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VMware is Hiring – Senior Program Manager, Leads Automation

  

The VMware Sales Team is looking for a skilled individual to fill their Senior Program Manager, Leads Automation role. Do you have what it takes to fill this role? 

1. Senior Program Manager, Leads Automation Job (Palo Alto, California)

The Senior Program Manager is responsible for managing lead management automation in Salesforce.com, managing cross-project dependencies, and consolidating the project status. This role works closely with the various project owners to develop a consolidated view of the program changes and to analyze and manage critical success factors around these solutions. This requires experienced communicating across multiple audiences, effectively defining and utilizing escalation paths, and updating senior stakeholders.

 
A key part of this role is leading projects through various stages of the software life-cycle with stakeholders and balancing speed of implementation with a consistent focus on quality of the experience provided to the internal customer. Responsibilities will also include leveraging best practices experience in Marketing, Field Sales, Channel Sales, Technical Services, Customer Support, Order Management, Sales Coverage and Territory Management processes and solutions to implement VMware business programs and cross-functional projects.

Required Skills:

– Knowledge of and experience with enterprise systems, including PRM, CRM, SFA, and ERP and strong understanding of enterprise integration
– Experience in Software or High Tech industries with 3-tier channel business model strongly preferred
– Must be a self-starter, motivated individual who works well under pressure
– Ability to multi-task, prioritize and coordinate tasks to meet multiple deadlines
– Ability to drive collaboration with functional and technical teams to achieve effective solutions
– Effective communication skills with all levels of management
– Flexible and resilient, comfortable with ambiguity, adaptable to a high-change environment and open to new concepts and/or processes

Have questions or interested in the Senior Program Manager, Lead Automation role? Reach out to Michelle via her social links below.

About Michelle:

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Michelle has been recruiting since 2005 and sourcing with VMware since 2011.She has recruited in most industries and have primarily focused on Sales, Sales Operations and Marketing while working at VMware.

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VMware University Relations: Make it Your Own

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 It is now 2012, and many university students are about to embark upon their first full-time career upon graduation, or maybe starting an internship this spring or summer. You most likely received loads of advice from your professors, career counselors, recruiters, and yes even fellow students on how to best write resumes, prepare for interviews and secure coveted on-campus interview slots. So, I am going to pass on adding to that already full lecture. But, I do want to share with you some key advice on what to do once you have your full-time or internship position secured.

 First, now that you have your offer in hand and have accepted the role and the cheers and toasts have died down (yes, spend time congratulating yourself, you earned it) remember the journey has just started. Many students will accept both full-time and intern offers way in advance of their actual start date. But don’t stop engaging your new team or company simply because you accepted the offer. Reach out from time to time to your new manager; reach out to your HR recruiter or HR representative. Observe and stay informed on the topics and business trends associated with your new employer. This sends a powerful message that you take this seriously, want to stay informed, and recognize that this is a career not a job. Find out what things you can do now before you join them to get a head start. You will have impressed them way before you even complete your first day.

 Second, look around at your fellow classmates.  How many of them have accepted roles?  How many are still searching? Take this time to ensure you are connecting with your classmates, this can ensure you are keeping your university network intact as you move into new adventures. You never know when your paths may cross again or when you may need to seek out members of this group. This goes double for your professors, and career advisors.

 Third, if your classmates have not found a place to call “home” upon summer break and graduation, reach out to them.  See how you can help. Share their background with the company you are about to join, see if there are roles still needing to be filled. Quite often companies love to get referrals, just make sure you can speak to your classmate’s skill sets before you submit them. You can also offer interview preparation advice, or participate in mock interviews for your classmates. By helping them find their “home” you might learn things about yourself and your passions that you never knew. Think holistically.

 Lastly, once you do start your internship or full-time roles, make sure your share with your new manager areas of passion for you. Be a part of the process versus just letting the process happen. Your new manager or team needs time to get to know you if they are to support the growth and learning in your new career, but you have to be open, communicate effectively, and not be afraid of trying new things.  Remember this is your first role with your new company, not you’re last. They have opened the door for you; you choose to walk through that door.  Now you need to make it your own.

About Dustin:

Dustin is the Sr. Manager of University Recruiting & Relations for VMware.  Dustin joined VMware in 2011 and leads our University Programs globally.  Before coming to VMware, Dustin served in multiple areas of Human Resources from staffing and compensation to employee relations.  He has managed and designed numerous university programs for companies like Amazon, Visa USA, and Cost Plus World Market. 

