWUG London. Meeting everyone from Solarwinds and loads of fellow geeks. Got to finally meet kristin.bongiovanni​ after first talking on the telephone years ago.

Rolled out a new NPM, SAM, NTA, IPAM, UDT and NCM install for the new company I work, and introduced my colleague steve.wallis​ to Thwack, so now there's twice as much swag in the office.

Level 14

SWUG London was superb.