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5 Ways Life Would Stink Without IT Professionals

What would happen if we suddenly had to live without the help of IT pros? The results could be scary.
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Technology has become the lifeblood of our daily routines and productivity, and without it, modern business would be -- well -- much less modern. Indeed, for most, it’s mindboggling to picture life without our precious applications, laptops and mobile devices, not to mention the code, systems and networks they rely on. But more often than not, the IT professionals working tirelesslybehind the scenes to keep all this technology running are overlooked or forgotten. That is, until something is slow or doesn't work right!

We think it’s time to change that. To get things started, SolarWinds has established IT Professionals Day, which will take place on September 15 this year and every third Tuesday of September in the years to come. The idea is to celebrate all IT professionals -- not only system administrators, but network engineers, database administrators, information security professionals, developers, IT support technicians and all others serving in IT-related roles -- as the heroes of modern business. 

And to drive home just how important and holiday-worthy IT professionals are, we asked the 130,000 IT professionals in our thwack community what they thought life would be like if one day, all the IT professionals of the world vanished. Here are some of the scariest scenarios they imagined for your reading (and viewing) pleasure.  

 

Patrick Hubbard is a head geek and director of technical product marketing at SolarWinds, an IT management software provider based in Austin, Texas. Hubbard, who joined SolarWinds in 2007, has more than 20 years of experience in product management and strategy, technical ... View Full Bio

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zerox203
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zerox203,
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9/30/2015 | 11:52:43 PM
Re: 5 Ways Life Would Stink Without IT Pros
We had an essential piece of equipment break down at work the other day - it slowed things to a crawl. One of my coworkers remarked that 'this is like the dish washer breaking down at a restaraunt!' He was right, but it was interesting to me that he said 'dishwasher' and not 'oven'. In other words, not the thing that cooks the food but the thing that handles it on the backend. I think e-mail and similar services are like that at many companies. It's not directly tied to what the company makes or sells, but it's still 100% essential to doing business. Without IT staff there to fix it right away, things would be quite a mess.
aditshar1
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aditshar1,
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9/24/2015 | 7:38:49 PM
Re: IT Pro Day
I am not sure about benefits but yes when and if cost is attached to any certification, education or training then decision becomes little tough.
ClassC
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ClassC,
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9/22/2015 | 7:09:47 PM
Re: IT Pro Day

@aditshar1   You are right,  there seems to be a large disconnect between the real world and company based marketing pushes.  We read a lot about these new technologies but the fact is most companies are not deploying them because of cost.

Why would they employ someone more expensive if they are doing fine with the personnel they have now  ?  And in the meantime, as you mention we tech people are caught in the middle, not really knowing what to learn next.  

I don't think it is unreasonable to expect to learn skills that will benefit your bottom line.  

aditshar1
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aditshar1,
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9/21/2015 | 8:49:20 AM
Re: IT Pro Day
I agree you, we need to come up with new learning and skills. But where to start, what's your horizon, what do you expect after upgrading your skill and how can you meet your expectations are few serious concerns for every IT guy today and never the less, we still don't have much companies deploying cloud solutions or virtualization. So moving forward how many jobs will we have in market. Many companies or enterprise still don't feel the need for new upcoming technologies, and this slow progress gives rise to new question when to start with new learning.
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ClassC,
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9/20/2015 | 8:40:19 PM
Re: IT Pro Day

Great point adiitshar1  !    Working tirelessly to make the company more efficient - one literally works themselves out of a job.   I have yet to see any business be so thankful that they won't lay you off.   How ironic is that ?

I have convinced myself that these skills can be transferred to Cloud and Virtualization based companies but have you seen the requirements these companies are looking for presently ?  

You are literally starting over from the beginning - and for someone who has invested a lifetime to learn what little I know - this is not a very attractive proposition. 

Sure I understand one has to constantly evolve, but some reasonableness in expectation is not too much to ask.  Or is it ? 

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aditshar1,
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9/18/2015 | 7:04:52 AM
Re: IT Pro Day
The worst part is, most IT professionals work hard and for long hours to provide interrupted and different services, but they hardly get any recognition for same, and not only this, they are one with most scary part in job called atomization including virtualization and cloud. Someone in company has to move forward and say Thank you with counselling that new upcoming technologies won't take away their jobs.

Lol !!! We already have restructuring to this task..
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Brian.Dean,
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9/16/2015 | 4:15:50 PM
Re: IT Pro Day
The evolution of IT language has made business efficient as well for instance, "data is needed to solve a certain problem" vs. "real-time data is needed to solve a certain problem", the latter communicates a lot more about the nature of the problem and the tools that will be required to solve it.  However, this rapid evolution has also created the need to constantly upgrade the meanings that are attached to words.
MarciaNWC
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MarciaNWC,
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9/15/2015 | 7:35:48 PM
Re: IT Pro Day: Almost Missed it......
Good timing ClassC! Enjoy your break!
ClassC
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ClassC,
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9/15/2015 | 7:26:32 PM
IT Pro Day: Almost Missed it......

I am really glad I caught this piece in time - I had to check the calendar to see what day it actually was and low and behold - It was  IT Pro Day !   

 I think I am going to take a break and just let this sink in.   Thanks for the link Marcia, I really enjoyed the video and  HAPPY IT PRO DAY EVERYONE !    

 

Take a break even if it is only a small one.

MarciaNWC
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MarciaNWC,
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9/15/2015 | 12:27:36 PM
Re: IT Pro Day
Brian, good point about IT changing language...so many words have different meanings now: mouse, cookie, surfing, etc.
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