Does Exchange Light Your Fire?

Perhaps SysAdmins are more motivated by the human and psychology-orientated parts of the job than the merely technical. Do you feel appreciated and valued? Or are you just seen as Mr Fix-It when things go wrong?

This is my sixth editorial for Simple Talk Exchange and I always make a point of not merely listing the articles that appear in the newsletter. If I did then there would be no justification for my editorial’s existence.

However, and fully prepared to be called a hypocrite (I’ve been called worse!), this time I’m going to make an exception. It is the start of a New Year so why not? But with no more Jim Morrison references I’m afraid.

We’ve been publishing mostly Exchange articles to date and the number of comments and votes on those articles has, I have to admit, been lower than I was expecting. To try and remedy your apparent hesitancy to engage in dialogue I have launched a new non-technical column – Confessions of a SysAdmin – written by Matt Simmons.

And it appears to have hit the spot! Matt’s first article, A SysAdmin’s Guide to Change Management, before being featured in this newsletter, already has loads of interest. So I’m beginning to think that SysAdmins are perhaps more motivated by the human and psychology-oriented parts of the job than the merely technical. If you think that might be true, let us know what topics in particular are likely to be of interest: How to herd end-users without a cattle prod? Proven negotiating strategies when buying hardware? What your cable colour-coding says about your character? Do you feel appreciated and valued? Or are you just seen as Mr Fix-It when things go wrong? What topics would get you talking?

Share your thoughts here. The most interesting response will get a $25 Amazon voucher, and I look forward to reading them.

Happy New Year to you all,

Michael Francis