From managing distributed environments, working with more software-defined and automated solutions, to perhaps even experimenting with artificial intelligence, machine learning, and data analytics, technology needs are constantly changing, and tech pros need the right tools to be successful. Often, however, organizations are focused on extending the life of existing solutions, but even the best technology gets old and jammed up with digital duct tape: patches, workarounds, and inefficiencies. And while upkeep and change are issues for many small and mid-sized companies that are necessarily budget conscious, technology professionals must remain constantly on the lookout for new tech that will keep their environments running smoothly and allow their organizations to deliver the best results.
So, while most enterprise IT hardware and software don’t get the Black Friday treatment (2-for-1 routers, anyone?), with two of the biggest shopping days of the year just around the corner, it’s a good time to ask: what’s on tech pros’ must-have technology list for 2019?
Here are some responses from the SolarWinds THWACK® community of over 150,000 technology professionals on their hottest tech picks of 2019 for work and at home.