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Will cloud computing kick the IT door in for women?

Sandra Gittlen | Aug. 30, 2012
Poke your head into most data centers today and you’re bound to notice a distinct gender gap. While women still represent only a fraction of IT workers today, some experts believe that cloud computing will offer the wedge in the door that women need to equalize staffing numbers.

While not the impetus for the foundation of Cloud Network of Women (CloudNOW), the benefits of promoting successful women in technology who have survived the self-imposed culling of the female population in technology to potentially curbing the exodus should not be overlooked, she posits. CloudNOW fills an overlooked need of mentors for the mentors that addresses the gap in existing women in technology strategies. By addressing the gap with a real foundation for women already in technology it is hoped that we can break the cycle.

Women have to be self-motivated in getting up to speed on the cloud and then finding opportunities or positions that include the cloud. For instance, DiGeronimo is self-educated. I just started reading articles, attending online events and reading up on cloud companies, she says.

She advises women to raise their hands and get noticed. No one is going to say to you, Youre going to do cloud work now. You have to initiate the conversation, she says. Cloud is a new thing for companies and there are plenty of jobs if youre relevant in the marketplace. So make yourself relevant.


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