Friday, June 2, 2017

Workplace changes called for to place more women in IT jobs - TECH TARGET

by Jason Sparapani
Originally published: June 1, 2017

Organizations today are having a tough time finding and keeping talented technology workers to run cloud, big data and cognitive computing systems. They're also doing a poor job of putting women in IT jobs, especially leadership positions, a business researcher affirmed at the recent MIT Sloan CIO Symposium in Cambridge, Mass.

Kristine Dery, research scientist at MIT's Center for Information Systems Research, headed a panel on attracting talent in a digital world where experience in the latest technologies is in short supply. She said 40% of women who start in entry-level positions in companies never get past the middle-management level.

"All of us are experiencing a shortage. All of us have got problems attracting and retaining the right people," Dery said. "Do we need to actually rethink the whole environment that [IT people] are working in and the nature of these roles?"