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Kirsten Craft continued from page 20 CEO. He does an amazing job of balancing being a visionary with supporting the professional growth of his employees. A few years ago he said we need to be in the data center business, long before our competitors were even thinking about the cloud. Now our Managed Solution Center is the only Tier 3 data center in the region and an important part of our business. He promotes people with a passion for a new business area to lead it, and encourages experimentation and constant improvement. If we miss a quarter because we’re doing something new, that person is not going to get their head chopped off. What’s most important is that we learn and never stop improving on what we deliver to our clients. That approach to building the business for the long term has served us very well. quickly, creating new positions every day. Be willing to try things—you’ll create skill sets that are important to any career. Looking back, I certainly didn’t want to work the IT help desk, but that job taught me a lot about customer care—and a lot about how to do the job I do today. WiT: What message would you send to young girls considering IT-related careers? KC: Be open-minded. If there’s an opportunity to get engaged in IT, take it. I’ve found that you really don’t know what you want to do until you start doing something, and technology is changing Sara Aase is a freelance writer based in Minneapolis. women in On the Move Nalini Elkins, CEO and founder, Inside Products, Inc. Nalini Elkins is a recognized leader in computer network diagnostics and performance. An experienced software product architect, she has been the founder or co-founder of two start-ups in the high-tech arena. These women have also pursued notable IT careers. Sue Griffin, director, Corporate Communications, Sirius Computer Solutions Sue Griffin has enjoyed a long IT career. She joined IBM in 1988, holding positions as technical writer, systems engineer and manager. In 2002 she joined Sirius where she has held sales, marketing and management positions. She is now responsible for corporate and marketing communications nationally. Natalie Hahn O’Flaherty, senior vice president, Marketing, ASG Software Solutions Natalie Hahn O’Flaherty is a 15-year veteran marketing leader with a philosophy to test, validate and push the boundaries of communications to solidify customer loyalty, break into new markets and grow revenues. Roxanne Reynolds-Lair continued from page 11 helped overcome the challenges. Working with teams to collaborate the best way to solve a technical problem or meet a business need is much more productive—and fun— than going it alone. leezza Rice and Amelia Earhart. I admire and respect women who are confident and willing to pursue their dreams on their own terms. I love the recent quote by Danica Patrick: “I want to be the first me, not the next somebody else.” emulate the traits you admire. IT careers can touch every aspect of a business. In today’s world, it’s important to understand how a business operates. Technology for technology’s sake is not enough—it must be applicable to people’s everyday lives. WiT: What message would you send to WiT: Who has been your best mentor? RRL: My mother—she taught me to believe that I could accomplish anything I chose—and other strong, independent women like Katharine Hepburn, Condoyoung girls considering IT careers? RRL: I would tell them to believe in themselves, to not be intimidated or overpowered by other people’s opinions. Seek out and identify people you respect. Endeavor to Caroline Vitse is a freelance writer and former IBM Systems Magazine editor. 24 SEPTEMBER 2012 WOMEN IN TECHNOLOGY

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of IBM Systems Magazine, Power Systems Edition - September 2012

IBM Systems Magazine, Power Systems - September 2012
Editor's Desk: It's the Economy, Genius
IBM Perspective: Myths and Truths About Cost
Dashboard: Big Bang to Big Data; A Wooden Light Bulb?; CEOs Going Social; Bubble 'Bots
Insider: Virtualization Blends the Best of Disk and Tape
Case Study: Mobile Defender: Jacksonville Public Defender's Office better serves clients with document imaging and mobile access
Cover Story: A Pivotal Position: CFOs link up with CIOs to move business forward
Feature: A New Lease on Your Business Life: Analyst Cal Braunstein offers economic perspective and advice
Focus on Storage: Store More Data With New Real-time Compression Technology
Next: Biometric Identifiers Will Soon Allow CIOs to Worry Less About Authentication Issues
FYI: Hot, Warm and Cold Data Find a Home With Storage Groups
Solutions: SafeNet/i; STORServer Backup Appliance; Robot/SCHEDULE Enterprise; SignHere 1.3.3; Double-Take for AIX 4.0; Presto 4; ARCAD 8.15; Compleo Designer; JD Edwards World A9.3; Change Tracker
Advertisers Index
Snapshot: Enselman Books Through Application Modernization
Reference Point - Global Events, Education, Resources for Power Systems
Women in Technology
Publisher's Letter: Leaders in Technology
CIO Jeanette Horan steers Big Blue into newly charted waters
FIDM's Roxanne Reynolds-Lair explains what makes her tick
IT is right where IBM's Zarina Stanford wants to be
Technology runs in the blood of zNextGener Kristine Harper
Susan Gantner works magic as a programmer and educator
Kirsten Craft enjoys taking on the challenges that come with an IT position
On the Move: These women have also pursued notable IT careers
2012 Power Systems Buyer's Guide Index

IBM Systems Magazine, Power Systems Edition - September 2012