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IT Pro Day ’22—The Evolution of the IT Pro — SolarWinds TechPod 068

IT Pro Day is right around the corner, and in preparation for the event, TechPod™ hosts Chris Bowie, Sean Sebring, and special guest Head Geek™ Chrystal Taylor talk about IT…

Monitoring For Managers: Business Alignment – The Bridge to UnITy — SolarWinds TechPod 060

While IT handles layered problems and often speaks in acronyms among other technical terms, we’re also challenged to collaborate with other departments who seemingly speak in a different language. How…

How Military Service Prepares You for a Career in IT — SolarWinds TechPod 053

Being in IT as part of the armed services is a different type of work experience than the private sector, with military values, culture, and restrictions blending to create a unique type of IT experience.…

Tech Career Origin Stories — SolarWinds TechPod 047

The tech industry is booming, and there are many opportunities to transition from other career paths – or to change your path within tech. Join Head Geek Chrystal Taylor as she chats with…

Finding Zen in the Tedium

As often happens, I was recently talking about my son and his attitude regarding chores. Doing the thing parents do, commiserating and getting advice from another parent who’s been through…

IT Monitoring: Managing Up — SolarWinds TechPod 042

Hang around with IT folks for anything longer than your typical stand-up meeting and you’re likely to hear some variation of “Managers! Am I right?” Snark aside, as folks who design,…

Self-Care Tips for IT Pros: Invest in Sleep (And a Good Chair)

As an IT pro, you are your most valuable asset. Obviously, if you aren’t taking care of yourself, how can you be expected to perform with typical sustained, easy awesomeness?…

Gamify Work: How to Apply Gaming Skills to Your Day Job (Part 1)

Do you like to play video games like I do? Recently, I discussed using skills taken from gaming to level up your career. Once I started thinking about the skills…

How Emerging Technologies Influence State Government Staffing Needs

Emerging technologies impact many areas of an organization, but their impact on staffing is often overlooked. It would be ideal for public sector organizations, and state governments, in particular, to…

How to “People” Better

The answer to upleveling your career as an IT pro? Learn how to “people” better. Creating a beneficial environment for tech pros means being relatable and able to explain the…