first_imgWe are facing a far greater problem than the gender imbalance in the technology industry: Women are on the cusp of becoming extinct in the field. There have been numerous attempts to engage women in computer science and to make software companies more diverse, but those attempts have failed to make a dent in the issue.A recent report from Accenture and Girls Who Code, an organization dedicated to closing the technology gender gap, revealed that the number of women in computing in the United States will likely fall below 22% by 2025. If the number continues to drop, women will be squeezed out at perhaps one of the most important sectors of the economy: technology.“This decline is unacceptable, and swift and decisive action is needed to ensure that young women don’t lose the race for the high-value jobs at the heart of the digital economy,” said Paul Daugherty, CTO of Accenture.Technology plays a role in our everyday lives. It is changing the way we interact with each other, the way we work, and even the way kids learn. Technology touches every industry, and it will be a huge loss to women if we miss the opportunity in shaping the future of technology. They will also miss out on the jobs available in the digital economy. “Last year, there were 500,000 new computing jobs available in the U.S., but only 40,000 new computer science graduates available to fill them,” said Daugherty. “This shortage will continue to grow as rapid advances in mobile, cloud, analytics and artificial intelligence technologies continue to redefine business and society, threatening the competitiveness of the global economy. Unlocking the large pool of female talent can solve this issue and enhance the vibrancy of the technology industry.”But why has it become such an ordeal to close the gender gap and get more women interested in computer science? The problem is that exposure isn’t enough to greatly boost the percentage of girls who want computer science careers, Daugherty explained.It isn’t enough to enroll girls in computer science classes. It isn’t enough to talk about the problem. We have to make big changes in the way we go about things and the way we think if we want to see big results. We have to get girls more interested at a young age, and to do that we need to come up with more fun and engaging ways for girls to learn about code. Too often the tools, toys and games that promote computer science fundamentals are geared toward boys. Too often the classes and courses are focused on males. Our own perceptions and social factors point us to a belief that computing is geeky or for boys. For instance, companies and schools can design computer games for girls, provide girls with female role models in school, create a supportive female environment, and offer summer immersion programs in coding.“We must act in more targeted ways to tackle the unique barriers that occur at each stage of a girl’s education,” said Daugherty. “It will require tech companies, schools, governments and not-for-profits all working together to introduce girls to computing at a younger age, inspiring and sustaining their interest throughout their education.”last_img read more

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first_imgTIBCO has announced that the latest version of its data analytics solution is now available. Spotfire X comes with a focus on Agile, augmentation, automation and acceleration. According to the company, this is the most sophisticated version of Spotfire to date.Spotfire X was first revealed at TIBCO NOW in September. It is designed to provide real-time and historical data in the same environment by fusing multiple AI-powered integration models together. The latest release features natural query language powered search, AI-driven recommendations and model-based processing.“Modern enterprises are under increasing pressure to satisfy customer needs and operate on an agile scale,” said Brad Hopper, vice president of  analytics product strategy at TIBCO. “With Spotfire X, we have made a major leap forward by further simplifying the practice and increasing the power of exploring data. Business users just getting started can make important discoveries, and experienced analysts can get their results even faster. Spotfire X will help companies become more agile and get more return from their investments in people and data.”Features include:Agile analytics with a redesigned user interface for data explorationAugmented analytics enabling everyone to access and benefit from dataAutomated analytics that can record dataflows for amending, authoring, and auditing data lineageAware analytics for real-time visual analytics into data streams.In addition, the company explained Spotfire X comes with native support for real-time data streaming from TIBCO Messaging, Kafka, MQTT, Salesforce Streaming and other sources.last_img read more

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