FITT Septmber Newsletter 2015
 
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FITT newsletter 2015 - September

Dear Members,

Welcome to the September issue of the FITT newsletter, we have a bumper edition this month, big news from our partners as well as from the FITT committee.

Firstly we are excited to welcome our new events lead Jane Bilsborough to the committee. Jane is a seasoned events professional and her first project is organising IWD 2016! On why she joined FITT, Jane had this to say;
 
“I am passionate about promoting women in IT. I thought FITT would be a fabulous organisation to be involved with to share some of my insights and learnings also to learn from successful women in the industry. I volunteered for the role as I believe I have the skills required and wanted to be involved with the organisation.” Check out Jane’s bio on the FITT website here.
 
The FITT committee would like to acknowledge the fantastic work former events lead Valeria Ignatieva did in her two-year tenure at FITT, launching the inaugural IWD in Melbourne and growing our flagship Sydney event. We wish Valeria the best of luck in her new endeavour at Diverse City Careers, check out their event below.
 
On another big event, VIC ICT for Women, AIIA and ACSW are launching their #BOLD Moves gala dinner event in Melbourne on 8th October, check out the details below.


We also have some insightful information from our sponsors this month, Paxus have prepared a market skills commentary on what skill are in demand currently in the IT recruitment market. New FITT Gold Partner Avanade has made their digital workplace insights report available to FITT members, check out the link below.
 
FITT in conjunction with partner Origin had a full house in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane at the latest business networking events across the three states. With fabulous feedback and a thirst for more from our members, look out for our next event coming up in November before the silly season kicks in.

Our exec profile this month comes from new FITT partner Motorola, Alexandra Reynolds-Jones, is Motorola’s Marketing Director, reading her profile the piece that really struck a chord is the pitfall of the pressure of living up to others’ expectations in taking on a new role. Something we’ve all been through at one point or another.

Finally we are recruiting for a new marketing lead, I will be stepping down at the end of this year after three wonderful years as marketing lead at FITT and it’s time to hand over to someone with fresh energy and ideas to take FITT’s brand to the next level, if that’s you, check out the job spec below.


Until next month….



Regards
Catriona Walkerden
Newsletter Editor and FITT Marketing Lead
On Behalf of the FITT Management Committee

 












Exec Profile – Alexandra Reynolds-Jones – Motorola

FITT Sponsor– Market Commentary from Paxus Recruitment

FITT Sponsor – Avanade Digital Workplace

FITT Business Exchange – Review 

FITT Vacancy – Marketing Lead 

Industry Event Sydney – Cisco 

Industry Event Melbourne – #BoldMoves VICT ICT, AIIA ACSW 

FITT Media – A summary of the month's social media posts 

FITT – Industry Vacancies 







 

FITT – Executive Profile 

Alexandra Reynolds-Jones,

Motorola Marketing Director



What is your current role and what is your scope? 

I’m Motorola Solutions’ Marketing Director across Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific. In the simplest terms my role is all about focusing on our customers’ values and needs and ensuring we present ourselves to them in a way that reflects partnership, engagement and striving to achieve shared business objectives.


Read More >

FITT Sponsor – Market Commentary from Paxus Recruitment


Paxus, a long standing FITT corporate sponsor, are seeing a steady increase in demand for Technology skills throughout 2015. Paxus believes this will continue into 2017. 

Read More >

FITT Sponsor – Avanade Digital Workplace


Read about Avanade’s Digital workplace summary. This fascinating eBook discusses Avanade’s approach to Digital Workplace design and implementation.

Read More >

FITT Business Exchange – Review



Sept 2015 
In conjunction with Origin
Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne


Read More >

FITT Vacancy – Marketing Lead


Have you been admiring FITT’s events and programs from afar, always an attendee and wanting to get involved and shape the leading industry body for women in ICT in Australia?

Read More >

Industry Event Sydney – Cisco Networking



BOOK NOW: Thu 22nd Oct for a Cisco breakfast seminar

Read More >

Industry Event Melbourne – #BoldMoves



Read More >

FITT Media – Social Media Summary


Welcome to our new monthly feature. We aim to bring you the best and most tagged/ tweeted/ favoured articles from the last month in IT, collated from the FITT sites by Charlotte Ong-Wisener in our marketing department.

Read More >

FITT – Industry Vacancies



Ready for a new professional challenge in a dynamic and friendly environment?

Check out the list of exciting and unique IT job opportunities currently available at Phoenix HSL. 


Read More >

FITT – Executive Profile

Alexandra Reynolds-Jones, Motorola Marketing Director


What is your current role and what is your scope?  

