Network Nasties The Number One Frustration Among Australian IT Managers


Research from Paessler highlights the biggest frustrations in Australian IT departments

Around six in ten Australian IT admins are frustrated by unexpected network issues in the workplace, and just over one third feel underappreciated. That’s according to Paessler, the network monitoring company, which compared and contrasted the views and opinions of 2,000 IT administrators across the world.

While 59 percent of Australian IT staff were frustrated by something in the network going wrong unexpectedly, only 49 per cent of Dutch managers felt the same frustration. Both markets compare favourably to those in the US, where 68 percent of IT administrators were frustrated by unexpected network problems.

More than one in three (34 percent) of Australian IT staff say they feel there is a lack of understanding and appreciation for what they do. This compares to 29 percent of IT administrators in Germany, 26 percent in the US and 23 percent in France. This frustration was most prominent among IT admins in the UK, at 46 percent.

End users reporting problems before IT knows about them was the second most stated frustration for IT admins at work, with more than half (52 percent) of Australian IT staff stating this. This was less of a frustration for their French and Dutch counterparts, at 45 percent.

“Information technology sits at the heart of the modern business, underpinning everything from production and back-office functions to customer interactions and order fulfilment,” says George Wilson, Director of Sales Operations – APAC, Paessler. “Operating without IT would be like operating without electricity. IT used to be firmly under the direction and control of a business’s IT department, but increasingly this is no longer the case. Trends such as BYOD, SaaS and cloud storage are allowing staff to source and use their own resources independently of the IT department.
“This survey suggests that Australian IT staff are feeling a sense of vulnerability with issues potentially originating from the users themselves, many no doubt due to human error. At the same time, there really does appear to be little appreciation for the work that IT staff do for their business.
“The IT administrator’s role is only really made apparent when something goes wrong. Indeed, tasked with deploying and managing hardware and software, the traditional view still holds that the IT department is not a group that can provide strategic vision and advice. This situation needs to change if organisations want to thrive. Rather than being predominantly labelled as a cost centre or reactive service provider, the IT department must be given the opportunity to become more innovative, and as a result, better positioned to take the lead role in digital transformation projects. Maybe then we will see frustrations dissipate among IT administrators.”

The survey also pointed to the lucky ones: 14 percent of Australian and UK IT staff claimed to have no frustrations at work, referencing a reliable monitoring solution as the reason for this. Austrian and Dutch staff were most likely to say they had no frustrations due to their monitoring software (38 and 33 percent respectively).

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Research methodology

The research surveyed more than 2,000 IT administrators in 110 countries in December 2018.

About Paessler AG

In 1997 Paessler revolutionised IT monitoring with the introduction of PRTG Network Monitor. Today over 200,000 IT administrators, in more than 170 countries, rely on PRTG to monitor their business-critical systems, devices and network infrastructures. PRTG monitors the entire IT infrastructure 24/7 and helps IT professionals to seamlessly solve problems before they impact users.

Our mission is to empower technical teams to manage their infrastructure, ensuring maximum productivity. We build lasting partnerships and integrative, holistic solutions to achieve this. Thinking beyond IT networks, Paessler is actively developing solutions to support digital transformation strategies and the Internet of Things.

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