Key Responsibilities

With a wide range of responsibilities, IT Support Specialists keep the wheels turning and systems running smoothly. From troubleshooting technical issues to implementing upgrades, their expertise is paramount. Join us as we delve into the key responsibilities that make IT support specialists indispensable in today’s digital landscape. To start with, we can sum up all the duties of an IT Support Expert, in 5 main categories:
     1. Technical Support
     2. System Monitoring and Maintenance
     3. Hardware and Software Installation and Configuration
     4. Data Security
     5. IT Equipment Upgrades and Advice


ti kanei enas technikos 1


Technical Support

Technical Support is a vital function in organizations, focusing on providing assistance, guidance, and solutions for users encountering technical issues with computer systems, hardware, software, and other technology-related aspects. Its main objective is to enable individuals and organizations to effectively utilize their technological resources for their tasks and operations.

Technical support involves various key aspects:

     1. Troubleshooting and Issue Resolution: Technical support specialists diagnose and resolve technical issues. They analyze error messages, perform system tests, and apply problem-solving techniques to identify root causes and provide effective solutions promptly.
     2. Communication and Customer Service: Strong communication skills are crucial for technical support. Specialists must listen attentively, ask relevant questions, and offer clear instructions or explanations. Excellent customer service ensures positive and helpful interactions, even in challenging situations.
     3. Documentation and Knowledge Base: Technical support personnel maintain documentation of common technical issues and solutions. This knowledge base streamlines troubleshooting processes, reduces resolution time, and enables self-service options for users.
     4. Remote Support and Access: Technical support often involves assisting users remotely. Specialists use remote desktop software, conduct video or phone calls, or leverage remote support tools to diagnose and resolve problems without physical presence.
     5. Escalation and Collaboration: Complex cases may require escalation or collaboration with other teams. Technical support specialists effectively communicate and coordinate with higher-level support or other departments to address intricate technical challenges.Continuous Learning and Professional Development: Technical support professionals stay updated with the latest technologies, trends, and best practices through continuous learning, self-study, training, and certifications. This ensures their ability to address emerging issues and provide optimal solutions.

Day-to-day Examples

     • Resolving logged errors in a timely manner.
     • Troubleshoot technological issues and solve problems quickly to ensure smooth business operations.
     • Performing diagnostic tests.


Products that help us support our clients better:

     • GFI HelpDesk
     • N-able MSP Manager
     • N-able Take Control
     • TeamViewer


ti kanei enas technikos 2


System Monitoring and Maintenance

System Monitoring and Maintenance is a crucial aspect of the responsibilities of an IT support person. It involves the ongoing monitoring, upkeep, and optimization of an organization’s computer systems, networks, and related hardware and software components to ensure their smooth and efficient operation. Here is a detailed description of System Monitoring and Maintenance:
     1. Monitoring Performance: IT support personnel continuously monitor the performance of computer systems, networks, servers, and other critical infrastructure components. They use various monitoring tools and techniques to track key performance indicators, such as CPU usage, memory utilization, network traffic, and disk space availability. By proactively identifying and addressing performance issues, they help maintain system stability and prevent potential bottlenecks.
     2. Patch Management and Updates: IT support specialists are responsible for applying software patches, updates, and security fixes to the organization’s systems. They stay up to date with the latest patches released by software vendors and ensure that they are applied promptly to address vulnerabilities, enhance system functionality, and protect against potential threats.
     3. Hardware and Software Maintenance: IT support personnel perform routine maintenance tasks on hardware and software components. This includes cleaning, inspecting, and servicing computer equipment, replacing faulty parts, and upgrading hardware components when necessary. They also ensure that software applications are up to date, compatible, and properly licensed, addressing any issues that may arise.
     4. Backup and Recovery: A critical aspect of system maintenance is implementing and managing data backup and recovery strategies. IT support specialists set up and configure regular data backups to protect against data loss. They also test the backup systems periodically to ensure data integrity and develop comprehensive recovery plans to minimize downtime in the event of a system failure or data loss.
     5. System Optimization: IT support professionals work on optimizing system performance and efficiency. They analyze system logs, identify performance bottlenecks, and fine-tune configurations to maximize system resources and improve response times. This may involve adjusting network settings, optimizing database queries, or implementing caching mechanisms to enhance overall system performance.
     6. Documentation and Reporting: System monitoring and maintenance activities are documented to track changes, record system configurations, and maintain an audit trail of maintenance activities. IT support personnel also generate reports on system performance, maintenance activities, and any identified issues or trends. These reports provide valuable insights for decision-making, resource planning, and identifying areas for improvement.


