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Ramiro Salas, Global Technology Specialist, shares the paths and choices that help him drive what’s next at VMware!

VMware employees contribute their best work to imagine, define, and deliver the future of IT through transformative products and solutions that enable customer agility, efficiency, security, and fault tolerance in the Cloud era. Because of this, we’re honored to highlight Ramiro Salas, Global Technology Specialist, Software Defined Networking & Security.

 

Name: Ramiro Salas

Job title: Global Technology Specialist, Software Defined Networking & Security

Years at VMware: I joined in April 2004, left in June 2012 and re-joined in November 2012. You can say 8 ½ years.

Office location: Home Office – Mill Valley, CA

Favorite Tech Gadget: Pwn Plug Elite

Finish this hashtag statement: #ilovevmware because… we set the goal to fundamentally change the way people do computing, and we actually DID.

 

In three words or phrases, how would you describe your experience at VMware thus far?

Being at VMware for over eight years is like having bought a good case of Chilean Cabernet in 2004, and opening one bottle every year, just to discover that it just keeps getting better and better, every time.

What is your favorite VMware memory?

Seeing our founders and our company logo at the opening bell for VMware’s IPO in the New York Stock Exchange. It’s my favorite memory because I had the realization that we weren’t a small company anymore and that the sky was the limit.

Do you have a favorite group, hobby or interest that you are active in at VMware?

I do several things at VMware, but I’m probably more known in recent years as the founder of the “Foodies” group on VMware Link, our internal social network powered by Socialcast. I love to dine and cook gourmet, and I also maintain a blog with recipes, experiments and opinions, which you can visit here: ObsessedCook.com.

What attracted you to VMware? Is it the same thing that motivates you today?

I always admired VMware. I was part of the beta program back in 1998-99 for Workstation 1.0, so when my previous company closed its doors after the dot COM crash and I had the chance to come here, I didn’t think twice. What attracted me to VMware was the technology. Back then VMware was a place where the geeks were accepted, welcome, and respected, and I can gladly say that is still true!

Among other values, Teamwork is a core part of VMware culture. Share an example of how you, a coworker, or group of employees looked beyond the individual and worked together to benefit the greater good.

Back in early 2004 when I was just three days in the company, my former manager and I headed over to Mexico City to deliver a large public lecture on virtualization. The night before, we ate at the hotel restaurant and managed to get a bad case of food poisoning. The morning after, with almost no sleep, we literally took 10-minute turns to deliver part of the presentation each while the other rested facing up on the floor of an adjacent empty conference room. I had not yet been fully trained in the products, but we managed to pull it through and the conference was a success. Except for the organizers, no one knew anything was wrong.

If you could walk in one of your co-workers “shoes” for one day at work, who would it be and why?

Anyone from the Office of the CTO. Having the opportunity to attend meetings at the highest levels with some of the most important companies in the world, and being able to openly discuss our technology vision while finding new potential ways to improve our products to solve real customer issues is just priceless. 

What fuels you to do your best work at VMware?

Customers. I believe there is nothing more important than listening to our customers, understanding their pains, challenges and doing everything in our power to help them. My drive is to advocate for them internally at VMware, as well as help them with the solutions that will help them move their goals forward.

Do you have a thought leader or person you admire in your field or industry? Who and why?

Carl Eschenbach. I’ve never met someone with a higher drive, focus and dedication. He empowers his team to be the best they can be, and makes everybody BELIEVE that nothing is impossible. I saw that myself a few years ago when he presented Sir Richard Branson as the guest speaker for our Sales kick-off. If he managed to get one of the brightest minds in the business world to speak to us, he proved that nothing is impossible.

What advice would you give to someone looking to pursue a career at VMware?

Regardless of the stage you are in your career, VMware will keep you young. But you have to bring your A-game here. This is not a place to cruise. This is the real thing. You will be working among some of the best professionals in the industry and that demands dedication, speed of execution and focus. This is also a place for ideas. If you really believe in something, people will listen, but you have to be able to defend it and win their minds. Working at VMware may very well be the best professional experience in your life, but in the end, it will be up to you.

With the tech job market heating up and competition as fierce as ever, what would you say to those who may be weighing careers at start-ups to VMware?

Many people see start-ups with a romantic view of the archetypical garage in Palo Alto, but reality is much more complex than that. If you crave the “feel” of a start-up, there are many areas within VMware that literally operate like that. Fast pace of innovation, high impact in the final outcome with any decisions you make, and dynamic team debates, all without many of the drawbacks like uncertainty or extremely limited resources. I’d say take a pragmatic look at what are you really looking for and make a decision accordingly, but don’t discount VMware due to its sheer size. Talk to people and find out yourself.

