"Y'all cain't get thur frum here" is the punchline to an old joke that feels sadly relevant to IT professionals trying to understand how their environment is put together. Despite spending countless hours creating diagrams, which are inevitably out of date as soon as they come off the plotter, those cute little icons, lines, and captions rarely capture the flow of data in, out, and around the enterprise. When there's a problem, this information gap can be crippling. But even on a regular sunny day when the coffee is hot and the systems are purring like LED-festooned kittens, this lack of visualization can negatively impact our work.
In this video, SolarWinds® Head GeekTM Leon Adato explores the ways in which having a visual representation of data makes that data more meaningful, intelligible, and actionable. Then he shows some examples of data display techniques and how they can help the IT professional in day to day scenarios.