I’m Motorola Solutions’ Marketing Director across Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific. In the simplest terms my role is all about focusing on our customers’ values and needs and ensuring we present ourselves to them in a way that reflects partnership, engagement and striving to achieve shared business objectives.

This is never more important for Motorola Solutions today in a time that businesses and governments want to get maximum benefit from technology to overcome daily challenges, provide stability and adapt to future trends.

 
What attracted you to a career in ICT? 
At the beginning I was attracted to the strength of working for an iconic, global brand in the ICT industry but my perspectives have changed a lot over the past 10 years. Today I have a much better appreciation of the significance of what we stand for as a business and understanding how our work and innovation contributes to wide scale social and economic change. I feel fortunate to contribute to a business that is bringing about these changes and to work within such a dynamic industry.
 
Tell us about the highpoints and lowpoints of your career? 
I was appointed Director for the Australia and New Zealand Chamber of Commerce (now Australian Business in the UK) in London when I was 25. I reported to the board and was held accountable by some incredibly influential private sector “chiefs” from companies such as Rolls Royce, Qantas and National Australia Bank. I was also dealing directly with government leaders such as the Australian High Commissioner and the State Agents-General.

Notwithstanding the opportunity I experienced many low points in the first six to twelve months of that role because I was so inexperienced and too consumed with living up to others’ expectations of me in the role.

Over time and with more experience I was able to turn those lows into highs through hard work and determination; the hardest challenges are usually the most gratifying!

I learned a lot during this time, particularly, to ask for advice. I was surrounded by brilliant minds with diverse expertise. My willingness to work hard for the business was rewarded by their support and they understood that I just wanted to achieve the best possible results. Ultimately, the business was successful and I gained an excellent grounding in how to manage challenges with confidence.

 
What does work life balance mean to you?
Work life balance means that when one part of my life needs more of my time and dedication, the other part can adjust to accommodate it with ease. Everyone needs flexibility. I take the opportunity to put extra effort in at work or at home when the need arises. Then, if I do need to re-balance at short notice, I can do so without causing too much disruption. I love having this kind of flexibility in my life.
 
What attracted and kept you in the ICT industry throughout your career? 
Conversations in ICT are always changing. Motorola Solutions’ contribution to communities, businesses and governments is very different today compared to when I started 10 years ago. My role keeps challenging me to think differently which energises and motivates me.
 
What ambitions personal or professional do you still want to achieve? 
My husband, Nick and I love to travel. We have been lucky to see a lot of the world but Russia, Central and South America, and the majority of Africa remains unexplored! Professionally, I would love to work on a substantial project. I attended a chief marketing officer (CMO) course at the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University earlier this year in Chicago. Some of my peers were developing incredibly high profile strategies. They largely represented USA consumer brands but it was exciting to hear their strategies, intended outcomes and plans to achieve them. I would love to contribute to a project that has significant market presence.
 
What’s the one piece of advice you'd give to yourself starting out on your career?
Always surround yourself by people who you believe are better than you are. It is impossible to be successful without a successful team around you. Whether they report to you or are more senior, identify the strengths you need to complement your weaknesses or inexperience so you are collectively made more capable. Everything is easier with the right minds on the task, and nothing is more satisfying than achieving – or exceeding – the goals you set.


Paxus, a long standing FITT corporate sponsor, are seeing a steady increase in demand for Technology skills throughout 2015. Paxus believes this will continue into 2017. This will be primarily driven by the increasing need to meet consumer expectations, deliver new innovations and addressing digital disruption to remain competitive.

The changing composition of IT demand - “Role Categories” – 5 year Paxus perspective

The increasing demand for IT staff will not be uniform and there will be winners and losers as the market continues to evolve. This changing IT skills mix is best illustrated by looking at the types of roles Paxus have received over the last 5 years from our clients. The clear winners in the demand stakes are IT Project Resources, who are typically hired on a contingent (contract) basis. At the forefront of this increase are Business Analysts and Project Managers, combined with “Consultants”, the category where we include the newer and niche technologies.





                     

 

This chart reflects data collected from NSW but reflects a national trend.




There are many market forces contributing to this picture, the three major drivers for change are considered to be:

Emerging Technologies - Digital/Mobility/Analytics
These projects/initiatives are now at the forefront of every CxO’s mind. Engaging the individual customer, across whichever platform they prefer to use in a clever, personalised, engaging and secure way. Real time payments and the explosion of mobile devices and initiatives are prime examples of this.

