Sep 01 2015

Ipswitch Survey Reveals IT Pros Felt the Heat this Summer

Busted Laptops, BYOD and Less Vacation Time Can Make IT Pros Lose Their Cool

LEXINGTON, Mass. – September 1, 2015 – Ipswitch announced the findings of its inaugural Summertime Blues Survey that shows IT pros felt the heat this summer as they kept networks humming along for remote workers on vacation. Over the summer months, most organizations see a significant expansion in the number of remote workers, which can make the job of a network manager or sysadmin increasingly more difficult.

 

“The summer months are a busy time for IT pros as employees expect continuous unfettered access to company networks while working from home or on vacation. A single organization can find itself with a significant bump in remote workers, all of whom may need support and assistance,” said Jeff Loeb, Chief Marketing Officer at Ipswitch. “A unified network and server performance monitoring solution will help IT pros to solve network issues before they affect employees, wherever they are working.”

 

The survey, which polled 239 IT professionals in the United States, identified which issues were simply fun in the sun versus which were burning up resources with non-stop network problems. 

 

Remote workers with malfunctioning laptops create extra strain on IT professionals

One third (33 percent) of all survey respondents see nearly half of their colleagues working remotely during the summer. Forty-two percent of all respondents cited malfunctioning laptops as the top culprit, followed by network connectivity issues (32 percent) and poor application performance (16 percent).

 

An uptick in wireless devices accessing the network creates seasonal BYOD headaches for IT

An expansion of a remote workforce can lead to an influx of personal wireless devices attaching to the network to perform tasks, such as checking email. When asked what type of device they’d like to see eliminated from use on the corporate network, 49 percent of all IT pros surveyed chose tablets, followed by smartphones at 31 percent. Only 10 percent noted wearable technology which may speak to the limited scope of this market to date.

 

Appreciation and empowerment go a long way

On the heels of SysAdmin Day in late July, when asked what employees could do to show their appreciation, the top answer from IT pros (42 percent) was eliminating the shadow IT effect when employees download apps without telling or seeking permission. Nearly one third (29 percent) said they’d most appreciate if an employee reboots their computer before seeking assistance. In order to feel more empowered at work, 32 percent of IT professionals would like the ability to choose and buy technology, while 25 percent wanted to have X-ray vision to figure out the source of problems. It’s clear that the little things make the biggest difference for IT professionals.

 

Vacation time for IT professionals comes with baggage

One quarter of all survey respondents (25 percent) indicated that vacation time was more restricted for themselves and their teammates than other departments within their organization. Even when taking vacation, more than one quarter of all respondents (28 percent) admitted that they will be stressed over the state of their network while they are away.

 

Unified network and server performance monitoring can lower the temperature

The truth is that the problems IT pros face can be easier identified and solved when they have a unified view into their networks, applications and servers. It’s more important than ever to have a clear view of what’s happening on your network – including traffic, trends and potential issues – before they become a crisis. 

 

For IT pros who want to keep their cool, a recent Ipswitch webinar entitled “Conquer the Network Capacity Challenge” explores the following guidance:

  • Why capacity, not throughput, is the best metric for evaluating network effectiveness
  • How an end-to-end strategy giving you full visibility is the key to success
  • Ipswitch Survey Reveals IT Pros Felt the Heat this Summer WhatsUp Gold to identify partially negative trends and pinpoint issues down to the IP address, user and application

 

Ipswitch Summertime Blues Resources

 

Survey Methodology

Ipswitch’s Summertime Blues survey was conducted between July 22-29, 2015. The data reflects responses from 239 IT pros located across the United States.

 

About Ipswitch

Ipswitch helps solve complex IT problems with simple solutions. The company’s software has been installed on more than 150,000 networks spanning 168 countries to monitor networks, applications and servers, and securely transfer files between systems, business partners and customers. Ipswitch was founded in 1991 and is based in Lexington, Massachusetts with offices throughout the U.S., Europe, Asia and Latin America. For more information, visit www.ipswitch.com.