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How Knowing Oneself Fosters Meaningful Change for Information Technology

What inspires you to pursue what you’ve always dreamed of professionally? Connect with VMware Security Specialist, Julie Starr, and hear how knowing her career goals and finding a workplace community that embraces her strengths empowers her to make an impact on Information Technology.

 

 

headshot 3Name: Julie Starr

Role: Security Specialist

VMware Office Location: Home office – West Virginia

Fill in the blank: Dare to transform now

 

 

 

 

Achieving Career Goals in Information Technology

When I was 18, I knew that I wanted to pick a major where I could have my own career and support myself. I first chose civil engineering. After a co-op quarter working for a state D.O.T. supervising road construction, I knew that I wanted a more cutting-edge engineering major, and switched to computer engineering when I was 19. I landed a co-op job with the information technology group at my college campus and have been in IT ever since.

 

A Day in the Life at VMware

I’m either on the road on in the office. When on the road, I meet with customers, from executives to front-line engineers to convey the value of VMware products and help determine the best use of Networking & Security Business Unit (NSBU) products for their organizations. When in the office, I split my time between lab work to verify customer use cases and questions; support sales teams on WebEx and conference calls; and produce collateral to help scale our sales teams – all with a focus on security. As an overlay (security specialist) to an overlay (NSBU field sales teams), I bridge the gap between field sales and our product management and technical product management teams in the corporate office.jms - 1 Radia Perlman

Every morning, I look forward to working with my teammates. Even though I’m in sales, I can’t do it all alone. I’ve worked at a number of successful companies based in Silicon Valley, and by far – I’ve found VMware has the most open culture to embrace my potential. We’re not all the same. We all bring different skillsets and experience to the table. While no company is perfect, I’ve found VMware to have a healthy culture, led from Pat Gelsinger on down. We’re not put on earth just to work – family and our lives are important. But if we’re going to spend so much time working, we might as well have fun and figure out how much it is we are capable of. I feel VMware offers a great environment, and I look forward to what I become at VMware.

 

A Passion for Transforming Networking & Security

NSX is unlike any other product. VMware is not a security company; and NSX is not a security product. BUT – NSX impacts security by opening up a completely new environment – your virtualized environment – to security products. Up until NSX, there have only been two places in the overall environment to ‘do’ security – in the OS (operating system); or in the network. With vSphere, a new part of the environment opened up. NSX gives a completely new way to enable security by opening up the virtualized environment for security companies to hook their products into. They are no longer limited with the legacy constructs of redirecting traffic to enforce security. I joined VMware because we as a community have not had a product to affect security so greatly since we started securing networks in the 1990’s with firewalls and IPS’s.security_team_racing

 

Joining the Networking & Security Business Unit at VMware

Transformational technologies are rarely birthed whole, in one fell swoop. NSX is ready for organizations to begin the journey, taking advantage of the unique network and security capabilities only available in hypervisors. Now is a great time to join VMware, and the NSBU in particular, as we embark on the drive to bring network virtualization to hypervisor customers.

Every morning, I’m challenged to convey the promise and benefits of NSX to organizations that aren’t aware of how much their daily operations will change – how much their business or mission will change – with our software, for the better. All sectors and businesses are under pressure – you can either make incremental changes and try to linearly scale what you’ve always done, or make a bet on a solution that significantly changes the environment, allowing productivity gains otherwise unavailable.

 

 

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VMware New Grad Defines His Path to Success in Sales

The VMware Sales Academy is a unique training program designed to fast track new graduates into a successful career in Sales. Connect with Inside Sales Associate and University College Cork graduate, Shane Tobin, and get his unique perspective on how he is empowered to shape his career success in Sales through the community at VMware.

 

Name: Shane Tobin

Role: Inside Sales Associate UK & Ireland

VMware Office Location: Cork, Ireland

Fill in the blank: Dare to become different

 

 

 

Pursuing a Career in Sales

One of the main reasons that I decided to pursue a career in Sales was because it was different than what everyone else in my university program was pursuing. Many of my classmates were interested in careers as consultants, analysts, or developers. I knew that I wanted a career that would challenge me daily, and a career in Sales seemed like the perfect opportunity.

