From the Wires
Aussie Network Administrators Face Both Growing Power and Responsibility as IT Budgets Tighten
SolarWinds Survey Finds Network Administrators Hold Sway Over IT Decisions but Feel Hampered by Higher Workload
By: Marketwired .
Jan. 9, 2013 04:30 PM
BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA -- (Marketwire) -- 01/09/13 -- SolarWinds (NYSE: SWI), a leading provider of powerful and affordable IT management software, today announced the results of an Australian survey which measured the evolving network administrator's role and their pain points. The results reveal that despite holding significant influence over organisational IT matters, network administrators believe tightening budgets and growing responsibilities will curtail how they perform their roles.
The survey completes the third part in a series of studies conducted across Australia, the US and the UK. The study of more than 300 Australian network administrators captures attitudes and preferences on both a personal and professional level, from their enjoyment and frustrations of their jobs to their favourite video games and car choices.
Results show that insufficient budget is the most common job frustration for network administrators, while 69 percent expect their 2013 budgets to decrease or remain flat. Despite nearly half of all network administrators controlling the final decisions in all IT matters in their organisations, 62 percent of them feel that most of the company doesn't understand what they do.
Some of the key findings from the study include:
Despite these changes, network administrators have a mostly positive outlook on their role in the future, with 79 percent saying they feel more satisfied in their careers than 2-3 years ago. The majority of network administrators feel they have adequate resources to get their work done, both in terms of software and hardware (73 percent) and organisational support (69 percent).
"As financial uncertainty and contracting economic conditions continue to affect markets worldwide, IT managers are having to take on more and more specialist and general responsibilities alike," said Doug Hibberd, SolarWinds' EVP of Engineering and general manager, APAC. "However, network administrators also feel that their input and control in the business has increased as a result, granting them added impetus in driving IT policy even with more constraints on their budgets and growing technical complexity."
The survey also revealed insights into the social interests of Australian system administrators. "Super Mario Brothers" is their most-loved video game (22 percent), while "Lord of the Rings" (19 percent) just trumps "Star Wars" (16 percent) as their favourite movie. More network administrators claim to drive Batmobiles (4 percent) than bicycles (2 percent).
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