When it comes to Houston IT specialists, there are a ton of professionals in the field. Of course, anyone can say they are an IT specialist because they work on a computer here and there. They fix a modem or two, or they’re the person who keeps the toner full on the company printer.
That, however, is not even approaching the pinnacle of the skillsets of a true IT specialist. An IT specialist is something that requires extensive knowledge of all aspects of information technology. It is more than just computers and modems. It’s networking, it’s IT security, it’s server migration…the list goes on and on.
But, what it really boils down to is that being an IT specialist requires a combination of extensive education, inherent aptitude, and a native attraction to the world of IT.
Being An IT Specialist Requires Thorough Education & Training
A true IT specialist has typically undergone many credit hours of schooling and earned at least a bachelors degree in the field. They have also taken specialized certification courses which can include:
- Microsoft Certified IT Professional (MCITP)
- Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA)
- CompTIA (A+, Network+, Security+)
Advanced and veteran IT specialists will go even further and acquire their Master’s degree and deal with more advanced systems, threats, and solutions. Their schooling has gone into very deep concepts, system studies and skillsets not possessed by your average in-house IT “specialist.” Advanced IT specialists delve into advanced courses that teach skills focused on:
- SQL Query Design
- File Authentication and Encryption
- Information Systems Project Management
- Advanced Intelligent Networking
- Anti-Malware/Virus Algorithms and Detection
IT Specialists Must Have Certain Personality Traits
It’s not enough to just attain the degrees necessary to earn the title of IT specialist, one must also have a personality and aptitude that is compatible with the field. Anyone can pass the educational course studies, but in order to be successful—you must have the mind and love that can do something with that education.
A successful IT specialist will possess at least the following aptitudes and personality traits that will take them far in this highly competitive field.
Must Love Technology
Let’s face it, IT is all about technology. If you don’t get excited about conventions such as the Consumer Electronics Show (CES), IBM Think, or EmTech Digital—IT is not a good fit. When you love something you do for a living, you’ll never work a day in your life. That’s because your work is something your passionate about and people can see that and want to experience what you do. In terms of the IT field that can be your boss, your colleagues, and most importantly, clients.
The reason why people are drawn to those that love their job is that those are people that will show their passion in the quality of their work, their commitment to excellence, and their work ethic. No one wants to hire someone who hates their trade and is only doing it for a paycheck.
At Marimon, we love what we do, love to take on challenges and difficult tasks, and love to wow our clients with our service. We only hire IT specialists that are here for the love of the trade first and foremost.
An IT specialist worth their salt will really have extensive and intricate knowledge of Data. Data is the absolute life source of any business in the modern world. Understanding that data, how it is incorporated into daily operations and knowing the company’s data flow is imperative.
Our IT specialists fully understand that if you can understand the data flow of a business, you will also understand their business model and their internal procedures. This is why we are so successful at providing the best IT services in Houston for decades.
Understand The Businesses They Serve
Companies are no longer expecting only IT skills from their IT specialists or managed services provider. They want IT service providers that have a closer alignment with the fundamentals and nuances of their business. Essentially, an IT specialist can’t just be the smartest tech geek in the room—they need to be the tech geek that also knows the client’s business on a deep level.
This is why we work so closely with our clients to really get to know their business, their concerns, and their goals. When our IT specialists have a solid grasp of the businesses we serve, they are able to tailor our services in a manner that best suits that specific client.
Can Translate Techspeak To English
If you want to alienate a client quickly in the IT field—just speak tech to them. Using jargon like LAMP stack, hashtext, and kernel level attack will only confuse a client and exclude them.
We make sure our IT specialists can converse about tech with non-technical people just as well as they can with their colleagues. In fact, we pride ourselves on making tech concepts understandable to even the most non-technical people. We do this because if you know what is going on with your IT in terms you understand—you may have valuable input on how we can better serve you.
Always Seeks Improvement
There is no room for arrogance and pride in the IT solutions field. That’s just pretty cut and dry. The reason is that technology changes and advances at an insanely fast pace. What you know about IT today can change radically in less than three months. New technology suddenly explodes and becomes the new standard, old technology that was new six months ago is suddenly facing obsoletion.
Our IT specialists remain humble because they are always excited to learn about the next big thing, the next improvement in tech. They thrive on staying on the cutting edge of IT solutions and we have built our reputation on it.
Is A Believer In Teamwork
When it comes to IT solutions, no man is an island—this field is all about competence by committee. Working well within a team environment with solid ethics and communication skills is far more successful than going at it alone.
That is why at Marimon, we assemble teams of specialists that each has their own specific expertise but an overall thorough knowledge of all aspects of IT. This ensures quality work when several sets of eyes are on the project. We are able to deliver unmatched quality to our clients with this team approach.
Has Innovative Big Picture Thinking
In IT you absolute must be a creative thinker. When problems arise that are out of the ordinary, you must be able to come up with solutions that are just as far out as the problem. Creating new processes, repurposing old technology in new ways, finding workarounds to incompatibility issues and more is a priceless resource.
Marimon IT specialists are vetted heavily and in that process, we test for situational awareness and adaptability to complete a project that comes with unusual challenges. This is why we are comfortable taking on any project no matter the complexity or obstacles.
Uses Obstacles As Opportunities To Learn
When business processes and your IT processes work together smoothly it’s an awesome feeling. That’s easy to feel that way though when all is running perfectly as planned. The real challenge is keeping that same perspective and positive attitude when things aren’t working at all as planned.
When things go wrong, a good IT specialist must know how to use obstacles ad learning opportunities and welcome the challenge as enthusiastically as they do their successes.
Marimon IT specialists love opportunities to learn, even if they are born out of failure. Our mentality behind this thinking is that without failure there is no sharpening of the skills. When Marimon specialists can’t get a process to work, they look forward to the opportunity to learn why it’s not working. This is what separates us from many other providers.
Do You Want The Houston IT Specialists Businesses Trust?
If you want to rest assured that your IT infrastructure is in good hands and always optimized to serve your company’s needs—you need Marimon. Businesses trust us because we know technology, we know customer service, and we know how to make the impossible happen. Contact us today to see what we can do for your company.