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The National Collegiate Sales Competition: How a Community of Students is Transforming Customer Success

In just a few short days, my teammates and I will be heading off to Kennesaw, Georgia with one goal in mind – hire professional selling majors for the 2016 U.S. VMware Sales Academy at the National Collegiate Sales Competition (NCSC).VMware_Sales_Academy_Logo

Based in the lively city of Austin, Texas, the VMware Sales Academy is a competitive 12-week training program designed to launch new graduates into a successful career in Information Technology Sales. From its inception in 2015, VMware has welcomed 24 students into the U.S. and U.K. divisions of the program. From one-on-one mentorship, to technical, product and sales training, to meaningful interactions with key Sales leaders, VMware Sales Academy participants leave the program with their own customer accounts and the necessary tools to highlight how VMware products can solve businesses’ toughest technology constraints.IMG_4748 (1)

It has been inspiring to see the growth of the 2015 U.S. VMware Sales Academy class. Each of its members took the leap to move to Austin post graduation to join our community. They have successfully navigated the transition from student-life to work-life, and are thriving in their new roles at VMware.

This year we have five Inside Sales Representative positions that we are looking to fill at the National Collegiate Sales Competition. We will be interviewing students on Saturday, April 2 and Sunday, April 3. Final hiring decisions will be shared with candidates at the conclusion of the competition on Monday, April 4.

I am thrilled to be heading back to Kennesaw later this week to meet our newest team members. Throughout the competition, I will be sharing real-time updates on the VMware University Relations Instagram and Twitter accounts. Be sure to follow along if you are interested in learning more about life at VMware or have a general question about our latest opportunities, as we would enjoy connecting with you. For questions about interview slots at #NCSC2016, email me at condonf@vmware.com.

 

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Daring to Launch a Career in Information Technology Sales

For Western Kentucky University graduate and 2015 VMware Sales Academy participant, Natalie Koppel, choosing an employer that would empower her to grow to her fullest potential was important. Continue reading to hear how daring to launch a career in Information Technology Sales at VMware has landed Natalie exactly where she wants to be. Natalie will also be sharing an inside look at life at VMware Austin on Tuesday, March 29 on the VMware University Instagram account.

 

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Name: Natalie Koppel

Role: Inside Sales Representative

VMware Office Site: Austin, Texas

University: Western Kentucky University

Fill in the blank: Dare to spread confidence!

 

 

Choosing VMware

While interviewing with VMware at the 2015 National Collegiate Sales Competition, I quickly recognized how much effort the VMware team put into connecting with students. From the beginning I felt welcomed and appreciated for being myself, rather than just another potential candidate. After evaluating my options upon graduation, I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to join a company willing to train, invest, and believe in me. I knew that VMware would challenge me to step out of my comfort zone and allow me to grow to my fullest potential. Joining the VMware Sales Academy has been the best decision that I could have made for my professional career and personal development.

Journey to Growth in Sales

During my six months in the VMware Sales Academy, I was challenged to grow in several ways. One of my biggest moments of growth at VMware so far has been realizing that you can’t master everything on your own. There are so many products, processes, and sales cycles to take into account on a daily basis. As someone who thought they could learn it all, I quickly noticed that it takes each individual’s strengths to keep our sales engine running. This was a very important lesson to learn because I now understand that I don’t need to know everything, I just need to know where to go to find the answer. At VMware you don’t have to be afraid to ask a silly question or bring an improved process to the table. Confidence is spread when people’s passions are embraced, whether it be having expertise on a certain product, mentoring others, or being a guru at Microsoft Excel.

Welcome to Austin

The VMware Austin office consists of a great group of people. As a new Austinite, my co-workers have been quick to give me local insight. Whether it’s giving me the scoop on the best salon, inviting me to a BBQ cook-off, or sharing ACL Music Fest tips, I’ve never been disappointed in people’s genuine friendliness. The office environment is full of motivation, knowledge sharing, and good humor.

Daring to Explore

When I reflect back on the last year of my life, I focus on a few things. I received an amazing opportunity with VMware, graduated from college, moved from Kentucky to Texas, made 10 new lifelong friends, and launched my career selling a solution that I honestly believe in. As I’ve headed into 2016, I couldn’t be more confident that I’m exactly where I need to be. I’m looking forward to seeing VMware tackle the challenge of helping customers as they face increasingly complicated IT problems. I have no doubt that my peers from the VMware Sales Academy will have an amazing year at VMware as we sprint towards our career goals of promotions to the field, management, or partner tracks. We celebrate our victories together and serve as a voice of reason when someone is having an off day. I’m personally looking forward to continually building relationships with my customers, collaborating with my peers, and mentoring the new grads that will be joining the 2016 VMware Sales Academy in the fall.

