SolarWinds, a leading provider of powerful and affordable IT management software, announced the findings of its†Little-Known Facts†survey. The results reveal that IT professionals tend to go above and beyond the scope of their core responsibilities as the changing business landscape demands more of their attention, both inside and outside of the office. The survey supports†IT Professionals Day, which is observed the third Tuesday of every September (September 19, 2017), to emphasise the need for greater appreciation for IT professionals and the critical role they play in modern business and the lives of nearly all technology end-users.
“Without a doubt, today’s IT professionals are the backbone of the modern enterprise,” said Joseph Kim, senior vice president and chief technology officer, SolarWinds. “This year, to celebrate the third annual IT Professionals Day, we wanted to draw attention not only to the data centre’s growing complexity and end-user demands that IT professionals must manage, but more personal facts, like their favourite social media platforms and how they feel about end-users. By understanding and knowing our own IT professionals, we can better appreciate them.”†
SolarWinds’†Little-Known Facts†survey provides a glimpse into the often-overlooked aspects of IT pros and the jobs they do, ultimately allowing us to better understand, and in turn, appreciate them. †IT professionals:
• Extend beyond the call of duty to solve end-user and business problems
- IT pros spend close to two-thirds of their time (61 percent) actually managing IT and IT-related services. What are they doing with the rest?
– Educating business leaders and end-users about IT/technology (19 percent)
– Fixing office equipment that is NOT related to IT (9 percent)
– Performing admin duties unrelated to IT (11 percent)
• Dedicate most of their problem-solving to senior executives
- Of the 61 percent of time IT professionals spend on core responsibilities, over one-third of that time (35 percent) is dedicated to resolving technology issues from senior executives/chief officers.
– Rounding out the top three users who take most of IT’s time, 46 percent list finance/accounting/procurement as having the most technology issues that require an IT pro to solve, followed by sales/business development personnel at 37 percent.
– Legal required the least support, at three percent. †
• At times communicate more with technology than humans
- In any given week, nearly two-fifths of IT pros surveyed spend more time communicating with their IT monitoring systems than the people close to them: 37 percent say they receive more texts from their IT monitoring systems (for example, system alerts) each week than they do from their friends/family/loved ones.†
• Want to connect on social media
- Facebook is the preferred method to network and connect with peers, according to 75 percent of IT pros surveyed.
- Over half of all IT professionals (56 percent) use LinkedIn as their preferred social media platform, followed by Instagram (21 percent) and Twitter (14 percent). Just two percent, however, feel compelled to share face-filtered selfies on Snapchat.†
• Don’t fear the machine
- Despite industry hype that Artificial Intelligence (AI) and machine learning are threatening their jobs, keeping their organisations secure is IT pros’ greatest concern: 81 percent of IT professionals most fear a security breach. Almost one out of five (19 percent) fear AI will take their jobs, a finding that is echoed by a recent†McKinsey†report on AI’s nuances.†
• Want you to ask for help
- One-tenth of IT professionals agree that half of the time, end-users who try to solve their own IT problems ultimately make things worse.†
• Chronically overwork, but still love being an IT professional
- 94 percent of IT pros surveyed work overtime hours – and of those, 83 percent do so with no compensation for working overtime.
– Nearly half of IT pros work at least 10 overtime hours per month, and almost one-fifth of IT pros works 20 or more overtime hours per month.
– Of the 17 percent who do receive compensation for working overtime, the majority receive something other than monetary compensation, such as comp days.
- 91 percent of IT pros surveyed enjoy being an IT pro, and over half of all IT pros love what they do.
“In†2016, we found that IT is everywhere, and end-users were expanding IT beyond the traditional four walls of their organizations. This required IT professionals to adopt an ‘always-on’ mentality; this year’s key findings highlight that the trend continues, with IT pros performing their core IT responsibilities, in addition to dedicating time to educate end-users and business leaders, problem-solving for senior executives, and keeping their organizations secure from the threat of security breaches. In recognition of IT professionals everywhere, we are thrilled to be celebrating the third annual IT Professionals Day and spotlighting the hard work they do to keep businesses running smoothly,” said Kim.
Fielded in July 2017, the survey was conducted by C. White Consulting on behalf of SolarWinds and yielded responses from 63 IT practitioners, managers, and directors in Singapore.†
Girls in Tech
Girls in Tech†(GIT)†is a global non-profit focused on the engagement, education, and empowerment of girls and women who are passionate about technology. With headquarters in San Francisco, and more than 50,000 members around the globe, GIT aims to accelerate the growth of women entering high-tech careers and provide a support framework for successful startups and advancement in STEM fields.
“Girls in Tech is utilising the power of technology to bring women together to shape their future and democratise the world,” said Rani Johnson, CIO, SolarWinds. “SolarWinds is proud to support the vision of Girls in Tech with a donation to help further their mission. Technology has become more complex than ever, impacting both IT professionals and end users in a variety of ways, and we’re thrilled to contribute to GIT to facilitate learning and skills building within the STEM fields.”
IT Professionals Day
IT Professionals Day is designed to annually celebrate all IT professionals regardless of discipline. Whereas holidays such as System Administrator Appreciation Day do well at recognising one category of the profession, IT Professionals Day honours not only system administrators, but network engineers, database administrators, information security professionals, developers, IT support technicians, and all other professionals serving in IT-related roles.