The global software company IAS offers holistic solutions to companies on their Industry 4.0 journey with products such as caniasERP, IoT, big data, cloud, and AI under the roof of canias4.0. The company, which provides services in 16 languages in 31 countries with more than 1000 customers, more than 30 thousand users and more than 50 business partners around the world, sets an example in women's employment, despite the male-dominated sector it is in. Both in Turkey and also global, with 35 percent of female employees while showing sensitivity to the proportion of women employed in the company, 22 percent ratio of female managers! When we talk to the female employees and managers of the company, it is a very pleasing news for our country to receive “I am proud to be working in an institution that attaches such importance to gender equality” as an answer! In this part, , we only chatted with four managers working in the IAS Turke yoffice among 10 women. Inspired by the success of their professional lives, women shared their experiences in business life.
IAS Corporate Communications Manager Ayten Güneş Saral emphasizes that they are sensitive about women's employment as a company. Saral said, “We are growing rapidly as a company. Parallel to this, our female employment is increasing day by day. We observe the same sensitivity in forming our management staff. In the Corporate Communications department, which I manage, we take care to present projects that will draw attention to the role of women in business life. Every year, we focus on donating regularly to women's associations and producing activities that will contribute to all our female staff. We support women to develop their qualities that will provide added value by highlighting their strengths. "
Saral, compared with IAS application in Turkey and in the world in terms of women's employment and the government says that the presence of women in an important point. She adds: "According to TurkStat data, while the male employment rate of 65.7 percent in Turkey, 29 percent of women at this level. In the informatics sector, this rate drops to 27 percent. If we evaluate women's employment in the informatics sector in the light of recent researches, we see that women are generally employed in the fields of communication, creativity or organization. At the same time, we witness that women in these positions are in the management positions of companies as a minority and cannot compete with men on an equal basis. However, it is best to evaluate everyone only in terms of their competence areas. For this reason, support for women is always offered in our company at the point of closing this big gap in our industry. Our priority when choosing both at the executive level and in terms of employees is not gender but talent and knowledge. I can say that our company is very fair in this regard. "
IAS General Manager Gözde Erdinç says, "I am happy and proud to be in the IAS family, which values women's opinions, provides an environment where they work equally and freely, receives support from them and never withholds their support." Stating that IAS is among the companies that make a difference within the framework of gender equality, Erdinç said: “Today, unfortunately, women are taken to the second plan due to various reasons, they are left behind in their career paths, they are exposed to negative discrimination in matters such as wages or benefits. As IAS, we are aware that what is valuable is our employees, regardless of gender, to ensure all kinds of equality of opportunity for all our employees, which is important to us. Our company supports women working within its organization to improve themselves and to progress in their career journeys. As part of the social responsibility project, we donate to foundations such as Mor Çatı Women's Shelter Foundation every year to support women outside of our company. "
Emphasizing that IAS is a prominent company in women's employment, unlike the IT sector in which it operates, Erdinç said, “In the growth trend we have been in in recent years, IAS has increased both the number of female managers and female employees within its body. As one of the female directors of IAS, I would like to proudly state that; Contrary to the informatics sector, where the number of female employees is lower than the number of male employees, IAS increased the rate of female employees for the software department from 20 percent to 35 percent in the last three years. Throughout our company, these rates have increased from 27 percent to 35 percent! " says. Erdinç emphasizes the importance of female employees while talking about the 2021 targets of his company: “While we realize our growth targets in the short term and increase our international activities, we continue the global journey of canias4.0 in the long term without slowing down. During this period, the increase in the number of female employees in each department of IAS continues. Considering their meticulous work, sense of belonging, ambition and creativity in business life, we know how dynamic women are in working life and what value they can add to the company they work with. To achieve our goal together; We are confident that they will work devotedly in all areas such as support, consultancy, training, software development, sales, marketing, quality management, administrative affairs, will add value to our company and our product, and while doing this, they will improve both themselves and our company. "
IAS Global Standardization and Quality Manager Ceren Dalar said, “Companies in the technology sector tend to employ male managers. On the contrary, IAS does not have glass ceilings that women employees and managers have to overcome! IAS offers a gender-independent, success-oriented career opportunity in all its departments in terms of recruitment, employment, promotion and remuneration. Apart from that, it sets an example for many technology companies by frequently participating in social responsibility projects on gender equality and supporting women entrepreneurs.”
Emphasizing that women employees are much more productive in the informatics sector, Dalar said: “According to the World Economic Forum Global Gender Gap 2020 report, we are working in one of the sectors with the greatest inequality in women's employment. New generation jobs in the IT sector; It is based on qualities that appeal to women's strengths such as empathy, active listening, creativity and analytical thinking. When a recruitment and promotion policy is followed, in which the individual is evaluated according to his / her own abilities and qualifications, we can emphasize that women's employment is much more important in the digital age, especially for companies operating in the information technology sector."
Çiğdem Dönmez, General Manager of IAS Business Academy, said, “All processes in our institution are conducted regardless of gender. It is possible to see this when we look at our female employee rate. Globally, our total number of employees is 386, 123 of which are women. With this rate of 32 percent, we are above the sector averages. Our rate of female managers in our Board of Directors and Executive Board is 22 percent. Our rate of female employees in IAS Business Academy, where I work as General Manager, is 45 percent ”.
Referring to the 2021 goals of IAS, Dönmez says that female employees will make a great contribution in achieving these goal and adds, “As IAS, we achieved a growth of 35 percent in our business volume and sales and 50 percent in our team in 2020 despite the difficult conditions. We have made many technological changes and improvements in our solutions, working methods and structure. In 2021, we will continue to grow and develop with an increasing momentum, to grow our business volume, to develop our product portfolio, and to progress and develop with our goal of "satisfied employees, satisfied customers". Thanks to the high added value created by our female employees in matters requiring emotional intelligence, business follow-up, attention and meticulousness, we will continue our innovative role in the software and information technologies sector, producing innovative solutions, achieving sustainable project successes. We will continue to employ women who are IT, technology and software experts, who are graduating more and more from our universities, and to add their creative and analytical power to our power.”