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Influential Women Closing the IT Gender Gap

Posted on Friday 8th March 2019 10:15

Influential Women Closing the IT Gender Gap | News

Firstly, Influential Software wishes the world a very positive International Women’s Day! At the same time, it would be wrong for us to ignore “the elephant in the RAM” – our code name for the notable gender gap in IT. In fact, it’s estimated that women fill only 17 percent of UK tech roles today.

At Influential Software, we have always encouraged more women to join us and the IT industry at large. And though we’re currently above average at 20 percent, it’s our target to have 25 percent women by 2020.

That’s why we’ve decided to highlight some of our brilliant women and share their view from inside the tech industry.

The Many Roads to Tech

Debbie Cooley, portfolio manager at Influential Software, is an example of how promoting science to young women has a real impact.

“When I was 16 I took part in a Women in Physics weekend at the University of Sussex. I was still studying my Physics GCSE, so it was exciting to be taken to the labs and allowed to use the university’s equipment,” says Debbie. “The point of the course was to bring more females into physics, and I did go on to take physics at A level.” Later in life, she held tech roles within the publishing industry before bringing her skills to Influential Software.

Meanwhile, QA analyst Imesha Chelvakumar and support consultant Sandeep Aujlah took more traditional paths, taking tech-related master’s degrees and then joining Influential Software.

Software developer Julia Malysheva made her decision even earlier. “When I was a young girl, I had a choice after school about what to do next. It could have been teaching, accounting, or trying something new and amazing – IT, which was a completely new industry with a lot of exciting opportunities. I chose an adventure.” Excellent choice!

Championing Diversity at Influential Software

Sadly, some women see a brighter career in industries where women are already in the lead. But Influential Software shows this doesn’t have to be the case.

Sandeep says, “The working environment at Influential is incredibly supportive to all, and as one of the few women in the office I’ve never felt excluded. Additionally I feel that I get the same training and work opportunities as my male colleagues.”

Imesha agrees, “Influential Software is a friendly, encouraging, and supportive environment, which has made my first experience in the tech industry very exciting. There’s always positive communication with the teams, and that encourages me to confidently make suggestions.”

Developing Women’s Role in IT

Yet the question remains, what can be done to address the gender gap?

Noting the few women on her degree, Sandeep says, “I think more emphasis could be placed on efforts to attract younger women, such as those still at school, to tech careers. We could give them access to female mentors who already work in IT, or offer experience of the work they could do in a future career.”

Imesha also suggests that inviting successful women in the IT industry to talk at schools and universities could be effective.

All four women expressed a lack of high-profile role models in tech and IT. However, this isn’t necessarily because women aren’t achieving in these areas. As Sandeep explains, “Having worked and studied in various fields of STEM, I’ve seen women who have risen to prominent positions in their respective disciplines. This has been inspiring as a real-life example of how women can progress and build successful and rewarding careers in their chosen scientific fields.”

So it seems the media are lagging behind the reality of women in tech. On the other hand, we should celebrate positive examples such as the Google Doodle for March 7.

Another cause for optimism could be the growing importance of IT in female-dominated industries such as publishing. As Debbie’s path shows, such industries can be a stepping stone for women to gain valuable IT experience. And as all industries grasp the transformational value of tech, that trend is only set to increase.

Interested in a career in IT? We’re always looking for talented people.


Microsoft Azure Website Launched

Posted on Wednesday 16th January 2019 2:58

Microsoft Azure Website Launched - Influential Software News

Widely accepted as the leading cloud for business applications and more, Microsoft Azure is playing a crucial role in the UK’s digital transformation. At Influential Software, our clients have seen the short- and long-term benefits of expert help with Azure development, deployment, migration, integration, hosting, security, and support. Now the Azure team’s work is reaching a wider audience through a new Microsoft Azure website.

Azure Development

Azure provides a platform for our developers to create cloud-native, easily scalable applications that drive your business faster. There’s no need for costly infrastructure, and our team’s agile approach to Azure development ensures an application that fits your exact needs.

Azure Deployment

A successful move to Azure cloud requires experienced assessment and planning. Our Azure deployment services follow a structured and reliable process that prevents any risk to your business. From initial consulting through planning and configuration, the Azure deployment team has your cloud covered.

Azure Integration

Azure makes it even easier for our team to integrate on-premises and cloud applications. From data to workflows, B2B to legacy software, there’s no limit to Azure integration with built-in and custom connectors.

