It all started with cellphones. These everyday consumer technology products don’t just make and receive calls, they also communicate via email, SMS, MMS, social media, take pictures, entertain you with games, etc. Suddenly, convergent technology is no longer a luxury, now it’s an expectation.
This same expectation is now prevalent in the work place – specifically for SharePoint administrators. One discussion in a SharePoint group on LinkedIn had over 70 passionate explanations on “Why SharePoint Administrators Are So Rare”. Several sub-discussions on this topic mentioned the unrealistic expectation for admins to simultaneously fulfill the role of a developer in an organization. That’s a bit ironic considering that development is still very different from administration.
Specific job postings within that LinkedIn group revealed an even more unlikely combination for their requirements: “This candidate will be responsible for all aspects of the SharePoint environment and other web-driven applications including: design, architecture, security, health and performance, availability and reliability, and monitoring”. One contributor articulated that these expectations seek out an admin who is a “jack of all trades, master of none”.
In the end, it all comes down to the money. If any SharePoint enthusiast is offered enough of an incentive, the job title becomes irrelevant. But unfortunately, SharePoint in itself is a hefty investment for organizations that are hoping for better work efficiency and higher profits.
With GSX Monitor & Analyzer, organizations can have it all – a fully functioning SharePoint environment, a proactive and efficient work staff and a high-yield return on investment. GSX Monitor & Analyzer preventively addresses most of the fundamental issues that would typically require the magic of a SharePoint admin. Common problems include testing the real availability of SharePoint webservices and ensuring that the servers are reliable, up and running.
This solution steadily monitors the availability by constantly sending a barrage of tests to the system. Unlike other monitoring tools, GSX uniquely runs tests from the users perspective. To achieve this, the solution simulates real end user scenarios to anticipate any potential issues that could impact the business. The analysis component, GSX Analyzer, aggregates test data to accurately predict potential overloads and empower IT professionals to make well-informed recommendations on infrastructure adjustments or administer simple server guidelines.
The advantages of GSX have been a worldwide phenomenon – just ask Oxfam in the UK, PricewaterhouseCoopers in South Africa and even Dr. Notes in New Zealand! These organizations continue to rave about GSX’s easy installation and masterful administration that has saved precious time and money. For more information on these case studies and our products, please click here.