Happy Sysadmin day (July 29th)!
Posted by Rubin Bennett on 29 July 2016 10:29 AM
This day 17 years ago was deemed to be the first annual System Administrator Appreciation day!
We have an amazing team of engineers here who do their absolute best every day to ensure that your systems and networks are running smoothly and just get the heck out of the way so you all can do what you do. I know that I'm unbelievably appreciative of our team and the work they do.
One of the paradoxes of I.T. work is that when everything is running smoothly, our customers wonder what we do all day. And perversely, when things go wrong our customers wonder... what we do all day.
So today we'll peel back the veil of secrecy around I.T. and admit that several years ago we actually programmed robots to do our work, and most days we sit around the office eating pizza and drinking beer, with the occasional coffee or Frisbee break in the hangar (can't be outside too much or people will catch on!).
The reality is that our jobs are interesting, demanding, and occasionally deeply frustrating. We manage ever more complex systems and networks, and our users have more and more complex requirements from a technological perspective. We spend enormous effort on staying current on our skills, anticipating what's coming, and ensuring that we're consistently delivering the absolute best quality support and customer service that we possibly can. And while we're human and by definition imperfect, we do a pretty darn good job overall.
So, as a team of nerds and sysadmins, we demand cake. And Ice Cream. And gifts, and words of gratitude. But mostly gifts.
Further reading if you're so inclined (No links to Amazon wishlists, we promise!)
Lastly, the photo above is a screenshot from the BBC sitcom 'The IT Crowd', which is required watching if you have any contact with nerds: