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The rise of female developers and Agile Angels

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The rise of female developers and Agile Angels

Written by Modality Newsroom on 3, July 2018

This year, Modality Systems is proud to be sponsoring the Sync DevelopHER Agile Angel Award – recognising women working in technology in East Anglia. In the lead up to the award ceremony, Head of Projects Jo Sims talks about why students should consider STEM careers and the opportunities for female developers at Modality Systems.

Jo-SimsI have been a Project Manager in the technology industry for 15 years. Our UK headquarters in St Albans has great female influence, and I’m delighted to be working alongside Head of Partnerships and Alliances Georgina Rollins, Head of Legal Samantha Hoo and Global Marketing Manager Louise Mahrra - to name a few! It’s fantastic to see women flourishing not just in IT roles, but within the wider IT industry in different specialisms.

It's interesting to note that 65% of children entering primary school today will be employed in jobs that don’t even exist yet. Subsequently, there’s a great need to challenge perceptions of what real-world jobs are like, and the opportunities STEM careers (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) will offer. As millennials continue to challenge the conventions of the 9 to 5 job, the balance between work and life is ever changing for the better. I would say it’s evolving into more of a continuous cycle, which breaks the constraints of the stereotypical “office job”. 55% of millennials say flexible working is very important to them and I expect that figure will increase in the coming years, further supported by innovative collaboration platforms such as Microsoft Teams.

With technology growing at such a rapid pace, and the changing expectations of customers, STEM qualifications are now high in demand. In the UC sector alone, cloud technology has seen a dramatic increase in adoption from large enterprises looking to advance their digital transformation solutions. 40% of cloud users in 2017 were reported to be “Cloud First” organisations – so there are great career opportunities in this space.

At Modality Systems we have a passionate, award-winning development team based in Norwich – working with customer feedback to create new software solutions, which extend the value of Microsoft technology. Lead by Software Engineers Rob Taylor and Paul Hodgson, our amiable dev department offers opportunities to expand on existing skillsets and join the growing Microsoft community. This ability to produce innovative software strengthens our offering to our customers, and we pride ourselves on our workforce’s talent and enthusiasm

We hope to see more women apply for our development and IT roles in the future. To see our latest vacancies, visit our careers page.


Jo Sims

Head of Projects | Modality Systems


DevelopHER_Sponsor-2bDo you know an Agile Angel working in technology in East Anglia? Nominate her for the DevelopHER Awards today.





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