In 2015, I participated in the VMware Sales Academy, a six-month placement program that allowed me to shadow members of the Inside Sales team. As a Technical Support Engineer, I had the opportunity to improve my communications and business skills with customers. I love speaking with customers over the phone, so this experience solidified my decision to pursue a career in Sales.

 

Why VMware?

Desk PictureThe reason I chose VMware is very simple. I loved working for the company as an intern. There are endless opportunities to work on the latest cutting edge technology, and the culture is unlike anything I’ve ever experienced. Everyone working in the company is so friendly and welcoming. Whenever you need assistance, there is someone willing to help you out.

VMware always wants its employees to succeed and move on to their next career goal. This is very important to me, as I want to continue my career progression and move into a Field Sales Role. I currently have a 90-day plan in place with my manager that will help me gain the necessary skills to become a Territory Executive. Not only that, I am currently working on an 18-month plan with my manager and sales coach that will allow me to continue my career progression into a Field Sales role. This is the kind of support you receive at VMware. Once you explain to your manager what you would like to do they will work with you to create a plan of action on how to help you succeed.

 

A Day in the Life at VMware

So a typical day for me as an Inside Sales Associate involves a number of different responsibilities and duties. I currently manage all the lead generation opportunities that are less than €30k for general business in the UK for both the South and Midlands territories. My day-to-day activities include calling leads and holding calls with customers and partners from C-level executives to IT Managers. They are always willing to have a conversation with me as they love dealing with VMware due to the many benefits and capabilities our technology has given them over the years.graduate day out

 

VMware Milestones

One of the most memorable achievements for me so far was the day I closed my first deal. This was an opportunity I managed from beginning to end. It was a great feeling when the order came in and I will always remember it. It was very exciting to know that the deal that I had closed would have a direct impact on VMware.

Another memorable milestone for me was when I finished in the number one spot in the assessments for the Sales Academy. At the end of training, we took part in numerous assessments, which tested the skills that we learned over the training period. I was very proud when I was told that I finished in the top spot.

 

Advice for New Grads Looking to Break into a Career in Sales

The best advice that I could give to anyone looking to break into a career in Sales is to just go for it. This is a job where the harder you work, the more successful you will be. I equate managing a sales territory to that of managing your own business. You will be responsible for making that territory successful, and the more work you put in, the more successful that territory and you will be. I know that people may think that what they are studying is not directly applicable, or that they themselves might not be a good match for Sales, but what I would say to people is that Sales is for everyone. The current graduate class is made up of people who have degrees in Marketing, Business, Commerce, and Information Systems. There are people who work in Sales with no business background. This is a career for people who want to work in a fast paced environment, enjoy being challenged, thrive on collaborating with people, and like being rewarded for working hard.

 

 

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Transforming Networking as We Know it at VMware

At VMware, we dare our people to take chances and inspire us to think differently. In return, individuals are empowered to define the future of IT. Connect with VMware Networking & Security Staff Engineer, Reid Price, and discover how he is making a mark on the NSX revolution.

 

Reid_at_Hiring_Event_ChicagoName:  Reid Price

Role:  Staff Engineer, Networking and Security

VMware Office Location:  Palo Alto, California

Fill in the blank: Dare to Transform _Nonlinearly_

 

A Passion for Innovation

I have always enjoyed searching for new ways to solve old problems. Watching the evolution of Network Virtualization has provided an incredible vision of the data centers of tomorrow; these are great challenges to be able to tackle.

Every day I get to work to solve problems no one had imagined five years before, and I love it. Better yet, I’m surrounded and inspired by people who feel the same way – I see joy in learning and creativity everywhere.Collaboration

A Day in the Life at VMware

In the last year, I have transitioned to the new “Platform” team within the Networking & Security Business Unit. We spend our days searching for the emerging patterns in our business unit and turning them into solid, reusable technologies.

