10 types of people sysadmins encounter

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Have your users ever had to worry about a network breach? Have they ever considered what might happen if a fire broke out in your server room? Do they simply take it for granted that the Wi-Fi and printer work without fail, day in and day out?

If everything IT is running smoothly, let’s be real—it’s mostly because you are an awesome sysadmin who takes care of everything!

The entire office would probably fall apart if it weren’t for your heroics, going out of your way to help keep the business afloat.

As a sysadmin, you encounter all sorts of people in your quest to ensure problem-free IT—people like those below, people who make an already challenging job even harder. And if you haven’t encou

This week’s five: Behind the digital transformation

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This week’s five is a weekly column on five recent reads from all over the web. This week, we’ll talk about some facts and figures on digital transformation. IoT, cognitive computing, cloud, machine learning, wearable tech. Big names, huh! These are the names of technologies you should be acquainted with. There’s a set of interconnected mainframes and devices— whether hardwired, wireless, or virtual– that your business depends upon. It’s called the IT, the nervous system of your business. And these technologies are going to have a huge impact on your IT, and thus your business, whether you like it or not. So, you better be prepared. Digital transformation is buzzing everywh

Seven things end users don’t know about sysadmins!

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Sysadmins, you know you’re awesome, regardless of what your typical end user might think. But what do they know? Sadly, not much. For instance, they don’t know… 1. Your power lies in PowerShell. If they asked you what the latest, trending tool available in the market is, you’d know it. If they asked you what else you know, you tell them “PowerShell scripting.” Because managing IT without a Plan B isn’t an option. Your motto? “When all else fails, there’s always PowerShell.” 2. You’re a certified geek. The word “geeky” does not even begin to describe you. Not only do you act like a geek — with all of your coding, configuring, dep…

This week’s five: CIOs – The true business transformers.

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This week’s five is a weekly column on five recent reads from all over the web. This week, we’ll talk about the  chief information officers.   “More and more, every company is becoming a technology company. We CIOs are the leaders and stewards of this new economy.”  – Rob Meilen, CIO, Hunter Douglas Chief information officers. Who do you think they are? They are senior business executives who handle a company’s IT strategy, implementation, and operations. With companies beginning to use multiple and new technologies, the role of a CIO has only become more pronounced. According to a recent survey, in the UK alone, a tech company is born every hour. Such an exponential growth fu

How to combat security cracks created by collaboration

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How to combat security cracks created by collaboration
This article was originally published at http://www.cso.com.au/article/597035/proactive-it-security-solution-cyber-crime-an-age-collaboration/ Cybercrime costs the global economy as much as $450 billion each year. And the median cost of cybercrime has increased by nearly 200% in the last five years. Meanwhile, collaboration has become the cornerstone of successful organizations. But collaboration often comes with a risk. The number of cyberattacks will grow as employees increasingly use collaboration tools to maximize their company’s productivity. This is because these tools can provide new points of entry for hackers looking to cause damage. This issue could become more serious a…

This week’s five: Bimodal IT- Double the action, twice as fun

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This week’s five is a weekly column on five recent reads from all over the web. This week, we’ll talk about bimodal IT. Christopher Reeve, Brandon Routh, and Henry Cavill are all big names and share one thing in common. What connects them is the fictional superhuman bimodal character they have all embodied. And who doesn’t love that character? He’s Superman. He can do it all. In one mode, he falls well within most conventional norms and fits perfectly into a world of indifference and acceptance. In his other mode, though, he’s a symbol of change. He’s something the world has never seen before, and something the world agrees with. His kind of change is good. His kind of change brings h

This week’s five: Elevate your network performance with a bird’s eye view

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This week’s five is a weekly column on five recent reads from all over the web. This week, we’ll talk about network performance management. What’s the next big thing going on in the world of IT? Most would say the cloud. But the cloud doesn’t run on it’s own. And neither do any of the on-premises components of IT. They all run on an unpredictable and complex operational system of data flows called the network. Now, the network can be really tricky. That is why we have network performance management (NPM) tools in the first place, to monitor activities all across the network. While enterprises already know the value of these tools, startups might think they’re not that important. But

This week’s five: Look beyond guards – Investigate your IT

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This Week’s five is a weekly column on five recent reads from all over the web. This week, we’ll talk about IT security. “I get hired by companies to hack into their systems and break into their physical facilities to find security holes. Our success rate is 100%; we’ve always found a hole.” Kevin Mitnick How do you feel when you go back to your workplace after a weekend, switch on your computer, go through your accounts, and find out that nothing bad has happened? Lucky? Well, probably not. It might be just another day at work for you. But, trust me when I say this, you should definitely feel lucky. There are many not-so-lucky ones out there. Anthem wasn’t so lucky when its datab

This Week’s Five: Stay alive – Transform EVERYTHING

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This Week’s Five is a weekly column on five recent reads from all over the web. This week, we’ll talk about digital transformation. It works that fast: I was sipping coffee and surfing the internet when I looked up to see a security camera recording me, and feeding this near real-time data to a data center. I realized then that I had become part of the same digital world I was surfing. It hasn’t always been like this. It’s taken a long time for digital transformation to get where it is today. In general, it takes a lot more time, technology, and resources than the average person imagines. So what exactly is digital transformation all about? And why should we care about it any way? Well, there a

Join us at the ManageEngine User Conference in New Jersey!

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UserConf16
Drum roll please: The ManageEngine user conference is coming to New Jersey! Come join other ManageEngine users on June 1-2, 2016, in New Jersey and learn new ways to make managing your IT even more fun. We know—we didn’t think it was possible, either. You are invited to our two day event filled with presentations, hands on demonstrations, question and answer panels, and one-on-one sessions to help you make IT management simple, fast, and efficient. You can also network with our experts and other ManageEngine users. At UserConf16, you will gain insight into our solutions for IT service management, IT operations management, Windows Server and Active Directory management, Device management, and IT