Last chance to nominate your Top 100 Women in technology
Launched in December by BizClik Media Group, the inaugural Top 100 Women celebration has received an unprecedented response as colleagues and peers recognise the efforts of leading women in our industry.
Focusing on influential women working in Technology, FinTech and Supply Chain, the Top 100 Women will be an annual supplement published to coincide with International Women’s Day – which this year takes place on 8 March 2021.
“I am so pleased to say that we have received thousands of nominations across these key global industries,” says Stacy Norman, Chief Operating Officer, BizClik Media Group. “At a time when companies are facing unprecedented challenges, it speaks volumes that women are rightly being recognised for their leadership and vision.
“I’d like the thank everyone who has nominated so far and encourage others to take just two minutes to put forward their own women who are making a difference and leading the digital transformation.”
Nominations will close at midnight on 31 January 2021, with special digital supplements for FinTech Magazine, Supply Chain Digital and Technology Magazine released on 8 March.
“We can’t wait to share details of who has made the Top 100 Women lists,” says Norman. “All nominations really do count so I encourage everyone to have their say and celebrate the women having a positive impact on your industry.”
Click HERE to nominate.
Dark Wolf: accelerating security for USAF
As a small company whose biggest customers are the Department of Defense and the Intelligence Community, Dark Wolf Solutions (Dark Wolf) is a triple-threat, specializing in Cybersecurity, Software and DevOps, and Management Solutions. Dark Wolf secures and tests cloud platforms, develops and deploys applications, and offers consultancy services performing system engineering, system integration, and mission support.
The break for Dark Wolf came when the Department of Defense decided to explore software factories. Rick Tossavainen, Dark Wolf’s CEO, thinks it was an inspired path for the DoD to take. “It was a really great decision,” he says, “Let’s pull our people together as part of this digital transformation and recreate what Silicon Valley startup firms typically have. Let’s get into commercial facilities where we have open windows and big whiteboards and just promote ideation and collaboration. And it creates this collaborative environment where people start creating things much more rapidly than before.”
It has been, Tossavainen says, “amazing to watch” and has energized the Federal Contracting Sector with an influx of new talent and improved working environments that foster creativity and innovative ways of approaching traditional problems.
“We originally started working with the US Air Force about three years ago. The problem was at the time you could develop all the software you wanted but you couldn’t get it into production – you had to go through the traditional assessment and authorization process. I talked to Lauren Knausenberger and she told me about Kessel Run and what eventually came out of this was the DoD’s first continuous ATO [Authority To Operate].”
The secret to Dark Wolf’s success – and its partnerships with USAF and Space Force – lies in a client-first attitude. “We’re not looking to maximise revenue,” Tossavainen explains. “We tell all of our employees, if you’re ever faced with an issue and you don’t know how to resolve it, and one solution is better for the customer and the second is better for Dark Wolf, you always do number one. We’ve just got to take care of our customers, and I look for other partners that want to do that. And let’s work together so that we can bring them the best answer we can.”
Rapid releases and constant evolution of software are common themes among USAF’s partners. Like many firms operating in the commercial and public sector spaces, Dark Wolf leads with a DevSecOps approach.
“Failure is tolerated,” says Tossavainen. “If it’s not going the right way in three months, let’s adjust. Let’s rapidly change course. And you can tell really quickly if something’s going to be successful or not, because they’re doing deployments multiple times a day – to the customer.”