At a high level, this can range from consolidating internal provisioning services to researching new customer security models. At a low level, this means plenty of writing and reviewing code, and taking constant advantage of borrowed pens and printer paper.

Empowered to Transform Networking & Security

One of the great ways VMware promotes creativity and collaboration is through its R&D Internal Offsite (RADIO) program. It is an annual event where employees around the globe have the chance to submit and share ideas and proof-of-concepts – and the qualifying papers, posters, and talks are shared at a multi-day offsite event. I’m currently in the process of writing up some projects, so it’s definitely on my mind, but the ideas sparked there last all year!RADIO_2015

Joining the Networking & Security Business Unit at VMware

We are at a crossroads. With the advent of software based switching, innovation within networking is suddenly possible at developer-speeds.

In the NSBU (Networking & Security Business Unit) we are laying down a foundation, and what we do today will determine the shape of this new world.

 

 

 

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The Community at VMware Empowers Renmin University of China Student to Thrive

From day one, student innovators are empowered to do everything they’ve ever dreamed of at VMware while making a positive impact on the world. Connect with Renmin University of China Student and Staffing Coordinator Intern, Karl to hear his unique perspectives on how the community at VMware is making his professional growth one of the most unforgettable experiences of his life.

 

photo of Karl Wang (1)Name: Karl Wang

Role: Staffing Coordinator Intern

Office: Beijing, China

University: Renmin University of China

 

It’s been three months since I started working as a Staffing Coordinator Intern at the VMware Beijing office in China. When I first started, I was not familiar with the projects that I would be working on, but with the help of my teammate and mentor Jenny, I was able to successfully begin work. I have learned how to connect with candidates, schedule interviews and confirm interview times. I’ve also had the opportunity to contribute to the APJ (Asia-Pacific-Japan) Staffing Coordinator playbook, which is a step-by-step instruction on how to schedule interviews. The book is now being used by the entire APJ Staffing Coordinator team and has received positive feedback from the group. It was wonderful to hear how my efforts have positively impacted other coworkers and that it is making a difference in the candidate journey at VMware.

In China, it is not common for a subordinate to talk directly with his or her boss about anything. However, the community at VMware provides a clear and positive work environment, which means a lot to me. Through open workspaces, regular check-ins with my manager and team, as well as free snacks and drinks, I’m empowered to focus on my work while being comfortable too. I know that I’m a valued member of the team and am respected by my peers no matter their role at the company. Although my manager sits in the Singapore office, we have regular one-on-one check-ins over the phone. I’m able to ask her the questions on my mind and share how my week is going. She is always there to share her perspectives on how she might work through any challenges that I’m facing with my work. The APJ Staffing Coordinator team also has monthly meetings, which is a great opportunity for everyone on the team to share their latest project plans and work through any problems that we might be facing that day.

The kindness that I’ve been shown by other coworkers who has reached out to go have meals together or asked if I need help if I have run into trouble with my work has been so appreciated. The working attitude of everyone has influenced me a lot as well. Everyone is passionate for their work and truly believes that they can make a difference. I know that the work that I’ve contributed is valued by my teammates, and this makes me feel respected and empowers me to do my work better.

I love VMware and believe that my internship here will be one of the most unforgettable experiences of my life.

 

 

 

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VMware EWI People Spotlight: Sean Jordan

Sean Jordan AF PicName: Staff Sergeant Sean Jordan

Role:

U.S. Air Force: Storage and Virtualization Shift Lead

VMware: Information Security

VMware Office Location: Colorado Springs, Colorado

 

Sean Jordan is an active-duty Air Force non-commissioned officer working at VMware full-time for about a year as part of U.S. Air Force Education With Industry. This program enables Airmen to work in a section of a company commensurate with their Air Force career field to learn industry perspectives and best practices. Similarly, the service members help energize and strengthen companies’ workforce and business practices with their unique military experience and backgrounds.