Upon joining VMware in 2011, Dustin relocated from Seattle, and now lives in the San Francisco bay area.  Dustin loves the outdoors and spending quality time with his two dogs named Thunder and Tanis.

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VMware Careers TV: The VMware University Relations Program

 Join us this Friday, February 3rd, at 2:00 PM EST for our live VMware Careers Livestream episode of VCTV (VMware Careers TV). Price Smith, VMware Careers Community Manager, will be sitting down with Dustin Stites, the Senior Manager of the VMware University Relations program to discuss the university relations internship program at VMware. During this interview, viewers will gain a better understanding of the types of internship programs available at VMware, the overall internship experience, and the type of individual who would fit the necessary qualifications to obtain an internship at VMware.

 Have a question for Friday's VCTV chat? During the live episode, you can tweet in questions regarding the discussion for Dustin to @VMwareCareers with the hashtag #VCTV in the text. This is an open forum; so live questions are allowed and encouraged! 

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About Dustin:

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Dustin is the Sr. Manager of University Recruiting & Relations for VMware.  Dustin joined VMware in 2011 and leads our University Programs globally.  Before coming to VMware, Dustin served in multiple areas of Human Resources from staffing and compensation to employee relations.  He has managed and designed numerous university programs for companies like Amazon, Visa USA, and Cost Plus World Market. 

Upon joining VMware in 2011, Dustin relocated from Seattle, and now lives in the San Francisco bay area.  Dustin loves the outdoors and spending quality time with his two dogs named Thunder and Tanis.

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VMware is Hiring – Global Support Services

Hear from members of the Global Support Services Team as they discuss what life is like on the GSS Team, the VMware culture, and the type of individual who could make a positive impact within this dynamic group. 

 

The Global Support Services Team is looking to bring on individuals for two key roles within the group. You may fit one of the below profiles:  

1. Technical Support Engineer – Aurora/vPostgreSQL Job

Engineers support over 6,000 companies running VMware servers in over 100 different countries. They support the entire suite of VMware products for global customers and partners, interfacing with them via the phone, email, and web. They resolve customer technical issues through diligent research, reproduction, and troubleshooting utilizes system administration, networking, and storage skills. Managers of Technical Support are responsible for managing highly skilled technical support teams. They work closely with our Technical Support Management team, Engineering, Sales, and Product Marketing teams to ensure that VMware is delivering overall superior service and support to our customers.

Required Skills:

 - Trouble shooting and database tuning (postgresql.conf) experience with PostgreSQL Database on Linux
 - Strong PostgreSQL or other Database Administration Experience
 - Strong Linux System Administration Skills
 - Cloud and VMW Virtualization Domain Knowledge (Networking, Storage and Basic Configuration)
 - Experience in Supporting Web/Tiered Applications
 - Operational DBA Monitoring experience
 - Experience in providing Linux/UNIX technical support to customers
 - Experience in Performance troubleshooting

Preferred Skills:

 - JDBC/ODBC/.NET database access knowledge
 - PHP/Python/Ruby database access knowledge
 - Database development experience
 - Performance Tuning experience
 - Knowledge of database internals for PostgreSQL or other databases
 -Development DBA Experience (real PG questions to ADB TSE),Web Application Development Support Experience

2. Technical Support Engineer – Business Critical Support Job

Role Responsibilities:

Case Management

– Drive customer satisfaction of by expediting the resolution of all service issues by conducting log analysis, reproduction work and engaging external and internal resources as required.
– Proactively escalate customer issues and work with Sales, CPD, PSE, PM to assign appropriate priority.
– Providing high quality Live Answer technical support to program account base.
– Provide onsite support if required.
– Complete a formal root cause analysis for resolved issues at customer request.
– Complete KB articles for all resolved issues.
– Provide best effort support for customers operating on/in unsupported configurations.
– Retain ownership of customer issue from creation to closure.
– Assist customer outside of normal business hours if required.

