Welcome to the Women in Cloud blog series, showcasing the talent of women who are working in our Cloud groups at Accenture.
Lorin Rumberger is not your average cloud technologist. She is a cloud-first employee, meaning that she’s never had a data center viewpoint about technology.
“The way people think about technology is changing rapidly,” Lorin said. The previous generation of the technology workforce learned a traditional data center approach to network and application design. Lorin, however, began her career at Accenture by learning about the scalability, flexibility and cost savings that cloud offers to businesses of every shape and size.
Today, as a certified Solutions Architect for the Accenture AWS Business Group (AABG), Lorin helps Accenture clients plan the migration of various business applications and computer servers from physical data centers to the AWS Cloud.
“Cloud is a thrilling example of how Accenture is leading in the new,” she said, noting that AWS is constantly introducing new technology that disrupts how things have been done. “There are so many things to learn, the job never gets boring.”
The AABG brings together the strengths of these two organizations to accelerate the enterprise journey to cloud.
Lorin graduated from Gettysburg College with a B.S. in Computer Science. She excelled at math throughout her schooling. “I used to voluntarily stay after high school as a Calculus tutor because I loved the subject,” she says.
After starting college, however, Lorin was in for a surprise when she registered for an introduction to programming class. “I had no idea there was a gender gap in the technology industry,” she said. “When I entered class on the first day, I was one of two women students in the room.”
“Fortunately, the professor was also a woman, and she was very passionate about retaining women within the major,” Lorin added, noting that the professor went to great lengths to make sure her teaching methods applied to both genders.
That early experience stirred Lorin’s interest in mentoring other women to work in technology fields. Starting at Accenture, which has a deep commitment to corporate citizenship, made that interest a reality.
“A little encouragement can go a long way. That's why I volunteer with Girls Who Code, a corporate citizenship partner of Accenture. The non-profit is a great network of girls and young women who can encourage and support each other, in a world dominated by men and boys, through a common interest.”
– Lorin Rumberger
Lorin is now an active volunteer with Girls Who Code, a national non-profit dedicated to closing the gender gap in technology.
“I want to break down the barriers and stereotypes of what a woman in technology is like—that girls can like coding and technology, and still like fashion, art and music at the same time,” she said.
Accenture partnered with Girls Who Code on new research, Cracking the Gender Code, which determined that despite unprecedented momentum behind universal computer science education, the gender gap in computing is increasing. The research recommends a fresh approach to getting more girls into computing, starting in junior high school. These actions could triple the number of women in computing to 3.9 million and boost their cumulative earnings by $299 billion by 2025.
Currently, Lorin is serving in a coordinator role with Girls Who Code in New York City, planning guest speakers and field trips for the metro clubs.
Putting cloud skills to work
After joining Accenture, Lorin participated in an Accenture-led certification program to become an AWS Solutions Architect. “Cloud migration projects are logical so my mathematical skills and ability to identify patterns really helps,” Lorin says.
From a Science, Technology, Engineering, & Mathematics (STEM) viewpoint, Lorin needs to understand how the client's application components work individually, as well as how the applications operate together as a complete system to provide a service offering. Once she has a detailed understanding, Lorin applies her knowledge of cloud best practices to design an optimized network or application architecture. From there, she helps with the migration process.
In her two-and-a-half years with Accenture, Lorin has been assigned to three major projects. The first two were in vastly different industries: financial services and utilities. For these projects, Lorin analyzed the client’s portfolio of applications, then designed migration waves and migrated those applications to the AWS Cloud in a “lift-and-shift” approach using migration tooling.
The third project was for a FORTUNE 50 financial services client, for which she worked directly with client application teams to design AWS architectures for new and existing applications. Lorin provided guidance to the teams as a subject matter expert on best practices for cloud application design.
On each project, Lorin gained valuable experience she’ll bring to her next assignment with the AABG.