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Happy IT Pro Day 2018

Perhaps the best part of being an IT pro—of being a technology professional in general—is that you don’t really have a choice. It’s an irrepressible self-nomination to a task force of incredibles, who prefer to wield their powers out of sight, but hope the results change the world for the better. And when you rise to the calling, it’s in many ways a relief. Think about it. How often do you question your career choice? Absolutely we question the specific area of tech (or at least I do every now and then) but never the field. How many people do you know in other jobs that can say that?

It doesn’t matter if you’re just starting out or have been shredding the command line for 30 years. Today you might be reallocating hundreds of containers for a global process queue, but you were probably just as excited back when you took over Group Policy management in desktop support or terminated your first cable. We are happiest engineering the changes that make other people’s lives better, and ideally without visible fuss.

Once again, IT Pro Day is a chance to thank all those who keep the wheels of IT turning while making it all look easy. It’s a day to celebrate the increasingly enormous diversity of the technologies that IT pros manage. And this year I hope that you all sense something in the ether: that smart businesses are beginning to listen when we make suggestions to help. That “civilians” are less and less interested in the peculiarities of our specific jobs and are more and more interested in the fact we are technology professionals. Less that we are experts in one thing, and more that we can become experts in almost anything.

Maybe the world of business is finally sequencing the IT pro genome only to discover it’s our common helpfulness and flexibility chromosomes that define our species, not just a penchant for jargon or geek humor. Or maybe it’s that we continue to follow our passion to go where we can help, and we realize it’s not just systems, but our business that benefit from a little professional advice.

So, here’s to you, the unassuming heroes who keep technology working. We know who you are and we’re really glad you came to work today.


Patrick Hubbard

Level 14

Yep, 30 years an IT pro and still learning new stuff.  Not many professions can say that.

Level 14

Happy IT Pro day!

Level 13

Happy IT Pro day!

I send my respects to those of the profession who innovate, and those of us who clean up after them.  We're all one team, fighting the good fight.

Level 13


Happy IT Pro Day everyone!


Thank you to everyone at Solarwinds for making IT easier to manage for us IT pro's out in the trenches..

I have the urge to change my title to "Security Chaos Monkey".


Level 13

So true.  There are definitely frustrations, but I've never had a moments doubt that this was the career for me.  Just wish there were less politics so I could fix more stuff.

Level 20

I almost became a Ceramic Engineer but while in school I realized it was Computer Science for me.


It's amazing how much learning and growing takes place in this industry. As I've changed jobs and locations there is so much to learn at my new position. I went from supporting a hospital to supporting traffic systems for several different groups and agencies. Far different.

About the Author
I'm the Head Geek and technical marketing director at SolarWinds, (which basically means I'm an mature geek in the services of the product team). When I say geek I mean Geek, with extreme prejudice. I started writing assembly on my Apple II, got a BITNET email account in 1984, ran a BBS @ 300 baud, survived X.25, abused Token Ring, got some JavaScript award love in '96, and my hack flight notification service still backs Along the way in various jobs I’ve been a developer, SE, PM, PMM, and now principal evangelist. (Let us all join hands around the server.) Over 10 years at SolarWinds I’ve hatched our online live demo systems, managed the SolarWinds Certified Professional program, launched the Head Geek program, helmed SolarWinds Lab and THWACKcamp, and these days I’m focused on the hairball that is Hybrid IT, Cloud, DevOps and helping IT admins learn new skills not just to manage increasing complexity, but accelerate their careers. I’m always looking for new and more fiendish ways to use our products- just like our customers. And when I have a few spare minutes I fly a little when the weather is good.