Philippa Winram, Business Intelligence Manager at Pronto Software, has been with the company for 18 years and loves working at Pronto. In celebration of International Women’s Day this week, Philippa shares her top tips for women working in IT.

You can have it all
When I started working at Pronto Software 18 years ago, I had a young family and the company was very supportive of me as a working mother. I found that you can have a family and a successful career but you need to get organised and have a very disciplined life and a disciplined house. My husband and I were very focused on our careers and having a disciplined house did not hurt our three children.

I was a better mother because I was working as it forced me to make decisions faster. As I was so busy I didn’t have time to ‘sweat the small stuff’ and I believe that attitude helped my children to succeed in life. My children look back now and say to me, how did you do it mum? At the time it seems like everything is happening all at once, and you need to accept that and deal with it as it comes.

You will find that the one thing that everyone agrees with in any kind of project is to have a consistent methodology.

If you have an easily understood and repeatable methodology then you increase the likelihood that project success can be repeated. That is not to say that the methodology must be a set of rigid and minutely defined steps. There still needs to be flexibility to adapt to environment, resources, timeframe and the nature of the project. For example a project to implement an entirely new ERP will differ from a project to change the way inventory is valued. The methodology must be scalable, flexible and adaptable.

Here are five stages worth looking at if you would like your next implementation delivered on-time, on-budget and on-expectations.

Each time the topic of ‘IT jobs’ comes up in the media, it attracts varying degrees of speculation and debate about what vendors should be doing to meet perceived challenges. There is often alarm and concern assigned to research findings that would lead us to believe the entire industry is somehow in trouble.

Licensing Linux as Open Source (GPL) in 1992 proved to be a major milestone to the success of the Operating System (OS) created by Linux Torvalds. Twenty years on, Linux is one of the more successful OS and a de-facto standard for website hosting servers.

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