Kaseya Celebrates and Rewards Techies on SysAdmin Day 2017

Together We Are Strong

Friday, July 28 is the 18th annual SysAdmin Day. At Kaseya, we service two classes of admins — those who work within internal IT and those who are technicians at MSPs.

We love both kinds! In honor of your work, we aren’t celebrating just the day – we are also going to keep the party going for weeks.

That is the goal of the Kaseya SysAdmin Day contest and celebration. Here you, presumably a technical pro, can get free Heroes of IT wallpaper and custom T-shirts, or win a $500 Loot Box! This is in addition to what you may (or may not) get from your less-appreciative co-workers who we know can barely compute without you.

SysAdmin Day is focused on giving tech folks the thank you’s they deserve. We applaud that. But even more so, Kaseya is here to help you do your job better and keep the end users you are charged with protecting safe.

Our Sys Admin vision focuses on four components: attackers, defenders, support, and automation specialists.

On the attacker front, modern-day IT and service providers need to protect businesses’ existing customers and create a safe environment for expansion. Service providers in addition to this must create strong, regular revenue and solutions that drive new services and promote customer acquisition.

One solution to all these needs stands out: Kaseya’s Powered Services enables you with go-to-market strategies to help you deploy new revenue-generating services and the technology to deliver.

Defenders are experts in security that deal with patching, compliance, and system vulnerabilities, as well as making sure access is secure. Here we suggest strong authentication through two-factor authentication and single sign-on as well as system monitoring and automated patching.

Your support groups have much to worry about. To keep things smooth and secure, these folks must be efficient and focused on end-user satisfaction. This staff must be proactive and able to quickly get to the root cause of system problems.

The key here? Using professional services automation software to streamline operations on both the service and business fronts and reducing costs.

Finally, your organization, whether you think of it this way or not, actually deploys tanks. These are not tons of reinforced steel, but rather refer to specialists in automation. These folks often craft the scripts that resolve your most common IT issues.

The answer here? A remote monitoring and management solution that uses scripts in a smart way — rule sets, policy management, and more.

Some SysAdmin Day History

SysAdmin Day, now in its 18th consecutive year, is described by its creator as “the single greatest 24 hours on the planet … and pretty much the most important holiday of the year. It’s also the perfect opportunity to pay tribute to the heroic men and women who, come rain or shine, prevent disasters, keep IT secure and put out tech fires left and right,” the group extolled.

It all began in the summer of 2000, created by Ted Kekatos, a system admin. This now yearly special day happens on each July 28th – the date never changes.

Kekatos got the idea when reading a magazine ad by HP celebrating the fact that an admin had just installed new printers and was given gifts by his end users. Kekatos had just accomplished the same feat.

“Your network is secure, your computer is up and running, and your printer is jam-free. Why? Because you’ve got an awesome SysAdmin (or maybe a whole IT department) keeping your business up and running. So say IT loud; say IT proud …,” the group said.

There are serious and semi-silly aspects to the day, but it is first and foremost an appreciation for these often-unsung heroes that keep our networks, devices, and applications working. If you like the funny nature of this celebration, be sure to check out this little ditty we found on YouTube.

Posted by Doug Barney
Doug Barney was the founding editor of Redmond Magazine, Redmond Channel Partner, Redmond Developer News and Virtualization Review. Doug also served as Executive Editor of Network World, Editor in Chief of AmigaWorld, and Editor in Chief of Network Computing.
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