Networking

The state of the network administrator today

Has your role as a network administrator changed in the last few years? What technology changes or related trends have affected your job the most? Answer these short poll questions to give us an idea of the state of the network administrator today.

There are a lot of trends and events that have affected IT over the last decade or so: a tumbling economy, outsourcing, the advent of virtualization technologies, moving applications to public or private clouds, and the ever-increasing tide of consumer devices on corporate networks, just to name a few.

If you identify yourself as a network administrator, no matter what size your organization (or maybe, a number of organizations over a span of 10 or 15 years), I'm curious to know how you think your role has changed. What tasks consume most of your time and energy on a daily basis? Are you now more of a generalist or are you a specialist in a particular technology? Do you find yourself squeezing every last bit of use out of legacy systems or have you been involved in brand new implementations?

In an attempt to get a more accurate snapshot of what network administrators are actually doing these days, please take a few minutes to look at the questions below and take the short polls. Your answers can help us better target the content that is of the most practical use to you.

If there are other significant changes in your job role, share them with us in the discussion and also explain any of your poll answers that you think need some context. Thanks for participating!

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