Today we celebrate System Administrator Appreciation Day!

Love them or not, we cannot live without them – yes, we are talking about the System Administrators.

The ones who take care of your secure network, make sure that all the computers and devices are up and running, and try to solve any Internet issue ASAP 😉 and are generally responsible for the productive relationship between the employees and the technology in your company. And because the system administrators are so important for any organization, there is a special day to celebrate their work!

Annually last Friday of July is World System Administrator Appreciation Day.

Why do we celebrate System Administrator Appreciation Day?

The event (you will also find it written as Sysadmin Day, SysAdminDay, SAD, or SAAD) shows that we value the system administrators’ work, as they always appear when an urgent technical issue arises. And nevertheless, their favorite question is: “ Did you reboot?” we know that they take the company’s tech problems close to the heart and do their best to help solve them as fast as possible. 

If you are still wondering what exactly the System Administrator does in your company, we can quote Wikipedia:

“A system administrator is responsible for the upkeep, configuration, and reliable operation of computer systems, especially multi-user computers, such as servers. The sysadmin seeks to ensure that the uptime, performance, resources, and security of the computers they manage meet the users’ needs without exceeding a set budget when doing so.”

We can add that the sysadmin often has to work the whole night or during the weekends to ensure that the company’s systems will function properly the next day and you can continue with your daily tasks undisturbed. Sounds pretty serious?

That’s why probably on July 28, 2000, a system administrator named Ted Kekatos created the first System Administrator Appreciation Day. And the world embraced it!

celebrating sysadmin day

How to celebrate System Administrator Appreciation Day?

Some geek and Internet culture businesses like ThinkGeek or O’Reilly Media honor this day with special product offers, giveaways, or contests, which purpose is to increase the awareness of the system administrator profession among the Internet community.

There is a website dedicated to this important day – From there, you can get inspiration on showing appreciation to your System administrator’s colleagues. As you probably guessed, “very appropriate” presents are at the top of the list – Cake, Ice Cream, and Pizza :). So try to learn your system administrators’ preferred tastes and surprise them with their favorite pizza and ice cream dessert. You can also choose a more unorthodox way to show your recognition and to commemorate the day, including:

• funny custom t-shirts celebrating your SysAdmin personality
• send them a folk song dedicated to their hard work
• write them a heart-melting card, along with balloons and confetti, to sparkle their office space

thank you note

No matter how you choose to celebrate this special day, there is one thing you can do without having to wait for a special occasion. Thank you to your colleagues and system administrators, for the great work they do, for the great support they provide, and for the great help they offer during times of technical crisis.

Show that you truly appreciate the hard work and dedication of your System Administrators by making sure they know how outstanding their work is. When the systems and technology in your company work smoothly, be sure to let your sysadmin know. Because they certainly hear about it when they don’t. 

Happy System Administrator Appreciation Day! And do not forget the pizza! 🙂

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