Maritza Diaz has been named one of SD500 Most Influential People in San Diego

Maritza Diaz has been named one of SD500 Most Influential People in San Diego

SAN DIEGO – December 2nd, 2022 Maritza Diaz, the CEO of ITJ, was honored as one of San Diego’s most influential people in the SD500 special edition of the San Diego Business Journal, which also recognized other business giants for their immeasurable contributions to the local economy.

San Diego’s world-class transformation has been driven by the vision and accomplishments of the leaders profiled in this year’s edition of the SD500. From civic and lifestyle champions to pioneers in blue tech, biotech, high tech, life sciences, real estate, and finance, the San Diego Business Journal’s SD500 is the human capital powering the success of the region’s prosperity. This year’s edition features a year of changes and new challenges for local businesses as we hike through an economic headwind. 

​​ITJ, a San Diego-based provider of technological services that helps clients establish centers of excellence in Tijuana, has been led by Maritza Diaz since the company’s establishment in 2019. By building Software Centers of Excellence and opening up employment opportunities for digital nearshore talent, Diaz hopes to contribute to the improvement of people’s lives through digital innovation.

“Each moment I become more grateful for the amazing projects and innovations that are created by such outstanding people in the industry. My team, which has greatly contributed to these advances, is the engine of all my efforts and for achieving all the goals we’ve set for our community. I hope for a world where everyone keeps working together to keep improving lives through digital innovation.” — Maritza Diaz, CEO of ITJ.

About ITJ

ITJ is devoted to serving fast-growing and high-value market sectors, particularly the Internet of Medical Things (IoMT), working with innovative medical device companies looking to improve people’s lives. With a unique BOT (build, operate, and transfer) model that sources only the best digital talent available, ITJ enables companies in the US to create technology centers of excellence in Mexico. For more information, visit www.itj.com.

Maritza Diaz as winner at the Women In Tech Global Awards

Maritza Diaz recognized as winner at the Women in Tech Global Awards 2022 for the Rising Star Executive category

WomenTech Network announced the winners for the Women in Tech Global Awards 2022 celebrating 100 000 women, minorities, and allies in tech. 

TIJUANA – December 2nd, 2022 Maritza Diaz, Chief Executive Officer for ITJ, was recognized as a winner at the largest virtual awards celebration in technology for women, minorities, and their allies, Women in Tech Global Awards 2022 by WomenTech Network, the world’s largest community for women in tech with more than 6000 ambassadors from 172 countries.

Maritza Diaz won silver in the category for the Rising Star Executive. As a female leader, Maritza Diaz has made it her goal to support the growth and international competitiveness of San Diego’s life science and technology sectors. Diaz is adamant about having a positive impact on the community by inspiring other women to seek careers as business leaders and by promoting civic engagement. As CEO of ITJ, Maritza is keen on reducing the gender gap in the workplace, and currently holds a male – female ratio of 54% – 46% at the management level. Furthermore, ITJ is the creator of multiple educational programs promoting women inclusion in the tech scene, such as the trainee program, an in-house educational platform, hackathons, bootcamps, etc.

“To my team: This recognition is for you. The importance of striving for gender parity in our company is something we always have in mind, and I am extremely proud of the kindness and values of the people that surround me. As part of our objective to solve the gender gap in the workplace, we must continue our work and continue to inspire new female talent”, said Diaz.

The Women in Tech Global Awards have acknowledged the people and organizations that understand the value of diversity and help to create a more welcoming tech industry. And at the celebration, WomenTech Network has been able to shine a light on the most accomplished and inspiring female tech leaders, mentors, and rising stars from around the world.

About WomenTech Network

WomenTech Network is the world’s leading community for women in tech with more than 6,000 Global Ambassadors representing 172 countries. 70,000 tech leaders have collaborated with the network to date in order to cultivate a diverse global network that reaches 3.5 million people. WomenTech Network strives to empower women in tech through leadership development, professional growth, and mentorship programs. WomenTech Network hosts regular career networking events and a global tech conference for members to connect with like-minded professionals and learn about job opportunities at leading companies that value diversity.

