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Paying it forward goes beyond creating joy for others. It creates opportunities to challenge the status quo for all. Meet Arjun, Senior Manager, IT at VMware Bangalore and unearth the opportunities to forge change by being empowered to wonder.

  

Arjun_Basu_3Name: Arjun Basu

Role: Senior Manager, IT

Office Location: Bangalore, India

Years at VMware: 6 months

 

What does paying it forward mean to you?

Some of us are fortunate to have careers like the exciting ones at VMware. It feels great to receive a thank you at work or cool collectibles (“swag”) at a company event. For me, paying it forward means passing on some of that happiness to someone else to make their day just a bit brighter. It could be a colleague, a neighbor, or even a random person that you come across in the community. VMware’s Service Learning program provides many opportunities for my colleagues and I to pay it forward to the community around us. Just imagine, a whole week to pass on random acts of kindness every single year. With thousands of employees joining in, this could be a start of a chain reaction much bigger than that in the Kevin Spacey movie. Come, join in – and be part of the revolution.Young bird watcher

What does the quote, “Wisdom begins in wonder.” from the VMware Foundation’s Service Learning campaign mean to you?

I believe that knowledge cannot be found by simply trying to commit vast amounts of factual information to memory. True knowledge comes from curiosity in the things around us, how they look and work and interact with us. As the Greek philosophers realized eons ago, it is this childlike wonder that is the true source of wisdom. This wonder and passion is what drives people at VMware to question the status quo, imagine the future of digital enterprises, and try to make it a reality, today.

How do you instill this value in your child children?

Sometimes it seems that my daughters (aged eight and two) are teaching me about the joys of learning and wonder rather than the other way around! We’ve tried to expose them to multiple experiences – whether it is staying in a wildlife sanctuary, participating in the Earth Day celebrations in our local community, or learning a new language. Sometimes it does lead to unexpected consequences like seeing a wall covered with eco slogans and sketches in their room – but overall we believe it prepares them to be better global citizens.SL_Campaign_Arjun

Please reflect on having your child featured in the campaign. What does it mean to you and your family?

One of the things that attracted me to VMware was their focus on the value of community. Here I was, fairly new to the job inspired to actively participate in the Service Learning campaign. It felt great to have our youngest daughter be one of the faces of the campaign for all global employees and the wider community. Being able to see the joy and wonder on my daughter’s face upon seeing the campaign poster was something that we will treasure for a long time. And it has served as an inspiration for our older child, who wants to be featured too!

 

 

 

 

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Embracing Change Opens New Doors at Grace Hopper

For Vice President of Enterprise Information Management at VMware, Theresa Kushner, staring fear of change straight on helps propel her and the community around her forward. Connect with Theresa, and learn a little bit more about how VMware’s VMwomen initiative is fostering conversations and behavior change around diversity within the technology community at the 2014 Grace Hopper Conference and beyond.

 

Theresa_Kushner_HeadshotName:  Theresa Kushner

Role: Vice President, Enterprise Information Management

Office Location: Palo Alto, California

Years at VMware:  2

Twitter handle: @tkushner

 

What inspired you to pursue a career in technology?

Sometimes the best inspiration is fear. I came to a career in technology reluctantly. Although my father owned a computer software company when I was in high school, I did everything I could to avoid computers and technology. After I graduated from college, I realized I couldn’t pay my credit card bill because of the low pay my chosen field provided. I discovered that computer firms in the technology industry paid better than any of the other industries and my skills were transferrable. My first technology job was at Texas Instruments in product marketing for consumer products. Since then, I’ve spent my entire career in the world of technology with IBM, Cisco Systems and now, VMware. The fear of not being able to pay off my credit card forced me to open a new door.

What exciting things are taking shape for VMware people because of the VMwomen initiative?

Launched as an enterprise-wide initiative in January 2014, the VMwomen initiative at VMware is taking actionable and measureable steps at all levels to increase the representation of women so that VMware leads our industry globally. We’re delivering programs to help propel these goals including:

  • TALK, a monthly speakers series with internal and external guest speakers
  • DIALOGUE, a pilot peer mentoring program designed to help women accelerate their professional development by working with senior advisers
  • Unconscious Bias training, which provides a common framework and language to uncover unconscious biases that unfold in the workplace

These programs, supported by action plans up and down the organization, are helping to broker conversations and behavior change while providing an environment that openly supports diversity.