Maturing of “IT Partner” models
IT outsourcing has matured from the old fashioned “whole of shop” approach from 10-15 years ago, to a “selective partnering” model. In practical terms, this has meant new development projects can be staffed by 2 or 3 partner organisations, with some work on-shore and some off-shore. Additionally, when in production, partner organisations can be used who may have an off-shore capability and this has impacted some of the skills/roles that are easier to transition to partners.

NSW State Government consolidation/mergers
There have been major re-organisations in NSW Government, which combined with increased investment overall has seen a strong demand for Project resources. State government rationalisations have occurred across a number of agencies and have certainly contributed to an increase in IT Project resource demand.

Paxus are happy to help members of the FITT community in further understanding where job opportunities may lie. We see growth in IT roles, particularly in the Business Analyst and Project Manager disciplines. Please see our website for full list of opportunities. For further information please contact Paxus and add “FITT Query” in your comments.




Read about Avanade’s Digital workplace summary.

This fascinating eBook discusses Avanade’s approach to Digital Workplace design and implementation. It outlines strategies and capabilities that enable organisations to tailor and tune employee experiences to achieve elevated engagement and empowerment, and ultimately, increased productivity, faster innovation and reduced costs.

Read more here 

FITT Business Exchange – Review



Sept 2015
In conjunction with Origin
Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne  


FITT and networking sponsors Origin were thrilled to have nearly 160 people register for Networking events across Melbourne, Brisbane and Sydney.

The theme for the evening was ‘Engaging Stakeholders’ and we introduced a new format of more informal networking groups. Feedback so far has been positive:

"The change in format of breaking into groups was a success." - Brisbane
"I thought it was a great mix of people attended. Lots of different ages and roles in the industry. The mix of activities got everyone engaged and was relevant to everyone by being so broad. It was a great atmosphere to meet everyone." – Melbourne
"I met some new contacts and talked about shared experiences. Interesting discussions about stakeholders in terms of building trust, credibility and obtaining buy in." - Sydney

Watch out for our next events scheduled for November.

FITT Vacancy – Marketing Lead



Have you been admiring FITT’s events and programs from afar, always an attendee and wanting to get involved and shape the leading industry body for women in ICT in Australia?

If so we want to hear from you. The marketing lead of FITT controls the FITT Brand, Social Media Channels, its newsletter and the marketing of FITT’s programs and events. You’ll have a team of volunteers to help execute on your strategy and a great committee of senior women in the industry to inspire you.

Check out the job spec on the FITT website

Industry Events Sydney – Cisco Networking



BOOK NOW: Thu 22nd Oct for a Cisco breakfast seminar

Topic: What organisations can do to improve Maternity/Parental Leave Policies to retain and attract talent.
Time: 08:30-10:30am
Location: Level 10, 80 Pacific Highway, North Sydney 2060



Come along to our FREE Breakfast Networking event
What Organisations can do to improve Maternity/Parental Leave
policies to retrain and attract talent

  



Listen to presenters such as Tara Ridley discuss issues - go to the FITT website and read Tara's Bio here.

Learn about how Cisco and other organisations are addressing this topic. 
Bring your ideas along and join in the discussion, whether you are already a parent or planning on becoming a parent. There will be some time to break out into discussion groups with like-minded professionals to share your ideas and network
  • What’s top of mind for you? 
  • What has worked well in your company/experience? 
  • What hasn’t worked?
  • What things would you like to see/change?

Book Now for this free event.


Industry Event Melbourne – #BoldMoves



 

FITT Media – Social Media Summary



Welcome to our new monthly feature. We aim to bring you the best and most tagged/ tweeted/ favoured articles from the last month in IT, collated from the FITT sites by Charlotte Ong-Wisener in our marketing department.

Here are the top 3 articles that FITT shared on Facebook that received the highest organic reach and engagement rate.

1. "Too cocky" or "a bitch": What's holding female tech entrepreneurs back. 

2. Your will find never work/life balance.  

3. Code Like a Girl: Female tech leaders encourage more women into digital leadership roles. 

FITT – Industry Vacancies



Ready for a new professional challenge in a dynamic and friendly environment?

Check out the list of exciting and unique IT job opportunities currently available at Phoenix HSL.

In addition to offering the opportunity to work alongside an exceptional multicultural and close team on a range of projects spanning many industries, Phoenix HSL also provides unparalleled benefits from its work life balance policies. Some examples: flexible work hours, flexible delivery options and a friendly work environment with numerous social events throughout the year.

Does it sound like a great fit for your next professional move? To know more about Phoenix HSL and apply to any of these opportunities, visit the company website or contact Ashdown People.