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Women in tech: From paper-based accounting to Head of Solution Architecture

Equality and Equity are at the forefront of many Tech companies.

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Jaqui Hoyle
Head of Solution Architecture

Meet Jaqui Hoyle, Head of Solution Architecture at HSO UK.

Jaqui started her career with clerical and transactional levels and worked her way through every type of finance role to encompass FP&A, Financial Controller and Finance Director. It took her 5 years to go from a sales administrator to her first Group FD role and become a Qualified Management Accountant at the same time.

It seemed that every company she worked for had a system implementation or upgrade that she was heavily involved in. Having realised that she enjoyed the problem-solving, leadership and guidance from implementations, she set up her own Company to support small businesses transitioning from paper-based accounting  (yes paper!!) to Accounting systems including Audit sign-off.

As is the way of the world, it was a friend who introduced her to “AX”, and “Functional consulting” and she very quickly realised she had found her niche and her passion.

That was back in 2006 and now nearly 20 years later that has naturally evolved from functional consulting, solution architecture and enterprise architecture – all fundamentally geared to help organisations and fix problems.

How did you get into technology?

In 1995 I was part of the implementation team to install Kerridge into a motor dealership, the same Company where I began my accounting career.

How have you seen the Tech industry change over your career?

It moves a lot faster now than it ever has and it is even more important to stay ahead. Everyone has such great expectations, but it still needs the respect any software/technology requires. For example, AI on its own will not fix all your problems.

You first need to understand the problem and what you are trying to achieve or overcome, this enables the right design using the right technology and implemented correctly will deliver the expected business value/benefit.

What opportunities has the Tech industry given you? And what challenges have you faced?

I like fast-paced environments and multi-tasking, I find it exciting that technology evolves and continually improves. A problem today is actually a resolution of the future. Anyone venturing in the Tech Industry really needs to have this mindset and appreciation – things do not stand still.

What have you seen in the Tech industry, that has helped/supported Women specifically?

This is a difficult question as I firmly believe that you make your own path.

However,  acknowledgement that there is increased focus on diversity and inclusion, promotion of women in leadership roles and mentoring programmes.

What I think would be beneficial is to improve the marketing of roles within the Tech Industry to appeal to Women, to aid understanding and awareness.

What’s your number 1 piece of advice for the future generations of Women entering Tech?

Even when faced with adversity whether that is redundancy, or not getting the role you thought you deserved, or anything really, see everything as an opportunity. That could be learning or development opportunity, or a chance to try something new. Every cloud really does have a silver lining somewhere – you just have to look for it and use it.

Last comment to leave the reader

Treat everyone with respect and fairness. It is ok to be strong, focused, driven, ambitious but do not step on people to get where you want to be.

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