You are sitting on the Accountability and Metrics for Gender Diversity panel at the Grace Hopper Conference (#GHC14). Can you provide insight into the panel topic?

If we truly want to improve the representation of women in computing in all levels, then we need to focus on metrics first. Having metrics tells us first where we are starting from and helps us decide where we want to go. It’s just good business. Having metrics also makes it possible to hold people accountable. At VMware, our CEO Pat Gelsinger has insisted on metrics to set the stage and to guide us. He uses these metrics to help recognize where we need to concentrate our efforts and to understand which of our actions are helping. Pat holds his executive team accountable for progress – measurable progress. You can learn more about what we’re bring to life here at VMware and within the technology community on this topic at the Accountability and Metrics for Gender Diversity panel at #GHC14 on Thursday, October 9 from 10:15 – 11:15 am.

The 2014 theme for Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing is Everywhere. EveryoneWhat about this theme makes you excited about #GHC14?

I get excited by engaging with the next generation of women technologists. They bring such different perspectives and I am constantly amazed at their intelligence and creativity. More than anything, I’m looking forward to these interactions.

Fill in the blank: Be inspired to be data driven!

 

 

 

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Being Open to Change Creates Moments to Move the World

At VMware, our people are inspired to think creatively to solve thorny technological problems that will make things better for our customers, products, and each other. Meet Duncan, Chief Technologist at VMware Utrecht and learn a little bit more about how being opened to personal change awoke his eyes to the little moments that can move the world.

 

Duncan_Epping_1Name: Duncan Epping

Role: Chief Technologist

Office Location: Utrecht, The Netherlands

Years at VMware: 6

 

What does paying it forward mean to you? 

To me it means giving back in any shape or form. Whether that is through a donation or volunteering. Personally I feel that everyone should experience the act of volunteering at some point in his or her lives, even though I realize that it is not for everyone. Than again, I always felt that it wasn’t really something for me, but I did really enjoy it when I had the opportunity to join the Good Gigs Trek to Vietnam with the VMware Foundation. In Vietnam I directly experienced what a huge impact you can have by volunteering or how much can be done with relatively small donations. For those who did not follow my articles on this subject, we went to Vietnam to support an Orphan Impact with Team4Tech, which provides computer classes in orphanages. Not only does this help the kids increase the chances of finding a job at an older age, but it also allows them to connect with the outside world via things like Facebook or Google. On top of that, there is of course the whole personal touch… the attention they get from the teachers, etc. It definitely opened up my eyes!Service_Learning_Campaign_Duncan_Epping

What does the quote, “The brain is a muscle that can move the world.” From the VMware Foundation’s Service Learning campaign mean to you? 

To me it means that if you put your mind to it than there is nothing that you cannot achieve, whether that is something in sports (like the poster shows for my daughter), at work, or within the community. A lot of people tend to underestimate the difference that they can make and the impact they can halve on other people’s lives. You just need to be open for it.

How do you instill this value in your children? 

We do a couple of things. First and foremost we try to make them aware of what is going on in the rest of the world. We want to make it obvious that not everyone is as fortunate as they are in life. Secondly, we explain to them why we give back, how we have contributed, and how it has impacted the people we are serving. Thirdly, we try to have them help as well whenever they can. That can be something small from donating a couple of dollars from their savings, or asking them to donate some of their toys to less fortunate kids. Those little things actually go a long way!

Please reflect on having your child featured in the campaign. What does it mean to you and your family? 

The whole family was very proud to see the picture used, especially my daughter. We were actually all together in the VMware office recently and saw the campaign poster featuring my daughter hanging in the pantry. It was definitely special and something that my daughter will never forget.

 

 

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Connecting VMware Customers to What’s Next in Dubai

At VMware, our customers are core to our mission. Meet Deepak, Senior Manager of Systems Engineering at VMware Dubai, and discover how being a good listener and connecting the dots empowers his customers to meet their business objectives.

  

Deepak_Narain_headshotName: Deepak Narain

Role: Senior Manager, Systems Engineering

Office Location: Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Years at VMware: 6.5

 

What do you do at VMware and what is your team working on at VMware Dubai?

