Work Smart, Not Hard is a much overused and often debated mantra with the best and brightest falling on both sides of the “smart vs. hard” spectrum. Colorful character and founder of the e-commerce behemoth Alibaba, Jack Ma, made international headlines this week by endorsing the controversial Chinese work practice “996.” For those not in the know about 996, it’s a common practice (and often encouraged) in Chinese tech companies to work from 9am-9pm, 6 days per week.


Now, before your sense of outrage is triggered by the idea of leaving the office without time to get home in time for GOT, not to mention working the same schedule on a Saturday, consider the work habits of self-made millionaires Grant Cardone and Gary Vaynerchuk, interviewed in the CNBC article, “Self-made millionaires agree on how many hours you should be working so succeed.” Cardone, bestselling author and arguably the worlds #1 sales trainer says that he regularly works 95 hours per week. Founder and CEO of VaynerMedia, Vaynerchuk endorses the concept that launching a business requires “Every minute — call it 18 hours a day out of 24 — if you want this to be successful, needs to be allocated for your business.”


While it’s much more fun to take a side, many believe you can work both smart and hard without literally adhering to the 996 mentality. In the IT and tech industry, where Ma made his billions upon billions, there are many daily tasks that monopolize the time of IT administrators which could easily be simplified or automated to maximize time and productivity.


Take for instance the time and effort it takes for sys admin’s to manage and maintain users and groups. Creating or removing user accounts or group accounts and managing all users and groups is time consuming and complicated. Sangfor Technologies VDI solution automates the process of user and group management through automated system updates, security policy controls, creation and deletion of desktops, files and so much more. In addition, deployment with an aDesk and a cloud terminal is fast and easy – no worries about


Malware scans are also an important part of daily IT tasks. Searching for malware manually is, to put it lightly, difficult. Malware is malleable, tricky and never sleeps, and being available and aware of your network 24/7 is unrealistic. By automating malware scans with Sangfor’s Engine Zero innovation, included in the Sangfor NGAF (next generation firewall), you can trust AI and a database of tens of millions of malware samples to find anything that may be trying to infiltrate your network with adaptability, accuracy and speed.


About Sangfor Technologies:

Investment in the right solutions and products to help automate time consuming tasks on your system means you can put time and effort into more productive tasks without worrying about daily housekeeping. Concentrate on building something new! Concentrate on creating something the world hasn’t seen yet. Jack Ma, Grant Cardone, Gary Vaynerchuk and even people like Bill Gates and Elon Tesla didn’t become the successes they are doing basic housework. They outsourced and used those extra hours to create and build. Even those with a focus on committing more time and attention to family or outside interests – intelligent automation is the key to a successful career and personal life – especially in the technology industry.


Founded in 2000 and a publicly traded company as of 2018 (SANGFOR STOCK CODE: 300454 (CH)) Sangfor Technologies is the global leading vendor of IT infrastructure solutions specializing in Network Security and Cloud Computing. Visit us at for more information on time saving products, services and solutions today and let us help you work both hard and smart.

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