What are you most looking forward to in the year ahead for yourself, your team or VMware?

I look at companies like IBM or McKesson that started over 100 years ago to show that if you constantly innovate and reinvent yourself, you will not only survive, but also thrive. It’s impossible to imagine what VMware would look like in 100 years from now if we follow that path. The only thing that is certain is that if we keep an open mind, keep listening and keep innovating, we will get there. I look to my year ahead as a small grain of sand that will help build that vision.

 

 

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International Women’s Day: Celebrating VMware Women Who are Helping Drive What’s Next for the IT Industry [Part 3]

To close out our extended recognition of International Women’s Day (Friday, March 8) – a global day commemorating the economic, political & social achievements of women past, present and future – we are highlighting three great VMware women on this third and final week. Learn about how Sandrine, Lital and Gabrielle contribute to defining, creating and delivering what’s next for IT, VMware and themselves.

 

Spotlight on: Sandrine Leroux-Graves, Director, Communications & Events, EMEA

Years at VMware: 4 years

Office Location: Frimley, United Kingdom

Personal mantra or favorite quote: Live life to the full, as if every day was the last, with no regrets.

Click here to learn more about Sandrine’s unique story!

 

Spotlight on: Lital Hassine, Software Engineer, Team Leader

Years at VMware: 4

Office Location: Hertzelia, Israel

Personal mantra or favorite quote: Progress over perfection

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Spotlight on: Gabrielle Dracopoulos, Customer Advocacy Manager – Australia & New Zealand

Years at VMware: 1 year, 7 months

Office Location: Sydney, Australia

Personal mantra or favorite quote:

Don’t remain complacent, push your boundaries, take risks, and enjoy the ride. When things don’t work out, reflect and understand why; what could you have done differently? Fill your tool kit with success and failures.

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Gabrielle Dracopoulos, Customer Advocacy Manager, shares the paths and choices that have influenced her professionally and personally!

To close out our extended recognition of International Women’s Day (Friday, March 8) – a global day commemorating the economic, political & social achievements of women past, present and future – we are highlighting three great VMware women on this third and final week. Learn about how Gabrielle contributes to defining, creating and delivering what’s next for IT, VMware and herself.

 

Employee Spotlight on: Gabrielle Dracopoulos, Customer Advocacy Manager – Australia & New Zealand

Years at VMware: 1 year, 7 months

Office Location: Sydney, Australia

Personal mantra or favorite quote:

Don’t remain complacent, push your boundaries, take risks, and enjoy the ride. When things don’t work out, reflect and understand why; what could you have done differently? Fill your tool kit with success and failures.

 

How did you get started in software technology and what led you to where you are today?

In the late 1990’s and early 2000, the banking and finance industry in Australia started to realize the impacts and benefits of doing business through the Internet channel. I was involved in a focused task force to build this channel and it ignited a passion for software and its quality.

With my new found passion I focused on expanding my experience and professional network by taking on IT senior leadership roles to implement change and transformation of people, process and technology.

The people focus, innovative technology and the respected brand led me to VMware. In the role of Customer Advocacy Manager I am focused on capturing customer insights and delivering change that improves the customers experience and assists in building loyalty.

What is one of your major career goals for the year?

This year I am focused on:

  • Completing my Six Sigma Black Belt certification that will assist in leading change across the VMware business to improve our customer’s experiences and loyalty.
  • Continuing to mentor emerging leaders inside and outside of VMware.
  • Leading and inspiring the Australia/New Zealand (ANZ) region to amplify their impact back to the community through giving back their time and skills to those in need.

In three adjectives, how would you describe your experience at VMware so far?

  • Exciting
  • Inspirational
  • Supportive

Do you have a favorite VMware product or technology? If so, what is it and why?

VMware keeps me inspired with the innovations it is making in our industry.

The combination of VMware View and Horizon products are quite exciting. Organizations will have the ability to free staff from company issued hardware and inflexible infrastructure, so that they can access files and applications on the go from any location, anytime on any device.

Companies will become more agile in their work practices, reduce CAPEX and OPEX expenses and increase employee engagement and satisfaction.

Changing up your work environment can help spark creativity, prevent burnout, and increase productivity. Employers who have been restricted by their desktop and infrastructure can provide their employees with greater freedom and flexibility using VMware View and Horizon.