The following is a conversation with Sean about his time with the Air Force and at VMware. The opinions shared here are his own and not of the U.S. Air Force or Department of Defense, nor of VMware.

 

Share what inspired you to serve in the U.S. Air Force.

I was 21 years old when I enlisted; I had worked many odd jobs before and honestly was looking for something better. I remember seeing the World Trade Center towers being attacked in high school. That was probably the biggest memory I have of feeling a sense of country and calling to do my part. It was one of the best decisions of my life and I have never regretted it for a moment. I have been deployed and done many things to sustain a sense of fulfillment in knowing that I have done something for this great nation.

 

How is the Education With Industry Program empowering you to grow personally and professionally?

This program is very unique in that it allows military members to essentially be a civilian for a year. Being able to see how a company such as VMware operates is very enlightening. Professionally it is helping not only myself, but also my fellow enlisted members to see what skills we will need when we leave the military. Additionally, it’s valuable learning a different perspective in completing a job, talking to leadership and finding different ways to do things, then taking that back to the Air Force for positive change. Personally, I’ve been able to network and gain knowledge about what my goals are for accomplishing my degree and other certifications.

 

What advice would you share with others currently serving in the U.S. military who are looking to grow in their careers through Education With Industry?

If you are looking for a different perspective and are open to change and new ideas, this is a great opportunity. This is a great way to strengthen your personal and professional skills, if you’re willing to work for it. It can be tough at times adjusting to a different way of doing things. Interacting with people can be frustrating as contrasting styles often create obstacles, though they are easily overcome with understanding. All in all, if you are open-minded, willing to learn and have a good attitude, you’ll do well.

Making Change Happen: How a Passion for Robots Sparks the Next Generation of STEM Innovators

At VMware, we believe that each of our people has what it takes to make change happen. Through the VMware Foundation, VMware employees are empowered to give back to the causes closest to their hearts through Service Learning. Connect with VMware CTO Ambassador and Business Solutions Strategist, Ed Hoppitt and hear how he is taking his passion for robotics and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) to create meaningful change for the next generation of innovators during the 2015 FIRST LEGO League Trash Trek Challenge.

  

Reflecting on some of the extraordinary opportunities I’ve had while working for VMware, one of the most surprising was when I first joined the company. Through the VMware Foundation, employees receive 40 paid hours of Service Learning time each year to go and support the causes closest to their hearts. VMware’s culture of giving back encouraged me to pursue volunteer opportunities I’m passionate about, especially in the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Maths) field.IMG_1548_lowres

When I’m not supporting VMware customers as a member of VMware’s Advisory Services team, I build combat robots. I’ve always been passionate about getting young people engaged in STEM having had such an incredible time taking my own STEM learning from school and building robots. Over the years I’ve had the opportunity to take STEM subjects into schools and universities, including presenting to the UK’s Institute of Electrical Engineers to more recently help lead a student team in the 2015 FIRST LEGO League Trash Trek Challenge.

No one ties the STEM subjects together better than the FIRST LEGO League, which empowers young students to enter competitions that require team work, innovation, problem solving, engineering and software. This year’s event ‘Trash Trek,’ requires school children to build a programmed robot using LEGO’s Mindstorms kits to move around different environments to collect and clean up trash.IMG_1515_lowres

Through the support of VMware, I’m giving back by providing the resources, knowledge, and passion to a group of young students to participate in the Trash Trek Challenge who otherwise wouldn’t have been able to take part in the event. I’m working with a school based in Woodbridge, England and have a team that is representative of the whole school, including a broad mix of ages and genders. Working together to amplify the effect we can have in this space (VMware of course being a company of fearless innovators and engineers themselves) and through a range of initiatives, we are connecting children with robotics, engineering, and code.

Head of Computing at Woodbridge School and Trash Trek Challenge leader, Jim Hillman shared, “The kids I’ve got are INCREDIBLY keen. There has been a very positive feel to the whole thing and they are having great fun experimenting with the EV3 [LEGO]. So much so that they want me to bring the kit to the Tuesdays Coding Club as well, so they can do more! Success!”

