- 11 September 2018 09:00
SolarWinds IT Professionals Day 2018 Envisions a World Powered by Tech Pros
SYDNEY, Australia – September 11, 2018 – SolarWinds, a leading provider of powerful and affordable IT management software, announced the findings of its IT Pro Day 2018: A World Powered by Tech Pros survey today. The results explore a world where technology professionals have the opportunity to be ‘Tech PROactive;’ in other words, what they would do if they had the time, resources, and ability to use their technology prowess to do anything—from improving IT environments, to global societal challenges, and even their personal lives. The survey supports IT Professionals Day, which is observed on the third Tuesday of every September (September 18, 2018), and intends to emphasise appreciation for IT professionals, the critical role they play in end user’s lives, and in operating a successful, modern business.
“Today’s technology professionals face a tremendous amount of responsibility at work, from one-off user requests and help desk tickets to the expectation of continuous technology implementation,” said Joseph Kim, executive vice president and chief technology officer, SolarWinds. “As a result, they have very little time to dedicate to being Tech PROactive. In honour of all the work they do, we want to celebrate the fourth annual IT Professionals Day by giving tech pros the freedom to explore all the ways they would use their technology aptitude to take their worlds forward—from IT optimisation to helping solve societal challenges like environmental sustainability.”
Regardless of the time of day, environment, or their physical location, technology professionals are often the unsung, solutions-based heroes. In honour of all the work they take on to help us, we want to celebrate the fourth annual IT Professionals Day, by sharing insight into what inspires and interests them—including outside the office.
The SolarWinds IT Pro Day 2018 Survey: A World Powered by Tech Pros , explores a world where technology professionals have the time, resources, and ability to use their technology prowess to do anything—from improving their IT environments, to global societal challenges, and even their personal lives. In support of IT Professionals Day, global technology professionals were polled through a series of studies to provide unique insight into what a world powered by tech pros looks like.
In a world powered by technology professionals:
- End users are the top priority.
- Artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning, deep learning, and cloud computing would not only transform IT environments, but the greater good, according to respondents.
3. Cloud (by weighted rank, respectively)
2. Make repeatable tasks quicker and more accurate
3. Scale easily and cost effectively by using the public cloud
2. Internet of Things (IoT)
3. Big data analysis (by weighted rank, respectively)
2. Environmental and sustainability initiatives
- Personal development is top of mind but requires a time commitment outside the traditional workday.
2. Planning/strategising future technology innovation in your IT environment (31%)
3. Researching new technologies (19%)
- Their IT prowess would also power their personal lives.
2. Managing finances - By using machine learning (ML) to grow investments and diversify their portfolio
3. Vacation planning - Such as utilising cloud-based services to store and link travel data, and using IoT-based devices to generate real-time insights while on-the-go
“In 2017, we revealed that technology professionals are the backbone of our businesses,” Kim added. “This year, we’ve seen this trend continue, with tech pros going above and beyond their responsibilities to explore new technologies and educate themselves further. Thirty-seven percent of technology professionals shared that they’d continue developing their skillset if they had one more hour in the work day, and thirty-one percent shared that they’d focus on planning or strategising future technology innovation in their IT environment. We’re excited to celebrate this fourth annual IT Professionals Day by highlighting their interests—at work and at home—and their dedication to their field.”
Fielded in July 2018, the first of the two surveys was conducted by SolarWinds and yielded responses from 199 technology professionals from across the globe. The second survey was fielded by C White Consulting on behalf of SolarWinds and yielded responses from 94 IT practitioners, managers, and directors in Australia from public- and private-sector small, mid-size, and enterprise companies. Full survey results are available here.
Gamers for Good
In honour of IT Pro Day, SolarWinds is proudly donating to Gamers for Good, in support of their inspiring vision. We hope you contribute too!
Gamers for Good (G4G) is a nationwide charitable organisation connecting gamers with service opportunities in their area. G4G also serves as an information source, across the game industry and fandom, of ways gamers can and are giving back to those in need.
“Our mission is to serve as both an example and a resource,” said Liz Cooper, founder/president, Gamers for Good. “Donations like this are vital, allowing us to focus our efforts on helping gamers become givers.”
Visit www.gamersforgood.com. for more information.
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 achieve 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. Please visit ITProDay.org to learn more.
• National Day Calendar: IT Professionals Day
• SolarWinds Establishes IT Professionals Day as Official Holiday
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