Account Management

 - Facilitate the on boarding process of new accounts by leading the initial engagement meetings.
 - Complete comprehensive site profile documents ensuring the customer’s VMware infrastructure and  architecture is documented.
 - Manage account document repository ensuring accuracy and completeness.
 - Proactively notify the customer on a weekly basis with product alerts, new KB articles and bug updates  that relate to their environment.
 - Review customers change management process / documents for gaps against know best practices.
 - Assist the customer with support planning, upgrade and maintenance updates by providing input to  implementation plan and alerting peer center of upcoming change.
 - Conduct weekly or monthly case reviews to identify issue trends and opportunities for corrective  actions
 - Work with greater VMware Account Management team to ensure overall customer satisfaction with  Global Support Services Qualifications.


Required Skills:

– Recommended 5+ years of Technical Support Industry experience
– Strong customer advocacy and relationship building skills.
– Strong technical writing skills.
– Strong verbal communication, project management and problem solving skills.
– Account management experience and/or customer engagement responsibility is desirable.
– The ability to analyze and determine the most effective method of problem resolution by utilizing applicable internal resources.
– Ability to research problems and document their solutions.
– Foundation level knowledge in VMware ESX and Virtual Center products.                                         

-Comprehensive knowledge in more than three of the following technologies:

o Linux
o Microsoft Operating Systems
o Storage Arrays or Appliances
o Networking, TCP/IP, DNS

 

Have questions or interested in a role, reach out to Jessica via her social links below.

About Jessica: 

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Jessica Thomson is a Recruiter at VMware within the Global Support Services organization. She has been with the company for almost a year recruiting on technical roles.  A few of the roles she recruits for are Technical Support, Development, and Project/Program Managers. 

 

 

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VMware Foundation – Employees Give Back – Akshaya Home

 Recently, the entire VMware Singapore Team partnered with Akshaya Home for a service learning initiative. Akshaya Home is set up to provide a safe place for the abandoned in India. Manish Sharma, former VMware employee, has been involved in creating a home for the destitute in India. With the help of an enormous effort by Manish and a dedicated team, Akshaya trust has been able to find the resources needed to establish a home to provide additional care in the form of shelter, medical care and activities toward rehabilitation back into society for the destitute.  IMG_1472

 This donation drive that we ran in December 2011 will help provide resources to make the home livable. The goal was to collect 100 bed sheets and towels. We well exceeded this goal and collected 20% more than our target. The Singapore team got passionate and decided to donate additional items like blankets, pillows and bolster cases. This is the first ever donation drive led by the VMware Singapore office. It was a great collaborative effort to get the items required for the charitable organizations. It was amazing to see how the teams worked together to drive this initiative.

 The donation drive took place during the week of December 12th-16th, 2011. A note was sent out to the Singapore team three weeks prior to the drive to help create awareness of the drive and the organization. This gave the team enough time to clear up their items at home and bring in good conditioned second hand bed sheets, towels and even new items into the office.  One week prior to the drive, we printed an A5 note to give to all employees so that they could easily prepare their items at home to bring in for the drive, as well as to treat it as a time to share with their family about the service learning event.  IMG_1468

 A lot of the colleagues mentioned that they had great fun telling their kids about the drive and working together to pack up the items at home. I personally got my extended family involved to pack the items and went around the Singapore Island to pick up the donations from them. It was all worth it for charity. One of our colleagues could not find time to pack their houses since they were travelling all the time; they actually gave us a monetary donation to go buy bed sheets. This gave us an idea or avenue for further helping the Akshaya Home. We went around the office for those who hadn’t the time to pack for the donation drive and managed to collect $400 (Singapore dollars) and bought more bed sheets and towels!

 I love Paul Maritz’s initiative and how he has lead the organization into contributing back to the society. There is so much that individuals are doing on their own, but to get the VMware community together by organizing events outside of the office to do something different (other than drinks, year end parties, and dinner) is something meaningful, and I know employees who have truly felt that they are part of the VMware culture (which is another goal that Paul mentioned in his 2012 mission statement)! IMG_1466

 Individuals from the Singapore Team indicated that there were so many of them who really wanted to spend time contributing back to the society, but that they did not have the time to search for an organization, or that it was too lonely to do it on their own. The VMware Foundation has really brought people together to work towards a common goal (i.e. to build a VMware culture and contribute back to the society). Lastly, I want to applaud the VMware Foundation team, management leads, GEO leads, country leads, team leads, and the individuals who took the effort to drive this and make it successful!

