In the 10 years Bitnami has been in business, it has grown to 75 people from just a small startup company. One of its goals is to simplify the use of cloud platform software to not just bring new developers into the fold, but to streamline and reduce the complexity enough to help developers who are already using it, as well as bring new users into the ecosystem.
Erica Brescia, co-founder and COO of Bitnami, recently discussed Bitnami’s role in providing packaged software solutions to major cloud platfoms, making that software easier to use, and how her career path took her from sales to COO of Bitnami.
During the CloudNOW 5th Annual “Top 10 Women in Cloud” Innovation Awards in Mountain View, CA, Brescia spoke to Lisa Martin (@Luccazara), host of theCUBE*, SiliconANGLE Media’s mobile live streaming studio. CloudNow is a non-profit consortium of leading women in cloud computing and converging technologies.
One exciting focus of Bitnami is to make the software they provide easy enough so that users of all experience levels can work with it. In addition, according to Brescia, the company is, with more than 150 different applications, such as Drupal and WordPress, a leading provider of applications to every major cloud platform, Brescia stated.
“Bitnami has been focused for over 10 years now actually on making software incredibly easy to install and deploy anywhere,” she explained. “[We] make it incredibly easy for users of all technical abilites to get an aplication or a development environment up and running on the cloud.”
Actively seekng to hire more women
Only 25 percent or less of people in the enterprise technology fields are female, according to Brescia. As such, many companies are making an effort to correct this issue by actively recruiting women. But in Bitnami’s case they are a small company, and as such they don’t have the budget to utilize a dedicated recruitment team.
“I’m proud to say we have some incredible women that work for us,” said Brescia. “Not as many as we would like, to be honest, and I’ve spent some time talking to people recently about how we can try to just bring some women into the recruiting piopeline.”
But with engineering and technology being an industry that women tradionally are not interested in, and with the further lack of recruitment being a serious obstacle toward creating gender equality in the field, it is more than likely women will continue to turn away from these opportunites unless companies make a serious effort to retain them, Brescia said.
“The problem is [women] don’t apply,” Brescia stated. “I’m trying to think of more ways we can go out and find more women and bring them in.”
Watch the complete video interview below, and be sure to check out more of SiliconANGLE and theCUBE’s coverage of the CloudNOW – 5th Annual “Top 10 Women in Cloud” Innovation Awards. (*Disclosure: Some segments on SiliconANGLE Media’s theCUBE are sponsored. However, no sponsorships have editorial control over content on theCUBE or SiliconANGLE.)