What does the changing IT landscape mean for IT admins?
Many things. It demands that IT admins become business-aware and be equipped to transcend to roles beyond enabling IT. For instance, a typical IT admin may need to play the role of a developer, a quality analyst or a data analyst, even while remaining in control of IT operations. Moreover, with 74 percent of enterprises moving into multi-cloud environments, another area IT admins may need to tackle is cloud heterogeneity. Market consolidation, the exponential rise in cloud adoption and digitalization practically mandate blended expertise for IT admins of today and the roles that await them in future.
On top of all of that, IT admins are on the cusp of yet another digital revolution — dubbed by some as the third digital revolution — where they will have to keep up with market conditions to stay relevant. Until recently, it was widely speculated that IT admin jobs would be wiped out with these developments. Undeniably, traditional IT admin roles will fade away, but they will be replaced by far more exciting roles that deal with the cloud and digitalization. With the emergence of IoT and so many businesses being driven by user behavior, IT admins can foray into roles such as cloud architects, IoT architects, DevOps specialists and data scientists.
Just as writing has come to mean texting, blogging or any form of digital writing, the cloud today means one or all of the three Cs: computing, connectivity and communication. And just as nearly all thought to putting pen to paper has disappeared, all reference to the natural cloud is long forgotten. The three Cs have altered the way we consume services. The adage, "change is the only constant," holds true in the IT landscape like no other, forcing IT admins to constantly learn new skills and make strategic decisions.
In this slideshow Vidya Vasu, head of the ManageEngine Community, takes a closer look at how the role of the IT administrator is changing and how individuals can prepare.