IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2016 - 37

WOMEN IN TECH
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Nancy DiFilippo
Speaks to the
Challenge/
Opportunity
of Women
in the Workplace
Bock suggests paying attention
to the details in life, learning and
loving to fix things, and being
curious about solving problems.

LAURA DIDIO
Principal, Information
Technology Intelligence
Consulting
Boston

MANDY CHESSELL
CBE FREng,
IBM Distinguished Engineer
Hursley, UK
Mandy
Chessell has
shepherded
many projects
involving
changes to
technology and approaches.
Those alterations often were met
with skeptical reception. But by
speaking with everyone affected
by the change and gathering ideas
and support, Chessell has guided
these projects to completion
despite initial interference.
Chessell is the proud co-author of "Patterns of Information
Management," a book on designing IT systems. In writing the
book, based on her 29 years of
experience, Chessell thought
deeply about system designs and
the benefits of one approach over
another. This resulted in not only
a book, but it also improved her
skills in explaining system operations and why a feature must be
designed in a particular way.
For young women considering
IT, "success comes to those who
make the choice to be excellent
at what they do," Chessell says.
"Becoming excellent is driven by
the choices you make every day to
add to your skills, deliver a little
bit extra and try something new."

Laura DiDio
launched her
IT-related
career in the
mid-1980s
when the hightech industry began to take off. As
a journalist covering IT for several
publications, DiDio learned
about semiconductors, computer
hardware, software applications,
networking and connectivity as
those areas grew and evolved. In
the '90s, she became an analyst
specializing in the IT industry.
In those heady early days,
DiDio's biggest challenge
was keeping up with the
ever-changing industry. As a
journalist, she took classes and
asked questions. She received
a big boost in knowledge from
interviewing some of the original
Silicon Valley high-tech pioneers,
including the late Robert Noyce,
co-founder of Intel*; L.J. Sevin,
co-founder of Mostek; Bill Gates,
co-founder of Microsoft*; and Eric
Schmidt, former CEO of Google.
By being tenacious, DiDio
learned to overcome her initial
fear about mastering the complexities and intricacies of high
tech. Three decades later, "I'm
still here, so it's worked out
well," she says.
To those entering the field,
DiDio suggests taking charge and
making your own luck. Don't be

The ThruPut Manager team
is pleased to introduce
Nancy DiFilippo. As a seasoned
woman in technology, she understands the challenges women in
IT face; but her experience is the
exception that proves the rule.
Beginning her career right out of
college at Data Crown, she found
support from colleagues and managers in the mostly male IT world.
Expected to soar, she was able to
become a JES2 expert and eventually found a role as a developer
and later a support engineer for
the product that became ThruPut Manager. Along the way, she
credits forward-looking bosses
for seeing the need to support
telecommuting, an essential in her
role as a new parent.
DiFilippo knows how fortunate
she has been in her career, but her
dedication, hard work and positive
attitude have ensured that she
could transcend any bias. Her character encouraged people to let her
career light shine. It really helped
that she values the contributions of
everyone around her.
One piece of advice she'd share
with any woman: Find your voice,
and get your opinions out there.

Nancy DiFilippo
Senior Product Specialist,
MVS Solutions
Nancy works with customers to
help them achieve great results in
optimizing and automating batch,
reducing software costs, and more.
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IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2016

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2016

Editor's Desk: Mastering their craft
IBM Perspective: Expanding mainframe ecosystem creates opportunities for Gen Z
Partner PoV: Workplace Diversity: Attract the best talent by encouraging more options for women
IT Today: Financial Feasibility: IBM Global Financing designs customized solutions for technology investments
Currents: Giving Data Structure: Find the right database management systems to maximize information
Case Study: Investing in a Difference: Primerica Life Insurance Co. improves processing and performance
Cover Story: Sparking Student Interest: IBM Master the Mainframe World Championship exposes top students to analytics and data storage
Feature: The Modern Mainframer: The IBM z platform attracts recent grads to its orbit
Women in Tech: Taking a Seat at the IT Table: Women meet challenges, savor successes in the IT field
Tech Corner: Get in the Cloud: z/OS solutions can connect to the cloud through REST interfaces
Solutions: API Integration Platform 3.0, OpenLegacy; Ivory Service Architect V5.1, GT Software
Stop Run: Code Your Own Way: High school girls take charge of their futures
Reference Point - Global Events, Education, Resources for Mainframe
Linux on z Systems E-book
2016 Mainframe Solutions Edition Product Index
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2016 - Intro
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2016 - Cover1
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2016 - Cover2
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2016 - 1
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2016 - 2
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2016 - 3
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2016 - 4
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2016 - 5
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2016 - Editor's Desk: Mastering their craft
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2016 - 7
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2016 - IBM Perspective: Expanding mainframe ecosystem creates opportunities for Gen Z
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2016 - Partner PoV: Workplace Diversity: Attract the best talent by encouraging more options for women
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2016 - 10
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2016 - IT Today: Financial Feasibility: IBM Global Financing designs customized solutions for technology investments
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2016 - 12
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2016 - 13
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2016 - Currents: Giving Data Structure: Find the right database management systems to maximize information
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2016 - 15
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2016 - 16
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2016 - 17
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2016 - Case Study: Investing in a Difference: Primerica Life Insurance Co. improves processing and performance
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2016 - 19
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2016 - 20
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2016 - 21
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2016 - 22
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2016 - 23
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2016 - Cover Story: Sparking Student Interest: IBM Master the Mainframe World Championship exposes top students to analytics and data storage
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2016 - 25
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2016 - 26
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2016 - 27
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2016 - Feature: The Modern Mainframer: The IBM z platform attracts recent grads to its orbit
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2016 - 29
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2016 - 30
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2016 - 31
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2016 - 32
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2016 - Women in Tech: Taking a Seat at the IT Table: Women meet challenges, savor successes in the IT field
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2016 - 34
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2016 - 35
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2016 - 36
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2016 - 37
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2016 - 38
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2016 - 39
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2016 - 40
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2016 - 41
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2016 - 42
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2016 - 43
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2016 - Tech Corner: Get in the Cloud: z/OS solutions can connect to the cloud through REST interfaces
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2016 - 45
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2016 - 46
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2016 - Solutions: API Integration Platform 3.0, OpenLegacy; Ivory Service Architect V5.1, GT Software
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2016 - Stop Run: Code Your Own Way: High school girls take charge of their futures
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2016 - Cover3
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2016 - Cover4
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2016 - Reference Point - Global Events, Education, Resources for Mainframe
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2016 - RF2
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2016 - Linux on z Systems E-book
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2016 - L2
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2016 - L3
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2016 - L4
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2016 - L5
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2016 - L6
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2016 - L7
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2016 - L8
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2016 - L9
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2016 - L10
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2016 - L11
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2016 - L12
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2016 - L13
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2016 - L14
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2016 - L15
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2016 - L16
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2016 - L17
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2016 - L18
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2016 - L19
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2016 - L20
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2016 - L21
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2016 - L22
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2016 - L23
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2016 - 2016 Mainframe Solutions Edition Product Index
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2016 - SE2
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2016 - SE3
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2016 - SE4
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2016 - SE5
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