The tendency I see, regardless of the size of the company, is that devs are more visible and their tools do have a more immediate and visible return-on-investment, while admins are sort of the janitors of the IT world. Nobody notices they're there, till the toilets back up.
How many homeowners buy a plunger till that occurs at least once? "Well, honey, we just bought our new dream home, and we need to shop for furniture, decorations, and a plunger." Just not seeing that. Same thing for small businesses and their IT admin, both personnel and tools.
A larger, better established business, with a janitorial staff, might have things like pipe-snakes, workshops, even welding torches. Same for IT.
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