12 effective habits of indispensable IT pros

Ditch the slackers, take on dirty work, do it with data -- here's how to get the inside track on a highly rewarding career in IT

By , InfoWorld |  IT Management, cloud computing, data centers

Effective IT habit No. 1: Get down to business

You may be your organization's most talented developer or dedicated systems administrator, but if you don't know what the business is selling or what service it's providing, you're an unemployment statistic waiting to happen.

First step: Learn as much about the business as you possibly can, advises Mark A. Gilmore, president and co-founder of Wired Integrations.

"Once you understand how the company works, you can use your IT knowledge to improve the company -- thus making yourself more valuable and less dispensable," Gilmore says.

"Don't look at things from strictly an IT perspective," he says. "Widen your vision to see how things relate to the business world around you. That will make you more valuable than 20 technical certifications and a master's degree will."

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