About ITJ

ITJ is devoted to serving fast-growing and high-value market sectors, particularly the Internet of Medical Things (IoMT), working with innovative medical device companies looking to improve people’s lives. With a unique BOT (build, operate, and transfer) model that sources only the best digital talent available, ITJ enables companies in the US to create technology centers of excellence in Mexico. For more information, visit www.itj.com.

Massive layoffs impacting the tech industry

Massive layoffs impacting the tech industry: What can companies do?

Massive layoff announcements are starting to pile up across the US economy: Meta laid off around 11,000 workers, Twitter cut about 3,700 employees, Amazon about 10,000, and the list goes on. This is a side effect of the upcoming severe US recession.
As the Fed keeps raising interest rates to combat 40-year high inflation, many market observers anticipate a recession in 2023. The US GDP has decreased for two straight quarters: 1.6% in the first quarter of 2022 and 0.6% in the second. That is a recession in most nations.

Massive Tech Layoffs Context

Layoffs in the IT industry have dominated the news in recent weeks as businesses struggle with inflation-driven cost increases and dwindling income from fearful consumers cutting back ahead of a recession.

 This year’s overall number of layoffs in the United States has reached 120,000, surpassing the amount of IT professionals fired in 2001 during the Dot Com bubble.

Although there are common elements, there are various reasons why different businesses reduce staff:

1. Market Shifts

Many tech companies rely heavily on online advertisements for revenue, but the advertising industry’s future is looking bleak. Businesses are now dealing with more pushback to their invasive advertising tactics. For instance, Apple makes it more difficult to track users’ internet activities and sell that information to marketers.

2. Cutting Expenses

Investors have increased the pressure on companies to reduce expenses by claiming that they are bloated and reluctant to act when there are signs of a slowdown.

3. No More Blue Skies

There is less tolerance for large investments in high-tech bets, such as virtual reality or autonomous automobiles, that could not pay off in the near future.

Investors believe that some of the sector’s lucrative benefits and high pay are unsustainable.

In summary, companies all around the US are substantially cutting back on employment as part of its restructuring efforts to get ready for a potential economic downturn brought on by the crisis in Ukraine and the U.S. Federal Reserve’s battle against inflation. It’s concerning that this is just the beginning. Which arises the question: What can we expect from the US Recession in 2023 and how can we keep our businesses up and running?

What can companies do about the Massive Layoffs and Recession landscape?

For businesses that wish to survive the volatility and keep their investors, employees, and clients protected, economic downturn measures become essential in this situation.

IT executives are emphasizing on remote work, acquiring in-demand tech talent, and utilizing AI and analytics tools to manage supply chain capacity and optimize efficiency gains in order to recession-proof their organizations.

Furthermore, what would be a good way to prevent negative effects of the 2023 recession on your tech company? Consider nearshoring. A nearshoring strategy allows companies to stay competitive by hiring qualified talent in the same time zone, but living in a lower-cost location. In fact, by building competent teams, saving businesses valuable time and recruiting resources, and establishing sizable, high-performance centers for software engineering, ITJ supports rapidly expanding and high-value industry areas.

Now, where to look?

Mexico. The Cali-Baja MegaRegion, which is brimming with possibilities, would be a great place to start your search. Find a good and close location. The strategic location of Tijuana, which is about 35 minutes south of downtown San Diego, enables enterprises to operate in the thriving border economy and enhances contacts between Mexican and American industries. One of the biggest population densities along the US-Mexico border is in Cali-Baja. The region has remarkable qualities for moving global and binational corporate investments due to its unique cross-border integration and IT/Software development, as well as its transnational culture and high-end binational talent pool.

Nearshoring is the solution for maintaining control in the unpredictable environment the US is going through. We recommend reading about How to choose your nearshore provider, to continue your research.

About ITJ

ITJ is devoted to serving fast-growing and high-value market sectors, particularly the Internet of Medical Things (IoMT), working with innovative medical device companies looking to improve people’s lives. With a unique BOT (build, operate, and transfer) model that sources only the best digital talent available, ITJ enables companies in the US to create technology centers of excellence in Mexico. For more information, visit www.itj.com.