The 16th Annual System Administrator Appreciation Day is Friday, July 31, 2015.
As we pay tribute to the heroic men and women who keep your computer workstation working and your network running, take a few minutes to understand the role of a system administrator
The many tasks of the sysadmin
A system administrator, or sysadmin, manages a computer network. At Smart Technology Info we reflect upon "The System Administrator and the Power User" to illustate how a sysadmin thinks in terms of managing systems rather than individual computers
The sysadmin maintains various generations of desktop computer hardware and workstation operating systems. They support various desktop installed software, as well as internet based computer applications. They're expected to know what applications work well with which web browser, and what plugins are needed for every website.
They may also be responsible for the local servers and network operating systems as well. Their many network duties could include monitoring internet security, and making sure the wireless network is functioning.
Depending on the size of the network the sysadmin may setup and maintain various user names and logins. They make sure end users are using proper procedures of accessing the network, and they are not wasting network resources watching silly videos not related to work.
The Apple brand ranks on top of Forbes’ list of the World’s Most Valuable Brands 2015. The fans of Apple need to give some thoughts on the success of the company based on comments made in recent Forbes article on "The World's Most Valuable Brands 2015."
An interesting point made in the Forbes World’s Most Valuable Brands article is that "Apple relies on its avid fan base more than Madison Avenue to promote its products." Samsung spends nearly $4 billion on advertising to sway consumers, Apple spent only one-third as much at $1.2 billion last year.
Apple's avid fan base should note that Forbes reports, "Apple is making money hand over fist" with an $18 billion profit in the fourth quarter, up 33% from the prior year.
Undercover reporters told stories of 12 to 16 hour shifts and working. One undercover reporter claimed working 18 days in a row despite repeated requests for a day off.
Apple moved some of its production work to Pegatron's factories on the outskirts of Shanghai after poor conditions in Chinese factories were highlighted in 2010 when 14 workers killed themselves at Apple's biggest supplier, Foxconn.