Cloud services firms need to do a better job recruiting and retaining women if they want to fill positions with qualified candidates, according to the general manager of Intel's Cloud Service Provider Business, Raejeanne Skillern. She says the cloud computing field is growing very rapidly, but 1.2 million to 1.7 million roles are not being filled because of a lack of qualified applicants.
With research showing women spend more time online than men and outnumber them on social networks, Skillern says they also could help cloud firms better understand the users of their services and solutions.
Intel is working with the IT Cloud Computing Conference (IC3) to help make cloud computing training more accessible to women. The company will sponsor the IC3 Cloud Scholars program, which provides free admission to the multi-cloud and DevOps conference for the first 50 female students in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics to register. IC3 will offer sessions on Amazon, Google, SoftLayer and DevOps, and each track will feature technical training, certification prep, and hands-on labs so attendees can build a proof of concept.
"Our vision is to give developers and IT managers everything they need to evaluate cloud services, learn from the best instructors, and make plans and build proof of concepts in a vendor-neutral environment," says IC3 executive director Paul Owen.
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