What is a system administrator?

A system administrator is an information technology professional who supports a multiuser computing environment and ensures continuous, optimal performance of IT services and support systems.

Sysadmins are responsible for ensuring the uptime of their companies computers, servers and internet -- basically "keeping the lights on" to limit work disruptions. This includes system maintenance and configuration, such as installing and troubleshooting hardware and software and assessing new technologies for their companies.

Discussion triggers

  1. What are the top skills needed by system administrators?
  2. How do sys admins contribute to the overall health of a company?
  3. What challenges do sys admins face?
  4. What courses help one become a SAS system administrator?
  5. How do you stay up-to-date as a sys admin?

Further reading

A day in the life of the SAS Platform Administrator

Report Center: SAS SysAdmin's secret weapon

Training & Exam Preparation: Platform Administrator