I have, on the occasional gray and challenging day, suggested that the state of IT contains a measure of plight. That it’s beset on all sides with the hounds of increasing complexity, reduced budgets, impossible business demands, and unhappy users. Fortunately for us all, however, being an IT professional is, as it has always been, pretty freaking awesome. Would I really make a major career shift away from casting spells on hardware, writing a little code to automate drudgery, and generally making the bezels blink? Nope. I’m not saying I’d do it for free, but after all these years I still have moments where it’s hard to believe I get paid to do what I love. And again this year we get to celebrate IT pro day.
There’s a certain special comradery among IT professionals that runs deeper than merely sharing a foxhole in the server room. It’s celebrating the power-on of a new data center. It’s the subdued antithesis of the sales dude-style slap-on-the-back compliment when we finally identify a bedeviling, intermittent root cause. It’s mostly cultural. Our ilk actually cares about users, and for many it’s what brought them to technology in the first place. We solve problems they didn’t know they had in ways they wouldn’t understand, avoiding the adulation usually reserved for such heroics. Aww, shucks. We’re just here to do what we can. #humblebrag
This year, share the fun and recognition of IT Pro Day with a friend. Take an extra-long lunch, and remember you’re the one that keeps the bezel lights on. We don’t just keep our businesses working, we affect the human experiences and the feelings of our users. With a little time and the right questions, we truly make the world a better place.
So have a little fun, send some eCards, and maybe appear in next year’s video here: http://www.itproday.org
– Patrick Hubbard, Head Geek, SolarWinds