We Don’t Celebrate Women’s Week at Persistent

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Did that headline get your attention? Ok, truth be told, we are in fact celebrating Women’s Week this week, in advance of the March 8th global celebration of International Women’s day. On this day, the world speaks up about the need for women leaders, equality for women, gender diversity at the workplace and women’s health care programs. At Persistent Systems we don’t think this should just be a one day, or a one week focus… We believe every day is a Women’s day and that’s why we’ve implemented a holistic approach to our programs. Women make up about 30% of our company – BU heads, team leads, HR and various other technical and support staff – and we provide a wide variety of innovative and impactful programs aimed to simplify and enrich their lives and cultivate them as leaders for our future.

We truly believe – actually we know – that women make great leaders. And we live this ethos every day. We routinely hold Women leadership programs and encourage mentor -mentee relationships by giving women employees the freedom to approach leaders within the company to learn the art of leadership. We also encourage communication with top executives and networking sessions through Prerana, Persistent’s women-centric forum.

Women’s safety is crucial. At Persistent, it begins with education on self-defense. As part of this initiative, we invite experts on self-defense to hold workshops and encourage Persistent women to participate. We also offer night cab facility for women traveling home and have an Anti-Harassment Committee (AHC) to ensure harassment-free work environment for women at all times.

Maintaining work-life balance can be a serious challenge for today’s working women. Persistent simplifies this challenge by offering its female employees flexible schedules. We also ensure smooth reentry of women returning from sabbaticals or maternity leaves through our special initiatives.

Fitness and productivity are correlated. We encourage Persistent women to lead a healthy lifestyle by offering routine health checkup camps, special health and dietary consultations, gym facilities, yoga training, Zumba workshop, Marathon Training workshop and special restrooms facilities.

And it doesn’t end here! We love to go a few extra miles to enrich personal lives of Persistent women. For this, we celebrate Women’s week each year with special programs planned by Persistent women for Persistent Women (and we are doing it this year too!), hold hobby workshops for art lovers, dance workshops and competitions, special talk shows by inspiring women and have fun games for women employees from time to time.

So when we say tongue-in-cheek we don’t celebrate Women’s Week we hope you can see what we mean. At Persistent, every week is Women’s Week and in fact every day is Women’s Day!

Hybrid Systems: The Antidote to the “Resistance to Change” Poison

You know that Digital Transformation explores smarter paths to better business. But what about “Resistance to change”? Is it an easy transition to a disruptive technology? Will it really make things simple or just complicate it? Find all the answers in this latest blog post by our Cloud Expert, David Peraza, who smoothly takes you through the journey of “Hybrid” and shows how it is the right antidote for your worries.

The Power of Digital Transformation on Communities

As a business, nothing gives you more satisfaction than when one of your customers wants to tell the world about what they’re doing with you. So we were thrilled with the chance to share this customer success story with you.

Elance-oDesk is reinventing the way people work.

As Garnor Morantes, Community and Education Manager, says

Being at work and having a place to work is not just about earning money and doing a job, it’s also about building relationships, and the community is a big part of that.

Today, more than 2 million businesses tap into Elance and oDesk to find, hire, and pay the world’s best freelancers, making it easier than ever to build successful companies and thriving careers. It’s a great example of the transformation taking place in the workplace and also a great example of how software is driving businesses.

Working with great partners like Lithium Technologies, we’re helping organizations around the world build great communities to achieve the “how” of their digital transformation.

Coffee, Coke, Candy, Coding

This weekend, hundreds of coders in locations around the world will be taking part in Persistent’s annual hackathon, Semicolons! And yes, lots of coffee, Coke, Candy (and even pizza and cake and …) will be consumed for energy as our teams work, literally, around the clock to come up with what they hope will be the next big application!

Hackathons, which originated in 1999 but gained wide-spread awareness in the movie The Social Network about Facebook, bring together computer programmers and others involved in software development in a timed competition to design from scratch new software products.

This year at Semicolons 28 teams in 8 locations in 5 countries around the world will be competing. This is the first year students in Ohio will be competing at our Columbus development center with teams from India, France, Malaysia and the UK.

We’ll have constant updates on our Facebook page and on Twitter, and we’ll be announcing the winners this weekend.

Let the games begin!

The How of Digital Transformation

We announced at the beginning of the year our new CTO Sid Chatterjee and he’s already sharing his thoughts on Digital Transformation and software-driven business:

During a three-hour layover in Los Angeles on my way back home from a business meeting, in addition to the email, texting, and social media that is business as usual in this second decade of the 21st century, I transacted business with an airline, my financial advisor, my company’s payroll provider, my auto repair shop, my pharmacy, and an on-line retailer. And (in the interest of productivity) I also prepared the bulk of my expense report for the trip. All without interacting with another person. All without opening up my laptop even once. All without even opening a browser on any of my mobile devices. All thanks to apps.

And I am probably nowhere close to being a cutting-edge consumer of today’s digital economy.

You can read the entire post on his LinkedIn site here.

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