This Software Post May Be Hard Going

ILENE LANG, 52, IS THE woman on the spot at Digital Equipment. On Nov. 13, after two years at Lotus Development, the software industry vet was named vice-president of DEC's fledgling connectivity software business--the only female vice-president reporting directly to Digital CEO Robert Palmer. She's charged with plucking the software from Digital's various business units and trying to sell the programs in a stand-alone business--a tough task, given DEC's entrenched self-image as a hardware company.