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In her cloud delivery work for major private-sector clients, Nysia Sewell has had a hand in many kinds of migrations and transformations. And while she’s laser focused on cloud as an enabler of business growth, she’s especially excited about what cloud-driven technologies can do for the future.
Her ongoing interests include enabling her team to technically innovate in geospatial technology in the cloud to help empower Deloitte clients to make better global decisions about how to understand their business impact on the planet and decisions on ethical farming to help improve efficiencies and impact.
In her 17 years with Deloitte UK, Nysia has seen the cloud grow from its origins as a source of off-premise computing power to its expanding role as the lynchpin of digital transformation. She’s helped deliver client success across myriad industries. One of her proudest moments was successfully helping set up a financial services company’s private cloud in the months just prior to an Olympic Games for which they were a major sponsor.
Customer satisfaction is what drives Nysia’s personal satisfaction. “My ambition is always to build out a ‘badge-less’ team, so we can leave the badges at the door, fully immerse ourselves in the client challenge, and leave after a period of time with the client saying that they couldn't have done it without us,” she says. “I think that's the stuff that really excites me.”
Nysia’s career path started with a graduate degree in business information technology, followed by a technical job helping build the communication systems of medium-orbit satellites. It was complex technical work — “but I very quickly realized that I can talk and encourage people faster than I can code, and that led me into the sort of technology leadership roles that I’ve continued to do up to today,” Nysia says.
She points to her own experience at Deloitte UK as a case study in the positive shifts that have taken place for women in the technology field. Rather than the traditional term “working mom,” Nysia calls herself a “mum that works;” she takes advantage of Deloitte’s flexible working arrangements to devote quality time to children’s birthday parties, school events, and extended summertime off. “And then,” she adds, “I quickly switch back into being able to talk to the C-suite about their cloud transformation journeys. And I think that being able to feel fully embedded in my home life, as well as my work life, and striking that balance certainly shows how Deloitte UK is striving hard to support women in the firm.”
Those cloud transformation journeys, though often long, are full of possibilities, Nysia says. “A lot of my clients at the moment are looking at how they're harnessing the power of their data in one platform, what that can do and what insights that can bring. But I think there’s still a way to go for a number of our clients to truly get to what we call into a cloud 3.0 — which is truly building IT-as-a-service, and as an enabler for true scale end-to-end business transformation.”
Connect with Nysia at firstname.lastname@example.org if you think it is time to accelerate your career in cloud.