 

Learn more about the Akshaya Home 

-Audrey Ung (VMware Executive Assistant)

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Top Five Reasons to Love Interning at VMware

Talented people – There are few places where the people are so bright and motivated. Everyone around that you talk to is an expert at something, and all that knowledge in one place is just amazing! 

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Happiness for your stomach – The snack rooms are always fully loaded, with healthy foods, and Peanut M&Ms too. There is also a large selection of yogurts, cheeses, and sodas too. Breakfast? Cereal and milk. Coffee? Try 4 different flavors. Tea? Brew one of the many different types. Espresso? Yep, even that too. The cafeteria also has a fresh sushi bar where you can custom order anything you want. Who can top that? 310169_10150293348950742_50494470741_7519678_6986856_n

Impact – At VMware, you aren't just a coffee runner, low-level code monkey. You have an impact with what you do. Interns get real tasks to achieve and have an impact with both the group they are in, and the company as a whole. With coding competitions (for prizes like iPads and iPods), to community outreach programs, we are making an impact everywhere we go.

Fun – I have worked at a few different technology companies, but never have I worked at a place that brought a smile to my face every day. When I walk into work, I just feel happy. It may be the buildings, the beautiful campus, the wonderful co-workers, or maybe a combination of all three. I just can’t describe how nice it is to really just love your job. 322007_10150392180735742_50494470741_8106392_1418464939_o

You can love it too, if you intern at VMware.

-Jeff Geisperger (2011 VMware MTS Intern)

 

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Graduate Intern Program: The Right Place for Me to Be

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 Prior to my graduation I was spending the last few months, searching for jobs and looking thoroughly through career portals, just to try to find a right fit for my skills and knowledge. Guess what? I couldn’t find something that interested me enough to even begin applying for them. I was not ready for a simple 8-to-5 full time paying gig. I was still interested in learning and gaining more knowledge. I was still hungry. I thought to myself that I need a job that requires me to use my skills and knowledge, to learn new stuff. Then I came across VMware’s Graduate Internship Program.

 At a glance, it would look like any job offer, having responsibilities like a normal entry-level associate and slowly working my way up the corporate ladder. However, I started looking deeper into the job description and realized this wasn’t any typical entry-level associate program. This was because I was actually expected to handle responsibilities that maybe a full fledge specialist or analyst would be required to produce. The challenge of being able to handle multiple expectations on a different level, made me apply for the offer. And the rest was history.

 I was going to be put on a one-year program with two regional rotations with each rotation lasting a period of six months. In the first rotation, I was going to be in pre-sales as a Systems Engineer in Singapore, supporting the team in delivering technical write-ups, presentations, and demos to fellow colleagues, as well as customers. In my next rotation, I would be in the product marketing team based in Sydney, supporting the team in producing product write-ups like whitepapers, data sheets and probably competitive analysis. I was pretty excited and could not expect what was to come.

 VMware truly did not disappoint me. On my first day I was overwhelmed with the work culture and diversity in the team. I had already been given my laptop and the work started to pile up. In addition to that, my orientation was great, short and sweet with one or two presentations and a couple of links where I could get all the necessary information needed to get started. For the first time in my life, I was not spoon-fed information. I was actually expected to look for it myself. That was something I admire about VMware till today, because I have learnt so much more this way. VMware has fully supported me by sponsoring my VMware Certified Professional certification. I am truly grateful to be able to improve my knowledge by going through the certifications that VMware offers. It has been a great stepping-stone for me, and I feel so much better having my company support me and my training to become more proficient in the business.

 Throughout my time here at VMware, I have been given so many opportunities. There have been times when I have problems managing these opportunities because there have simply been so many. Too many that I have committed too, or have been expected to commit, that I really did not have time to breathe. Twenty-four hours a day seems too little. I have wished many times, that I have forty-eight hours in a day. Only being two months into my job, I have already had the chance to be involved in several projects. I have been able to meet customers, and give presentations and give live demonstrations to them. These opportunities have allowed me to learn in so many better ways than sitting in the office everyday behind a desk. With this, I have been able to improve myself. Ultimately, I have been able to put myself to the test after all these years, with the skills and knowledge that I’ve gained throughout my educational journey. I strongly believe, as a fresh graduate, the only true validation that your effort spent in education was not wasted, would be to test it out in the field. And I must say, I’m pretty satisfied, but I still have a long way to go.

