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IT Pro Day

Product Manager
Product Manager

          Guess who's back, back again, IT Pro Day, tell a friend! SolarWinds has once again allowed me to circle the sun as a SolarWinds Head Geek. To me, IT Pro Day is something of a celebration of achievement in goals every year that I once could only imagine. Curiosity has led me down numerous certification paths and even back to college a few times. I celebrate every new mind-expanding opportunity that I’ve been allowed in my career.

          Today I was asked, “As a technology professional, what would you change if you had the time, resources, and ability to use your tech prowess to do absolutely anything?” Great mind-mapping question indeed. This led me instantly to wonder whether or notif I were to be given unlimited time and moneyI would want to focus on becoming a teacher of cybersecurity and information assurance within STEAM programs. I mean, after all, security is an art that needs to be appreciated at all levels.

          Spreading knowledge, especially within IT security , is something I believe in passionately. There’s currently a huge gap in security professionals, and by golly, if I have anything to say or do about it, I want that to change quickly! I now work with vocational teachers and help to encourage teachers and young students to dig in and be creative with IT.

          If we’re not investing in the next generation, then how do you expect to have a product to meet their future needs? You have to carve out the time to hear out their mindsets, and understand how they approach and solve problems. This allows you—whether as an individual or a companyto provide your future customers with services, products, and even marketing that will enable you and your company to be relevant to them.

          Personally, this IT Pro Day has me thinking about how I can contribute more to things like STEAM programs and Cyber Days for students of all ages. It starts with an idea and can grow into a habit once you allow yourself a little time. I, for one, will start planning my days with at least 10 minutes brainstorming how I can be an IT contributor, and not just a consumer.

Destiny Bertucci, Head Geek, SolarWinds

18 Comments
Level 14

If I had unlimited time and money I would get some IT training for IT managers.  Most of the ones I have had to deal with can barely tie their own shoelaces and we don't give them sharp objects.

Level 14

Happy IT Pro day!

I'm glad someone came up with the idea of building a product that can make others' lives easier.  Thanks, SolarWinds, for NPM, NCM, NTA, etc. and the platform in which they're integrated.  They (and YOU) are a big part of my day.

Product Manager
Product Manager

Same to you!

Product Manager
Product Manager

I hope it’s a great day for you YOU DESERVE IT!

Product Manager
Product Manager

Can I get an AMEN?!?!?

Level 13

Happy happy IT Pro Day

Level 8

I would make sure all IT Project Managers had worked in IT.........

Level 13

Amen to that.

Can I get an "Thanks Orion!" t-shirt?

Level 15

Oh I so totally agree.  We only allow ours to wear velcro shoes..... 

MVP
MVP

Sad to say I got swept up in talk like a pirate day, but got the day wrong. But at least I got to do it again.

Level 7

And AMEN to that ☺

Level 12

I worked for one once, pretty sure he couldn't even understand how to put his foot in the shoe let alone use the velcro on it. He was pretty good at putting his foot in his mouth though!

I shared it on my company's Yammer page. It didn't seem to take effect. So I started to walk up to people and wish them a Happy IT Pro Day. They looked at my cross-eyed. Methinks I need to hang the banners up early next year.

Level 20

I'm engrossed in security related IT functions a LOT myself these days.  It's not all bad... some is tedius.. patching and updates comes to mind... but it's fun.

MVP
MVP

I've been in IT for a long time and it is constantly changing. It can be very exciting and fun. I just wish the places that I've worked would make a bigger deal out of IT Pro days.

Level 14

I wish they would make a bigger deal out of IT Pro's.

I've just found out that the business has just bought pizzas for "everyone" that has worked on a major application install and roll out.  That was application support, project managers and management.  Pity they forgot about the people who built the servers, set up all the monitoring and fixed the mistakes made by the people who got pizza.  I can't wait for it to go wrong.  Guess who won't be fixing it.        

About the Author
I started in networking and security around 2002 by taking Cisco Certified Network Associate and Security+ courses from Central Vo-tech. This is where I fell in love with technology in general. From there I venture out to internships and started using the Engineers Toolset from SolarWinds which made me wonder about software. The company I was with purchased Cirrus which is now Network Configuration Manager (NCM) and I was officially hooked. I searched out for SolarWinds and well you guessed it I started working for them and believe it or not in sales. That was the only position open but I knew I wanted to be here. So I quickly worked my way in to the support side and became the first Sales Engineer and then the first Applications Engineer. Since I am a very curious person I have since in my 9 years of being at SolarWinds decided to pursue more education. Security is always a fascination to me so I started taking classes on INFOSEC Assessment Methodology (IAM) and INFOSEC Evaluation Methodology (IEM) of the NSA. Then I went and took the CIW Masters for web development and ventured to databases. MCITP SQL Server and Development certifications that led me to a database development degree in college. I’m pretty much a jack of all trades and LOVE IT! This all applied to my work with SolarWinds as I wanted to be able to help customers solve their issues or needs. So knowing more information allowed me to do this successfully. I also dabbled in Cisco UCS management and currently taking classes to venture toward a CCIE (crossing fingers). NCM is a product that I have worked with since its beginning. I even had the opportunity to fly to the NSA to create templates for some of their devices. I used to be the sole MIB database controller so I’m definitely your huckleberry on MIBs and OIDs. As an Applications Engineer I focused on Network Performance Monitor, Network Configuration Manager, Web Performance Monitor, Enterprise Operations Console, Patch Manager, User Device Tracker, and the Engineers Toolset. See why I like to constantly learn new things I had a lot to be on top of! SolarWinds is a passion of mine still to this very day. My new role as a Product Manager for NCM is home to me. Funny how I circled around back to my favorite product that got me here in the first place. :) My goal is to educate and work with customers to leverage our products to their fullest degree!