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Mar 09

International Women’s Day & Tech: Move Beyond the Conversation

By | Managed Services News

It’s a day to celebrate women and the strides they’ve made, but also focus on the work yet to be done.

Happy International Women’s Day, fellow females in tech! It’s no secret that women in this industry face some pretty steep challenges in 2021. Women make up almost half of the total work force, but they only hold 25% of the roles in technology

The tech industry is certainly one of the biggest job markets and one of the largest workforces in the world. And yet, women are still largely underrepresented. According to a recent report by Entelo, women represent only 19% of the worldwide tech workforce in entry- and mid-level roles. At the senior level, women hold 16% of positions and only 10% of positions at the executive level. 

So, how can we bring women into tech organizations? Better yet, how do help them stay and grow in order to achieve leadership roles? How do we ensure equality in tech organizations?

Gender Representation

Sarah Rich, vice president of operations and customer success at Supplyframe, was the first employee the company hired and shared her insights on the changes in the industry with regards to gender representation.

Supplyframe's Sarah Rich

Supplyframe’s Sarah Rich

“My entire career has centered around helping make my customers successful and driving business process improvements,” shares Rich. “My responsibilities always start with building long-lasting partnerships while effectively challenging the status quo to motivate change. Much of what I do day-to-day is powered by my experience as a woman in a male-dominated field.”

Rich goes on to say that breaking molds and effecting progress has been an inherent goal for her and all women in this evolving field. For companies to survive the thrust of true digital transformation, it’s imperative to have a well-rounded vision that is inclusive of all aspects of the future, both in people and technology resources. 

“I’m thrilled to see more females in leadership roles as I firmly believe that diversity in perspective will be key to creating opportunity while maintaining resiliency,” says Rich.

Moving Beyond the Conversation

Kathryn Rose, founder of wiseHer, echoes the sentiment that it is a particularly challenging time for women — in the industry and in the broader sense. 

wiseHer's Kathryn Rose

wiseHer’s Kathryn Rose

“We have to do a better job at being intentional. Not just about diversity in general, but also understanding that businesses are better off because of it,” says Rose. “We need to be better at getting women into tech, but then also keeping them there. It’s not enough to say, ‘We have a women’s employee resource groups (ERGs),” or have women on panels.’ We need to normalize paying them, for example. There’s a lot of conversation around the different facets of diversity and inclusion. But it’s not enough to just say it. We must move beyond the conversation and put it into practice. It’s not easy, but the will has to be there.” 

The Path Forward

Janet Schijns, CEO of JS Group, offered her insights on International Women’s Day in terms of the work that has yet to be done.

JS Group's Janet Schijns

JS Group’s Janet Schijns

“International Women’s Day always brings about an equal mix of joy and worry. These are tightly intermingled and difficult to separate,” says Schijns. “Joy because we are celebrating the great women in our industry, our community and our world. Worry because there aren’t more of us and we continue to experience issues that hold us back.

“This past year has been no exception. I have celebrated with my fellow women in the channel as we figured out how to work from home, educate children, manage remote elderly relatives and still have a vibrant career and felt the sheer joy in their achievements. But I have also lamented the loss of a positive trajectory for women in business and in the industry. More and more women are forced to make the decision to slow down their careers, or even stop working. Lately, this is primarily in response to their families’ need for care during these difficult COVID times. It’s clear that we still have a long way to go.”

Schijns adds that this year, more than ever, we need to find new ways to support women and to stand up and help wherever we can. Additionally, the industry as a whole has been moving in a more “woke” direction in recent years. But as Schijns articulates, there is still some work to do. 

Inspiring Real Change

It’s time to take a stand for women in tech. In honor of International Women’s Day, we touch on various important points of research from TrustRadius and NordLocker. Click through our slideshow above to get a sense of the issues and spots of light that are crucial for raising awareness and inspiring real change.

Mar 09

International Women’s Day & Tech: Move Beyond the Conversation

By | Managed Services News

It’s a day to celebrate women and the strides they’ve made, but also focus on the work yet to be done.

Happy International Women’s Day, fellow females in tech! It’s no secret that women in this industry face some pretty steep challenges in 2021. Women make up almost half of the total work force, but they only hold 25% of the roles in technology

The tech industry is certainly one of the biggest job markets and one of the largest workforces in the world. And yet, women are still largely underrepresented. According to a recent report by Entelo, women represent only 19% of the worldwide tech workforce in entry- and mid-level roles. At the senior level, women hold 16% of positions and only 10% of positions at the executive level. 