We are also visiting other schools with our machine fighting robots so students can get a view of some of the fun things you can do with STEM outside of the classroom. Our goal is to both inspire and encourage learning through this unique technology.IMG_1434_lowres

To be able to work for a company that is committed to inspiring and empowering others in their journey to grow is just incredible. Through the connections made in Woodbridge, I’ve been asked to share more about my career, what I do at VMware, as well as run some career sessions for their students who are thinking about going to university. The FIRST LEGO Trash Trek Challenge is something that many of these students wouldn’t have otherwise been able to experience. Knowing how I felt when I was their age and just starting to engage in STEM, I appreciate how much this opportunity means to them.

I want to say a big ‘thank you’ to VMware and the VMware Foundation on behalf of the students. I hope that what they learn in 2015 will be something that inspires the next generation of children coming into the school in 2016 and beyond.

 

 

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The Power of Culture: How a Former Marine Seized an Opportunity to Grow at VMware

Have you ever paused to reflect on what is important to you in a workplace culture? Here at VMware, it is our people and EPIC2 values that shape life for our community. Connect with VMware Hands-on Labs Program Manager, Tina Valle, to get her unique perspectives on the power of culture and how her experiences within the U.S. Marines shaped what’s important for her growth in a workplace culture.

 

DSC_9440Name: Tina Valle

Role:

  • Program Manager, VMware Hands-on Labs
  • 1st Marine Logistics Group, CLR-15 – “Former”

VMware Office Location: Home office in Southern California

 

 

An Inside Look at Life in the VMware Hands-on Labs Team

A typical day is full of conference calls, collaborating with colleagues around the world to coordinate everything from the content development progress to planning for The main project I support is VMware Hands-on Labs. Hands-on Labs is a great program that provides VMware customers an opportunity to sit down at their laptop and take VMware products for a test drive for free. Although the pace is fast and the learning curve is steep on the Hands-on Labs team, I thrive in environments like it that keep me on my toes. It is rewarding to see how impressed our customers are when they are able to explore our products in more depth, and I am grateful to be working alongside the best and brightest minds at VMware. During VMworld 2015 in the United States and Europe, my team helped host 11,000+ labs over 148,000 Virtual Machines.VMW_HOL team2

 

The Power of Culture

Culture may not be something you think of immediately when looking for your next job, but it’s an important assessment to ensure there’s a good fit. When I first landed my job at VMware, I instantly felt comfortable and valued. From speaking with teammates and other employees across the company, I sensed a genuine feeling that people loved their work and what they did. There is a lot of pride behind each and every project, product, and event. I like being part of a team where it is not just about profit, but about doing what is right and that is something you can be proud of.

VMware has many opportunities available for telecommuting and remote employees. While I work from a home office, my team is spread across several states in the U.S. Despite our time zone differences, we are a very cohesive unit. The company gives us the tools we need to communicate and collaborate efficiently. VMware goes above and beyond to give employees the opportunity to grow. This is the first company I have worked at with so many fun events that build camaraderie across teams and the company. VMware invests in its people, and I think that is the biggest reason why our culture is the way it is.pic_usmc1

 

Inspired to Serve with the U.S. Marines

Many factors went into my decision to join the U.S. Armed Forces. At first, I was not sure what I wanted to do once I graduated high school, so I considered joining the military which would give me time to think about this while doing something meaningful. The September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks in the U.S. added more inspiration to do something that made a difference. That October, I decided to join the military. My parents always supported my decisions and agreed to give me permission to enlist since I was 17-years-old at the time. I finished high school 4th in my class, graduated with honors, and shipped off to boot camp two weeks after graduation. I chose the Marine Corps because I wanted to be part of the most elite, most prestigious, and most feared fighting force.

