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THWACKcamp 2017 - Optimizing the Data Lifecycle: A Monitoring with Discipline Series

Level 17

Data is the new gold to be mined, analyzed, controlled, and wielded to create disruption. The value of data-driven decisions is guiding the next generation of services. Data can be utilized to frame any story, but you should avoid being framed by your data.

Join me, fellow Head Geek Kong Yang, and industry experts Stephen Foskett and Karen Lopez for "Optimizing the Data Lifecycle" a discussion of the challenges presented by the data-driven era. In this panel discussion, we will also share best practices to optimize the consumption of that data.

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!


Oh, I SO wish you'd instead said

"Data is the new gold to be mined, analyzed, controlled, and wielded to PREVENT disruption."

Level 10

Oh, no!  You only want to prevent disruption if you're already an industry leader.  Even then it's hard to do so without some odd rent-seeking and likely regulatory capture.

If the tongue becomes any more "in-cheek," I'll be using it to clean out my ear!


data is the new Gold Mine that needs it's own Fort Knox..

Naw, data is all BitCoin, and needs no protections.  It just needs a bunch of miners with spare CPU time . . .


now we get back to time sharing on other peoples computers....that goes back to the first days of computing.

I'm happy to my abacus with anyone.

As long as I'm not using it, you can use it!



Here's hoping the automation will one-day find its way into patch cabling and per-port-ACL-construction!

This session is titled: "Optimizing the Data Lifecycle: A Monitoring with Discipline Series" And you said, " practices to optimize the consumption of that data." Will you be touching on components of DVM to complete the picture?

Level 20

I'm sure we all could use some more discipline in our monitoring!


It seems that a few of the foundations upon which disciplined monitoring must be built include:

  • Excellent training
  • Great understanding of the network and hardware and apps and the users' needs and expectations
  • The right monitoring suite of applications
  • The ability for problems to quickly bubble to the top of a single pane of glass that monitors all aspects of the I.T. environment
  • Administration/Management/C-Level Leadership that is focused on success
  • Leading others with a positive style--being what you want others to be
  • Compensating team members appropriately

Dang--I've slipped up into Layers 8, 9, and 10!  Sorry about that, Chief.

Level 21

ecklerwr1​ you aren't kidding!  I just ran across a bunch of systems that were not added into Orion properly... and they wonder why I have a problem with delegation and try to do everything myself. 

I deal in data all day every day, just 1s and 0s on the wire

About the Author
Thomas LaRock is a Head Geek at SolarWinds and a Microsoft® Certified Master, SQL Server® MVP, VMware® vExpert, and a Microsoft Certified Trainer. He has over 20 years experience in the IT industry in roles including programmer, developer, analyst, and database administrator.