So, how can we bring women into tech organizations? Better yet, how do help them stay and grow in order to achieve leadership roles? How do we ensure equality in tech organizations?

Gender Representation

Sarah Rich, vice president of operations and customer success at Supplyframe, was the first employee the company hired and shared her insights on the changes in the industry with regards to gender representation.

Supplyframe's Sarah Rich

Supplyframe’s Sarah Rich

“My entire career has centered around helping make my customers successful and driving business process improvements,” shares Rich. “My responsibilities always start with building long-lasting partnerships while effectively challenging the status quo to motivate change. Much of what I do day-to-day is powered by my experience as a woman in a male-dominated field.”

Rich goes on to say that breaking molds and effecting progress has been an inherent goal for her and all women in this evolving field. For companies to survive the thrust of true digital transformation, it’s imperative to have a well-rounded vision that is inclusive of all aspects of the future, both in people and technology resources. 

“I’m thrilled to see more females in leadership roles as I firmly believe that diversity in perspective will be key to creating opportunity while maintaining resiliency,” says Rich.

Moving Beyond the Conversation

Kathryn Rose, founder of wiseHer, echoes the sentiment that it is a particularly challenging time for women — in the industry and in the broader sense. 

wiseHer's Kathryn Rose

wiseHer’s Kathryn Rose

“We have to do a better job at being intentional. Not just about diversity in general, but also understanding that businesses are better off because of it,” says Rose. “We need to be better at getting women into tech, but then also keeping them there. It’s not enough to say, ‘We have a women’s employee resource groups (ERGs),” or have women on panels.’ We need to normalize paying them, for example. There’s a lot of conversation around the different facets of diversity and inclusion. But it’s not enough to just say it. We must move beyond the conversation and put it into practice. It’s not easy, but the will has to be there.” 

The Path Forward

Janet Schijns, CEO of JS Group, offered her insights on International Women’s Day in terms of the work that has yet to be done.

JS Group's Janet Schijns

JS Group’s Janet Schijns

“International Women’s Day always brings about an equal mix of joy and worry. These are tightly intermingled and difficult to separate,” says Schijns. “Joy because we are celebrating the great women in our industry, our community and our world. Worry because there aren’t more of us and we continue to experience issues that hold us back.

“This past year has been no exception. I have celebrated with my fellow women in the channel as we figured out how to work from home, educate children, manage remote elderly relatives and still have a vibrant career and felt the sheer joy in their achievements. But I have also lamented the loss of a positive trajectory for women in business and in the industry. More and more women are forced to make the decision to slow down their careers, or even stop working. Lately, this is primarily in response to their families’ need for care during these difficult COVID times. It’s clear that we still have a long way to go.”

Schijns adds that this year, more than ever, we need to find new ways to support women and to stand up and help wherever we can. Additionally, the industry as a whole has been moving in a more “woke” direction in recent years. But as Schijns articulates, there is still some work to do. 

Inspiring Real Change

It’s time to take a stand for women in tech. In honor of International Women’s Day, we touch on various important points of research from TrustRadius and NordLocker. Click through our slideshow above to get a sense of the issues and spots of light that are crucial for raising awareness and inspiring real change.

Mar 09

International Women’s Day & Tech: Move Beyond the Conversation

By | Managed Services News

It’s a day to celebrate women and the strides they’ve made, but also focus on the work yet to be done.

Happy International Women’s Day, fellow females in tech! It’s no secret that women in this industry face some pretty steep challenges in 2021. Women make up almost half of the total work force, but they only hold 25% of the roles in technology

The tech industry is certainly one of the biggest job markets and one of the largest workforces in the world. And yet, women are still largely underrepresented. According to a recent report by Entelo, women represent only 19% of the worldwide tech workforce in entry- and mid-level roles. At the senior level, women hold 16% of positions and only 10% of positions at the executive level. 

So, how can we bring women into tech organizations? Better yet, how do help them stay and grow in order to achieve leadership roles? How do we ensure equality in tech organizations?

Gender Representation

Sarah Rich, vice president of operations and customer success at Supplyframe, was the first employee the company hired and shared her insights on the changes in the industry with regards to gender representation.

Supplyframe's Sarah Rich

Supplyframe’s Sarah Rich

“My entire career has centered around helping make my customers successful and driving business process improvements,” shares Rich. “My responsibilities always start with building long-lasting partnerships while effectively challenging the status quo to motivate change. Much of what I do day-to-day is powered by my experience as a woman in a male-dominated field.”

