Ask [GAS]: Why IT is Fun Again

While reading the latest issue of ComputerWorld Canada today, I stumbled on an article titled “Why IT is fun again”, detailing why many IT professionals have started enjoying working in the field again. From the ever-increasingly powerful gadgets to users being less and less clueless about technology, the piece lists many love stories between tech pros and their jobs.

Unfortunately, the article isn’t available online, and pesky copyright laws prevent us from just copying and pasting the article here.

However, we can do something even better: Why don’t you tell us why YOU think IT is a fun field to work into again… or maybe for you it has always been fun and nothing changed? The comments section is open for your stories!

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16 Responses to Ask [GAS]: Why IT is Fun Again

  1. First off, I dont know if users being less clueless is a good thing. Everyone is an expert now and tries to tell me how to do my job. The CFO does not understand why a TB SAN costs so much money when she can go to Fry’s and get “the same thing” for under $100.

    That being said, the number of gadgets coming out is great. I love playing with toys and making them work. Newer (sort of) technology that has me excited is virtualization. I havent played with it yet but am preparing to do a few servers and very excited. Been many years since I have looked forward to a project.

    • Yeah, I can definitely relate to that. You don’t get much redundancy out of a regular 1 TB drive. :)

      Virtualization is definitely the hot thing right now… and it makes sense from pretty much all point of views to virtualize a good part of your server infrastructure. Hardware cost goes down, availability goes up, disaster recovery procedure become super easy. However, getting management to jump on the virtualization bandwagon isn’t always easy, depending on the organization where you’re working at.

  2. First off, I dont know if users being less clueless is a good thing. Everyone is an expert now and tries to tell me how to do my job. The CFO does not understand why a TB SAN costs so much money when she can go to Fry's and get "the same thing" for under $100.

    That being said, the number of gadgets coming out is great. I love playing with toys and making them work. Newer (sort of) technology that has me excited is virtualization. I havent played with it yet but am preparing to do a few servers and very excited. Been many years since I have looked forward to a project.

    • Yeah, I can definitely relate to that. You don't get much redundancy out of a regular 1 TB drive. :)

      Virtualization is definitely the hot thing right now… and it makes sense from pretty much all point of views to virtualize a good part of your server infrastructure. Hardware cost goes down, availability goes up, disaster recovery procedure become super easy. However, getting management to jump on the virtualization bandwagon isn't always easy, depending on the organization where you're working at.

  3. Working in IT has never been less fun.

    I work a helpdesk because out of school it’s the only job I could find, my CS degree is useless.

    Users are not less clueless, they only think they are, which is a bad thing.

    the deluge of new gadgets has caused me to have to deal with numerous nightmares as well as telling Iphone users they can’t sync thier phone to our exchange server because it’s not secure, and other such issues.

    Not to mention the jocks who went to business school still make 10X as much as I do, and all the cuts never come from them, they come from us.

    Now is the worst time to work in IT, and Iw ould never have majored in Computer Science had I known. I would have gotten by business degree and have a joke of a job where I go out drinking making infinately more money.

  4. Working in IT has never been less fun.

    I work a helpdesk because out of school it's the only job I could find, my CS degree is useless.

    Users are not less clueless, they only think they are, which is a bad thing.

    the deluge of new gadgets has caused me to have to deal with numerous nightmares as well as telling Iphone users they can't sync thier phone to our exchange server because it's not secure, and other such issues.

    Not to mention the jocks who went to business school still make 10X as much as I do, and all the cuts never come from them, they come from us.

    Now is the worst time to work in IT, and Iw ould never have majored in Computer Science had I known. I would have gotten by business degree and have a joke of a job where I go out drinking making infinately more money.

  5. Being geek is becoming more cool, and people now start to understand my gadget obsession (most importantly my girlfriend).

    But where I work the average age is 52 and I’m 23. Nobody wants to try anything new regardless of how much it will help them. It is nice to know that every company needs IT though. At least my interests will be relevant to other companies.

  6. Being geek is becoming more cool, and people now start to understand my gadget obsession (most importantly my girlfriend).

    But where I work the average age is 52 and I'm 23. Nobody wants to try anything new regardless of how much it will help them. It is nice to know that every company needs IT though. At least my interests will be relevant to other companies.

  7. For the last 12,5 years I’ve been working in IT and first of all: I mostly had fun. But maybe that’s because I hardly get in touch with users. I don’t know.

    I am a database consultant (I guess that is the word) and I worked at many customer’s sites for short and long assignments. I think that what made IT more fun was that I changed.

    I learned to get much more savvy at communicating and guarding what I deem acceptable. And I did not learn that on a training my boss sent me.

  8. I work a large pharma and support the workers at the 1st level, all those users have 4 year degrees and many are scientists or professionals in a field. Yet they are all clueless :).

    But I still enjoy my job because of my coworkers in IT, they are usually people that share common interests.

  9. For the last 12,5 years I've been working in IT and first of all: I mostly had fun. But maybe that's because I hardly get in touch with users. I don't know.

    I am a database consultant (I guess that is the word) and I worked at many customer's sites for short and long assignments. I think that what made IT more fun was that I changed.

    I learned to get much more savvy at communicating and guarding what I deem acceptable. And I did not learn that on a training my boss sent me.

  10. I work a large pharma and support the workers at the 1st level, all those users have 4 year degrees and many are scientists or professionals in a field. Yet they are all clueless :).

    But I still enjoy my job because of my coworkers in IT, they are usually people that share common interests.

  11. I am getting excited again from the changed we are getting in the network. Virtualization is awesome. Just upgraded from stand alone virtual servers to SCVMM from Micorosft and it is amaizing. Blackberries and smart phones in general are changing the way people communicate. Managed wireless systems are fun to play with. And tech podcasts like TWiT make me feel more connected since I am in a rural Alabama town and not too many real techies around to talk about this stuff with.

  12. I am getting excited again from the changed we are getting in the network. Virtualization is awesome. Just upgraded from stand alone virtual servers to SCVMM from Micorosft and it is amaizing. Blackberries and smart phones in general are changing the way people communicate. Managed wireless systems are fun to play with. And tech podcasts like TWiT make me feel more connected since I am in a rural Alabama town and not too many real techies around to talk about this stuff with.

  13. I.T. sux.
    I have more education and twice the IQ of half of the company combined, yet I make 1/4 what they do.
    If your in collage now, CHANGE YOUR MAJOR! and FAST!

  14. I.T. sux.

    I have more education and twice the IQ of half of the company combined, yet I make 1/4 what they do.

    If your in collage now, CHANGE YOUR MAJOR! and FAST!

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