The slogan for this year’s International Women’s Day is #BalanceforBetter marking the fact that we all have a part to play in building a better working world.
At iomart we are always looking for more women to join us, particularly as we are in an industry which historically has struggled to attract female talent.
To celebrate #IWD2019 we asked a number of the women working in some of our more technical roles to give us insight into the work they do. They are a great example of the opportunities that are open to women in the cloud computing industry.
Anusha Gundala – VIP Support Monitoring Technician
I have re-started my career after taking two and a half years out to look after my baby. Updating my skills and focusing on cloud certification during that time helped me to get the job with iomart.
I work in VIP support as a monitoring technician, which involves monitoring the software, hardware and network infrastructure for iomart’s customers as well as for the company itself. As a monitoring technician I have to act quickly towards resolution of problem. I’m surrounded by expert colleagues who are always ready to help if I get struck on any technical issue.
“I’d definitely encourage more girls to consider a career like mine. Society benefits immeasurably from a climate in which all persons, regardless of gender, earn respect, responsibility, advancement and remuneration based on ability.”
Lisa Mason – Group Head of Domain Management and Accreditations
I am responsible for the administration and management of domain names across the iomart Group, including the management of: registry agreements; accreditations; key customer accounts; administrative functions; and domain related support. My remit also covers the management of our customer care, ensuring that our customers are dealt with professionally and fairly. I’ve found over the last 15 years that as women we have helped each other – even if we’re from rival companies – and overall there has been progress on getting more of a balance.
“I used to step into meetings and be the only woman there. Today it’s a lot different. We’ve made a lot of progress in the domain name management industry, though there’s always more to be done.”
Mina Patel - Service Team Delivery Leader
I am based in iomart’s Manchester office where I lead a team of highly skilled and experienced IT engineers who support a large and diverse customer base. I am proud of my team and the success we have made since I joined the company. It is both challenging and rewarding. We prioritise our challenges and work to overcome them. It’s a journey we are on together and I have an abundance of gratitude to my peers and leadership team for their support.
“Working together strengthens relationships, creating a happier, more engaged and productive workplace. I am proud to be working for an ethical company.”
Anne Bryson – Group Development Manager
My job involves managing and motivating iomart’s development team who develop the tools, control panels and underlying systems used by our customers and staff. My job continues to be interesting due to the fact that we need to constantly update our systems to embrace new technologies and increase efficiency as the company grows. We currently have a couple of women developers in our team but I’m always keen to have a few more female techies around to balance things out.
“Over my time at iomart, I’ve been lucky enough to have some strong female role models but none in a technical role so I hope that my journey from junior developer to manager can inspire others regardless of gender.”
While it’s true that the tech industry still has work to do to create a more balanced working world, we hope these examples showcase that there are many varied careers that are available to women.