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Enabling the Business: Grassroots Innovation in IT

By Bask Iyer, CIO, VMware

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I am very proud of my team here at VMware. Our IT organization is full of incredibly talented people around the world. What I love especially about them is their drive and passion to innovate and make a difference to the business. If my team was an R&D team, their charter would be clearer in terms the zeal for technology innovations.  However, as an IT team, we are on the hook to make sure that the IT infrastructure, apps and services are up and running, 24×7, every day of the year and new functionality and applications required to run the business are getting delivered seamlessly.  So there is this interesting duality – run the business and innovate to grow the business. How do we do both, and how do we find the time and create the space to make this a reality? Continue reading

Catch the IoT Wave

We are in the age of the Internet of Things (IoT). As technology leaders, if we’re not already thinking “IoT,” it’s time we did.​ I lay out three action points in this blog post. 

We need to think beyond basic block-and-tackle systems and reimagine a world enabled by IoT. We require more experimentation, a mindset of innovation, and a continuous delivery model. How exciting it is to be in IT at a time when things change at the blink of an eye! What about you? How are you getting ready?

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Some Tips for Recruiting Top Millennial Talent

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By Bask Iyer, CIO, VMware

One of our biggest challenges in the tech industry goes beyond competition and technical breakthroughs. It is finding the right talent. Not just any talent – but the right talent for the right job. Talent has become a critical differentiator in IT. But how do you attract the right talent when everyone else seems to want them too?

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IT’s Evolution: Backroom Operators to Customer Champions

I had the privilege of speaking at the Gartner IT Expo in Barcelona earlier this month. This article covers some of the key points I made around innovation in IT, Mobile moments, and my view of the expectations of next generation IT professionals.

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Have You Been Reverse-Mentored by a Millennial Lately?

 

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By Bask Iyer, CIO, VMware

From sending quick messages to friends, to making payments at Starbucks, to getting turn-by-turn voice-guided navigation to a restaurant, to sharing videos with family members in another part of the world—smartphones do it all. These handheld engineering wonders offer so much convenience that, as we all know, it’s hard to go for even an hour without reaching for one.

But when we compare the real world to the more focused world of enterprise IT, mobile hasn’t impacted our business processes nearly as radically. At least not yet. And one of the major reasons behind this, I believe, is the ongoing disconnect between senior management and Millennials.

Let me explain.
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Riding the Waves of Tech Innovation

I believe that not taking risks is probably the riskiest thing in IT. You have to ride some waves and risk wiping out a few times. But it’s not the end of the world. Just keeping that mission-critical system running for days is not going to cut it anymore. Driving innovative change is the only way to thrive. I wrote this post at CIO Vantage.

 

 

It’s Time to Bring Mobile Moments to the Enterprise

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By Bask Iyer, CIO, VMware

According to a report published by Gartner, Inc, last month, by the end of 2017 the market demand for enterprise mobile app development services will outstrip internal IT departments’ ability to deliver them at least five times over.

Well, I suppose that means the prospects for enterprise mobile developers are certainly bright, but stats like this one always leave me scratching my head.

I mean, where are these extremely in-demand enterprise mobile apps? Continue reading

Beyond BYOD: The Inevitability of Business Mobility

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By Bask Iyer, CIO, VMware

Two news stories from the last year come to mind whenever I think of the ever-rising tide of business mobility.

In the first one, an emergency physician at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston, faced a critical situation: a patient suffering from a brain hemorrhage was brought in during his shift, and administering the wrong medication would make it worse.  Fortunately, the doctor was wearing Google Glass loaded with a custom medical app.  Using his face-mounted mobile device, he able to pull up this patient’s records and administer the right drug to help stop the bleeding.

A happy ending for all!  Except poor Google Glass—sales of the first prototype edition were suspended in January.

 

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VMware on List of Computerworld 100 Best Places to Work in IT – Again!

I was delighted to learn that VMware’s IT organization has again been selected to the Computerworld 100 Best Places to Work in IT 2015. This iVMware_LinkedIn_Profiles_1400x425_JY_003_Es the second year VMware has been recognized by Computerworld for this distinction, and we moved up to an impressive  #17 (from #26 last year in the large company category). This is a tremendous accomplishment, and I believe that it validates VMware’s commitment to our work and community. Read more at Tribal Knowledge.

By Bask Iyer, CIO, VMware

I Know You’re Not Safe from a Cyber Attack

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I Know You’re Not Safe from a Cyber Attack
By Bask Iyer, CIO, VMware

Benjamin Franklin famously said, “…nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.” I would add enterprise network breaches to that list. If you think “cyber-attacks can’t breach my network security,” or more humbly, “our business isn’t that attractive for hackers,” think again.  If you believe your company’s network is foolproof because you have a solid perimeter defense, consider what former FBI Director Robert S. Mueller, III said a couple of years ago:

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