Only 18 percent fear artificial intelligence will replace them, security remains a paramount concern
SYDNEY, Australia – September 13, 2017 – SolarWinds, a leading provider of powerful and affordable IT management software, today announced the findings of its Little-Known Facts survey exploring the daily lives of Australian IT professionals and the demands they’re facing. The results reveal that despite ongoing industry hype, Australian IT professionals don’t fear artificial intelligence (AI) will take their jobs anytime soon, instead their greatest concern (91 percent) is a security breach.
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. The results also reveal IT professionals are closer to machines than ever before, spending more time communicating with their IT monitoring systems than people. Thirty-four 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.
“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. “It’s great to see that Australian IT professionals don’t fear the machine. However, it’s also important to note that the more we rely on technology, the more we need to upgrade our skills accordingly. Today’s IT professional should prepare themselves and their systems for human-machine partnerships to fully reap the benefits of AI and be empowered rather than displaced by the technology.”
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:
“In 2016, we found that IT is everywhere, and end-users were expanding IT beyond the traditional four walls of their organisations. 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,” said Kim.
Fielded in July 2017, the survey was conducted by C. White Consulting on behalf of SolarWinds and yielded responses from 93 IT practitioners, managers and directors in Australia. Full survey results are available here.
Girls in Tech
In honour of IT Pro Day, SolarWinds is proudly donating to Girls in Tech in support of their inspiring vision. We hope you’ll contribute too!
Girls in Tech (GIT) is a global non-profit focused on the engagement, education and empowerment of girls and women who are passionate about technology. With headquarters in San Francisco, and more than 50,000 members around the globe, GIT aims to accelerate the growth of women entering high-tech careers and provide a support framework for successful startups and advancement in STEM fields.
“Girls in Tech is utilising the power of technology to bring women together to shape their future and democratise the world,” said Rani Johnson, CIO, SolarWinds. “SolarWinds is proud to support the vision of Girls in Tech with a donation to help further their mission. Technology has become more complex than ever, impacting both IT professionals and end users in a variety of ways, and we’re thrilled to contribute to GIT to facilitate learning and skills building within the STEM fields.”
Visit girlsintech.org for more information.
IT Professionals Day
IT Professionals Day is designed to annually celebrate all IT professionals regardless of discipline. Whereas holidays such as System Administrator Appreciation Day do well at recognising one category of the profession, IT Professionals Day honours not only system administrators, but network engineers, database administrators, information security professionals, developers, IT support technicians and all other professionals serving in IT-related roles.
Please visit ITProDay.org to learn more.
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SolarWinds provides powerful and affordable IT management software to customers worldwide, from Fortune 500® enterprises to small businesses, managed service providers (MSPs), government agencies, and educational institutions. We are committed to focusing exclusively on IT, MSP, and DevOps professionals, and strive to eliminate the complexity that our customers have been forced to accept from traditional enterprise software vendors. Regardless of where the IT asset or user sits, SolarWinds delivers products that are easy to find, buy, use, maintain, and scale while providing the power to address key areas of the infrastructure from on-premises to the cloud. This focus and commitment to excellence in end-to-end hybrid IT performance management has established SolarWinds as the worldwide leader in both network management software and MSP solutions, and is driving similar growth across the full spectrum of IT management software. Our solutions are rooted in our deep connection to our user base, which interacts in our THWACK online community to solve problems, share technology and best practices, and directly participate in our product development process. Learn more today at www.solarwinds.com.
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