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SolarWinds Invites IT Pros to Ninth Annual THWACKcamp Virtual IT Knowledge Fest

SolarWinds, a leading provider of powerful and affordable IT management software, today announced its ninth edition of THWACKcamp, scheduled for November 12 - 13, 2020. Hosted on THWACK, the SolarWinds online user community of more than 150,000 registered members, THWACKcamp is a free, two-day virtual IT learning event featuring keynotes, breakout sessions, interactive learning lounges, expert product training, customer success stories, giveaways, and more.

Every year, THWACKcamp brings together thousands of IT professionals from all disciplines, along with technology executives, industry leaders, product experts, and SolarWinds customers for a digital event to discuss the latest trends and challenges in IT. The past year especially has posed new and unique challenges for IT teams, requiring IT pros to take on new responsibilities and skills. In 2020, many IT conferences were forced to move to virtual formats for the first time, though THWACKcamp is nearing a decade of providing virtual conference opportunities to IT pros who don't always have the luxury of traveling to such events.

The IT Pro Day 2020 survey: You Were Built for This polled the global THWACK user community, revealing the implications of COVID-19 accelerated IT pros' ongoing efforts to upskill in critical competencies, such as systems management, network management, and security policy and compliance. Over a quarter (26%) of IT pros said it was necessary to learn new skills to support their organizations' transitions to a remote workforce. In the year ahead, IT organizations must undergo technology, process, and team transformations to accommodate the new requirements associated with supporting extended remote-work scenarios post-pandemic.

"IT has been the main driver of business success and resiliency during the global pandemic. THWACKcamp has always been a place for IT pros to learn new skills and connect with their peers, empowering them with the knowledge to tackle the latest challenges facing IT and meet bigger organizational goals," said David Gardiner, president, IT Operations Management, SolarWinds. "At SolarWinds, we understand IT pros need the tools, resources, training, and budget to reach their highest potential and do their jobs effectively. It's why we continue to make meaningful investments in providing IT pros with what they need to be successful, whether it's through the training and resources of our THWACK online user community or our comprehensive offering of easy-to-use, affordable IT operations management solutions."

This year's event features industry expertise from SolarWinds executives, Head Geeks, product managers, and a collection of industry leaders, covering the full IT operations management spectrum. Participants can select topics from network monitoring and management, to database, infrastructure, and application monitoring, and from budgeting, security compliance, and governance, to cloud and DevOps, IT service management, and more.

THWACKcamp Schedule

Day 1 - Thursday, November 12

  • Industry Experts Panels and SolarWinds How-To Sessions:

o   Optimize All the Things (10 - 11:30 a.m. CT): Presented by SolarWinds Head Geeks and executives; Anzunna Anyanwu, director of IT, Aronson LLC; and Marc Netterfield, cloud monitoring engineer, Cardinal Health. These sessions will focus on how IT pros can optimize their environments, whether it's using every last cycle of an aging CPU, eliminating repetitive work through improved automation, or leveraging new features in software teams already own.

o   Some Assembly Required: Making Your IT Tools Work Together (11:45 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. CT): Presented by SolarWinds Head Geeks and executives; Ben Keen, senior systems administrator, large retail company; and Casey Gum, owner/full-stack web developer consultant, nDriven. These sessions will explore ways to get completely different tools to play nicely together and highlight techniques to help IT pros get their job done.

o   Control Growth or IT Controls You (1:30 - 2:40 p.m. CT): Sessions led by SolarWinds Head Geeks and executives focused on systems experiencing the most growth, from databases to applications, and offering perspectives on how to address them.

Day 2 - Friday, November 13

  • Keynote - CIO 2020 Hot Take: The Year of the IT Pro (9 - 10 a.m. CT): CIO roundtable discussion featuring executives from SolarWinds including CIO Chris Day and Head Geek Patrick Hubbard, along with Rodrigo Gonzalez, CIO, Softtek; Elizabeth Sampson, senior vice president of technology - Distributed Generation, Brookfield Renewable Partners; Chris Shigley, CIO, Mannington Mills; and Michelle Wu, CIO APAC, Ingram Micro. The roundtable discussion will feature a diverse set of CIOs speaking to IT pros about their perspectives on their teams' 2020 efforts, and how empowered IT is in allowing executives and IT pros alike to accelerate projects and reshape the relationship between IT and the broader business.
  • Industry Experts Panels and SolarWinds How-To Sessions:

o   Monitoring is for Everyone (10 - 11:40 a.m. CT): Presented by SolarWinds Head Geeks and executives, and Dr. Jim Metzler, vice president, Metzler & Associates. Sessions will explore different approaches to explaining both the value of and the techniques behind monitoring; as well as the various ways information might be presented to different people across organizations.

o   Your Career, Your Responsibility, Your Opportunity (12 - 1 p.m. CT): Presented by SolarWinds Head Geeks and Keith Townsend, principal, CTO Advisor. Sessions will discuss skills to help IT pros uplevel their careers and strategies for avoiding IT burnout.

o   A Disciplined Approach to IT (1 - 2:40 p.m. CT): Presented by SolarWinds executives and Head Geeks, along with Peter Anderson, CTO, Computer Systems Center, Incorporated, and Holger Mundt, CEO and owner, I. Tresor GmbH & Co. KG. Sessions will discuss what "discipline" within IT truly looks like, from reducing vulnerability and improving compliance, to detecting threats and tuning dashboards.

Register today to attend the ninth annual THWACKcamp free IT virtual event.

Published Thursday, October 29, 2020 10:01 AM by David Marshall
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