Sharon Florentine

Senior Writer

Sharon Florentine is a senior writer for CIO.com, covering IT careers, women in technology and diversity and inclusion. Before she joined CIO in 2013, Sharon worked as a freelance writer and project manager for technology vendors and media companies such as UBM, Microsoft, Fujitsu and Juniper Networks. She has also written for ChannelPro SMB magazine, CRN and TheLadders.com, among others. Previously, Sharon worked as a staff writer for eWEEK and Channel Insider.

Agile KPIs: How to measure agile success

Agile KPIs: How to measure agile success

Measuring success of agile efforts can be complex. The key is to emphasize value once you’ve established organizational trust.

Anxiety an undercurrent at Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Technology

Anxiety an undercurrent at Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Technology

There was a lot to celebrate at the 2018 Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Technology – but it wasn’t easy to ignore how much we have to lose.

10 top-ranked tech MBA programs for 2018

10 top-ranked tech MBA programs for 2018

Here are 2018’s top 10 technology-focused MBA programs in the U.S., as ranked by US News & World Report.

More tech companies drop college degree requirement

More tech companies drop college degree requirement

Apple, Google and others join IBM in dropping the requirement that candidates have a college degree -- and that’s great for diversity.

Diversity helps fuel Capital One’s digital journey

Diversity helps fuel Capital One’s digital journey

For Capital One, accelerating digital transformation starts with programs aimed at fostering greater diversity and inclusion.

Society, not women, needs fixing

Society, not women, needs fixing

Obstacles that women face when working in a sexist culture are beyond their control. A DIY approach to on-the-job equality will not work. Society must change.

What is a data artist? A role for drawing IT and business together

What is a data artist? A role for drawing IT and business together

Data artists bridge the gap between business and IT by creating data visualizations that can be quickly understood by business leaders to help accelerate decision-making.

Where in the world are the women software developers?

Where in the world are the women software developers?

India, the UAE, Romania, China, Sri Lanka, and Italy have the highest percentage of women software developers, while in the EU, Bulgaria has the most women in tech.

NDAs stifling tech workers’ voices

NDAs stifling tech workers’ voices

Anonymous polling conducted by TeamBlind shows tech workers are being silenced by non-disclosure agreements (NDAs).

Women still underrepresented in Fortune 500 leadership roles

Women still underrepresented in Fortune 500 leadership roles

The glass ceiling persists at Fortune 500 companies, especially for women of color.

Mobile-first strategy streamlines AZDCS case work

Mobile-first strategy streamlines AZDCS case work

A mobile-first strategy leveraging cloud-based mobility helps the Arizona Department of Child Safety (AZDCS) better serve families and children.

New research highlights the racial wage gap in the tech industry

New research highlights the racial wage gap in the tech industry

Tech’s diversity problem goes beyond underrepresentation. Black and brown tech workers do not get equal pay for equal work, regardless of their gender.

Sheltered Harbor ensures cyber resilience for financial services firms

Sheltered Harbor ensures cyber resilience for financial services firms

After the infamous Sony Pictures hack in 2014, the financial services industry came together to develop Sheltered Harbor to ensure customer financial data would remain secure and accessible in the event of a cyberattack.

Gender pronouns: Small changes have big impact on workplace inclusion

Gender pronouns: Small changes have big impact on workplace inclusion

Gender pronouns are becoming more important in the workplace as diversity and inclusion conversations continue.

Sprint calls on open source analytics to prevent cyberfraud

Sprint calls on open source analytics to prevent cyberfraud

Sprint’s open source Elastic Stack analytics implementation helped the mobile device and network provider reduce mobile phone fraud by 90 percent.

Looking to upskill IT staff? An LMS may be key

Looking to upskill IT staff? An LMS may be key

Learning management systems (LMS) are moving out of the academic realm and finding a niche within enterprise IT departments to improve skills acquisition and boost engagement.

How Monsanto leverages startups to catalyze transformation

How Monsanto leverages startups to catalyze transformation

Monsanto’s Partnership Platform encourages external and internal collaboration to drive innovation and accelerate digital transformation across the company.

Black Women’s Equal Pay Day 2018: Closing the pay gap a struggle

Black Women’s Equal Pay Day 2018: Closing the pay gap a struggle

Equal Pay Day 2018 was observed back in April — for white women. Black women, however, have to work until August to make what a white man would earn.

Are open-office plans sexist?

Are open-office plans sexist?

A study from U.K. researchers shows how open-office plans can be subtly — and overtly — sexist.

ArenaNet developers fired after being targeted for sexist abuse

ArenaNet developers fired after being targeted for sexist abuse

Appeasing misogynists on the internet doesn’t placate them or diffuse instances of harassment and abuse — it only makes them worse.

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