Women in Architecture Spotlight – Pamela Wise-Martinez

Featured in this week’s spotlight is Pamela Wise-Martinez, Executive Director and Global Head of Enterprise Architect of Whirlpool Corporation.

Pamela is an enterprise enthusiast with more than 25 years of experience in customer centric innovation in computer engineering, network design, enterprise architecture, cybersecurity, cloud and data privacy across multiple industries.

She has authored a number of cited publications, related to digital transformation, composable architecture, scaled EA, open standards in cloud, artificial intelligence.  Pamela has also authored a white paper on the value of ontologies and uses of the semantic layer for cross industry intelligence and machine learning, data verse for the energy sector.

She thrives on establishing solid foundations for enterprise evolution, leading to multiyear and multimillion-dollar strategic partnerships driven by her proven ability to deliver business value and elevate relationships to a strategic level while ensuring tactical delivery.

We wanted to know more about Pamela’s perspective as an architect, so we reached out for her thoughts on several key questions.

Question: How did you get your start in the industry?

Answer: I started my journey in electronics engineering for geostationary and mobile satellite systems, where I learned basic electronics and frequency and phase modulation.  I Later received certification in computer programming and systems operations, A Bachelors in Information Systems, and a Masters of Science in Engineering Management, all while learning coding, networking, systems engineering and emerging tech.

Q: What is your current responsibility and what is your typical day like?

A: As head of the first EA program and business unit at Whirlpool, I manage a high performing team of architects and engineers to deliver a world class enterprise architecture practice.

Q: What do you like most about your job?

A: Coaching teams, delivering thought leadership on the possibilities and value.

Q: What trends in architecture are you looking out for the rest of 2023 and 2024?

A: Workflow, Event-Driven Architecture, Composability, Generative AI in target architecture.

Q: What is one thing we can do to support or increase the women in architecture?

A: We need to continue to feature/sponsor women through talks, seminars, collaborative initiatives.  We also need to highlight women that have been in the trenches with real stories and contributions to the industry, and those that continue to deliver innovation and value for businesses and IT leaders every day.