I manage the Pre-sales team for the Middle East; we’re the evangelists and the technologists – the technical voice of VMware.

My team’s job is to make the connection between our customers’ business needs and the technology solutions that will help them meet their objectives. To do this, my team builds strategic relationships with our customers, educates them on VMware’s products and solutions, empowers them to choose the right solutions, and then helps them push the boundaries of what they think is possible.

We’re also the key feedback mechanism between the Field and Engineering teams – helping ensure that the feedback from customers is inserted back into the product creation cycle.

To do our job well, we have to be really good listeners (because there are a lot of people talking to us – customers, account managers, engineering, marketing, partners…). We also need to have an intimate knowledge of our customer’s businesses, VMware’s productions and solutions, and the technical acumen to line these up against each other. 

Could you share what teams are growing at your site and how they are working together to drive what’s next in IT?

I started at VMware Dubai a little less than seven years ago as the very first employee – it’s been a really thrilling ride. We’ve grown from a tiny team working shoulder to shoulder in a shared office in Dubai to a large, diverse team spread throughout the Middle East and North Africa.

We’re lucky to be in one of the fastest growing geographies in the world, the entire region is literally being built from the ground up, right in front of our eyes.

Our office growth has mirrored this – we’re growing across the board. From Pre-sales, Sales, Professional Services, Channel, and Marketing – there’s not a single team that has not had explosive growth over the past few years. It’s really amazing to come into the office from a road trip, find a few new faces, and have this repeat week after week.

I can’t describe what a rush it is to work alongside such a passionate group of people, being on the bleeding edge of IT, and helping our customers optimize their businesses today and re-tool their technology roadmap to take advantage of the latest trends and technologies in the IT space.

 

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A Tinkerer Challenging the Status Quo at the Grace Hopper Conference

At VMware, we celebrate taking bold bets. Meet Rupa, Member of Technical Staff and instigator of innovation, and discover how she inspires others to be true to themselves while creating change within the community at the 2014 Grace Hopper Conference. 

 

Rupa_Dachere_2Name: Rupa Dachere

Role: Member of Technical Staff

Office Location: Palo Alto, California

Years at VMware: 2

Twitter handle: @rdachere

 

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

I usually start off the day with a scrum meeting, then buckle down to do some coding/debugging/unit-testing/etc., from there I go to lunch with co-workers, followed by more coding in the afternoon or additional meetings. During the late afternoon, I usually go for a walk or head over to the awesome gym on campus at VMware with co-workers and then wrap up for the day.

What inspired you to pursue a career in technology? 

I was inspired by two forces: (1) Being able to dress in comfortable clothes which included not having to wear heels (2) Getting paid well for the opportunity to create products that affect the lives of people all over the world positively.Rupa_Dachere_3

You are presenting a session entitled PiDoorbell: Home Automation with RaspberryPi at the Grace Hopper Conference (#GHC14). Can you provide insight into the session topic?

I created PiDoorbell to solve a problem I was having with contractors/gardeners who would come to my house when I wasn’t there (or claim to) and I needed to know when they showed up at my house and rang the doorbell. Being an engineer, I’m naturally frugal and  didn’t want to spend hundreds of dollars on a security system and most of the systems on the market didn’t have the features I wanted (instantaneous notification via SMS with a photo). So, I decided to get my hands dirty by evaluating inexpensive hardware such as the Raspberry Pi and building my own solution from scratch for less than $70 which would send me an SMS with a photo/video within seconds of someone showing up at my front door. I have open sourced all the PiDoorbell code and design and created a hands-on workshop for the public to build their own PiDoorbell.  With the help of four awesome CodeChix members, I taught the first PiDoorbell tutorial at PyCon 2014 in Montreal this year. It was a big hit and we got excellent reviews for our class. I have also presented PiDoorbell at several conferences in the United States and Australia. If you’re attending #GHC14 and want to learn more about PiDoorbell, stop by the Novel and Innovative Applications for IoT session on Thursday, October 9 at 10:15 AM.

The 2014 theme for Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing is Everywhere. EveryoneWhat about this theme makes you excited about #GHC14?

To be surrounded by thousands of smart, driven and inspiring women at all stages of their lives and careers and, hopefully, to contribute what I can to keep the energy and smarts growing and flourishing.