Rich goes on to say that breaking molds and effecting progress has been an inherent goal for her and all women in this evolving field. For companies to survive the thrust of true digital transformation, it’s imperative to have a well-rounded vision that is inclusive of all aspects of the future, both in people and technology resources. 

“I’m thrilled to see more females in leadership roles as I firmly believe that diversity in perspective will be key to creating opportunity while maintaining resiliency,” says Rich.

Moving Beyond the Conversation

Kathryn Rose, founder of wiseHer, echoes the sentiment that it is a particularly challenging time for women — in the industry and in the broader sense. 

wiseHer's Kathryn Rose

wiseHer’s Kathryn Rose

“We have to do a better job at being intentional. Not just about diversity in general, but also understanding that businesses are better off because of it,” says Rose. “We need to be better at getting women into tech, but then also keeping them there. It’s not enough to say, ‘We have a women’s employee resource groups (ERGs),” or have women on panels.’ We need to normalize paying them, for example. There’s a lot of conversation around the different facets of diversity and inclusion. But it’s not enough to just say it. We must move beyond the conversation and put it into practice. It’s not easy, but the will has to be there.” 

The Path Forward

Janet Schijns, CEO of JS Group, offered her insights on International Women’s Day in terms of the work that has yet to be done.

JS Group's Janet Schijns

JS Group’s Janet Schijns

“International Women’s Day always brings about an equal mix of joy and worry. These are tightly intermingled and difficult to separate,” says Schijns. “Joy because we are celebrating the great women in our industry, our community and our world. Worry because there aren’t more of us and we continue to experience issues that hold us back.

“This past year has been no exception. I have celebrated with my fellow women in the channel as we figured out how to work from home, educate children, manage remote elderly relatives and still have a vibrant career and felt the sheer joy in their achievements. But I have also lamented the loss of a positive trajectory for women in business and in the industry. More and more women are forced to make the decision to slow down their careers, or even stop working. Lately, this is primarily in response to their families’ need for care during these difficult COVID times. It’s clear that we still have a long way to go.”

Schijns adds that this year, more than ever, we need to find new ways to support women and to stand up and help wherever we can. Additionally, the industry as a whole has been moving in a more “woke” direction in recent years. But as Schijns articulates, there is still some work to do. 

Inspiring Real Change

It’s time to take a stand for women in tech. In honor of International Women’s Day, we touch on various important points of research from TrustRadius and NordLocker. Click through our slideshow above to get a sense of the issues and spots of light that are crucial for raising awareness and inspiring real change.

Mar 09

5 Key Announcements from Microsoft Ignite

By | Managed Services News

Password-less authentication, Azure Arc and simplifying edge development were among the popular topics.

Microsoft typically hosts its Ignite conference in the fall, but because of COVID-19, the company created two virtual events. The first was in September. Microsoft held the second one last week.

Microsoft Teams was in the spotlight during Ignite, as officials talked up plans to provide tighter integration with Dynamics 365. Also, Microsoft said support for webinars and webcasting is coming to Teams imminently.

But there was much more to Microsoft Ignite. Here are five such announcements (in the slideshow above) that partners will want to know more about.

Mar 09

Green Cloud Defense Now Acts as MSPs’ Cloud, Cybersecurity Department

By | Managed Services News

The former Green Cloud Technologies has acquired Spokane-based Cascade Defense. It’s a win for partners.

Green Cloud Technologies recently closed its acquisition of Cascade Defense, a managed security service provider in Spokane, Washington.

The combination of the two companies means Green Cloud now goes by Green Cloud Defense. Furthermore, the merger makes Green Cloud Defense one of the largest independent, channel-only infrastructure-as-a-service providers in the United States.

For channel partners, that amounts to a one-stop shop for cloud and cybersecurity platforms. Green Cloud works with more than 650 MSPs and VARs. Thanks to the former Cascade Defense, partners now have access to fully managed security information and event management (SIEM) software. They also benefit from Green Cloud Defense’s status as a Fortinet MSSP Expert. And they gain access to the company’s security operations center, which they can take advantage of as a service.

Green Cloud Defense’s headquarters remain in Greenville, South Carolina, where Green Cloud Technologies started in 2011. Cascade Defense founders Eric Foster and Steve Sims work out of the new Green Cloud Defense Spokane office. They hold new roles, too. Foster now serves as Green Cloud Defense’s vice president of security operations. Sims works as Green Cloud Defense’s vice president of security and chief information security officer.