The Marine Corps emphasizes history and tradition. It has a proud history that inspires and drives each Marine. You build a bond with those around you in boot camp or on a deployment because you never know if your life might end up in their hands. Trust is part of the foundation of that culture. It is not all sunshine and rainbows – there is yelling, shooting, and lots of dirt. I walked away with a new appreciation for everything we have in our life.

 

Parallels Between the U.S. Marines and VMware Cultures

pic_usmc2The main similarity between the Marine Corps and VMware’s culture which stood out for me was the company’s employees expression of dedication and pride in their work. In contrast, there is definitely less yelling at VMware compared to the Marine Corps, I get to travel to more desirable destinations, and the food at VMware cafeterias is much better than MREs or even the “chow hall.”

In all seriousness though, VMware employees all have a special role to play. When it comes to my Hands-on Labs team, they work like a squad and operate very effectively and efficiently. We give our best because we care about what happens to the rest of the team. When one person falls behind or hits an obstacle, we work together as a team to make sure we are all successful. I am very fortunate to work with such a great team.

 

Advice for Growth After Service

Network, find mentors, and learn as much as you can while you are still in the military. This will help lay the groundwork for your success if you decide to transition out. Have a plan in place to achieve your goals. The better the plan, the better your chance of success. Through job fairs specifically aimed for members of the U.S. military or networking on LinkedIn, you can connect with recruiters and existing employees at the companies you’re interested in working for. If you don’t know someone in the company already, see if you have a mutual connection through a friend that could refer or connect you.

 

 

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New Bulgarian University Student Boosts Her Career at VMware Bulgaria

At VMware, we enable students and new graduates to continuously pursue moments of growth. Connect with New Bulgarian University student and VMware R&D Intern, Sonya Mileva, and discover how her experience at VMware Bulgaria’s Talent Boost Class sparked learning and meaningful connections beyond the classroom.

 

IMG_20150610_160054_1 (1)Name: Sonya Mileva

Role: Member of Technical Staff Intern

Office Location: Sofia, Bulgaria

University: New Bulgarian University

 

 

 

 

A Passion for Innovation

The simplicity and purity of mathematical and logical tasks have always appealed to me. This is why I went to New Bulgarian University to pursue my curiosity for math. There we use exciting tools like Mathemetica, which solves complex mathematical problems fast. In combination with the great lecturers and my classmates, my passion for technology was ignited.

 

Boosting Talent in Bulgaria

I first heard about the VMware Talent Boost Class from two of my friends who had attended previous sessions. The highly intensive course is held during the summer at VMware’s office site in Sofia, Bulgaria. One of the best things about the course was the size of the class. There were only 20 students in my session, so we all had the opportunity to connect and get our questions around the course material answered. Through the course I learned that it is okay to ask questions, even if you ask those questions more than once. Asking questions doesn’t make you sound unqualified or unprepared. Having an inquiring mind shows that you are a responsible and proactive addition to the team.Sonya2 (1)

One of my biggest moments of growth was after the Talent Boost Class when I joined VMware as a member of the 2015 intern class. Interning at VMware will not only allow me to apply my learnings from Talent Boost, but also explore new areas within Information Technology while becoming acclimated to the workplace atmosphere as a young professional. Overall, the Talent Boost Class allowed me to systemize my knowledge in a way that now gives me a holistic snapshot of IT.

 

VMware Intern Life

As a VMware intern, I have had the opportunity to work on a project that focuses on the optimization of the data transport of the product my team is working on. Every week I have discussions with my mentor around what I have worked on, any problems that I’ve run into and the best approach to tackle them. Along with my mentor meetings, I have had the opportunity to go to other team meetings with the broader group where the entire group gets together to discuss major changes and plans for the project. For lunch, we usually go to some of the nearby food places, which has been a great way to get to know my colleagues better while taking a break from the workday.

