Top 10 Traits of Successful IT Pros

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Be a team player

Never has the need to be a team player been greater than it is in IT today. There wasn't a lot of team playing in the 1980s, as there was not a huge IT infrastructure and most of the work was help desk work where being a team player simply meant dividing up the workload among the available staff. In the 1990s and 2000s, IT specialized significantly into silos, such as storage, networking, server administration (physical, email, database, etc.). Today, these silos are being broken down more and more, with greater virtualization and its resulting need to work across teams, as well as the move to SDN, software-defined storage (SDS) - indeed the software-defined data center (SDDC), if your company even has a data center anymore. More and more companies are moving to the cloud - how will you adapt? What skills are required by your company relative to cloud computing, etc.? These changes cross the boundaries of traditional silos of expertise and will require much greater cooperation among all members of IT.

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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