Michelle Ruyle, Vice President of Digital Transformation for Intelisys, a ScanSource company. was recognized by  Cloud Girls, in collaboration with the Alliance of Channel Women, as a Trailblazer in the fifth annual Cloud Girls Rising “Women to Watch” awards announced in May of 2020.

The Cloud Girl Rising award was created to honor women in the telecom and IT channel who have shown leadership and innovation in the emerging cloud space as well as to inspire more women to step forward and follow their example.

Ruyle was honored as a Trailblazer, a female technology industry veteran who is paving the way for her organization, customers and industry in advancing cloud and next-generation technology solutions.

Cloud Girls is pleased to share more about Ruyle in this edited excerpt from her award application.

Give an example of how you have innovated in the cloud space and shunned the status quo.

Ten years ago, I believed the cloud was going to be the future of IT. When I heard about Jo & Manon’s idea to start a female forward cloud think tank, Cloud Girls, I jumped right in, becoming a founding member. Since then, I’ve been an active member of Cloud Girls serving in many leadership roles that help to mold the future of the organization.

 How have you created a corporate vision for cloud services in your organization?

When I built Optimized Channel, I did so with the vision to help cloud companies generate revenue by selling their services through indirect channel partners. My team and I serve as virtual channel chiefs creating indirect channel programs, contracts, enablement and go-to-market strategies allowing for our cloud clients to successfully sell their services.

What examples can you share of your ability to motivate your employees and team members around cloud services?

Five years ago, I worked in the IBM Cloud Division. I was promoted to a new role supporting IBM’s Healthcare & BioTech Independent Software Vendors (ISV). My job was to help the ISV use IBM Cloud technology to digitally transform their organization. The IBM team that I now worked with were made up of former IBM employees who had worked in the hardware and software division. For my team I was a key source of information regarding cloud services. Not only did I provide informal cloud training for my team, I also offered to be “the go to person” for side conversations related to Cloud.

 About the Editor    Tamara Prazak is the National Channel Director for AppGate and the chair of the Cloud Girls Communications Work Group.