Keith Coker is CEO and co-founder of Green Cloud Defense.

“Everything we do at Green Cloud Defense is to better serve our channel partners,” Coker said. “Bringing new talent and technology to our current offerings will take our company to the next level and give our security capabilities a significant boost.”

As a result of the Cascade Defense deal, Green Cloud Defense now employs 70 people. It serves 685 channel partners, operates six data centers and has a new office in Spokane.

Not Just A Security Offering So MSPs ‘Can Check A Box’

Green Cloud's Charles Houser

Green Cloud Defense’s Charles Houser

Channel Futures wanted to know a bit more about the Green Cloud-Cascade Defense merger. We sat down with Charles Houser, co-founder and executive vice president of sales and marketing for Green Cloud Defense, to learn more.

Channel Futures: What made Cascade Defense the best choice for Green Cloud?

Charles Houser: Green Cloud’s CTO worked with Cascade Defense’s founders several years ago at a different employer, and he had great respect for Steve and Eric’s expertise and passion to grow their cybersecurity business. When the entire Green Cloud team got to know Steve and Eric better, we quickly realized their company culture and desire to become a full-service infrastructure and security provider for MSP partners matched up with Green Cloud’s extremely well.

CF: What does this deal mean for channel partners? I’d love for you to go into specifics about what’s changing and what partners are more enabled to do.

CH: It means we are going to be launching a full-service security offering in addition to our existing infrastructure business. This includes SIEM as a service, SOC as a service, fully managed firewall, EDR and MDR. We will provide monthly reporting for our partners that they can brand and share with their end users. We will also provide our partners access to Steve Sims (Green Cloud CISO) so he can explain what the SOC analysts are seeing through the SIEM and what threats are out there. It’s not just going to be a security offering so these MSPs can check a box. We are going to provide more value than they can currently get.

CF: Why was now the right time to team with Cascade Defense?

CH: Green Cloud chose to expand now because the need for security services was expanding, and the pandemic accelerated our need to strengthen this capability. With the capital, intellectual property and expertise, we have sped up our time to market by two quarters, acquired a Fortinet Expert MSSP partner, strengthened our employee base with the addition of 10 new employees and added a security operations center that is currently evaluating SIEM logs and reporting those findings back to our partners.

CF: What does Green Cloud intend to help partners do that’s unique within the security environment they’re now facing (mostly because of COVID-19 and all its related cyber threats)?

CH: We gathered feedback from dozens of existing MSP partners about their likes and dislikes of their current security vendor. In general, they aren’t satisfied because their current provider isn’t making sense of the inbound logs. They are just providing them the data, and the MSP engineer has to spend a lot of time trying to make sense of it. Green Cloud Defense is going to change that to better serve our 685+ partners.

CF: Other thoughts to add?

CH: This doesn’t mean we are not going to be focused on our established infrastructure business. We have built a $30 million business that is growing rapidly. We just see the security opportunity as another way to help our MSPs sell more services with attractive margins without them personally building a team of people to support it. Also, we have built a successful company becoming our partners’ cloud department and now with the addition of Cascade, Green Cloud Defense will be MSPs’ cybersecurity department as well.

Mar 09

International Women’s Day & Tech: Move Beyond the Conversation

By | Managed Services News

It’s a day to celebrate women and the strides they’ve made, but also focus on the work yet to be done.

Happy International Women’s Day, fellow females in tech! It’s no secret that women in this industry face some pretty steep challenges in 2021. Women make up almost half of the total work force, but they only hold 25% of the roles in technology

The tech industry is certainly one of the biggest job markets and one of the largest workforces in the world. And yet, women are still largely underrepresented. According to a recent report by Entelo, women represent only 19% of the worldwide tech workforce in entry- and mid-level roles. At the senior level, women hold 16% of positions and only 10% of positions at the executive level. 

So, how can we bring women into tech organizations? Better yet, how do help them stay and grow in order to achieve leadership roles? How do we ensure equality in tech organizations?

Gender Representation

Sarah Rich, vice president of operations and customer success at Supplyframe, was the first employee the company hired and shared her insights on the changes in the industry with regards to gender representation.

Supplyframe's Sarah Rich

Supplyframe’s Sarah Rich

“My entire career has centered around helping make my customers successful and driving business process improvements,” shares Rich. “My responsibilities always start with building long-lasting partnerships while effectively challenging the status quo to motivate change. Much of what I do day-to-day is powered by my experience as a woman in a male-dominated field.”

