Women in Technology: The Outrageous Opportunity for Parity, Innovation, and Profit

Women in Technology: The Outrageous Opportunity for Parity, Innovation, and Profit

This IDC Market Perspective focuses on uncovering successful strategies that lead to greater inclusivity of women in both technology roles and technology companies. Readers of this document can use the survey data and analyst insights to inform their overall gender diversity and inclusion practices and better understand the drivers and inhibitors for greater inclusion of women at IT organizations."Women remain significantly underrepresented at all levels of technology companies and technology roles. It is a failure of our industry, educational institutions, and policymakers placing the tech sector at a distinct disadvantage in attracting and retaining talent. Successful technology companies will increasingly sell into global markets targeting new customer segments and innovating around customized products. Diversity in experience, skills, and insights will be an essential competitive advantage in building strategy, engaging with customers, and uncovering new opportunities." — Michelle Bailey, group vice president, IDC's Cloud and Datacenter services

Executive Snapshot
New Market Developments and Dynamics
Situation Overview
Women Are Minority Employees at Technology Organizations
Intense Competition and Increasingly Global Markets Require Diversity in Corporate Culture
Diversity and Inclusion in Tech Remains Elusive; Gender Diversity Is Rated at the Bottom of Major Inclusivity Measures at Technology Organizations
Gender Diversity Goals at IT Organizations Are Very Mediocre
Women in IT Are Just as Ambitious as Men and Have the Same Major Career Goals
There Is No Silver Bullet to Solving Gender Imbalance in Tech, But Pay Equity Is an Obvious Next Step
Equal Pay for Equal Work: The EEOC Is Now Focused on Major U.S. Technology Companies
Transparency in Pay Data Is a Must in Closing the Gap for Women
Male Mentors Are More Effective at Helping Women with Pay and Compensation
Gender Diversity Doesn't Necessarily Lead to Inclusion … or Does It?
Advice for the Technology Organization
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