What’s Hot in IT?

iInnovate Big Data! Big Data refers to data of a size beyond the ability of typical database software tools to capture, store, manage and analyse. According to Mckinsey, Big Data is the next frontier for innovation, competition and productivity.  What’s Hot in IT is an evening of networking & discussion in a friendly and informative atmosphere, to connect with Technology leaders who are making this future a reality.  In a ‘round table’ format, our panel of Technology specialists will lead discussions to showcase innovative ways Big Data can be utilised in Cognitive Thinking, Predictive Analytics and Augmented Reality (AR). Be part of the discussion with our distinguished panellists including entrepreneurs, accelerators and corporate innovators who will share their personal experiences of working on this hot topic. Our panel members Leading discussions at this event will be: Darren Abbruzzesse, General Manager – Technology Data, ANZDarren is the General Manager and Divisional CIO for Technology Data. His remit is to develop and execute the technology strategy and lead the global team responsible for delivery of data-related projects and innovation. Darren’s previous roles at ANZ include General Manager, Technology Institutional and Global Head of Technology for Global Markets. Prior to joining ANZ in 2008, Darren worked across a multitude of industries in IT-based roles at Toyota, Deutsche Bank, Reuters and a dot com.  Darren holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science, a Graduate Diploma in Applied Finance and a MBA. Madhumita Arora, Business Intelligence/Data Warehousing/Big Data Analytics-IM Delivery Leader at HCL TechnologiesMadhu has more than 18 years of experience in the IT industry, specialising in information management. She has worked as a consultant in several large organisations in Australia. She has a well-rounded experience and progressed through various technical and delivery roles.  She has successfully led technical teams and is a keen and enthusiastic learner, and always endeavours to keep abreast with latest technology trends. Her assignments include delivering an end-to-end Data Warehousing and Business Intelligence program, and working on a Big data platform implementation in a lead role. Serene Chia, Consultant – Big Data & Analytics, DeloitteSerene is regarded as a true one-woman band with experience in the end to end delivery of Big Data solutions and driving the realisation of business value from data insights. She recently single-handedly worked closely with general managers, embodying Agile ways of working to translate business requirements into functional Big Data solutions and strategize the upfront delivery of tangible business value. Serene has also consulted in Telecommunications, Retail and Financial Services industries, with a keen passion for the intersection between technology, business process optimisation and enabling super-user organisations Jeff Feldman, Director – Big Data & Analytics, Deloitte Jeff is a seasoned professional, specialising in bringing to market emerging technologies and cutting-edge trends.  Over his 18 year career, which has spanned North/South America, Europe, Russia and Asia Pacific he has been involved with a number of leading tech startups and global conglomerates, including leading the architecture of a few $100M+ projects for some of the world’s largest telecommunication companies.  In his current role with Deloitte, he helps lead the Big Data …

#BOLDMoves Celebration & Whitepaper Launch

You are invited to attend the launch of the #BOLDMoves White Paper.  This exclusive event concludes a 12-month program of inspiration, innovation and industry trials. Our goal was to uncover high impact initiatives to see more women lead in technology and digital, and our white paper will show we have more than succeeded. This is our opportunity to thank the organisations who participated in the innovation workshops and workplace trials. Join us to be inspired and share the results with your social networks. Tickets strictly limited.

2016 Annual General Meeting

Save the Date! Vic ICT for Women’s agenda is driving actions that change our world through programs that positively affect the lives of our members and the industries they work in, and engaging with those that shape our future pipeline – the students and graduates. Every year at this time we look back in amazement at what has been accomplished.  In collaboration with our members, sponsors and volunteers we have enhanced and extended our programs to facilitate entry, retention and progression of women working in ICT.  2016 has been a year of high activity and momentous achievements with increased member participation and active involvement lead by champions of change. All current members of Vic ICT for Women (including employees of Corporate and Education Sector members) are invited to participate in our AGM to celebrate the progress we have made in 2016 and learn about the changes in store for 2017.

TechDiversity Awards Gala Dinner

Save the Date! Recognizing & celebrating inclusion – seeking nominations of leaders and champions of diversity in the digital technology sector. Visit TechDiversityawards.com for further details – bookings for the Gala Dinner to be made via www.aiia.com.au/events  

Importance of Women in IT

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Importance of Women in IT

From IT nerd to making #BOLDMoves – shining a light on the path Do you want to hear how an introvert learnt how to  present in front of 100 people? How understanding and using your strengths can help you excel in your job?  How building self-esteem can help you become confident in your job and put your hand up for #BOLDMoves? Hear about how a shy, quiet kid who fell into the world of IT as a Developer became a senior leader within IT in a global company, passionate about diversity, leadership and continuous learning. Speaker: Caroline Stainkamph Caroline leads the Business Management & Transformation team within Global Development at Computershare (CPU).  Among many other things, she is responsible for the Leadership & Culture strategy across 400+ staff and leads a global Talent Management initiative in Technology Services. Caroline is the founder and sponsor for CPU’s Women in Technology program and  participates in Vic ICT for Women’s #BOLDMoves initiative. Join us to hear about Caroline’s transition from Nerd to #BoldMoves. Cost:    $40.00   ($15.00 for members of Vic ICT for Women, ACS and PMI Melbourne Chapter) Light refreshments provided on arrival. Proudly supported by: And hosted by:

#TechDiversity – amplifying the voice for change

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Vic ICT for Women are a proud and active contributor to the #TechDiversity initiative and the Awards that will be recognised on 4th August.

I urge you to get involved and gain recognition for the efforts you, as an individual, or as a company, are making to the IT industry in Victoria. You play a role in making the number of women in IT count by promoting Gender Diversity in IT, so turn the dial up – nominate and be noticed!

The words “maybe”, “second best”, and “too hard” don’t feature in my vocabulary…

I come from a small town in South Africa, a place with amazing diversity but with an unacceptable racial divide.  I learnt at an early age to aspire to change what I thought was wrong – and if roadblocks appeared, find a way to go around. My parents were English Catholic migrants desperate to fit in. I was always different.  I made my decision to leave family, friends and a cushy job as Assistant Accountant for Mercedes Benz in Johannesburg before I let myself conform to fit in! I travelled, did a range of jobs overseas that would never have fitted the mould back home and met an Aussie, came to Australia and became the mother of 2 amazing children who brought a new dimension to my life – gave up the rebel and settled down – but only for a while.[/cs_text][/cs_column][/cs_row][/cs_section]

How I turned my back on crime

I am by nature a competitive being, not sure if it was something instilled in me, or just something I felt growing up. It was simply that I had to do well, excel and be better than others. This was not in a bad way, but rather I measured my success on where others were at. This was to also play a part during my career. I often felt that women had to go above and beyond what men did or over achieve to be seen as successful. I started my IT journey in the 90s – it was a time of high interest rates, high unemployment rates – the recession hits hard, families start to lose jobs and their homes. One morning I began the process of looking for work. Failing to find a role suitable to my qualifications (BA (Hons), Post Grad in Criminology, ) I became a bit despondent. I held two degrees but no role to be found, yet there was water everywhere (in a vast pond called Information Technology), but not a drop to drink for me.[/cs_text][/cs_column][/cs_row]So Today, I have been –        Board member –        Mentor –        Blogger –        Go Girl Program Director –        Senior IT leader –        A mother –        A wife, a friend, a colleague Tomorrow, I want to –        Leave a legacy behind, that I have made a difference to those coming after me

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