Before Solarwinds it was a chore to keep an eye on everything at once. That has changed after using Solarwinds. We are able to instantly see when there are problems and more often than not we get insight into issues before they become problems.
Nothing has helped us more than NPM. Without our ability to see when devices are down, or when they decided the night before was a good time to reboot themselves without telling us, we would be spending more time than necessary troubleshooting.
We chose Solarwinds because it had the most options in 1 easy to use UI. Everything else was a hobbled mess that required multiple vendors to get the same feel and functions of Solarwinds. We also have the ability to grow without needing to learn a new system.
Life has been so much easier since we got Solarwinds. Everything is within a few clicks of a button and reports certainly help to get greater insight into where we can improve.