Advice for the 2016 VMware Sales Academy

Don’t worry if you don’t know the ins and outs of VMware’s products. Instead, take the time to understand the values we stand for and how we’re changing the way our customers run their businesses.

 

 

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VMware Propels New Graduates into Sales Careers in Ireland

For University and VMware Sales Academy graduate, Neils van Iwaarden, finding a workplace community that aligns with his personal values and professional goals is important. Get Niels’ take on participating in the VMware Sales Academy, and hear how strategic learning and development opportunities driven by people invested in his growth have empowered him to advance as an IT Sales professional in Cork, Ireland.

 

Rough Cut Cork 2016 007Name: Niels van Iwaarden

Role: Inside Sales Associate

VMware Office Location: Cork, Ireland

Fill in the blank: Dare to be the best.

 

Knowing Who You Are to Launch a Career in Sales

I absolutely love working and talking with people. Knowing this and the fact that I have an outgoing personality, a career in Sales seemed the right fit for me. During my internship with the U.S. Embassy, I received my first introduction to Sales through my work in the Commercial Services Department. Later, during my Board year with Asset | Economics, a study association related to Tilburg University, I gained further knowledge in Sales as the External Affairs Officer. The work I did covered both cold calling as well as warm calling, setting up events and being responsible for projects. This served as an excellent base for the VMware Sales Academy.

I leaped at the opportunity to start my Sales career at VMware. Nothing is more exciting for me than building relationships with both customers and partners, as well as helping shape a deal to both of their likings. I also enjoy consulting, which I’ve been able to practice during my 8-months as an Inside Sales Associate.

 

An Insider’s Look at the VMware Sales Academy

The VMware Sales Academy is a two-year training program that focuses on soft and hard skills that empower new graduates to launch a successful career in Information Technology Sales. An external speaker was brought in to help us develop several of these skills. This individual helped us get comfortable in new situations, and helped to find our strengths and weaknesses. Since every participant in the VMware Sales Academy is starting his or her professional life, the focus is also on team building and growing a network inside of VMware. In the weeks following the start of the 2015 VMware Sales Academy in Cork, Ireland, my coworkers and I had the opportunity to meet a variety of colleagues, including our managers and Buddies (former graduates of the VMware Sales Academy). We met them during special events set up for us, such as dinners, workshops and master classes.

One of the most interesting weeks during the VMware Sales Academy was when we participated in START (the onboarding program for Sales new hires), which took place in VMware’s Staines, UK office. Through product trainings and workshops, we developed a holistic understanding of VMware’s product portfolio and role in the IT marketplace from more senior colleagues in the company.

After the first two months in the Academy, it was time to hit the floor and hit the phones. During the first calls, I was shadowed and coached by my Buddy. It was a great way to receive real-time feedback on my work. In the months to follow, I took on more responsibilities until I was ready to take on my own territory. These responsibilities include handling deal registrations from partners, working on under $20,000 deals and creating more pipeline for the territory executives. Taking on a territory means being fully responsible for a certain market/geography and being the executive here. Sales Academy participants have the opportunity to drive business and collaborate closely with field sales.

  

Growth & Development in the VMware Sales Academy 

For me, the biggest takeaway of participating in the VMware Sales Academy were the skills I developed. During my academic career, I developed important skills like academic thinking and analyzing. However, beginning my first job after university showed me that I still have room for growth. By receiving extensive training in the first few months of my career, I was able to identify my current strengths and areas that I can further develop as a new professional in Sales.

Another aspect of the VMware Sales Academy that stood out for me was the importance of creating meaningful connections. By participating in START and having a manager and Buddy, I saw how the employee community at VMware valued who I was and what I could contribute to the company.

Finally, VMware really invested in my personal and professional development. Whatever I wanted to achieve, there was always someone there willing to help me work through ideas to find the best solution to achieve my goals. From financial assistance to pursue additional training and education to online tools to develop myself further, I know that I can count on the community at VMware to listen to my questions and share their advice along my journey to growth.

  

Taking Flight at VMware

The VMware Flight Program helps new graduates transition into their new career after graduation. Realizing that professional life is completely different from university life, the Flight program helped me take the necessary first steps to launch a successful career post university. Additionally, the Flight Program provided additional insight into VMware’s IT solutions, which really helped me with customer conversations. The big difference between START and Flight is that Flight is a long-term program, which is especially focused on new graduates, while START is only a week and designed for Sales new hires.

