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Recently I have had quite a few chats with clients and suppliers about the march to The Cloud. Covid19 and lockdown have had a big influence on changing attitudes, although I think I really saw a corner turned, in mid 2018.
Council and Local Authority clients were always reluctant to consider the cloud. Turkeys didn’t used to vote for Christmas as a rule, nor did quite well paid council infrastructure teams. From 2018 onwards, within ten minutes of talking about procurement, I heard more and more, “Whatever we buy, must all be in the Cloud and off-prem”.
Solutions have been available in the Cloud for a decade, although recently we have more robust security protocols, offerings, Cyber Essentials and procurement safeguards, which all reassure.
Cyber security has become a new growth industry, almost from a standing start and something no site can really avoid taking seriously. Its not cheap and quite rightly has become big business. A client pointed me to an interesting article last week on cybersecurity company Darktrace, just about to float on the stock market for £3billion price tag.
She should be worth £20m after flotation, which is a nice wedge indeed. Readers of this blog will be aware of my thoughts on IT and gender mix. It is a very male geek dominated sector on the whole and Poppy has also become something of a gender diversity champion, in the bloke-dominated tech world.
The ICT industry average is about 15% female, Darktrace to their credit manage more like 40%. What’s the gender mix in your ICT or implementation/development team? Is it improving, or perhaps as David Byrne would say, ”Same As It Ever Was” ? In my own sons computer science college group, out of twenty students, only four are other than male.
Why are we so poor at encouraging females in the ICT foundation subjects of science, tech, engineering and maths? Amber Rudd wrote an interesting article on this, for the Times back in February, worth checking out
As previously, I would say from what I generally see, that we are still not getting the best of mixed gender techie teams, on our helpdesks, IT Teams, development or implementation. There is a lot to do.
Read the Guardian article here.
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