Fill in the blank: Be inspired to: make a difference in the retention and recruitment of women engineers in industry and academia.

 

 

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VMware Boosts Growth for University of Manchester Student

Do you remember what ignited your passion for Computer Science? At VMware, our people are co-creators of a thriving community, empowering our people to take bold bets to forge change across the industry. Meet Ivan, a student of the University of Manchester and VMware intern in Sofia, Bulgaria, and discover the community that inspires him to drive what’s next for himself and for information technology.    

 

Ivan_Kalchev_HeadshotName: Ivan Kalchev

Role: Member of Technical Staff Intern

Office Location: Sofia, Bulgaria

University: University of Manchester, United Kingdom

Twitter handle: @IvanKalchev1

 

What inspired you to study Computer Science at your university?

The first time I encountered computing was when I was twelve years old at school. It was the first time my classmates and I studied Information Technology as a subject in class. We solved trivial algorithmic tasks in the C programming language, and since my father is also a computer scientist, I could build on those studies at home and ask for help with the things that I couldn’t understand as a twelve-year old. Ever since then, I knew what I wanted to be when I “grew up.” Computer Science has always been like a hobby. I have the kind of fun that other fellow computer scientists can understand when tinkering with technology, and my interest and knowledge continues to grow. Even though the subject was not the primary focus of my primary school studies, when the time came to look for a university, I knew without a doubt that I should pursue Computer Science, as it was the most natural thing to me. I have not regretted my choice so far.

How did you discover VMware Sofias Talent Boost, and what are your takeaways from participating in the program?

Even though I’m studying abroad in the UK at the University of Manchester, I use every vacation to fly back home (Bulgaria) to have some fun with family and friends. This past year, I decided to grow my skills and started pursuing a career while being at home. I applied for an internship at VMware Bulgaria and was offered a place in the VMware Talent Boost academy as a course preceding my three-month internship.

Talent Boost academy was great fun, but also very challenging and involving. Even though the class was four hours each afternoon, I needed the whole day to prepare and work through the examples from the previous sessions. The material was clearly presented and the experience of the speakers, professionals from VMware, was unparalleled. There was even a challenge where every member of the group developed a program that had to interact with a server and do some clever computation in order to get as many points as possible. Overall, I can say that the academy not only helped me with my university studies, but also helped me get insight into what a real-world industrial standard development can look like.

Youre currently wrapping up a three-month R&D internship project here at VMware. Can you tell us a little bit about the project and what it was like collaborating with the team in Sofia?

My project was aimed at improving the VMware internal build system and automating several of the processes that the developers did manually. Scale is really a factor at VMware and the build system needed to provide more ways for the developers to observe, analyze, and act upon the great amounts of code and external systems being involved.Ivan_Kalchev_2

Working on the R&D team at VMware Sofia was very rewarding, as the team did not hesitate to share their knowledge and experience with me. As I mentioned earlier, scale really plays a part here and without my team giving me a hand from time to time, I would have had a really hard time adapting to the environment. But it wasn’t only the work that my colleagues helped me adapt to at VMware – we also went to lunch together every day, I participated in my team’s weekly meetings, and we had fun offsite during outings such as bowling night. Opportunities like this to connect beyond our work really made me feel like a member of the team and that my input mattered, which made the experience go by fast.

What is one of your favorite fun VMware memories?

When I was about to go back to finish my studies in the UK, the team organized a going away event specifically for me. We all went out to have a snack and get a drink. We had a really nice chat and there was not a single word about work, which made for a great evening.

What are you looking forward to within information technology, and what part do you hope to play in its evolution?

The world is getting more and more connected, and there is a need more than ever for reliable, scalable and adaptable distributed systems. Security in those systems is also an important factor that often stays neglected. I am passionate about contributing in this area and am fortunate that my team at VMware was working on this initiative.

What advice would you share with students looking to obtain an internship at VMware?

Go for it! My internship at VMware really changed the way that I thought about Computer Science within the industry and as a whole, the way problems need to be addressed, what to watch out for, and how good team work is needed to achieve high quality results. Be prepared to give your all, as it will definitely be worth it.

