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Real User Monitoring: How to Improve Your Target Audience Reach

In the first post of this two-part series, we talked about the need to fully understand how users experience your website. Without understanding how your end users interact with your site’s pages—what’s working for them and what’s not—you’d be optimizing on a hunch without solid data to guide you.


What Is an SSIS Package and How Do You Create One?

SQL Server Integration Services (SSIS) is a workflow orchestration service used mostly for data integration and transformation. It was first released as part of SQL Server 2005 and continues to receive updates and new features today. While SSIS can be installed and run on a server (on-premises or in the cloud), it’s also available in Azure Data Factory. SSIS is commonly used to perform tasks such as: While SSIS originally only ran on Windows, it has also been available for Linux since 2017.


U.S. Government Issues Advisory Against Common Cyber Threats During the Holidays

In advance of this week’s Thanksgiving holiday in the U.S., the U.S. Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Agency (CISA) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) issued a reminder for critical infrastructure to stay vigilant against cyber threats during holidays and weekends. This advisory is a reminder the holidays present a noted challenge for businesses and an opportunity for cyber adversaries.

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Black Friday: How Retailers Can Create an Optimal Online Experience

For about a year and a half now, traditional window shopping has been replaced in many places by online shopping sprees. Particularly as the coronavirus pandemic began, general shopping behavior has shifted toward e-commerce. And although most stores have now returned from lockdown to open their store doors, there is no denying the online shopping industry is still thriving. For the second year in a row, the holiday shopping season is also directly affected by this trend.

5 Best Network Inventory Tools and Software

Keeping your technology organized can be challenging. As you add new devices and phase out old ones, tracking each change can feel insurmountable. However, monitoring these updates is vital for most organizations, making the right network inventory tools indispensable. Finding your best fit might be easier than you think. By understanding your network inventory management options, you can find the most effective software to support your unique IT infrastructure.


How the U.S. State Department Can Overcome the Trade-Offs of its Multi-Cloud Strategy

The U.S. State Department has a global workforce of 69,000 across more than 270 diplomatic missions. To support the work of its “untethered diplomats,” State’s Bureau of Information Resource Management uses a multi-cloud approach that provides cost-effective, flexible, and reliable access to cloud-based resources, allowing staff to seamlessly collaborate, free from the limitations of VPNs and corporate networks.


How to Restore Databases From Native SQL Server Backups

In my previous post, Native SQL Server Backup Types and How-To Guide, I discussed the main types of native SQL Server backups and various backup options. Backups are critical to restoring databases quickly, but there isn’t much benefit to having backup files sitting around if you aren’t prepared and know when and how to perform the restores.


Papertrail and Heroku

SolarWinds® Papertrail™ has supported Heroku almost from the beginning, as an add-on in the Heroku Marketplace and as a compatible standalone log management tool. Heroku’s focus on empowering developers to build and deliver applications by providing an easy-to-use platform as a service fits perfectly with the vision of Papertrail. Both developer-focused technologies can be set up typically in minutes, are easy to use, and offer powerful functions.