System Administrator Appreciation Day, also known as Sysadmin Day, SysAdminDay or SAAD, was created by system administrator Ted Kekatos. Kekatos was inspired to create the special day by a Hewlett-Packard magazine advertisement in which a system administrator is presented with flowers and fruit-baskets by grateful co-workers as thanks for installing new printers.
The holiday exists to show appreciation for the work of sysadmins and other IT workers. It is celebrated on the last Friday in July. The first System Administrator Appreciation Day was celebrated on July 28, 2000. The next holiday is Friday, July 30, 2010.
Many geek and Internet culture businesses, such as ThinkGeek and CafePress, also honor the holiday with special product offerings and contests. Various filk songs have been written to commemorate the day. However, attempts to have Hallmark and E-card firms "publish greeting cards for the occasion have been fruitless." The day has been recognized and promoted by two professional organizations, the League of Professional System Administrators and SAGE/USENIX.