System administrators boost skills development

System administrators lapped up information on security, documentation and risk analysis at the 10th annual SAGE-AU conference in Melbourne last week.

System administrators are showing as much interest in professional development as in technology matters if the attendance at this year's System Administrators Guild of Australia (SAGE-AU) conference is any indicator.

More than 200 delegates attended the conference, which included tutorials that ranged from technology to more managerial in nature.

SAGE-AU director Andrew Hennell said the conference was the most successful to date.

"Ongoing professional development is becoming critical for the system administrator. Companies are beginning to realise that they need to support the people who support their critical networks," he said.

Security topics were the most sought-after tutorials, followed by sessions on lightweight directory access protocol (LDAP) and documentation techniques. Trouble shooting, Perl development, management and risk analysis were also popular.

According to Hennell, the increased number of local speakers at the conference is indicative of a good local pool of knowledge.

"There was a time when international speakers were the key, but now we're seeing that Australian leaders are as good as, if not better than those from overseas. The depth of system administration and security knowledge within Australia is first rate."

The conference also included the annual awards ceremony, at which SAGE-AU recognised leaders in the system administration profession. Details can be found at the SAGE-AU website. (

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