Do you have a favorite group, hobby or interest  at VMware?

In addition to my role as a Customer Advocacy Manager, I lead the Australia & New Zealand (ANZ) Citizen Council for the VMware Foundation, which is very important to me and aligned with my personal values. I feel very proud to be involved in such a program. Giving back to those in need builds the perfect foundation for a great organizational culture where employees feel engaged and inspired to do their best.

In 2012 the ANZ region, led by the ANZ Citizen Council logged 3,885 hours giving back to the community, impacting over 17 local and global non for profits.

I am also involved with the diversity groups for the APJ (Asia, Pacific, Japan) region and the R&D organization. Both diversity groups are making a big impact across VMware by proving opportunities for networking, career advice and internal/external mentoring.

What is your favorite VMware activity or pastime? Why?

VMware gives staff 40 hours of paid volunteering time per year. Late last year I organized a volunteering activity with Variety  – the children’s charity where Sydney VMware staff  presented brand new bikes to 450 sick, disabled and disadvantaged kids. For many kids this was their first bike. The reality of such a purchase was simply out of reach for a lot of the children’s families.

At the end of the day the last little boy came to get his bike, he had muscular deficiency and was in a walking frame. This little 6 year old touched the hearts of all of us; he was so happy and appreciative for his bike and could not wait to get home to share the experience with his dad.

What attracted you to VMware? Is it the same thing that motivates you today?

Earlier in my career I felt disconnected in my place of work. Through my mentor I embarked on personality profiling (MBTI and LSI) which helped me gain clarity over what’s important to me.

With this clarity, I identified this disconnect was with my values versus the values of the organisation and environment I was working in.

Knowing my personal values and assessing the values of an organisation assists me in choosing future roles. When looking for a new challenge I focus on understanding the organizational and departmental culture and how they go about doing business.

When I came across VMware it was very clear the people focus, collaborative approaches, creative and innovative programs were well aligned with what I value.

When your values align with the company you are working for, you are more engaged, do your best work and are happy. If I could provide one piece of advice it would be to understand who you are and what you want. Having this clarity will help you understand how to progress your career and achieve job satisfaction.

Do you have a thought-leader or person you admire in your field or industry? Who and why?

I have been very fortunate to have some amazing mentors in my career who have been instrumental in guiding me to where I am today. I also mentor others inside and outside of VMware which gives me great inspiration in seeing them succeed personally and professionally.

There are 2 key thought leaders I follow for inspiration and guidance:

  • Greg Mckeown: I was introduced to Greg through VMware last year when he delivered our leadership program in Sydney. His entrepreneurial thinking and leadership philosophies inspire me in my own life and leadership style. Greg co-authored a book called ‘Multipliers’, which delves into how the best leaders make people smarter.  A great read.
  • Mandy Holloway: She and her company ‘Courageous Leaders’ have been instrumental in assisting me with understanding my values. Through Mandy’s infectious and inspiring teachings I have become more courageous in conversations, career and life.

Do you have any tips on managing the demands of your career and the other parts of your life?

Balancing work and home can be quite a challenge. Don’t be afraid to ask for what you need to ensure you have a happy and healthy balance between work and home.

As I progressed through my career I found myself working hard and putting in a lot of time and effort with excessive hours. Two years ago, my son was diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder and I needed to adjust my work habits. I became focused and creative in balancing work and home and find I am now more productive and less stressed with a better balance between work and home.

VMware have been fantastic supporting my need to be flexible along with balancing the needs of the business.

 

 

 

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Lital Hassine, Team Engineer Lead, shares the paths and choices that have influenced her professionally and personally!

To close out our extended recognition of International Women’s Day (Friday, March 8) – a global day commemorating the economic, political & social achievements of women past, present and future – we are highlighting three great VMware women on this third and final week. Learn about how Lital contributes to defining, creating and delivering what’s next for IT, VMware and herself.

 

Employee Spotlight on: Lital Hassine, Software Engineer, Team Leader

Years at VMware: 4

Office Location: Hertzelia, Israel

Personal mantra or favorite quote: Progress over perfection

 

How did you get started in software technology and what led you to where you are today?

I spent a big part of my youth playing computer games, but I did not cross over to software development until I started my military service in the Israeli IDF (Israel Defense Forces). Looking back on my three years of my military service, I am truly amazed at how much I learned in that time about software development and how it shaped the person I’ve become today. After I was relieved of service, I continued working as a consultant for the IDF and studied for my bachelor degree in physics and computer science at Tel Aviv University.