Day-to-day Examples

     • Monitoring hardware, software, and system performance metrics.
     • Updating computer software as well as upgrading hardware and systems.
     • Performing regular maintenance for phone systems, computer systems, printers, network systems, and other technical equipment.

Products that help us support our clients better:

     • PRTG
     • MDaemon
     • Security Center
     • Nessus Professional
     • Redgate SQL Monitor


ti kanei enas technikos 3


Hardware and Software Installation and Configuration

Hardware and software installation/upgrades are essential responsibilities of an IT support person. They involve the deployment, configuration, and maintenance of hardware devices and software applications within an organization’s technology infrastructure. Here is a more detailed description:
     1. Hardware Installation: IT support specialists are responsible for installing and setting up new hardware components, such as computers, servers, printers, network devices, and peripherals. They ensure proper physical installation, connect devices to power sources and networks, and configure them to meet organizational requirements. This includes installing drivers, configuring network settings, and conducting initial testing to ensure proper functionality. IT support personnel also handle hardware inventory management, tracking assets, and maintaining accurate records of hardware assets and their configurations.
     2. Software Installation: IT support professionals are tasked with installing and configuring software applications across the organization’s systems. They ensure that software is installed correctly, licensed properly, and integrated seamlessly into the existing technology environment. This includes installing operating systems, productivity software, security tools, and specialized software applications required for specific tasks or departments. IT support personnel also handle software updates, ensuring that applications are kept up to date with the latest patches and versions to maintain security and functionality.
     3. Software Upgrades: IT support specialists oversee software upgrade processes, which involve transitioning to newer versions or releases of software applications. They plan and execute upgrade strategies, ensuring minimal disruption to users and system operations. This includes conducting compatibility tests, backing up data, migrating configurations, and performing post-upgrade testing and troubleshooting. IT support personnel also provide user training and support during software upgrades to familiarize users with new features and functionalities.
     4. Hardware Upgrades: IT support professionals manage hardware upgrade projects, which involve replacing or enhancing existing hardware components to improve performance, capacity, or capabilities. They assess hardware requirements, select suitable upgrades, coordinate with vendors, and carry out the installation and configuration processes. Hardware upgrades may include installing additional RAM, upgrading storage devices, or replacing outdated components to meet evolving business needs and ensure optimal system performance.
By effectively managing hardware and software installations, as well as upgrades, IT support professionals contribute to the seamless functioning of an organization’s technology infrastructure, ensuring that users have access to up-to-date and properly configured hardware and software resources.

Day-to-day Examples

     • Installing all new technology for the company, including computer operating systems, software programs and applications, new desktops, and other computer hardware.
     • Ensuring computers are backed up to save files in case of system crashes.

Products that help us support our clients better:

     • Parallels Desktop for Mac
     • Parallels RAS
     • Kerio Connect


ti kanei enas technikos 4

Data Security and Documentation:

Data Security and Documentation are critical aspects of an IT support person’s responsibilities, focusing on safeguarding sensitive information and maintaining accurate records. Here you can find out a bit more:

     Data Security: IT support personnel are responsible for implementing and maintaining data security measures within an organization. This involves setting up firewalls, implementing data encryption, managing user access controls, and conducting regular security audits. They monitor and respond to potential cybersecurity threats, such as malware or unauthorized access attempts. By ensuring data security, they protect the organization’s sensitive information from unauthorized access, data breaches, or loss.

