About Thomas LaRock

After a decade of being a production database administrator I jumped into the role of Technical Evangelism, and I am currently a Head Geek for SolarWinds. My mission as a Head Geek is to give IT and data professionals longer weekends.

Being a Head Geek allows me to work directly with customers to help solve questions regarding database performance tuning and virtualization for SQL Server, Oracle, Sybase, and DB2.

I also solicit feedback from customers and industry experts and use that information to help our team create better products. My research and experience helped to create the initial versions of IgniteVM, now known as Database Performance Analyzer with the VM option, an industry recognized leading database performance monitoring tool.

Head Geeks are also responsible for content creation. The variety of content includes blog posts, webinars, videos, conference presentations, magazine articles, whitepapers, and books. This content helps with product positioning and overall strategy.

The combination of research, content creation, and professional experience allows Head Geeks to be recognized as thought leaders for their industry.

You can find examples of my work at my speaker, author, and data expert pages.

When not writing, speaking, or eating bacon, I can be found sitting down in first class and enjoying the finest airplane wine available.

Tom loves his data almost as much as he loves performance, or bacon. I enjoy our presentations together as he brings a fresh perspective you don’t often find in data professionals coming from a DBA background.

Karen Lopez

“What I like most about Tom is his radical notion that even the most elegant and robustly-stored data isn’t worth much until you actually put that data to USE.  Heresy, I know, that he thinks humans are more important than technology, but I’m encouraged to see his particular brand of heresy spreading in the DBA community.  Analytics folks like me need good teammates like Tom.”

Rob Collie

“I’ve known Tom for years and in that time I’ve come to see Tom as not only a great community contributor, but fun to hang out with (especially since we both love the Patriots).”

Mark Souza