Rich goes on to say that breaking molds and effecting progress has been an inherent goal for her and all women in this evolving field. For companies to survive the thrust of true digital transformation, it’s imperative to have a well-rounded vision that is inclusive of all aspects of the future, both in people and technology resources. 

“I’m thrilled to see more females in leadership roles as I firmly believe that diversity in perspective will be key to creating opportunity while maintaining resiliency,” says Rich.

Moving Beyond the Conversation

Kathryn Rose, founder of wiseHer, echoes the sentiment that it is a particularly challenging time for women — in the industry and in the broader sense. 

wiseHer's Kathryn Rose

wiseHer’s Kathryn Rose

“We have to do a better job at being intentional. Not just about diversity in general, but also understanding that businesses are better off because of it,” says Rose. “We need to be better at getting women into tech, but then also keeping them there. It’s not enough to say, ‘We have a women’s employee resource groups (ERGs),” or have women on panels.’ We need to normalize paying them, for example. There’s a lot of conversation around the different facets of diversity and inclusion. But it’s not enough to just say it. We must move beyond the conversation and put it into practice. It’s not easy, but the will has to be there.” 

The Path Forward

Janet Schijns, CEO of JS Group, offered her insights on International Women’s Day in terms of the work that has yet to be done.

JS Group's Janet Schijns

JS Group’s Janet Schijns

“International Women’s Day always brings about an equal mix of joy and worry. These are tightly intermingled and difficult to separate,” says Schijns. “Joy because we are celebrating the great women in our industry, our community and our world. Worry because there aren’t more of us and we continue to experience issues that hold us back.

“This past year has been no exception. I have celebrated with my fellow women in the channel as we figured out how to work from home, educate children, manage remote elderly relatives and still have a vibrant career and felt the sheer joy in their achievements. But I have also lamented the loss of a positive trajectory for women in business and in the industry. More and more women are forced to make the decision to slow down their careers, or even stop working. Lately, this is primarily in response to their families’ need for care during these difficult COVID times. It’s clear that we still have a long way to go.”

Schijns adds that this year, more than ever, we need to find new ways to support women and to stand up and help wherever we can. Additionally, the industry as a whole has been moving in a more “woke” direction in recent years. But as Schijns articulates, there is still some work to do. 

Inspiring Real Change

It’s time to take a stand for women in tech. In honor of International Women’s Day, we touch on various important points of research from TrustRadius and NordLocker. Click through our slideshow above to get a sense of the issues and spots of light that are crucial for raising awareness and inspiring real change.

Mar 09

International Women’s Day & Tech: Move Beyond the Conversation

By | Managed Services News

It’s a day to celebrate women and the strides they’ve made, but also focus on the work yet to be done.

Happy International Women’s Day, fellow females in tech! It’s no secret that women in this industry face some pretty steep challenges in 2021. Women make up almost half of the total work force, but they only hold 25% of the roles in technology

The tech industry is certainly one of the biggest job markets and one of the largest workforces in the world. And yet, women are still largely underrepresented. According to a recent report by Entelo, women represent only 19% of the worldwide tech workforce in entry- and mid-level roles. At the senior level, women hold 16% of positions and only 10% of positions at the executive level. 

So, how can we bring women into tech organizations? Better yet, how do help them stay and grow in order to achieve leadership roles? How do we ensure equality in tech organizations?

Gender Representation

Sarah Rich, vice president of operations and customer success at Supplyframe, was the first employee the company hired and shared her insights on the changes in the industry with regards to gender representation.

Supplyframe's Sarah Rich

Supplyframe’s Sarah Rich

“My entire career has centered around helping make my customers successful and driving business process improvements,” shares Rich. “My responsibilities always start with building long-lasting partnerships while effectively challenging the status quo to motivate change. Much of what I do day-to-day is powered by my experience as a woman in a male-dominated field.”

Rich goes on to say that breaking molds and effecting progress has been an inherent goal for her and all women in this evolving field. For companies to survive the thrust of true digital transformation, it’s imperative to have a well-rounded vision that is inclusive of all aspects of the future, both in people and technology resources. 

“I’m thrilled to see more females in leadership roles as I firmly believe that diversity in perspective will be key to creating opportunity while maintaining resiliency,” says Rich.