     Documentation: IT support specialists maintain accurate documentation of processes, configurations, and troubleshooting procedures. They document system configurations, network layouts, software licenses, and other technical details. This documentation serves as a reference for troubleshooting, knowledge sharing, and ensuring consistency in system setups. It helps streamline support processes, onboard new team members, and maintain compliance with regulatory requirements. Accurate documentation also facilitates effective communication and collaboration with other teams, enabling efficient problem-solving and decision-making.
By prioritizing data security and maintaining detailed documentation, IT support professionals contribute to the organization’s overall resilience, compliance, and efficient functioning of its technology systems.

Day-to-day Examples

     • Maintaining databases and ensuring system security.
     • Keeping track of technological advancements and trends in IT support.
     • Running security checks on all systems to ensure protection from cybersecurity threats.
     • Documenting processes.

Products that help us support our clients better:

     • Altraro VM Backup
     • Altaro Office 365 Backup
     • GFI MailEssentials
     • GFI LanGuard
     • GFI Archiver
     • Lepide Data Security Platform
     • Malwarebytes
     • Malwarebytes managed detection and response


ti kanei enas technikos 5

IT Equipment Upgrades and Advice

IT Equipment Upgrades and Advice is a crucial aspect of an IT support person’s responsibilities. It involves assessing, recommending, and implementing upgrades for hardware and software components within an organization’s technology infrastructure.
     1. Assessment and Evaluation: IT support specialists evaluate the existing IT equipment to identify areas that require upgrades or enhancements. They assess hardware specifications, software compatibility, performance metrics, and user requirements to determine the most suitable upgrade options. This assessment may include analyzing the age and condition of hardware, identifying bottlenecks or outdated components, and considering the organization’s future needs.
     2. Recommendation and Planning: Based on the assessment, IT support personnel provide expert advice and recommendations on equipment upgrades. They consider factors such as budget constraints, compatibility with existing systems, scalability, and technology trends. They collaborate with stakeholders, such as IT managers and department heads, to understand their specific requirements and align the upgrades with the organization’s strategic goals. They develop a detailed plan outlining the recommended upgrades, timelines, cost estimates, and potential benefits.
     3. Procurement and Installation: IT support specialists assist in procuring the necessary hardware and software components for the upgrades. They coordinate with vendors, negotiate pricing, and ensure the compatibility of the new equipment with existing systems. They manage the installation and configuration processes, ensuring minimal disruption to users and system operations. This includes migrating data, transferring licenses, and conducting compatibility tests to ensure smooth integration of the upgraded components.
     4. Testing and Quality Assurance: After the upgrades, IT support personnel perform rigorous testing to ensure the functionality, performance, and compatibility of the newly installed equipment. They conduct system checks, performance benchmarking, and user acceptance testing to validate the effectiveness of the upgrades. They address any issues or glitches that arise during the testing phase and make necessary adjustments or refinements to ensure optimal performance.
     5. Documentation and Knowledge Sharing: IT support professionals document the details of the upgrades, including hardware specifications, software versions, configurations, and installation procedures. This documentation serves as a reference for future maintenance, troubleshooting, and upgrade cycles. They share this knowledge with other team members, enabling them to understand the upgraded equipment and provide ongoing support.
     6. Ongoing Support and Monitoring: IT support specialists continue to provide support and maintenance for the upgraded equipment. They monitor system performance, address user queries or issues, and proactively identify opportunities for further optimization. They stay updated with the latest technology trends and advancements, providing advice on future upgrade paths to enhance system efficiency and productivity.

Day-to-day examples:

     • Updating computer software, as well as upgrading hardware and systems.
     • Install all new technology for the company, including computer operating systems, software programs and applications, new desktops, and other computer hardware.

Products that help us support our clients better:

     • N-able N-sight
     • N-able MailAssure
     • N-able Passportal
     • Cove Data Protection
     • N-ABLE EDR