Azure Hosting

Based on Microsoft’s global capability and renowned security, Azure is the world’s most trusted cloud provider. Influential Software has provided Azure hosting services to major UK clients, with a complete package of consulting and support services to keep everything running perfectly.

Azure Migration

Whether moving from on-premises or another cloud provider, our Azure migration services use a tried and tested methodology. Following assessment of the applications, workloads, and processes you plan to migrate, our team can provide an expert view on the best migration tool for your purposes.

Azure Support

Our Azure support services are designed to reduce the strain on your IT resources while providing expert assistance when needed. The Azure support team guarantees uptime, protects data, and reduces costs with tailored service level agreements (SLA).

Interested in the business cloud? Feel free to explore our dedicated Azure site.


New Umbraco Services Website

Posted on Friday 4th January 2019 3:22

Umbraco Services Website - Influential Software UK

From small start-ups to Fortune 500 companies, over 500,000 businesses use the Umbraco CMS to power their websites. The reason is simple: Umbraco is the most scalable, intuitive, functional, fast, and secure CMS out there. Based on the Microsoft .NET language, Umbraco is also the natural tool for our .NET development team. And now UK clients can explore our full capabilities on a dedicated Umbraco services website.

Custom Umbraco Development

With over 10 years of experience in .NET development, our team has a deep understanding of the language behind Umbraco. That makes all the difference when creating a custom CMS or website design. By consulting users from the very start, our Umbraco developers ensure a CMS that makes your editors creative, productive, and happy. We all know that positive editors make for positive content!

From initial strategy and planning through design and build, our developers take an agile, personalised approach to each project. Team specialisms include responsive web design, custom CMS development, e-commerce solutions, Umbraco Forms, Umbraco Courier, and Umbraco Headless.

Integrate Umbraco with Anything

Whichever systems you want to use with your website, there’s a way to integrate Umbraco. Besides our developer skills, the Influential Software team is also highly skilled in integration – as shown by our MuleSoft and Dell Boomi partnerships.

Umbraco allows us to create a seamless flow between your website and back office, marketing, payment, visual, and custom systems.

Umbraco Hosting and Umbraco Cloud

Choosing Umbraco hosting by a trusted third party in the UK means lower costs and fewer risks for your business. Alongside hosting, our support and maintenance packages will cover you against any eventuality.

Umbraco’s own hosting, known as Umbraco Cloud, offers exclusive features and a stable, predictable platform. Our team can accelerate your migration to Umbraco Cloud, offer integration expertise, and give custom support.

Migrate Your CMS to Umbraco

Migrating to the latest version, Umbraco 7, brings a faster interface, stronger security, and simpler coding tools. And Umbraco 8 is just around the corner.

Using the latest automated tools, our team avoids the time, errors, and risks of manual migration. It’s easy to migrate to Umbraco from any CMS, including Wix, Joomla, WordPress, or Drupal. We’ll make sure your content keeps its styling, layout, SEO tags, metadata, attachments, and more.

Tailored Support and Maintenance

When your website is your face on the world, every second of uptime matters. Our Umbraco support team will find a custom service level agreement (SLA) to suit your business. We also offer Umbraco health checks that assess the quality and performance of your site.

Looking to boost your presence online? Ask our team to get started.

Influential Software 2018 Review & 2019 Predictions

2018 Review & 2019 Predictions - Influential Software Blog

For the team at Influential Software, 2018 was a year of growth and change. Based on that positive record, what can we expect from the coming year? To get a better idea, let’s take a look back with our 2018 review of digital transformation success.

2018 Review: Major Clients and New Partners

Influential Software attracted some top-drawer names in 2018. From Arsenal Football Club to Pret a Manger, City of London Police to Gatwick Airport, and to Deloitte, our digital services were very much in demand.

Having ridden the waves of IT for over 20 years, we know that agility is the key to success. That’s why we’re always aiming to diversify and consolidate our skills with new partnerships and services. In the integration realm, we partnered with Dell Boomi and HULFT last year. Our Adaptive Insights partnership enabled us to offer cutting-edge financial planning software. And by partnering with Metalogix we broadened our services for SharePoint and Office 365.

Overall, we saw that UK organisations know the value of digital and are keen to reap the benefits. Under pressure to transform quickly, businesses have also realised the need for expert help. Our success this year depended on forward-thinking IT and business leaders who trusted us to solve their digital challenges.