 With all these tremendous experiences and opportunities that VMware has given me to pursue, I have been really proud to partake in one of the government cloud projects. I was heavily involved with helping the team present a complete cloud solution to potential customers. I had the opportunity to talk about solutions and products that VMware has to offer. My team has also been very open to ideas that I contribute during the meetings and discussions.

 In addition, I have really enjoyed the networking opportunities that VMware has given me because these experiences have allowed me to better understand the business. Through this project, I have received valuable feedback from fellow colleagues and customers. I have taken this feedback into serious consideration and used it to map out ways in which I can improve upon every new engagement that I am going to be involved in. I would never have imagined that my first job would be so fulfilling. I am also proud to say that none of my peers have had such experiences, or opportunities presented to them in such a unique way.

 Being on this internship program has enabled me to learn so many new things, which I would never learn in school or anywhere else. VMware is the right place to be, whether if it is your first job or not, because the opportunities presented to each individual are so abundant that you would be spoilt for choice. It is openness to new ideas and allowing individuals to grow strong and develop unique potential, which are valuable to any organization.

About Clement:

Clement studied Information Systems Management in Singapore. His interest in technology is based on his seven years of formal education in information technology and information systems management. Back in 2007, he started up a company, Tinkerbox Solutions, which offers web solution consulting. He provides companies a cheaper alternative to other established IT consulting firms; yet maintains the high quality standards that these companies offer. He has also grown a very keen interest in game development, and participated in an internship at LucasArts Singapore, while pursuing his Bachelor's degree at Singapore Management University.

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VMware is Hiring – R&D Engineering Organization

In our latest video highlight, engineers from the Research and Development team describe their excitement for working here at VMware, and how their efforts drive them to the forefront of today's cloud infrastructure.

 

 “At the core of it it’s that passion to do extraordinary things with technology.” –Stephanie Dee, Staff Engineer-Platform User Interface

 

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VMware Intern Prodigy – Working to Push the Limits of Technology

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 Imagine working for a company that employs the man who looked a certain CEO in the eyes and didn't flinch. Imagine working for a company that built the top ranked developer platform that's 100% free and open source. Imagine working for a company that many employees (somewhat facetiously) call a "startup" but are killing the books quarter after quarter. Imagine working for a company that makes the software that the NYSE's infrastructure is built on top of.

This past summer I interned at this very company I speak of, VMware. Interning at VMware was an experience that changed the way I look at the tech industry, culture, and ultimately, life.

Let me rewind a little bit.

Back in January 2011, I received a phone call from a VMware recruiter named Maria. She wanted to offer me an MTS Intern position with the VMware Labs team.

"What's an MTS Intern and what's VMware Labs?", I thought.

 In any case, I was flattered by the offer and graciously accepted. But later I thought to myself, "VMware is a pretty big company–am I going to be a code monkey relegated to a cubicle judged solely by my KLOCs?" My curiosities couldn't have been farther from reality, as I'd realize during the summer of 2011.

 Most engineers are hard-wired with a propensity to use their knowledge to build cool things. I fall within a subset of these engineers–engineers who are hard-wired with a desire to use knowledge not just to build cool things, but to build cool things that will change the world.

VMware gives you that avenue, here's why.

The culture

 VMware has a culture where you're not judged by the amount of hours you work or by the amount of code you write, but simply by your ability as an engineer to think creatively and complete tasks.

 My first day on the job my manager, Amitabh, says to me with a grin, "You know Mappos? I want Mappos." He wanted me to create a web-app where we could monitor real-time where people were downloading our software. Three weeks later I gave him a prototype. This was a project that was challenging and fun, but I was supported and mentored along the way.

 My summer was filled with projects like this, where my manager would give me an interesting idea, I'd work on it, and he'd offer any support and guidance I needed.

 Oftentimes, we'd grab a cup of coffee and he'd let me ask any questions about his 15-year experience at other startups as well as VMware. Me, a "lowly intern", on the same level as my manager? Now this is a company I'd want to work for.

The Prestige

 While walking around the VMware World Headquarters in Palo Alto, CA, you really get the sense that what you see around you was not built over night, but that you're "standing on the shoulders of giants." You often pass by people like Kit Colbert who created vMotion, Marc Lucovsky who helped build Windows NT, Derek Collison who built CloudFoundry, and of course Paul Maritz, our humble CEO.

