In the next instalment of our Women in IT series, we feature Erin Rangi, unapologetic All Blacks supporter and an integral part of our national sales team. Erin is JDS’ Splunk Account Director, working closely with our QLD and NSW customers and helping them get answers from their machine data and beyond.

Erin Rangi, Splunk Account Director, QLD/NSW

Now almost 12 months with the team, Erin previously worked with multiple vendors; covering a broad range of IT solutions.

Along with being on the local rugby committee, and loudly supporting her club from the sidelines each weekend; Erin is also a mum of an almost three year old and a wine tour enthusiast!

Read on to learn more about Erin’s path to date; and her equally unapologetic approach to encouraging diversity within the tech space.

Embrace what makes you different and don’t apologise for it, instead use it to bring the best out of your work and the company you work for.

What drew you to your career?

I didn’t wake up one morning thinking, ‘I want to work in IT sales’! I don’t think anyone plans it; and instead it’s a path which finds you. I love to talk to people, the challenge of targets and the overall strategic planning involved in my role. Each previous position has shaped me into the sales person I am today; and I couldn’t imagine doing anything else as what I’m doing now rewards me personally and professionally.

What drew you to a job at JDS?

From my very first phone call with JDS I could feel the energy. It might sound a bit daft, but everyone within the team was excited, enthusiastic; in a professional and genuine way. The immediate rapport I developed was supported by the chance to contribute to a growing, positive practice and this is what helped me decide to join the JDS family; and where I want my future to be too.

The different technologies available to specialise in was also refreshing; and having a leader who lets me decide how and what I want to sell to achieve my goals works for me. There is no micromanagement here. Everyone does their jobs to the best of their ability and are consistently encouraged to utilise other colleagues’ strengths as well. The JDS culture here is actively and continuously collaborative.

Have you progressed in your career at JDS? If so, how?

Although I only started with the team last year, I have already been able to grow and change as the business grows and changes as well. JDS is small enough to still be agile, nimble and adapt as needed. When I started I gravitated to Splunk; and worked within the local Splunk team in Brisbane. Since then I have taken on a role entirely dedicated to Splunk and taken on another territory (NSW) in addition to QLD.

I see the opportunities at JDS as endless and I am so excited to see where the next 12 months will take me.

Why do you think it’s important for women to be in IT?

Diversity is a word used so often that I feel it can lose the impact of what it really means. I read the following quote in a blog recently:

“A bunch of men around the table will never give the best answer. Look around and observe who surrounds you. If everyone looks alike, or if the majority are men, then there’s a problem.”

I believe it’s about mixing up the energy, the ideas. It’s not just about women in IT, it’s about having a wide mix of people in IT. Embrace what makes you unique and different and don’t apologise for it, instead use it to bring the best out of your work and the company you work for.

Why is JDS a good place to work for women?

JDS has a huge focus on family. Each year there are events simply to acknowledge your loved ones and their support of you. Events such as the yearly Partners Dinner (where everyone brings their significant other), or the family Christmas parties where our Managing Director dresses as Santa and gives each child a unique gift. JDS doesn’t just treat each employee as a member of the JDS family, but also each employee’s family.

Work life balance is a priority and it’s not uncommon to see someone block out time in their calendar to attend a kids swimming carnival or go to the Mother’s Day event at day care (me). My daughter makes me laugh out loud every single day, so to be part of a place where I can spend quality time with her is important to me.

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