Have You Hugged Your #SysAdmin on #SysAdminday?
Today marks yet another milestone in IT. In fact, some may say it is the single most important IT recognition day in the history of IT. Okay, maybe a stretch but for those SysAdmins, IT Admins, and pros that take on the role of a SysAdmin in addition to their other roles, today is your day!
It's a day we've waxed poetic on in the past, doing one simple thing -- to say "Thank You!" And, for good reason. If you just take a look at the responsibility of a SysAdmin, it can be daunting, courtesy of Wikipedia:
A system administrator is a professional practitioner of IT Administration, which is concerned mainly with the design, construction, and maintenance of computer systems and networks. Similar titles for the same position include IT systems administrator, systems administrator, or SysAdmin.
The duties of a system administrator are diverse and vary widely from one organization to another. SysAdmins are usually charged with installing, supporting and maintaining servers or other computer systems, and planning for and responding to service outages and other infrastructure problems. Other duties may include scripting or light programming, project management for systems-related projects, supervising or training computer operators, and being the consultant for computer problems beyond the knowledge of technical support staff. To perform his or her job well, a system administrator must demonstrate a blend of technical skills and responsibility.
Today marks the 14th Annual SysAdmin Appreciation Day. While not an official Hallmark Holiday, at one point in time pundits were predicting SysAdmin Appreciation Day cards would outpace traditional appreciation day cards by 3:1. There's an official SysAdmin site where you can keep track of anything and everything you need to know about the day. There are some great appreciation day posts, contests, videos and songs even. Paul McNamara (@BuzzBlog) captures a few of them in his article in NetworkWorld.
Happy Sysadmin Day! Here's how your sysadmin would like you to observe it: http://t.co/VtdnJnnfMt— infoworld (@infoworld) July 26, 2013
In a Q&A with Ricky Ribeiro (@ricktagious) of @BizTechMagazine, Ted Kekatos (@tedkekatos), who is credited with turning the day into an unofficial holiday, commented on how far this day of recognition has come in 14 years.
"In some parts of the world, SysAdmin Day has almost evolved into like an entire weekend festival, almost like a Woodstock-type of thing with camping, food and entertainment."
With all that said, what better way to say "Thank You" than by taking up a few of the suggestions offered on the official site:
Proper observation of SysAdmin Day includes (but is not limited to):
- Cake & Ice cream
- Words of gratitude
- Custom t-shirts celebrating the epic greatness of your SysAdmin(s)
So, do what is right today. Celebrate. Say Thank You! Offer a meaningful pat on the back, a hug or a #SysAdminDay tweet even. Those who spend their time working tirelessly to ensure you have a worry-free computer network, to make sure you get to your data when you need it and help you do the work you do, deserve the appreciation.
To our own Dhiraj Rohra, helpdesk technician and unofficial SysAdmin, "Thank You!"