With over 50+ locations throughout the world, VMware is truly a global community made of passionate employees who thrive on collaborating together to bring IT industry-changing innovations to life. Each site also carries its own uniqueness, which is why we are highlighting office stories through our VMware Office Spotlight series. Get a flavor for what the VMware Herzlia office in Israel is like today!
Where: Herzlia (Location, Location, Location…)
Opened in 2008, VMware Israel is located in the center of the Israeli “Silicon Valley” and coastal city of Herzlia. Just four minutes away from the Mediterranean sea shore and surrounded by vivid business and recreation opportunities, the Israeli site of VMware offers opportunities to enjoy a variety of gourmet restaurants to dine at with coworkers, a gym and swimming pool across the street and a view of the sunset over the Mediterranean sea from our fourth flour cafeteria to close out the work day.
What: VMware Israel R&D Center (and an award-winning sales group as well)
As an R&D and Sales hub for VMware, our site helps drive innovation on several VMware products, such as Horizon Mirage, which offers a new approach for managing end users’ physical or virtual desktops and laptops, and the VMware IT Business Management Suite, aiming to provide a unique solution for managing the financial aspects of the Cloud.
How: Innovation, Teamwork and Excellence
Driving what’s next comes to life in many forms at VMware Israel, from a single contributor developing a new idea and following through with it, to innovation events for the entire site and company.
In 2012, the Israel site closed out the year with an innovation celebration. During the celebration, employees gathered together to work on a variety of project ideas during an onsite Hackathon. After a few days of exhilarating work, winners were announced and each team showcased a proof of concept for their idea.
“Having people who you can count on to do excellent work and whom you can brainstorm with is a valuable asset to the company, and certainly one that is highly noticeable at our site, ” says Lital Hassine, Team Engineering Lead. To develop new technologies at the Israeli site, our teams leverage the Agile SCRUM methodologies when collaborating on projects. The Israel site has embraced this methodology for several years now, as the process is flexible, productive and fun.
Several teams are employing test-driven development and pair programming which increases communication and makes our code and design better. Every piece of code has a corresponding unit-test, which serves as a safety net for logical code mistakes. We also shuffle the programming pairs, so that engineers can work on a variety of tasks and share their knowledge and skills with one another. Another great thing about our process is that on every source code change, a fleet of VM’s are running 1,000’s of black-box system tests against the entire system – providing our employees with instant feedback about our latest code changes.
The Year Ahead
As the leader of the Israeli hi-tech industry, we plan to further drive the impressive growth we have experienced in the past several years by continuing to foster an environment where passionate and dynamic people can develop professionally and work together to create innovative, high quality products and solutions that answer our customers’ real needs.
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