WebSphere administrators are employees in the information technology (IT) field who specialize in IBM's WebSphere technology, which is typically used for business websites. WebSphere is a suite of Java-based tools that include an application server, Java programs, and servlets, among others.
To become a WebSphere administrator, an individual must have experience and/or familiarity with these tools, typically in a junior capacity for a minimum of five years. Because companies use different system setups, specific knowledge and qualifications for these positions may vary widely. However, most administrator positions require extensive knowledge of Windows Server Technologies, Linux, and VMware, as well as an understanding of server hardware, networking, and network storage. Some companies prefer WebSphere administrators to be well versed in Microsoft SQL Server, IBM D2 database, and Apache Web Server, as well as have Cisco certification.
WebSphere administrators may have a college degree, but prior experience and demonstrable skills are often employers' chief required qualifications. Administrators need to have strong troubleshooting skills to fix issues quickly and effectively, as well as good organizational skills to track problems and their resolution.
WebSphere administrators most often work in an office setting during normal business hours, although some remote work may be possible. Depending on the size of the business, administrators may need to be on call to solve problems outside of business hours.
WebSphere Administrator Tasks
Advise internal groups on all issues relating to the web site.
Own site releases, QA signoff, and documentation.
Ensure site is optimized and is cross-platform and cross-browser compatible.
Design, develop, and execute site architecture and navigation including redesigns and upgrades.
Collaborate with creative staff on design and layout issues to facilitate web publishing.