Government Technology Insider interviewed Brandon Shopp, Vice President of Product Strategy at SolarWinds, to talk about 2022’s key technology trends and how they will shape the conversation at this year’s SolarWinds Public Sector Virtual User Group. As well as featuring public sector experts, SolarWinds President and CEO, Sudhakar Ramakrishna, will deliver the keynote presentation on the latest in monitoring, management, and analytics solutions. Continue reading to learn what Shopp says to expect for this year’s event.
Government Technology Insider (GTI): What are the major technology challenges for public sector organizations?
Brandon Shopp (BS): One of the largest challenges the public sector is facing is the rise in ransomware and supply chain cyberattacks. If an agency was to suffer a ransomware attack, the focus should be on reporting the initial compromise and working quickly to remediate, avoiding paying the ransom. It’s important for agencies to concentrate on the integrity of their supply chains. Our CEO, Sudhakar Ramakrishna, has shared that the focus needs to be on collaboration amongst the ecosystems. Agencies should share knowledge, best practices, threats, and threat intelligence freely, so they are able to securely deliver solutions to their constituents and keep their environments safe.
GTI: How can technology help solve those challenges?
BS: From a technical perspective, solutions for software or software-defined wide area network (SD-WAN) are large focus areas. At our virtual user conference, we’ll also be talking about new areas for us about the evolution of the observability market and AIOps. These innovative areas are showing great promise in helping agencies address their challenges.
GTI: What is the next big step forward for technology this year?
BS: Many of the topics mentioned previously are a focus, but observability is the theme at the forefront for us. As we go through 2022, we will invest a lot in the area. The observability space is an evolution of next-generation monitoring of the market. This is where consumers will start to see traditional metrics being collected and brought together with application trace data, as well as logging data and security metadata. It will integrate disparate sources of data into a single repository. Users will then be able to apply AIOps on top. From a technical perspective, observability and AIOps are the big topics for our market outlook.
GTI: Is there anything else that you would like to share?
BS: At this year’s Public Sector Virtual User Group, we will be sharing updates around our certifications on the federal side as we talk about common criteria and DODIN. We’ll discuss where our other products are currently in motion and give status updates. It will be a great opportunity to highlight our focus and our dedication to the federal market. One area specific to the federal space is our recently announced acquisition of the Monalytic team. With our acquisition of the Monalytic team, we will be able to provide more resources at hand with increased monitoring, analytics, and professional services that will provide public sector organizations with more insights to deliver on the mission.
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