|Women in IT|
I may not have the full networking and security knowledge as some guys or even other women however I am not afraid to stand in front of a rack and do some of the work that is required. Yes, I will even stand behind the rack and work on the connections if that is required.
A lot of the work on the servers is now done remotely so it means that you don't have to stand like I am standing very often. In this case the work that needed to be done required a physical presence so that meant it was a trip to the client site and into their server area.
In this case this is only part of the servers that the client has because they are located in more than one location so they spread out the servers to the various locations. Yes this rack looks small but because of virtualization is means that there can be a lot of data in a smaller space now.
I have heard a lot of comments when I have attended the various IT conferences because I am a women. In some cases I have been asked if I am in sales or marketing or was I an assistant in the IT department. Well, in a lot of cases I am in sales, marketing and accounting and every other department that a business has because when your business is only two people you work in all the departments at various times. Having the opportunity to learn and understand some of the server work that is required for the clients has made me happy because now I can assist the clients better.
In some cases for our clients I don't do any of the server or computer work and in some cases I am checking to ensure things are working like the client expects them to be working. It is sometimes nice to let the client know that they have an issue even before they are aware of it and sometimes we have even solved it before anyone sees the issue.
Through the various courses, seminars and conferences I have attended I have learned quite a bit and am now able to say that yes I am a women in IT.