 

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DevOps Community Helps Drive What’s Next for vCloud Air

It’s the passion to work together to solve tough technological constraints that drives VMware people. Connect with Arnaud, vCloud Air R&D, Director of Services Engineering & Delivery and learn a little bit more about how diversity of thought and mind empowers VMware people to solve operational challenges while delivering the latest features that will contribute to the vCloud Air success story.

 

Arnaud_Mauvais_HeadshotName: Arnaud Mauvais

Role: vCloud Air R&D, Director of Services Engineering & Delivery

Office Location: Palo Alto, California

Years at VMware: 16 months

Twitter handle: @arnaudm

 

What’s a typical day like for you at VMware? What excites you about working here?

I spend most of my time working with Ops team members as well as Dev team members from VMware. I also spend my days, and sometimes nights, working with colleagues from around the world, especially from the United States and India. The technical and cultural diversity excites me. And so does dealing with cool technology, solving challenging technical problems, while doing this with smart and passionate people in a supportive environment: It doesn’t get much better than this!

How is your team helping contribute to the vCloud Air success story?

It can be summarized in one sentence: Integration, Automation & System Test, while breaking up silos that often exist between Dev & Ops teams.

We integrate all components that make up vCloud Air, we work on automating the deployment and configuration of these components by building solutions for the Cloud Operators (vs. Cloud Tenants), and we do overall validation and system testing of the platform. At the end of the day, it’s all about being able to deliver new features, faster, and with an overall higher quality.

Share how your team uses Puppet and what your future plans are with it?

We’ve standardized all deployment and configuration management aspects of vCloud Air on Puppet: This is how we run vCloud Air! Everyone in the Services Engineering & Delivery team has gone to Puppet training, and our goal is to make it the lingua franca for the entire organization. We are currently focused on automating the deployment, upgrade, and day-to-day management of the Cloud Platform for our Ops team. We are also starting to look at helping our Cloud tenants with some of the Puppet modules we produce, as they face similar challenges as we do.

How does your team maintain a DevOps culture and/or mindset?

In the Cloud, Dev & Ops are both part of the product. Functionality must go with operability. To make this happen, we’ve adopted a problem-solving culture, based on constant communication and on flexible processes.

Our strategy is simple: work very closely with all of the engineering teams that are building the vCloud Air Ecosystem, by leveraging the work they’ve done and extending it to the Service Providers use case; we don’t just build tools, we help solve operational challenges first. And we do the same with our internal vCloud Air Operations’ team, our first Service Provider, by working very collaboratively with them on both developing the tools they need, participating in every production deployment and by picking up the phone and helping fix issues when they come up in production.

What’s next for you, your team, or VMware? 

Our ultimate goal is to make it easy for all Service Providers, and not just our vCloud Air Ops team, to deploy and run our vCloud Air solution. We will achieve this by capturing the innovation and creativity that’s demonstrated everyday by our Dev & Ops teams, and incorporating it in the solutions we build collaboratively with them. I strongly believe that contributing to the DevOps community is part of our primary mission as a Cloud Provider, as our first and most supportive customers are DevOps professionals.

 

 

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VMware Software Engineer Sparks Connection at the Grace Hopper Conference

We are all connected. By working together as one we’re able to make the impossible, possible. Meet VMware software engineer, Jonida and learn a little bit more about the innovations that are connecting people at the 2014 Grace Hopper Conference and beyond.

 

Jonida_CaliName: Jonida Cali

Role: Software Engineer

Office Location: Palo Alto

Years at VMware: 1

Twitter handle: @jonidacali

 

What inspired you to pursue a career in technology?

The influence of my parents (both of them in engineering and STEM related professions) was obvious to me from an early age. The example of my mother – a leading mechanical engineer in heavy industry (an equally male-dominated field) – helped me gain confidence when my personality was being shaped. At the same time, I displayed an affinity for solving problems as a child and enjoyed cracking puzzles (which still is one of my favorite ways to unwind). I knew that I wanted my daily routine at work to include solving interesting problems. However, what I believe inspired me to go for a tech career are all of the new and exciting things that are constantly taking shape within the industry – they feel like colorful fireworks to me. I would be extremely bored in any other field because there are less “fireworks.”

You are presenting a session entitled Survivable Social Network at the Grace Hopper Conference (#GHC14). Can you provide insight into the session topic?

