Luring women into IT

The case for women in the technology business (The Register) interviews Rebecca George, director of director of UK government business at IBM and chair of the “Women in IT” forum. She seems to have a sensible approach to the issue, rejecting nonsensical positive discrimination policies and emphasising mainly the need for diverse teams as a key to success.

"A field like application development is, these days, about working in teams," she points out. "Women bring many needed skills to the team, particularly in data analysis, for example. When you are working on the kind of diverse problems that software developers face now, it makes sense that a diverse team will lead to a better output. You need a variety of different approaches to solve things." [...] She argues that the culture of a company is fundamental to its success or failure in retaining women, and that this is where the effort must go at a corporate level if companies want to have a diverse workforce. "The kinds of programmes that are attractive to the whole workforce will be the ones that change the culture," she says. [...] George is equally clear about how not to tackle the issue: "This is absolutely not about, and cannot be about positive discrimination. We don?¢‚Ǩ‚Ñ¢t have quotas, and we don?¢‚Ǩ‚Ñ¢t have targets."