 Not only is VMware's staff filled with great names, so is the lineup of new additions VMware is adding to its ranks. When most people think of VMware, they think of the global leader in virtualization and cloud infrastructure. But one thing VMware does a good job of keeping secret is the "cooler" parts of the company that make you realize just how forward thinking VMware really is. First off, there's Socialcast–think Facebook for the enterprise. Next, there's SlideRocket–think Google Docs' presentation feature done right. And lastly, there's my favorite of them all: CloudFoundry–think Heroku on steroids.

In conclusion

 Knowing that VMware is looking beyond virtualization and cloud infrastructure fosters this sense that when you work for VMware, you're working to push the limits of technology – a limit that VMware challenges all of its employees to question and push.

 All of this considered, for new college graduates and potential interns who want to work at a paradigm-shifting company, I challenge you to keep VMware on the short list of companies in Silicon Valley to watch and consider.

 

About Brian: 

Brian was a MTS intern with the VMware Labs team during the summer of 2011.

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Q&A with VMware CTO, Steve Herrod

Steve 124 The VMware Careers Team recently sat down with VMware Chief Technology Officer, Steve Herrod to get his take on the VMware employee experience and culture, the effect of technology’s influence on education, and staying motivated and excelling within a career.

When sharing his thoughts on culture, Steve points out VMware’s unique approach to problems, “We ambitiously attack amazingly difficult problems, and have used great creativity and innovation to solve them.”

This interview session left us looking forward to the new beginnings for all in 2012. Read below to learn more. 

1. What is it about VMware culture that excites you from a technology and people perspective? 

I've just passed my official 10-year anniversary… wow! Over the past decade, we have launched hundreds of new products, hired thousands of new people, and pleased hundreds of thousands of customers. Despite all of the change, the core culture of VMware's R&D department has held tight. We've ambitiously attacked amazingly difficult problems, and we have used great creativity and innovation to solve them. And while it's great to work at an innovative company, I really enjoy the culture we have of making it easily consumable. This means that our user interfaces have to delight, but it also means that the innovation just works. This is novel in software companies, and has truly become our hallmark. The end result? Customers that love our software more than I've ever seen people love enterprise products. Ever. This all starts with the culture that started the company and that remains to this day.   

 

2. What is it about the VMware culture that gives employees the opportunity to stretch the bar and continuously expand upon current technologies?

We really do encourage everyone to think ambitiously and to try things that are hard. We encourage risk taking and often celebrate strong failures as much as we celebrate resounding successes. At our engineering orientation, we share stories of the first Workstation product booting Windows 95, the first VMotion, the first demo of fault tolerance, the first VDI session, and many other firsts. This is to let our new employees know that these innovations are what we're about and that they can be the ones to deliver the next breakthroughs. And as we enter so many new spaces… networking, management tools, programming languages, mobile phones… we have more opportunities than ever to raise the bar even higher! 

 

3. During the panel discussion organized by the President's Council on Jobs and Competitiveness back in August, you and the panel discussed the evolution of education over the next several decades. How do you see technology shaping the education system? How will this in turn mold the way in which individuals pursue careers after they finish their schooling? What role does VMware or Silicon Valley have in shaping the future?

I'm proud that our products are being used throughout the world to improve education… from bringing computer-based learning to rural communities to enabling new forms of customized education, technology can help today's students prepare for tomorrow. But education is at the core of our work at VMware as well. The industry and technologies are changing faster than ever before, and the skills that you arrive at VMware with need to be continually expanded. We're pushing forward on a number of internal education programs that keep you abreast of the latest technologies, helping VMware expand into new areas AND helping employees challenge themselves along the way!

 

4. How do you try to challenge yourself in your career?

I have two principles that have guided me throughout a lot of my career. First, surround yourself with incredible people from different backgrounds and with different skills. This is the best way to learn and to really hone your collective ideas until they are as sharp as possible. Second, put yourself into new and challenging roles. Comfort can be a bit numbing! Whether it is switching groups, meeting a new person, speaking in public, traveling to new places, or taking on new responsibilities, push yourself to learn or do new things every single day!

 

5. What advice would you have for anyone on success and starting over in one’s career?

Go somewhere with great people, a great reputation, a learning culture, and a hunger to change the world. 

 

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