SolarWinds has published 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:
· Dedicate most of their problem-solving to senior executives
Nearly half of all IT pros (48 percent) surveyed indicate that senior executives/chief officers (regardless of area) are one of their top three personnel who create the most IT/technology issues that require an IT pro to resolve
- 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 44 percent
- Legal required the least support, at four percent
· At times communicate more with technology than humans
In any given week, over one-fourth of IT pros surveyed spend more time communicating with their IT monitoring systems than the people close to them: 27 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.
· 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: 90 percent of IT professionals most fear a security breach. Just 14 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
Almost one-fifth of IT professionals stated that more than half the time, end-users who try to solve their own IT problems ultimately make things worse.
· Extend beyond the call of duty to solve end-user and business problems
IT pros spend just under 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 (20 percent)
- Performing admin duties unrelated to IT (12 percent)
- Performing admin duties related to IT (8 percent)
· Want to connect on social media
Facebook® is the preferred method to network and connect with peers, according to 56 percent of IT pros surveyed.
Over half of all IT professionals (52 percent) use LinkedIn® as their preferred social media platform, followed by Twitter (26 percent) and Instagram (10 percent) Just four percent, however, feel compelled to share face-filtered selfies on Snapchat®.
· Chronically overwork, but still love being an IT professional
91 percent of IT pros surveyed work overtime hours - and of those, 64 percent do so with no compensation for working overtime.
- Half of IT pros work at least 10 overtime hours per month, and one in four IT pros works 20 or more overtime hours per month
- Of the 36 percent who do receive compensation for working overtime, the majority receive something other than monetary compensation, such as time in lieu
91 percent of IT pros surveyed enjoy being an IT pro, and nearly 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 organisations," Kim added. "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 organisations 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."