Moving Beyond the Conversation

Kathryn Rose, founder of wiseHer, echoes the sentiment that it is a particularly challenging time for women — in the industry and in the broader sense. 

wiseHer's Kathryn Rose

wiseHer’s Kathryn Rose

“We have to do a better job at being intentional. Not just about diversity in general, but also understanding that businesses are better off because of it,” says Rose. “We need to be better at getting women into tech, but then also keeping them there. It’s not enough to say, ‘We have a women’s employee resource groups (ERGs),” or have women on panels.’ We need to normalize paying them, for example. There’s a lot of conversation around the different facets of diversity and inclusion. But it’s not enough to just say it. We must move beyond the conversation and put it into practice. It’s not easy, but the will has to be there.” 

The Path Forward

Janet Schijns, CEO of JS Group, offered her insights on International Women’s Day in terms of the work that has yet to be done.

JS Group's Janet Schijns

JS Group’s Janet Schijns

“International Women’s Day always brings about an equal mix of joy and worry. These are tightly intermingled and difficult to separate,” says Schijns. “Joy because we are celebrating the great women in our industry, our community and our world. Worry because there aren’t more of us and we continue to experience issues that hold us back.

“This past year has been no exception. I have celebrated with my fellow women in the channel as we figured out how to work from home, educate children, manage remote elderly relatives and still have a vibrant career and felt the sheer joy in their achievements. But I have also lamented the loss of a positive trajectory for women in business and in the industry. More and more women are forced to make the decision to slow down their careers, or even stop working. Lately, this is primarily in response to their families’ need for care during these difficult COVID times. It’s clear that we still have a long way to go.”

Schijns adds that this year, more than ever, we need to find new ways to support women and to stand up and help wherever we can. Additionally, the industry as a whole has been moving in a more “woke” direction in recent years. But as Schijns articulates, there is still some work to do. 

Inspiring Real Change

It’s time to take a stand for women in tech. In honor of International Women’s Day, we touch on various important points of research from TrustRadius and NordLocker. Click through our slideshow above to get a sense of the issues and spots of light that are crucial for raising awareness and inspiring real change.

Mar 09

International Women’s Day & Tech: Move Beyond the Conversation

By | Managed Services News

It’s a day to celebrate women and the strides they’ve made, but also focus on the work yet to be done.

Happy International Women’s Day, fellow females in tech! It’s no secret that women in this industry face some pretty steep challenges in 2021. Women make up almost half of the total work force, but they only hold 25% of the roles in technology

The tech industry is certainly one of the biggest job markets and one of the largest workforces in the world. And yet, women are still largely underrepresented. According to a recent report by Entelo, women represent only 19% of the worldwide tech workforce in entry- and mid-level roles. At the senior level, women hold 16% of positions and only 10% of positions at the executive level. 

So, how can we bring women into tech organizations? Better yet, how do help them stay and grow in order to achieve leadership roles? How do we ensure equality in tech organizations?

Gender Representation

Sarah Rich, vice president of operations and customer success at Supplyframe, was the first employee the company hired and shared her insights on the changes in the industry with regards to gender representation.

Supplyframe's Sarah Rich

Supplyframe’s Sarah Rich

“My entire career has centered around helping make my customers successful and driving business process improvements,” shares Rich. “My responsibilities always start with building long-lasting partnerships while effectively challenging the status quo to motivate change. Much of what I do day-to-day is powered by my experience as a woman in a male-dominated field.”

Rich goes on to say that breaking molds and effecting progress has been an inherent goal for her and all women in this evolving field. For companies to survive the thrust of true digital transformation, it’s imperative to have a well-rounded vision that is inclusive of all aspects of the future, both in people and technology resources. 

“I’m thrilled to see more females in leadership roles as I firmly believe that diversity in perspective will be key to creating opportunity while maintaining resiliency,” says Rich.

Moving Beyond the Conversation

Kathryn Rose, founder of wiseHer, echoes the sentiment that it is a particularly challenging time for women — in the industry and in the broader sense. 

wiseHer's Kathryn Rose

wiseHer’s Kathryn Rose

“We have to do a better job at being intentional. Not just about diversity in general, but also understanding that businesses are better off because of it,” says Rose. “We need to be better at getting women into tech, but then also keeping them there. It’s not enough to say, ‘We have a women’s employee resource groups (ERGs),” or have women on panels.’ We need to normalize paying them, for example. There’s a lot of conversation around the different facets of diversity and inclusion. But it’s not enough to just say it. We must move beyond the conversation and put it into practice. It’s not easy, but the will has to be there.” 

The Path Forward

Janet Schijns, CEO of JS Group, offered her insights on International Women’s Day in terms of the work that has yet to be done.

