Why IT Managers Need To Stay Fit

IT management and development jobs are often portrayed as "desk jobs", requiring mental effort but nothing much in the way of physical labour. That might be true most of the time, but if you have to lug dozens of servers down the stairs of a multi-storey building, you'll soon be wishing you'd put in more hours at the gym.

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At the virtualisation press roundtable I attended earlier this week, talk turned to the extent to which companies were willing to move data operations away from traditional central city locations and into other locations. Power demands and disaster recovery concerns have made that more common, but more conservative businesses sometimes shy away from the change.

Kroll OnTrack's Adrian Briscoe mentioned that following last year's Brisbane floods, many CBD buildings were without power for extended periods. Companies which wanted to shift those servers to emergency locations had to remove them and carry them out, which proved an especially gruelling task for one company which had its main bank of servers on the 17th floor.

The lesson? The core on your processors isn't the only one you should be paying attention to.

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    To quote the old FW: FW: FW: email, shouldn't they need it so they can more effectively jump to conclusions, run everybody down, fly off the handle etc.?

    Surely there are much better reasons to get fit than "if there's a disaster and lifts aren't working, you might need to carry computers downstairs"..?

      Yeah, my first thought was "I got much better at dealing with stress and much happier in the workplace in general when I started working out more".

    If you're lugging dozens of servers around, you're not an IT manager - your job title probably ends in 'Engineer' or 'Administrator' instead.

    Even in the event of a flood, the people you manage will be doing most of the physical work. Your job is to organise everything.

      And we have a /thread :P

      Careful throwing the engineer word around. Real engineers get upset when the term is used loosely.

      More likely all hands to the pumps.

    I did work experience at HP back in high school (and thanks to my dads contacts, i got work in desktop support, not formatting disks like other kids got). One of my dozens of tasks was setting up new machines, one day that involved moving a large number of boxes from one building to another, i was quite exhausted after that.

    But i agree with Stove, IT Manager not so much physical labor (unless your IT Manager and IT Lacky in one as i was at one job)

      Some IT Managers are the only IT staff there. I did a temporary role at a university department with 450 users for 5 weeks. at the start of a semester There was 1 other staff member in the department who worked 2 days a week. The other 3 days the IT Manager was responsible for everything those days (Obviously the 5 weeks I was there, I was responsible for those tasks)

        As i said "unless your IT Manager and IT Lacky in one as i was at one job", i did 4 or so years at an accounting firm only had 25 or so users to work for though, i cant imagine supporting 450 all by myself.

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