 

Advice for New Grads Interested in Pursuing a Career in Sales in Ireland

The best advice would be: Just do it. Ireland and Cork itself are wonderful, with a lot of friendly people, pubs, and nice restaurants. Having lived in Brussels, Belgium and London, Canada already, I can easily adapt to different cultures, and the Irish culture is close to the Dutch one, which made it easy for me to make the move to Ireland.

The key for the job interview is to be yourself. Every conversation in Sales is different, so you need to be flexible, which in my opinion is a personality trait. Be confident and you might be my next colleague!

 

 

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Leveraging Passion: How a University College Graduate from Cork, Ireland is Achieving Success in Sales at VMware

How are you using your passions to reach your career goals? Connect with University College graduate and VMware Sales Academy graduate, Niamh Dorgran, to hear how knowing what fuels your drive can inspire you to do what you have always dreamed of professionally.

 

DKANE 19/10/2015VMWARE STAFF HEAD SHOTS.Pic Darragh Kane.

Name: Niamh Dorgan

Role: Inside Sales Associate

VMware Office Location: Ballincollig, Cork – Ireland

Fill in the blank: Dare to become a VMware Evangelist for all wonderful things IT.

 

 

 

Leveraging Passion to Launch a Career in Sales

When I was five years old, I thought that I wanted to be an artist or hairdresser when I grew up. However, I didn’t possess much talent in either of these departments, so as I grew older, I started to seriously consider what career path I wanted to take. Like most people, I wanted to have a successful career that I enjoyed. I knew that I wanted a job that would allow me to meet new people and help them find solutions to their challenges because I enjoy making meaningful connections with others and having a positive impact on their lives.

While at the University College Cork, I majored in Management and Marketing. Through my studies and a particular course on Commerce, I became certain that a career in Sales was the right path for me because it is all about interacting with people. It is a career that can empower you to help make positive changes in other’s careers or businesses, which would give me the opportunity to make an impact on others.

  

Achieving Career Goals at VMware

VSA_Fin_Campus_ExchangeUp until my final year of university, I did not know much about VMware. Then two friends of mine got summer internships at VMware in Ballincollig, Ireland. From the day they started, each of them sang VMware praises. VMware’s company culture sounded fantastic. My friends gushed that everyone at VMware was extremely nice, collaboration was encouraged across the board, and most importantly, employees were proud to work there.

Both of my friends encouraged me to apply to VMware after college. I did more research and discovered that VMware is a global software giant leading the way in Information Technology. The VMware Sales Academy, a six-month placement program for new graduates interested in a career in Sales, sounded like an excellent platform to launch my career. I applied for a position online, went through the assessment process, and happily accepted a position as an Inside Sales Associate graduate.

From the moment I started at VMware, it was clear that my success, along with the success of the other Sales Academy hires, meant a lot to our management team. Within the first week, our Graduate Manager, Brian, allocated time for each of us to design our career plan. Along with the other grads, I thought of my short and long-term goals. We have kept these plans and have been reviewing them as we’ve progressed through the program. It has been very reassuring to know that management is so invested in my career success. Within my first week, I knew that my friends had been right about VMware. Everyone wants to get to know you, and essentially, see you flourish.

 

A Day in the Life as a VMware Inside Sales Associate

 As an Inside Sales Associate, I work alongside our Inside Territory Executives (ITEs) to manage prospects and customer accounts in the $20k-$100k space. I am on the UK / Ireland team and am in charge of managing activity in the London region with my respective ITEs. A typical day entails contacting prospects that have been generated by our dedicated Marketing team. I speak with prospects to clarify their needs and how VMware can help them. I also process opportunities that come from our large partner network in the UK. The team has been very welcoming from the beginning, and I’ve had some fantastic mentors along the way.

 

Shaping Career Paths at iWish

On February 11th, I had the unique opportunity to volunteer at the iWish event with VMware in Cork, Ireland. iWish is an initiative aimed to inspire, encourage, and motivate young female students to pursue careers in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math). During the event over 2,000 young women stopped by our stall to learn more about VMware and the concept of virtualization. One of the highlights for me was hearing my colleagues share their career journeys. I had not realized that many of my coworkers had not pursued a career in STEM while in university. From business to sociology, many paths were taken by my colleagues and the event speakers to get where they are today in the technology industry. It highlighted the fact that passion and determination can shape the overall success of ones career, and that people do not have to necessarily obtain a degree in STEM to work in the technology industry. Overall, my participation in I Wish was a great learning experience that I enjoyed. I cannot wait to go back next year, and who knows, maybe one day I will have the opportunity to share my career journey at I Wish in the future!

