I received the soure inquiry for your article Will cloud computing kick the IT door in for women? And responded with the email below.
I am extremely disappointed to read your article. Especially since your cited source is an employee of VMWare, a company with a very vested interest in pushing the cloud agenda.
Below is the contents of my original email that is an answer to your question: Will cloud computing kick the IT door in for women?
MY EMAIL TO SANDRA:
My name is Erin Kelley and I am the owner of a small IT services company in Chicago, IL. I am a technologist by career and business owner as of 2009… and I am female.
My answer to your inquiry is no… and what!?!
Cloud computing is just a pseudonym for hosted infrastructure. That infrastructure still has to be maintained rigorously by a team of skill IT professionals. I can’t see how that affords any different opportunity to women in IT than currently offered.
Hosted versus onsite is a pendulum that has been swinging back and forth as computer technology has evolved: from dummy terminals that connected to mainframes then the personal computer then the client server architecture then software as a service then ?whatever is next, maybe personal compute farms and hyper-local networks, who knows? But they all need skilled IT professionals to manage the technology.
Erin Kelley, Owner
Simply Smart Technology