Sys-Admin Appreciation Day
Just in case you weren’t aware, today is International Sys-Admin appreciation day.
It sounds a little silly, but there is a genuine reason for the day. It’s been running for nineteen years now, and is celebrated all around the world.
The idea is that we all pause for a moment and take a small amount of time to appreciate the industrious tech experts who work tirelessly behind the scenes keeping the systems that we need to do our work running smoothly.
They tend to be on call 24 hours a day, and the sad fact is that in a lot of case people only notice their sys-admin when something has gone wrong, so the relationship can often be a little strained at best. But however for the rest of today at least we should make a point of showing our appreciation.
Our Sys Admins
As you might expect for a company based on providing high level managed hosting we have a very capable tech team. That team has a number of people in it whose job title is Sys-Admin, but in reality the work they do goes a lot further than that.
Yes they keep our own systems up and running, but they also do the same for hundreds of companies around the world. As more and more companies undertake the journey to the cloud, the work our sys admins do is more and more specialised. They build and maintain complex digital environments, designed for highly specific tasks and they do it all day, every day, 365 days a year.
You’ve probably spoken to some of them if you’ve rung us at any point.
Paul is our Service Delivery Manager and heads up the team. He’s a former military man with a long history in providing high quality customer service. He’s pretty new to the role, but is doing great things already.
Brandon is the Team Leader. He’s a very experienced guy who spends most of his time quietly working away in the office supporting everyone else in the team.
Dan is a remarkable guy, he gets more positive feedback than anyone else in the company, mainly because he’s awesome.
Junior moved from Spain to work here and is always smiling. A former competitive swimmer he has rapidly proved to be completely indispensable.
Mark joined us very recently, and to be honest it feels like he’s been here ages. His knowledge, willingness, and problem solving ability have shown we’re very lucky to have him.
Adam left the military recently and wanted a complete change of career. He’s officially an apprentice Sys-Admin, but already has more knowledge than most people.
On top of these guys there are a few Subject Matter Experts (SME) who support the team and act as points of escalation for complex or time consuming issues.
Jon is one of the longest serving members of Wirehive and is our resident AWS expert.
Tim is our Linux guru and spends a lot of time doing things that look like magic to the rest of us.
Richard is our Windows expert and splits his time between working on customer IT projects, and keeping the rest of us running.
What we’re doing
We wanted to do something to show how much we appreciate the work they do here at Wirehive, but just ringing out for pizza seemed a bit of a cop out. So our CTO decided to do something a little different.
Yesterday was spent assembling our new pizza oven, and buying a truckload of toppings. Today we will be attempting to emulate dominos and create something worth eating. Of course first we have to have a big fight about whether pineapple is allowed or not.
What are you doing to celebrate your sys-admins? Send us a tweet and let us know!