 

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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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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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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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Empowering the Leader in All to Grow at Grace Hopper Celebration India

What inspires you to lead? At VMware, we’re empowering both women and men to drive positive change for each other, customers, and the wider community. Connect with VMware Sr. Member of Technical Staff, Kavya Reddy Musani, and discover what inspires her to grow in her role as a leader and how she is sharing that knowledge with others at the Grace Hopper Celebration in India.

 

Kavya M (1)Name: Kavya Reddy Musani

Role: Senior Member of Technical Staff

Office Location: Bangalore, India

Years at VMware: 4

 

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

As a Quality Engineer (QE), my day starts with checking if the build of my component has been generated. Then I make a note of the tests to be run and work on verifying and closing bugs. VMware has a huge QE department, and each module of every single component is taken care of by running tests multiple times. There are countless times a component is tested across multiple teams. The automation code is reviewed and renewed continuously to make the best use of it. Although it might seem monotonous to work on the same component day in and day out, I’m proud of what my teammates and I are accomplishing together because I know we’re helping make a significant impact on technology and the wider community.

In parallel, VMware has several innovation initiatives throughout the year that empower me to pursue my passion for technology. From Borathons (employee-led hackathons) to RADIO (VMware’s internal R&D innovation offsite) to patent filing sessions, there is always something going on for me to explore new ideas outside of my main scope of work. These events allow me to stay on top of the latest trends in technology while connecting with new coworkers across the globe.

At VMware we never forget to have fun. It’s a part of our journey to work smart and play hard. Events like the quarterly Beer Bash and activities like badminton, table tennis, and caroms lets me socialize and get together with my friends from other departments to relax and unplug from the work week.

What inspired you to pursue a career in Information Technology?

This may sound silly, but I joke with my friends that they may not see the results of their work immediately. An electric engineer can’t see the electrons and photons just like that. However, I can see the output of my code immediately and I can optimize it to any extent. This is what inspired me to get into Information Technology. I can play with the software and try to use it in multiple ways. Whenever my code solves a problem, I feel as if I invented something new. The rate at which tech is advancing says a lot about the way our thinking has changed. Now, everything can be managed with the tap of a finger and I am excited to say that my contribution to tech is a part of that growth.

You are presenting two sessions at Grace Hopper (#GHCI15) India: one on machine learning and the other on new clear energy. Can you share more about what you will be discussing during these two sessions?

The Grace Hopper conference celebrates women in Computing. It’s a privilege to be associated with GHC and to present two sessions this year. There is a huge flood of data everywhere in today’s world and carefully analyzing it will help us arrive at some common patterns of data behavior. We have popular algorithms like k-means, a clustering algorithm that puts data that is similar into buckets, and decodes incoming data with these buckets of data and categorizes it accordingly. In my machine learningsession, I have taken the example of a spam detector and filter. Spammers are continuously fine-tuning their methods to induce spam, which ultimately puts pressure on email inboxes, and thus lowers a computer’s performance by affecting its CPU, memory, and network. A careful observation will reveal that 70% of emails in our inbox are either spam or junk mail. My colleague and I are presenting an enhancement to the k-means clustering algorithm, which further refines the distance calculated between similar words. Thus spam is detected even more efficiently.

My second session is about tapping into the subconscious mind for energy utilization. We know that the percentage of women in senior roles is less than men at this point in time. Somewhere along the career path, we are losing women to such an extent that we are not able to bounce back. The strong-minded continue to spark in their career. However, not all can cope with the changes that come in personal and professional life. Women are natural multi-taskers. However, they suffer internally to achieve perfection with everything and to satisfy everyone. This leads to stress, improper time-management and a toll on their health. My session teaches techniques to attain an Alpha state of mind where we are empowered to think better and utilize our energy to the fullest.

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 definitely time for women to lead and rightfully ask for what we deserve. I personally took this as my motive in 2015. VMware Bangalore is empowering female employees to seek out opportunities to grow. One way that we are doing this is by participating in tech conferences and forums. I led the focus group for GHC India 2015 with the help of my mentors and VMware has had a record number of submissions and selections for GHC India across R&D, GSS (Global Support Services), Sales, HR, Technical Operations, and AirWatch. We had 55 authors, 60 submissions, and 10 selections. Of the Anita Borg Institute committee members, 23 are from VMware. These women are working on tracks covering topics across R&D, soft skills, management, and entrepreneurship. I would like to personally thank everyone at VMware, including my manager, who trusted and stuck with me on this journey. My theme to lead has been successful and the numbers speak volumes of our efforts.

 

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