 

Milestone Memories or Embracing Moments of Growth

One of my favorite VMware memories is from the recent office site company event. Each year, VMware Bulgaria organizes an event for the Sofia employees to get together. This year, the event was held in October near Sofia in a town called Sandanski. Sandanski is known for its thermal springs and clean air free of allergens. The event incorporated Service Learning, which is an opportunity for employees to give back to the causes closest to their hearts. It was a great day because there were various volunteer opportunities including crafting souvenirs, painting schools, cleaning national parks, and translating information into Bulgarian for foreign educational sites. I participated in the group that crafted souvenirs. We made nice products that will be sold at charity bazaars. Knowing that we were creating something that will help others was a great feeling. That day was a great experience for me because I know we were helping make a difference in the community.

 

 

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Fostering Dynamic & Diverse Workplaces Through the Community at Grace Hopper India

Did you know that mixed-gender teams lead to higher profits and sales for organizations? It’s because of this, and the opportunity to create an environment where all people can bring their whole selves to work, that VMware is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive workplace community. Connect with VMware Member of Technical Staff, Vartika Agrawal, and hear how her drive to continuously innovate within Information Technology is empowering women to lead change in their careers at the Grace Hopper Celebration in India.

 

Vartika AName: Vartika Agrawal

Role: Member of Technical Staff

Office Location: Bangalore, India

Years at VMware: 1

 

Share what a typical day is like for you at VMware.

Once you start doing what you love for a living, the work is no longer work. A day at VMware is never monotonous as each day comes with its own challenges, priorities, and learnings, which is empowering me to achieve my full potential. I am a morning person, so I prefer starting work early. For me, a typical day starts by catching up on emails, checking my calendar, and making a rough plan for the day. After this, my team syncs up to share status updates on what we’re each working on. From there, I dedicate time to work on vSphere We Client, which is the VMware product that I’m currently working on. The second half of the day consists of meetings, technical discussions, and continued work on the problem I took up in the morning. Outside of my immediate work responsibilities, I give back through the VMware Foundation, participate in research projects, and organize team events such as birthday celebrations, team lunches and day outings. I try to balance time between regular product work and other activities as it helps keep me refreshed and rejuvenated. On days with fewer projects, I spend time playing games like foosball and table tennis with my teammates.

 

What inspired you to pursue a career in Information Technology? 

Information Technology is rapidly growing as there is constant innovation happening in the field. Computers and coding have fascinated me since high school. At the RV College of Engineering, Bangalore, I got a chance to explore this field in depth. A degree in Computer Science provides an immense number of career options to choose from based on interests and skill sets. There are pure technical jobs for people who love math and coding. There are Program Manager roles, which do need knowledge of computers, but are more of management jobs. As a member of the IT community, I feel that I am receiving the opportunity to contribute to the continuous changing dynamics of our society.

 

You have a poster on “Cache-Based Side-Channel Attack on AES in Cloud Computing Environment” and “IoT Transaction Security” being shared at Grace Hopper (#GHCI15) India. Can you share more about what the poster addresses?

“Cache-Based Side-Channel Attack on AES in Cloud Computing Environment” is based on the work done with my friends during my final semester at RV College of Engineering, Bangalore. Our paper demonstrates cache-based side-channel attack between virtual machines where a malicious virtual machine owned by an attacker extracts an AES encryption key from the victim’s virtual machine, which is spawned on same physical machine. Software implementation of AES uses table lookup operations, which affects the cache. These lookup indices are closely related with private key used for encryption/decryption. Leakage of the key can reveal lot of confidential information. My poster session paper shows how the attacker can obtain this key and how one can combat the attack by disrupting the cache-access patterns during encryption.

“IoT Transaction Security” addresses security requirements when IoT devices are connected to the cloud. IoT is an emerging technology. As more and more devices are interconnected, and send and receive data over the network, it becomes important to protect the data from security vulnerabilities. My poster session paper provides confidentiality and integrity of data originated from an IoT device that is sent over the network to the Cloud through the following ideas:

  • Providing direct HTTPS connection between IoT devices and cloud by eliminating the mediator devices
  • Bitcoin block chain ledger principle to achieve decentralization and scalability in IoT network

 

The 2015 theme for the Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing India is Our Time to Lead. What does this theme mean to you? 