JS Group's Janet Schijns

JS Group’s Janet Schijns

“International Women’s Day always brings about an equal mix of joy and worry. These are tightly intermingled and difficult to separate,” says Schijns. “Joy because we are celebrating the great women in our industry, our community and our world. Worry because there aren’t more of us and we continue to experience issues that hold us back.

“This past year has been no exception. I have celebrated with my fellow women in the channel as we figured out how to work from home, educate children, manage remote elderly relatives and still have a vibrant career and felt the sheer joy in their achievements. But I have also lamented the loss of a positive trajectory for women in business and in the industry. More and more women are forced to make the decision to slow down their careers, or even stop working. Lately, this is primarily in response to their families’ need for care during these difficult COVID times. It’s clear that we still have a long way to go.”

Schijns adds that this year, more than ever, we need to find new ways to support women and to stand up and help wherever we can. Additionally, the industry as a whole has been moving in a more “woke” direction in recent years. But as Schijns articulates, there is still some work to do. 

Inspiring Real Change

It’s time to take a stand for women in tech. In honor of International Women’s Day, we touch on various important points of research from TrustRadius and NordLocker. Click through our slideshow above to get a sense of the issues and spots of light that are crucial for raising awareness and inspiring real change.

Mar 09

International Women’s Day & Tech: Move Beyond the Conversation

By | Managed Services News

It’s a day to celebrate women and the strides they’ve made, but also focus on the work yet to be done.

Happy International Women’s Day, fellow females in tech! It’s no secret that women in this industry face some pretty steep challenges in 2021. Women make up almost half of the total work force, but they only hold 25% of the roles in technology

The tech industry is certainly one of the biggest job markets and one of the largest workforces in the world. And yet, women are still largely underrepresented. According to a recent report by Entelo, women represent only 19% of the worldwide tech workforce in entry- and mid-level roles. At the senior level, women hold 16% of positions and only 10% of positions at the executive level. 

So, how can we bring women into tech organizations? Better yet, how do help them stay and grow in order to achieve leadership roles? How do we ensure equality in tech organizations?

Gender Representation

Sarah Rich, vice president of operations and customer success at Supplyframe, was the first employee the company hired and shared her insights on the changes in the industry with regards to gender representation.

Supplyframe's Sarah Rich

Supplyframe’s Sarah Rich

“My entire career has centered around helping make my customers successful and driving business process improvements,” shares Rich. “My responsibilities always start with building long-lasting partnerships while effectively challenging the status quo to motivate change. Much of what I do day-to-day is powered by my experience as a woman in a male-dominated field.”

Rich goes on to say that breaking molds and effecting progress has been an inherent goal for her and all women in this evolving field. For companies to survive the thrust of true digital transformation, it’s imperative to have a well-rounded vision that is inclusive of all aspects of the future, both in people and technology resources. 

“I’m thrilled to see more females in leadership roles as I firmly believe that diversity in perspective will be key to creating opportunity while maintaining resiliency,” says Rich.

Moving Beyond the Conversation

Kathryn Rose, founder of wiseHer, echoes the sentiment that it is a particularly challenging time for women — in the industry and in the broader sense. 

wiseHer's Kathryn Rose

wiseHer’s Kathryn Rose

“We have to do a better job at being intentional. Not just about diversity in general, but also understanding that businesses are better off because of it,” says Rose. “We need to be better at getting women into tech, but then also keeping them there. It’s not enough to say, ‘We have a women’s employee resource groups (ERGs),” or have women on panels.’ We need to normalize paying them, for example. There’s a lot of conversation around the different facets of diversity and inclusion. But it’s not enough to just say it. We must move beyond the conversation and put it into practice. It’s not easy, but the will has to be there.” 

The Path Forward

Janet Schijns, CEO of JS Group, offered her insights on International Women’s Day in terms of the work that has yet to be done.

JS Group's Janet Schijns

JS Group’s Janet Schijns

“International Women’s Day always brings about an equal mix of joy and worry. These are tightly intermingled and difficult to separate,” says Schijns. “Joy because we are celebrating the great women in our industry, our community and our world. Worry because there aren’t more of us and we continue to experience issues that hold us back.

“This past year has been no exception. I have celebrated with my fellow women in the channel as we figured out how to work from home, educate children, manage remote elderly relatives and still have a vibrant career and felt the sheer joy in their achievements. But I have also lamented the loss of a positive trajectory for women in business and in the industry. More and more women are forced to make the decision to slow down their careers, or even stop working. Lately, this is primarily in response to their families’ need for care during these difficult COVID times. It’s clear that we still have a long way to go.”