One of the consequences of large-scale crisis events is the loss of telecommunication support, which in return disables most of the communication channels between citizens and emergency responders. Survivable Social Network (SSN) was created to enable everyday citizens, more specifically neighbors, with the ability to successfully communicate with one another to help recover after a disaster, even in the event of no Internet or telecommunication availability. SSN also mindfully assists emergency and first responders by not overwhelming them with situations that citizens can resolve themselves, using each other as resources. Once an Internet connection is established, SSN allows neighborhoods to connect and communicate with each other as well as cities and other organizations. You can learn more about this topic during the Wearable and Mobile Devices session on Friday, October 10 from 5:15 PM – 6:15 PM.

The 2014 theme for Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing is Everywhere. EveryoneWhat about this theme makes you excited about #GHC14?

I am very excited about hearing the latest developments in tech as well as attending the professional and personal growth sessions. It will be great to network with all of the conference attendees and exchange experiences with them. Apart from submitting my own paper at the conference, I was also involved as an employee volunteer, so it will be nice to see the team’s efforts coming to fruition.

Fill in the blank: Be inspired to explore the unknown and challenge the default.

 

 

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Discover the Endless Possibilities of VMworld through a VMware Intern’s Eyes

VMware people, including interns, are empowered with the tools and resources to discover what’s next within information technology and each other in an environment build upon community, passion, integrity, and fun. Join Abhinav, senior at Columbia University and former VMware intern, for a look at his journey to growth at VMworld 2014. 

 

Abhinav_Mishna_2My name is Abhinav Mishra and I’m currently a senior at Columbia University in New York City majoring in Computer Engineering. Over the summer I had the opportunity to intern on the vCloud Air Quality Engineering and Infrastructure teams at VMware in Cambridge, Massachusetts. During my internship, I helped develop a Java REST API Client that developers could use to implement and test new features in VMware products such as vCloud Director. Outside of exploring what’s next in technology, I’m passionate about singing, watching sports (I’m a huge New England Patriots fan), and traveling.

At the end of the summer, VMware R&D interns in the United States participated in an intern poster session to showcase the projects that we all worked on with the VMware employee community. I was fortunate enough to win the poster contest at the Cambridge office and won a ticket to attend VMworld 2014 in San Francisco, California. This year’s conference theme was “No Limits – Break through the endless possibilities.”

2014_Intern_Poster_Session_Group_PhotoOn Monday, August 25 my day started off with breakfast followed by the keynote speech given by VMware CEO, Pat Gelsinger. It was amazing to hear his thoughts on the latest trends in technology, especially his views on how products are moving to be centered on the Software-Defined Data Center. Next, Executive Vice President and General Manager of the Hybrid Cloud Services Business Unit, Bill Fathers gave a speech on the new features in vCloud Air and why the Hybrid Cloud is the right approach when using cloud services. Even though I knew a lot about vCloud Air having worked on that product, it was still inspiring to hear about its new features and how the Hybrid Cloud can truly lead to endless possibilities for customers in industries such as healthcare, automobiles, and more.

On Tuesday, August 26 the keynote by Executive Vice President and General Manager, End-User Computing, Sanjay Poonen and Chief Technology Officer, End-User Computing, Kit Colbert was awe-inspiring to watch because the products they are working on with their teammates have the ability to really impact consumers in a positive way across industries. The healthcare demo by AirWatch was especially inspiring, since the enterprise mobility management industry is one that I have a strong interest in.Abhinav_Mishra_5

Each day after the keynote speeches, customers and attendees would break out to attend general sessions. There were a ton of sessions and at first it was overwhelming to see so many options because they all seemed so interesting. From demos of new features to group discussions on products, there was something for everyone. For me, the “No Limits” conference theme meant that you truly have the opportunity to learn and gain knowledge with the best tools and resources in any area that you want without restriction. The sessions did exactly that, as I was able to learn about the diversity and power of VMware products such as NSX, EVO:RAIL, vCloud Air, and AirWatch. Furthermore, I was extremely fortunate to be able to meet some of the top leaders in software, such as Kit Colbert. Even though I was an intern, Kit and other individuals were willing to take the time to talk to me and answer my questions, which I truly appreciated.

Overall, the sessions at VMworld helped me learn and explore the endless possibilities within information technology while also allowing me to network and gain advice from some of the best engineers and leaders in the industry. To cap off my VMworld experience, I joined VMworld attendees at the Yerba Buena Gardens for a live performance by the Black Keys at the VMworld Party.

