Advancing Women In IT

  • ChannelTrends: For Women in IT, Voice Matters

    by Brian Sherman  | March 22, 2013
    As a father of three, I want my daughters to have the same career and life opportunities as my son will enjoy and vice-versa. Everyone should have a chance to pursue the vocation of their choice based on their aptitude and inclinations; regardless of their skin color, gender or lineage. While they may face a variety of challenges along the way, discrimination is a hurdle no one should encounter in 2013.Perhaps that’s a reason why during Women’s History Month, so many workplace and IT industry di ...
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  • ChannelTrends: How 'Advancing Women in IT' Will Help the Industry Thrive

    by Brian Sherman  | December 18, 2012
    The IT community is rich with career opportunities, despite dismal overall job growth projections and many companies continuing to struggle with economic challenges. There seems to be no shortage of open positions in IT for the properly prepared individual, whether their skills are more technology-oriented or focused on the business side. As the business community relies more and more on IT to run and improve their operations, demand for qualified and trainable professionals will continue to gro ...
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  • IT Industry Leaders: Mary Ellen Grom on IT Marketing, Women in Technology and Career Success

    by Kwieties  | October 16, 2012
    Ever since attending her first IT channel event in 1995, Mary Ellen Grom has been a self-proclaimed high tech channel marketing junkie.In her role as vice president, US marketing at SYNNEX Corporation, Grom is responsible for leading all B2B activities, including implementing channel marketing strategies. SYNNEX Corporation is a Fortune 500 business process services company, servicing resellers and original equipment manufacturers in multiple regions around the world.Grom’s journey on the IT mar ...
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  • ChannelTrends: Inspiring a New Generation of IT Professionals

    by Brian Sherman  | August 17, 2012
    Despite the experiences of many solution providers, some suggest that there isn’t a real IT skills shortage, but a lack of key talent in the right location. Regardless of whose opinion you believe, the IT community needs to do a better job of inspiring youth and other industries’ displaced workers to pursue a career in high tech. With the continually rising demand for service and support technicians, developers and integrators, many companies can’t onboard new hires fast enough—and it’s only exp ...
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  • ChannelTrends: The Leadership Factor

    by Brian Sherman  | August 10, 2012
    Leadership is defined as a function, act or role in guiding groups or individuals, but those who attended last week's CompTIA Breakaway conference know that description doesn't do it justice. The members who step up to head each of the association's 11 peer communities aren't paid for their efforts, and most spend hundreds of hours each year to accomplish all of their group's ambitious industry-enhancing goals. Much of their work happens behind the scenes, from organizing calls and planning upco ...
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  • You Get Out What You Put In

    by Lisa Fasold  | August 02, 2012
    At one point in her long IT career, Nellie Scott’s superiors didn’t want to train her female staff because they thought women were more likely to leave the company, particularly as they approached motherhood.  Scott, now a manager at Lenovo, gave a winning argument back, ending with, “What if you don’t train them and they stay?” That line finally got her superiors on the ball with training her entire staff.How to get more women in IT and how women in the industry can use different resources to s ...
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  • CompTIA Breakaway 2012 – A “New” Channel Event for the Industry

    by Nancy Hammervik  | July 23, 2012
    While CompTIA’s Breakaway has nearly a 30-year history in the channel, it is truly breaking new ground, offering the industry a powerful channel event, unlike any other -- and the industry is responding in a big way!  With the event just a week away (July 29 – Aug. 1 at the ARIA Resort & Casino in Las Vegas),  CompTIA is looking forward to welcoming more than a thousand channel executives from solution provider, vendor, distributor, media and other channel organizations.   Breaking away from ...
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  • Lessons from a Successful Career and Life in the IT industry

    by Janet Pinkerton  | July 02, 2012
    What does it take to grow a career in the IT industry — and still have a personal life?Shirley Turner started at Intel as a payroll clerk with no college degree, a choppy resume, a relatively new marriage and two very young daughters. She stayed 24 years, steadily advancing and moving between divisions, before retiring as director of Intel's North American Channel Marketing in 2008. In 2009, she founded Black Lab Marketing, a Portland, OR.-area-based consulting firm serving small- and medium-si ...
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  • Build a Management Team So the Business Isn’t All About You

    by Bob Dale  | June 14, 2012
    In my previous blog I wrote about the need to reduce customer concentration in order to increase your value to prospective buyers.  Now let’s talk about the importance of building your internal management team.In the early days of running your own business, it's natural for the founder to do as much as possible. It's the most cost-effective way to do things in the beginning—and no one knows your stuff better than you do. But as the company grows, you'll find yourself stretched too thin. At some ...
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  • Love of Technology Does Not Always Translate into Career Interest

    by Anna Matthai  | June 12, 2012
    For recent generations the digital era is not an emerging trend but simply the status quo. Previous generations have had to learn or “un-learn” and part ways with legacy technologies before adopting new technologies, but Gen Y (aka “millennials” born 1982-1994) and Gen Z (aka “digital natives” born 1995-2011) have been immersed in the technologies of the digital era since day one. Downloading an app or trying to get to what she needs on a computer is second nature to my six-year-old daughter who ...
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