12 Ways Diversity Makes A Difference In Tech

12 Ways Diversity Makes A Difference In Tech

We asked members of the Forbes Technology Council about what ideas they think diversity will bring and how companies will benefit from it. The diversity of thought is crucial in coming up with the right solutions to business challenges, customer success and creative thinking. Solve Problems Faster Innovation is crucial for any tech company and diversity plays a significant role in this. Build A Product For Everyone Diversity isn't just about race or gender. If you have a homogenous team, then you're going to build a product that serves that team. Increased Creativity Teams need to be innovative to be truly valuable today. Innovation happens when teams challenge the status quo, look beyond the obvious and work creatively. People Grow Faster Value to tech team diversity is no different than diversity for any other team in that it makes for better overall people. If you just have a male team that develops a product, they may do a great job attracting male customers but may be alienating a lot of female customers because they were not present in the ideation and creation of the product. Culture of Diversity Diversity in tech is all about building great company culture.

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Diversity is more than a buzzword, it’s the wave of the future. It is coming to tech and the industry is ready for it. There are multiple benefits to diversity and inclusion and tech companies are ready to reap the rewards.

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We asked members of the Forbes Technology Council about what ideas they think diversity will bring and how companies will benefit from it. The answers varied but they all predicted positive outcomes that will make technology better than ever.

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1. The Right Solutions

The value of diverse teams goes well beyond the obvious sentiment that inclusion is the right thing to do. The diversity of thought is crucial in coming up with the right solutions to business challenges, customer success and creative thinking. When team members are too similar, a large part of the innovation spectrum is missed. Quite simply, diverse teams win more often and more consistently. – Wade Burgess, Shiftgig

2. Best Ideas Rule the Day

Simply put, diversity is how we ensure the best ideas rule the day. My company has recently taken the ParityPledge to ensure that we are considering women for leadership roles where they are statistically under-represented today. Not only does that commitment present us with the best possible talent pool as an employer, but it also broadens the perspective and diversity of thought we can leverage in how we best serve our customers and employees. – Jim Higgins, solutionreach.com

3. Solve Problems Faster

Innovation is crucial for any tech company and diversity plays a significant role in this. A company is much more likely to experience innovative change with a diverse team as they have an array of different knowledge bases. Diverse teams provide different perspectives and new ways of seeing a problem. This way, teams are able to identify, assess and solve it faster than they would as a homogenous group. Therefore, diversity is essential to innovation and delivering better business results. – Sanjay Malhotra, Clearbridge Mobile

4. Build A Product For Everyone

Diversity isn’t just about race or gender. It’s about background, perspective, age, education and so much more. If you have a homogenous team,…

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