SentryOne put $5000 up for grabs in December in a STEM essay-writing competition aimed at encouraging students into software-related professions.
Marquell Williams, an undergraduate at a private liberal arts school, Carthage College in the US state of Wisconsin, has been announced as the winner by SolarWinds – which bought SentryOne in October 2020. Entrants had to write a short 800-1000 word essay on dataops research to be considered for the prize.
Chris Day, chief information officer at SolarWinds, said the Data Pros of Tomorrow scholarship programme was an opportunity to support students who will ultimately contribute to future advancements in how society collects and uses data.
“Supporting the future of the data profession benefits us all,” Day said. “We are committed to fostering the development of future data professionals and students in STEM-related fields.”
The money will go towards Williams’ college expenses in 2021; Williams hopes to go on to study for a Masters degree in public policy focused on digital transformation and analytics.
Mike Lambert, president of field operations at SentryOne, said that the 2020s could be “the decade of data”, with CIOs increasingly focused on getting their data ready to move to the cloud.
“We have seen the introduction and adoption of devops and dataops — the new roles, processes and technologies to enable the velocity of development and release cycles for data-centric apps, especially in the cloud. In this decade of data, we will see dataops mature in the organisation to ensure value is extracted from growing data assets,” Lambert wrote.
SentryOne solutions aim to assist data professionals who focus on Microsoft products to build, test, document, and monitor data-centric applications, such as Microsoft SQL Server running on Amazon RDS or EC2, with data devops and database performance monitoring capabilities.