2019 Predictions: Digital Acceleration

Given that tech expanded 2.6 times faster than the rest of the UK economy in 2018, we strongly expect this trend to continue. And technology doesn’t exist in isolation. Our clients approach us for real-world solutions that help them work faster and smarter than before. As long as businesses want to serve the digital generation – which is practically everyone these days – demand for digital transformation will increase.

More specifically, there are a few areas we expect to grow rapidly in 2019.

1. Tech Recruitment

While the tech economy is booming, there are dark clouds on the horizon. These represent a digital skills gap in the UK. Studies last year showed that 43 percent of UK adults did not have the basic digital skills needed for 63 percent of jobs. What’s more, only 16 percent of executives say their teams have the skills necessary to deliver their digital strategies.

All of this means that tech recruitment and training are becoming crucial for UK businesses to thrive. Thankfully, Influential Software is meeting this need with a range of technical recruitment and training services. Alongside recruitment for business intelligence, development, and support, we also specialise in MuleSoft recruitment, MuleSoft training, and BusinessObjects training.

2. Systems Integration

We love useful new applications. Over the years, businesses will continue to acquire more and more of them. The sticking point appears when that business wants to see the big picture, and it’s wrapped in layers of uncommunicative software. A good integration solution allows businesses to take on as many applications as they like, from any source, while keeping everything transparent and secure.  

As the digital economy continues to expand, so will the need for integration. Having partnered with MuleSoft in 2016, we followed up with Dell Boomi and HULFT partnerships in 2018. These three partners give us huge flexibility in solving integration challenges large and small.

3. Website & CMS Development

Websites are the new storefronts. With the right design, they can do everything that a physical shop does – and then some. It’s easy to see that website design and content management system (CMS) development will show strong growth in 2019.

Based on our development background in Microsoft .NET, we launched our Umbraco services site in 2018. On top of our long-standing work with Java and PHP, the Umbraco site showcases our skills with the world’s most powerful web development tool.

Unlimited Potential for Change

These 2019 predictions are only a snapshot of the likely trends. We could add that cloud computing, Internet of Things solutions, artificial intelligence, and machine learning are also set to grow in 2019. And with services for SAP Partner Managed Cloud, SAP Cloud Platform, and SAP Leonardo, our team is digitally ready for all outcomes.

Is your business looking to transform in 2019? Ask one of our experts how.

Influential Partner HULFT Expands EU Services

Posted on Thursday 3rd January 2019 12:34

HULFT approached UK digital integration specialists Influential Software to become UK partners in Q3 2018 and have now announced they are building on their success as HULFT expands further into Europe.

Hulft Enterprise | Influential partners Hulft announce European expansion

HULFT is a comprehensive data logistics platform that is quickly becoming the global leader in digital integration. So partnering with European market leaders such as Influential Software is just part of their global expansion strategy.

Influential Helping Partner HULFT Expand EU Services

Together, Hulft and Influential Software provide customers with both the strategic expertise and the unified platform they need. Helping businesses to overcome the most complex data integration challenges.

HULFT has decades of experience helping more than 10,000 customers transform their data, automate manual processes… To bridge the chasm between legacy systems and digital transformation… We’re excited to bring our proven history of customer success across all industries into the European market.

Junichi Yamazaki, director of business development for EMEA, HULFT, Inc.

The Hulft-Influential Software partnership brings business cutting-edge digital integration tools and experience to UK businesses. Which is great news for our more than 100 active UK clients who can benefit from industry-leading technical and business processes with complete data integration solutions. That means even more of our clients will soon be able to deliver trusted data from sources across their organisation.

The HULFT data logistics platform includes:

HULFT Integrate

Comprehensive, high-speed data integration architecture.
Securely compatible with all major data destinations through a simple, clean visual interface.

HULFT Transfer

A next-generation file transfer solution.
Move large volume, high-frequency information quickly, securely, and reliably.

HULFT Director

A highly flexible, intuitive, web-based central management for all data workflows.
HULFT Director is fully scalable and adjustable to your organisation’s needs.

Visit the Influential sites HUFLT-Integrate and HULFT-Transfer websites to find out more.

Find UK Data Integration and Data Transfer Solutions

Interested in HULFT products and services? Or looking for support and advice on integration projects? If so, talk to our team today.