IDC Women Transforming Technology Summit. Educate, Engage, and Empower
Over the past decade, diversity and inclusion have gained momentum, shedding light on the critical role of women in technology. Globally several women have assumed leadership positions with success, confirming findings that diverse organizations perform better, hire better talent, have more engaged employees, and retain workers better than companies that do not focus on D&I.
At its very core, digital transformation is about cultural change. Other than the technology aspect, it is change management, with a focus on creating a diverse organization. Over the past decade, diversity and inclusion (D&I) have steadily gained momentum, shedding light on the critical role of women in technology. According to IDC research, more than 80% of C-Suite executives think that D&I policies will have at least “some impact” on their business.
IDC research also indicates that at least 35% of organizations worldwide have D&I requirements as T&C criteria for IT suppliers, underlining corporate commitments to strengthening efforts on social topics – as more clients want to work with partners and vendors who share their values.
Diversity is a hot topic in the tech industry — and because it’s discussed frequently, it might be easy to feel like things have already changed. However, the momentum is still too slow in this region. Women remain largely underrepresented in STEM roles at about half that of male representation. Female participation in IT is about 35% with less than 18% in managerial roles.
Compounding the problem, IDC research found that 51% of employers in the region are accelerating their digitalization agenda and 60% of employers intend to accelerate the automation of processes. These changes are likely to do away with a set of roles that are increasingly redundant in the new future of work— and accelerate the creation of new roles. The distribution of female roles in IT is highly skewed towards the roles that will become automated.