Schijns adds that this year, more than ever, we need to find new ways to support women and to stand up and help wherever we can. Additionally, the industry as a whole has been moving in a more “woke” direction in recent years. But as Schijns articulates, there is still some work to do. 

Inspiring Real Change

It’s time to take a stand for women in tech. In honor of International Women’s Day, we touch on various important points of research from TrustRadius and NordLocker. Click through our slideshow above to get a sense of the issues and spots of light that are crucial for raising awareness and inspiring real change.

Mar 09

International Women’s Day & Tech: Move Beyond the Conversation

By | Managed Services News

It’s a day to celebrate women and the strides they’ve made, but also focus on the work yet to be done.

Happy International Women’s Day, fellow females in tech! It’s no secret that women in this industry face some pretty steep challenges in 2021. Women make up almost half of the total work force, but they only hold 25% of the roles in technology

The tech industry is certainly one of the biggest job markets and one of the largest workforces in the world. And yet, women are still largely underrepresented. According to a recent report by Entelo, women represent only 19% of the worldwide tech workforce in entry- and mid-level roles. At the senior level, women hold 16% of positions and only 10% of positions at the executive level. 

So, how can we bring women into tech organizations? Better yet, how do help them stay and grow in order to achieve leadership roles? How do we ensure equality in tech organizations?

Gender Representation

Sarah Rich, vice president of operations and customer success at Supplyframe, was the first employee the company hired and shared her insights on the changes in the industry with regards to gender representation.

Supplyframe's Sarah Rich

Supplyframe’s Sarah Rich

“My entire career has centered around helping make my customers successful and driving business process improvements,” shares Rich. “My responsibilities always start with building long-lasting partnerships while effectively challenging the status quo to motivate change. Much of what I do day-to-day is powered by my experience as a woman in a male-dominated field.”

Rich goes on to say that breaking molds and effecting progress has been an inherent goal for her and all women in this evolving field. For companies to survive the thrust of true digital transformation, it’s imperative to have a well-rounded vision that is inclusive of all aspects of the future, both in people and technology resources. 

“I’m thrilled to see more females in leadership roles as I firmly believe that diversity in perspective will be key to creating opportunity while maintaining resiliency,” says Rich.

Moving Beyond the Conversation

Kathryn Rose, founder of wiseHer, echoes the sentiment that it is a particularly challenging time for women — in the industry and in the broader sense. 

wiseHer's Kathryn Rose

wiseHer’s Kathryn Rose

“We have to do a better job at being intentional. Not just about diversity in general, but also understanding that businesses are better off because of it,” says Rose. “We need to be better at getting women into tech, but then also keeping them there. It’s not enough to say, ‘We have a women’s employee resource groups (ERGs),” or have women on panels.’ We need to normalize paying them, for example. There’s a lot of conversation around the different facets of diversity and inclusion. But it’s not enough to just say it. We must move beyond the conversation and put it into practice. It’s not easy, but the will has to be there.” 

The Path Forward

Janet Schijns, CEO of JS Group, offered her insights on International Women’s Day in terms of the work that has yet to be done.

JS Group's Janet Schijns

JS Group’s Janet Schijns

“International Women’s Day always brings about an equal mix of joy and worry. These are tightly intermingled and difficult to separate,” says Schijns. “Joy because we are celebrating the great women in our industry, our community and our world. Worry because there aren’t more of us and we continue to experience issues that hold us back.

“This past year has been no exception. I have celebrated with my fellow women in the channel as we figured out how to work from home, educate children, manage remote elderly relatives and still have a vibrant career and felt the sheer joy in their achievements. But I have also lamented the loss of a positive trajectory for women in business and in the industry. More and more women are forced to make the decision to slow down their careers, or even stop working. Lately, this is primarily in response to their families’ need for care during these difficult COVID times. It’s clear that we still have a long way to go.”

Schijns adds that this year, more than ever, we need to find new ways to support women and to stand up and help wherever we can. Additionally, the industry as a whole has been moving in a more “woke” direction in recent years. But as Schijns articulates, there is still some work to do. 

Inspiring Real Change

It’s time to take a stand for women in tech. In honor of International Women’s Day, we touch on various important points of research from TrustRadius and NordLocker. Click through our slideshow above to get a sense of the issues and spots of light that are crucial for raising awareness and inspiring real change.

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