Aricent has many amazing women making an impact in the company, with our clients, and ultimately the world.
This past week, on March 8 we celebrated International Women’s Day and I was proud of the many conversations that took place across Aricent on this important topic. However, I want to acknowledge that it should be more than a day or month, but part of the DNA of our great company to embrace diversity and support women in the quest we all have for equality and fairness.
Each month, I meet probably 10-20 customers from all over the globe. Sometimes I’m there to talk about projects we’re working on together; but most of the time I’m there to listen. We hear directly from R&D leaders worldwide about some fundamental shifts in the networking, telecom, semiconductor, software, and internet sectors.
Every time there’s a discussion on disruption in the industry, I’m reminded of a time I was visiting Bangalore. It was about eight years ago and I was working for IBM. We wanted to make a really big statement about how important India was to us. So we rented the palace grounds, erected a building in the grounds, got all the production bells and whistles and invited all of the 10,000 local employees to attend. We even hooked up satellites and connected an additional 40,000 employees so they could participate.
A few weeks ago I had the pleasure of speaking at the Zinnov Confluence conference in Bangalore, where I was able to meet representatives from some of the leading multinational companies in technology, communications and manufacturing.