It’s time that mainstream society acknowledges and supports women pursuing technical careers just as it does for men. Research shows that diversity within teams leads to better business outcomes, so it makes sense from an innovation and ethical perspective to empower woman at all levels within an organization. The Grace Hopper Celebration in India, which brings together over 12,000 people every year, is a great platform to raise awareness about the importance of women in the workplace while empowering women in their professional and personal growth through meaningful connections with others across the technology community.

 

 

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Taking the Lead to Grow at Grace Hopper India

At VMware, we empower our people with the resources and tools to own their future. Connect with VMware Member of Technical Staff, Shwetha Lakshman Rao, and learn how she is taking the lead to grow in her career while inspiring others along the way at the Grace Hopper Celebration in India.

  

Shwetha Lakmanan (1)Name: Shwetha Lakshman Rao

Role: Member of Technical Staff

Office Location: Bangalore, India

Years at VMware: 6

 

Share what a typical day is like for you at VMware. 

My day starts by coffee with colleagues, followed by checking emails so that I can prioritize my tasks for the day. As a Java API tester, I repro and verify the bugs related to vCenter Server, identify use cases that have not been covered, and write the code for those use cases. I work on scripts as per customer requirements to help solve their issues or automate manual efforts, and I help team members resolve their technical issues. The best part of VMware is there is no boundary to work on research of one’s interest, and I enjoy this opportunity. VMware empowers me to enhance my technical and soft skills by attending conferences within and outside of India. I also work in the “Internet of Things” research group and am involved in many other initiatives such as Borathon (VMware’s employee-led hackathon), giving back with the VMware Foundation, and innovations around improvising the testing strategy and patents at VMware. Each year, VMware employees are given 40 paid hours to give back to the causes closet to their hearts. I spend my Service Learning time going to government schools twice a week to teach English for the students of grade 4.

 

What inspired you to pursue a career in Information Technology?

Information Technology impacts everything. You name a career and one can map IT implementations with it. Because of this, there are endless opportunities to learn and grow in an IT career that personally interests you. A career in IT requires continuous learning. It is about problem solving which requires analytical skills, and I love solving issues by building different algorithms. Information Technology is not just about technical skills; it is about how one can manage time while working on multiple tasks. There is nothing that can describe the amount of satisfaction that I feel once I’ve finished a task that involves developing a code that solves a complex problem.

 

You are participating in the Hands-on Lab session and have a poster on IOT transaction security at Grace Hopper (#GHCI15) India. Can you share more about what you will be discussing during these two sessions?

It is a pleasure to present our poster “IoT Transaction Security” at the Grace Hopper conference. IoT or “Internet of things,” is an emerging technology that is buzzing in the IT industry. The focus of the poster session project is to provide confidentiality and integrity of data originated from an IoT device that is sent over a network to the cloud environment. The paper proposes the below two ideas:

  • Direct HTTPS connection between IoT devices and cloud: targets to remove intermediary devices like mobiles that are currently used for the transfer of data generated by IoT devices using HTTPS.
  • Bitcoin block chain ledger principles to achieve decentralization in IoT network: proposes solution to prioritization of transactions.

The Hands-on Lab is an exciting opportunity to share an overview of some of the latest VMware and AirWatch products by demoing the products in real-time with the audience. Below are a few of the products we’re planning to share with the GHC India community:

  • NSX: Network Virtualization
  • vSAN: Storage virtualization
  • vCloud Air
  • Photon: OS for containers
  • Proj Bonneville and AppCatalyst
  • VVD: VMware validate design
  • Helix: VMware IoT platform
  • AirWatch Moblie Device Management

The 2015 theme for the Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing India is Our Time to Lead. What does this theme mean to you?

The 2015 theme for the Grace Hopper Celebration “Our Time to Lead” motivates women to start owning and leading tasks without waiting for someone to come and ask them do it. It is all about having the right attitude of initiating and owning things.

 

 

 

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