 

*If you’re interested in learning more about what took place at VMworld 2014 in San Francisco, be sure to check out the VMworld social media page for announcements made, keynote highlights, and more.

 

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Student Interns Soar with the VMware University Relations Program

At VMware, our University Relations Program goes beyond the game-changing project work for students. Connect with Leanne, University Relations Program Coordinator and get her take on the programs and events that empowered student interns to soar this summer at VMware.

 

Although VMware has bid farewell to its summer 2014 intern class for the school year, their time with us was epic and will definitely not be forgotten. Join me for a look back on a few of the memorable events that my University Relations teammates and I brought to life to help empower our interns with the resources to grow while collaborating in an environment built around community, passion for what’s next, and fun.Leanne_3

One VMware

The summer started off with our Intern Program Kickoff where VMware CEO, Pat Gelsinger welcomed our interns from across the United States to VMware. Hans Bernhardt, Sr. Solutions Architect followed Pat with a “VMware 101” session that gave an inside look at virtual machines and how VMware became what it is today. From there, the interns along with their managers and mentors headed over to the gym to enjoy a BBQ and lawn games including volleyball, soccer, corn hole, and more. It was a beautiful day and such a great way to kick off the summer intern adventure.

As a member of the University Relations team, I’m proud that we offer our interns with learning opportunities that reflect our dynamic and diverse community here at VMware. Our Leadership Speaker Series is one example as it gives the interns the opportunity to learn from some of our top executives in an open and casual discussion. This summer, Sanjay Poonen, Raghu Raghuram, Ray O’Farrell, and Martin Casado took the time to share their roles at VMware, career paths, and advice for the interns.Leanne_6

In its third summer at VMware, the WCW (Women Connecting Women) Program, which strives to connect female interns with other female employees (mentors) throughout VMware, partnered with WiRED (Women in R&D), for a speed-networking event. This casual round-robin style event gave our female interns time to share their backgrounds and interests as well as learn more about the variety of career paths available at VMware from all of the WCW mentors. After the speed-networking portion of the event, the group headed outside to wind down from the workday to enjoy the summer weather in Palo Alto.

Growth through Service

Leanne_9At VMware, giving rooted in Citizen Philanthropy is a core part of who we are. Because of this, VMware interns receive the opportunity to give back through a Service Learning project together. This year, the Palo Alto intern class hosted a job shadow day for 50 high school students from the Berkeley Foundation for Opportunities in Information Technology (BFOIT). Interns hosted students and shared insight into their summer projects. One BFOIT student even helped one of the interns rework the layout of their poster for the Intern Poster Session that took place the following week.

Architecting What’s Next

Leanne_4The Intern Poster Session, which is held each year at the end of the summer for the Palo Alto, California and Cambridge, Massachusetts R&D interns, is a way for the University Relations team to bring together the entire intern class and recognize their hard work within the technical community at VMware. 110 technical interns showcased their work, which was reviewed and voted on by the R&D community. Over 900 votes were collected and the top two winners won a trip to VMworld 2014 in San Francisco, California. Vivian Wang from the User Experience team and Anuj Gupta from the QE Storage Virtualization team were the winners in Palo Alto. Abhinav Mishra, was the winner from VMware Cambridge. Read more about Abhinav’s VMware experience here.

Celebration

To celebrate the learnings and fun memories made over the summer at VMware, the interns headed out on an excursion to Angel Island with the University Relations team. Angel Island is a small island off the coast of San Francisco where the interns hiked, played football, and just enjoyed a day away from the office getting to know one another better. From gorgeous views of the San Francisco Bay, to numerous activities readily available for the day, this trip is one that neither they nor I will ever forget.VMware_2014_Intern_Class_End_of_Year_Offsite

In the end, a VMware intern’s experience goes beyond the project work. The programs and events brought to life at VMware for students allow them to fully emerge themselves in VMware’s culture while discovering the next steps for their studies and careers after university.

We pride ourselves in the experience we offer for students and are already looking forward to the next group of interns to join VMware next year!

If you’re inspired to pursue the seemingly impossible within information technology, discover our latest opportunities and join us.

 

 

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