Let's look at a few recent developments in the WAN space.
Five minutes to Boost Gender Parity in Computer Science, Write a G2 Crowd SD-WAN Review
The gender gap in computer science is one of the field's most prominent and persistent challenges. Here's a chance for you to help narrow that gap while commenting on the SD-WAN marketplace. Oracle is committed to developing female leaders and is participating a new review program through partner G2 Crowd. The initiative will help build public education for Girls Who Code organization by simply writing a quick SD-WAN review on G2 Crowd.
According to Girls Who Code founder Reshma Saujani, only 10,000 female students graduated with a CS degree in 2017. Girls Who Code is a non-profit committed to computer science gender parity by 2027. As of 2019, the organization claims to have reached 90,000 girls through its initiatives, including an immersive summer program and a university-level alumni network.
Data from the National Center for Education Statistics helps put these numbers into context: Women accounted for only 18 percent of all computer science credentials conferred during the 2014-2015 academic year, despite attaining 57 percent of degrees across all disciplines and constituting the majority of graduates in STEM fields such as biology.
Moreover, the percent of female CS experts has been on the decline for decades. It was as high as 34 percent in the 1980s, but has since distantly trailed that of male students regardless of the boom-bust cycles in the technology sector. Such gender imbalance leads to far-reaching consequences on the availability of fast-growing, high-paying tech jobs to workers, as well as on the continued development of innovation technologies such as SD-WAN solutions.
G2 Crowd and Girls Who Code: Closing the Gender Gap in CS Via Community Donations
Contributions from major technology vendors and organizations including G2 are vital to the mission of Girls Who Code since its inception. For example, Walmart recently provided $3 million in grants. Through the G2 Crowd review network, companies extend their giving to Girls Who Code and by doing so advance the overall cause of gender balance in computer science.
Here's how it works: G2 Crowd offers user-based business IT reviews akin to TripAdvisor or Glassdoor. Instead of restaurants, hotels or workplaces, confirmed reviewers submit their hands-on experience about B2B technology offerings including CRM, security software, SD-WAN platforms and much more. As of March 2019, the site had collected more than 665,000 reviews.
Through its G2 Gives program, G2 Crowd empowers reviewers to turn their words into direct donations to Girls Who Code. As a reviewer, here are the 4 easy steps:
- Use your active LinkedIn account to verify identity, or a valid business email address.
- Select a product you already use, like the Oracle + Talari SD-WAN.
- Spend just a few minutes (G2 Crowd estimates about 7) on your review.
- Submit it for moderation and publication.
After you're done, G2 Crowd makes a $10 donation to Girls Who Code. It's a quick and easy way to contribute to an important cause, plus you're helping thousands of businesses make more informed decisions about leading business IT purchases. Oracle and Talari Networks have a G2 Crowd page up and running with a goal for contributions to Girls Who Code. You can visit it here, please take a minute to contribute a review.
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