Top 10 Traits of Successful IT Pros

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Be adaptable continued

Adaptability is also critical at the macro level. Standard ways of doing things change all the time. PCs with mainframe access gave way to network servers, which led to server sprawl, which then led to the rise of virtualization that is evolving into cloud computing. Networking standards for PCs in the 1980s didn't really exist to any wide degree. We carried floppy disks between computers to share information or, if we were really cutting edge, shared data over a 9,600 bps modem. That gave way to ARCNET, Token Ring, FDDI, and ethernet physically and NetBEUI, IPX, and TCP/IP in the 1990s, which settled to TCP/IP over ethernet in the 2000s with many switches, routers and other devices to manage, control and secure traffic. Today, software-defined networking (SDN) and network functions virtualization (NFV) are changing the conversation in networking. Banyan Vines was superseded by Novell Netware, which was in turn replaced by Linux/UNIX and Windows servers. Programming, storage and many other areas have undergone similar transformations.

In each case, you need to adapt and change or get left behind with skills from the previous era that are no longer in demand.

What makes a successful IT professional? This has been discussed and debated and considered for years. While many technical abilities relate to a person's success – and all are vital – in this slideshow, John Hales, a Global Knowledge instructor, focuses on the general character attributes every IT pro should have and on the things that every IT pro should know or do. While general character attributes, like being ethical or inquisitive, are more difficult to learn and develop, professional skills, such as knowing when to say you don't know something or not being afraid to call technical support, can be learned and honed.

If you are considering becoming an IT professional, pay special attention to the character attributes to see if yours match. Anyone can improve in the "things you know or do" category, whether you are just starting out or have worked in the field for years.

John Hales, Global Knowledge Instructor, A+, Network+, CTT+, MCSE, MCDBA, MOUS, VCP, VCAP, VCI, EMCSA


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