Evolution of the Modern Geek

By Darryl K. Taft  |  Posted 2014-02-20

To understand the evolution of the modern IT professional (or "geek"), SolarWinds recently asked 300 IT pros in the United States and Canada questions on topics such as recent and future infrastructure complexity drivers, needed IT pro skill sets and evolving job expectations. Findings from the New IT Survey shed light on how the ever-shifting role of the IT pro in today's technology-driven environment has evolved to a point where daily IT functions are now so crucial to business bottom lines that modern geeks are finally being given a seat at the business table. According to the survey, more than 94 percent of IT pros said infrastructure complexity has affected their roles and responsibilities over the past three to five years. Moreover, 99 percent of IT pros surveyed said they are at least occasionally given the opportunity to provide business advice. Furthermore, 95 percent of IT pros feel at least "somewhat confident" in their ability to provide this guidance, though only one-third are completely confident in doing so. In this slide show, eWEEK takes a 15-year look at how these folks have transformed from back-of-the-house IT pros into the influential technologists they are today.

Darryl K. Taft covers the development tools and developer-related issues beat from his office in Baltimore. He has more than 10 years of experience in the business and is always looking for the next scoop. Taft is a member of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) and was named 'one of the most active middleware reporters in the world' by The Middleware Co. He also has his own card in the 'Who's Who in Enterprise Java' deck.

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