Technology Trends and Diversity – by Sridhar Rangaswamy

Technology is a dynamic and an ever-changing arena. There are always changes taking place in the field of technology due to new inventions and discoveries and to keep up with the expanding demands of the consumers.

In the earlier days we just had the landlines.  The first cellular was discovered in April, 1973 by Martin Cooper, a Motorola Engineer, while walking and thinking about contacting someone on the streets of New York.

Similarly, we had the IBM mini-Proprietary system and today there is a huge leap towards the 5G – Fifth generation system, which will be dominant in 2023. The Cyber Security, which was known as Information Assurance will gain a place of prominence in the years to come.

The iPad, iPhone, Android Mobile, Windows Mobile are all ruling the World and we have become their slaves. Every kid is well versed in the use of any type of cell phone. Earlier people could work only on huge desktops and laptops, while today they can work and keep connected with their jobs through cell phones. It has made everyone’s life easier and more comfortable.

Today, based on skill sets, people are now moving to Big Data or Java Based scripts or Perl Languages. Those are the present trend, and less coding is involved as most of the database scripts are now automated. For example: Oracle Enterprise Manager (OEM) has automated through a portal/web. You can click and it will create a database that you can configure too.

In the Department of defense, they call it OEM (Original Equipment Manufactured).

Diversity in technology is of paramount importance for these businesses to prove their worth to their customers and remain in competition, which also leads to a robust and resilient economy. Diversity involves giving opportunities to people of color, as well as gender equality and representation of all the communities in the work force, tapping the potential and talent of all the folks from the different strata of life. Diversity also gives the companies opportunities to choose from a variety of talents and tap the best potential that will be of optimal use to the company. It also provides great and incredible ideas, change and dynamic growth to the businesses. 

The Big Tech Giants have dedicated and committed themselves to embracing diversity in their environment. While most of the employees in the Information Technology sector are Indians and Chinese (I have an acronym for them, and it is Integrated Chip.), we are far from reaching an appropriate level of diversity.  In addition, there is less job security in private organizations as compared to Federal, State or City employees. Recently, Meta, Amazon, HP have laid off many employees. We must consider, for example, how women are being affected despite being responsible for $20 trillion of the net worth of consumer spending. Women should command an important position in our task force. As they are aware of their consumers’ needs, it is imperative that women have a say as part of the work force, and should be an integral part of any company.

There needs to be more inclusion of diverse people by encouraging remote working schedules, being assertive and empathetic about it, changing the hiring strategy, training them to adapt to current changes. It is better for companies to go to the people in the remote locations rather than expecting them to come to the company. It would be a good idea to have some satellite offices assigned to reach out to diverse groups of people.

Lastly, I would like to conclude by stating in the words of Malcolm Forbes, “Diversity: the art of thinking independently together.”

Sridhar Rangaswamy

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