Advancing Women In IT

  • How to Attract Women (to Computer Science)

    by Janet Pinkerton  | April 26, 2012
    Research indicates that young women are underrepresented in disciplines like computer science because they frequently don't know much about it, don't think it’s interesting, don't think they could ever be successful at it, or can't envision themselves involved with it. So if colleges, vocational-technical programs and high schools want to attract more young women to computer science, they have to proactively change that mindset, advises Maria Klawe, computer scientist, mathematician and presiden ...
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  • Fake It Til You Make It

    by Lisa Fasold  | April 11, 2012
    Yes, your organization has or should have a branding plan for itself, but do you, personally, have a branding plan for you and your career?  How are you preparing to move up the career ladder?  Have you set a goal for yourself and then created a brand for yourself to help you achieve that goal?These questions were front and center during the Advancing Women in IT Community breakfast at the CompTIA Annual Member Meeting this morning in Chicago.  To a packed room of 60+ women and men, Kyra Cavanau ...
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  • Advice for Young Women Starting their Careers

    by Janet Pinkerton  | April 05, 2012
    On Sarah Pang’s first day working for Illinois Sen. Alan Dixon, in the early 1980s, she asked the senator what her responsibilities would be.  “Are you willing to take out the garbage?” he asked.Pang said yes and didn’t take offense. “I knew exactly what he meant,” says Pang. “He wanted to know ‘Are you willing to do what it takes to make the place successful?’”Currently senior vice president of CNA’s corporate communications and public affairs and co-chair of Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel's transi ...
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  • How Fast Forward and IT Certifications Got an IT Career Back on Track

    by Janet Pinkerton  | March 29, 2012
    In early 2010, Melanie Moody had IT skills, having worked in the field for decades, but her skills were outdated because she had left her last IT job in 2005 due to health reasons. Fast Forward, a community technology center in Columbia, S.C., helped Moody earn CompTIA A+ and Network+ certifications to resume her IT career. Melanie Moody “Technology moves so fast in the IT field, when I tried to get back into it, I had a hard time; my knowledge was behind,” says Moody, who worked ...
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  • Women in IT – The Numbers

    by Anna Matthai  | March 26, 2012
    When you call the IT department or tap the talents of developers inside your organization, chances are you’ll be dealing with a man. While women accounted for 47 percent of the total U.S. labor force in January, they comprised just 28 percent of core IT occupations, according to data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.Much of this gap can be attributed to the fact that women are underrepresented in the STEM fields – science, technology, engineering and math.  Between 2000-2001, women earned 57 ...
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  • The Future of Your Sales Team: It’s Inside...

    by Ken Thoreson  | March 15, 2012
    This year, I anticipate we will see a reduction in external sales positions of around 20%: 10% will be lost for good, and the other 10% will move inside. I believe that this pattern will continue for the next three years, until we are left with less than 10% of the total sales population working externally. The reasons for this are obvious: Advances in technology mean that we can communicate just as easily from our desks, using video conferencing etc.Jonathan FarringtonIf Jonathan is right, IT s ...
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  • Small Business Government Contracting: Legislation Introduced

    by Lamar Whitman  | March 07, 2012
    A series of bills have been introduced in the House during the last month that aim to increase and strengthen small business participation in government contracting – an important goal that CompTIA has always supported.  Development of this legislation follows over a year of hearings held by the Small Business Committee on various contracting issues.  This group of bills will help to direct more government contracting dollars to small businesses and should be enacted. Included in H.R. 3850, “Gov ...
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  • Reduce Your Customer Concentration to Build Business Value

    by Bob Dale  | February 14, 2012
    In two recent blogs I wrote about increasing the value of a privately-held IT company by reducing some of the risk factors. In this post I’ll focus on the risk of having an excessive concentration in your customer base. Many small businesses can't help but have a handful of customers who generate a large percentage of their revenue. This is often a problem for project-based organizations that handle large initial undertakings for their clients. Buyers will usually review any client relationship ...
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