What is one of your major career goals for the year?

One of my goals is to promote women in the software industry. I am participating in a women forum called Technit. Technit is a forum of women software engineers from R&D departments in high tech companies in Israel. The forum goal is to increase the impact of women in technological fields. It is a community where female engineers, are given an opportunity to meet, interact, exchange ideas, create mentoring opportunities, get inspiration from each others experiences and discuss common issues related to women in technology like: work-life management, negotiations skills and more. We are planning an event of the forum at the Israeli VMware office.

Do you have a favorite VMware product or technology? If so, what is it and why?

Obviously I have sentiments to the product I am currently work on, vCenter Infrastructure Navigator (VIN), which I joined from in its early stages. VIN automatically discovers application services and dependencies running in the virtual environment. If I had to choose a favorite VMware technology it would be VMware Link by Socialcast. Since Socialcast (an internal social network for businesses) has become an integral part of our company, daily work, inter-office collaborations and knowledge sharing has increased dramatically. VMware Link empowers employees to work together and innovate together globally, which I highly appreciate.


In three adjectives, how would you describe your experience at VMware so far?

Teamwork – Teamwork is a crucial ingredient of our everyday work and having excellent collaboration and interaction among our team is what makes me arrive to work with a smile every morning.

Innovation – Innovation is a great characteristic of the VMware Israeli office and how I see the company. It surfaces in many forms starting from a single contributor coming up with an idea and following it through (maybe even writing a VMware Innovation Offsite paper on it), going through team innovating efforts and up to innovation events for the entire site.

Excellence – Having people who you can count on to do excellent work and whom you can brainstorm with is a valuable asset to the company, and certainly one that is highly noticeable at our site.

Do you have any tips on managing the demands of your career and the other parts of your life?

Balancing my career and other parts of my life is something that does not come easy for me. I love my job and I tend to get carried away with it and lose track of time. What works best for me is scheduling other activities right after reasonable working hours. Knowing that I have obligations with others usually does the trick, plus I get to enjoy activities such as jogging and pilates.

Do you have a favorite group, hobby or interest at VMware?

We have a basketball group at VMware Israel that meets every Tuesday to play. This group is a great way to interact with colleagues from other teams, but it is mainly a simple way to have fun. After the game we hang out together at a local pub.

What is your favorite VMware activity or pastime? Why?

Definitely the Israeli site tournaments. The last tournament was an air hockey tournament organized by Eitan Gayor and Niva Levran. About a month before the event people started practicing and exchanging air hockey tactics. During the tournament there was a lot of excitement in the air. At the final event everyone in the office came to cheer for his or her favorite contestant.

Is there one thing that compels you as being part of the VMware community? If so, can you tell us more?

VMWare is the leader in its field, with a strong employee community and a great ecosystem. By working at VMware, I feel proud to be part of the group that lays the roadmap for the IT industry.

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Sandrine Leroux-Graves, Director of Communications & Events in VMware EMEA shares the paths and choices that have influenced her professionally and personally!

To close out our extended recognition of International Women’s Day (Friday, March 8) – a global day commemorating the economic, political & social achievements of women past, present and future – we are highlighting three great VMware women on this third and final week. Learn about how Sandrine contributes to defining, creating and delivering what’s next for IT, VMware and herself.

 

Spotlight on: Sandrine Leroux-Graves, Director, Communications & Events, EMEA

Years at VMware: 4 years

Office Location: Frimley, United Kingdom

Personal mantra or favorite quote: Live life to the full, as if every day was the last, with no regrets.

 

How did you get started in software technology and what led you to where you are today?

I started working in technology nearly 20 years ago, in a newly created EMEA (Europe, Middle East, Africa) Public Relations role for Dell. At the time, Dell was the shining star of the industry; very much like VMware is today. I loved my time at Dell and from there decided to focus my career on communications in high tech. Since then I have worked for blue chip companies, such as Novell, Lucent Technologies and Unisys in EMEA and international roles.

In three adjectives, how would you describe your experience at VMware so far?

Unique, fast-paced and unconventional.

Do you have a favorite VMware product or technology? If so, what is it and why?

VMware vCloud Suite, I think this is the first demonstration of a true cloud solution, and the foundation to our future.

What is your favorite VMware activity or pastime? Why?

I have lots of wonderful memories of various events and team gatherings across the world, but the one big event that sticks to mind is VMworld Europe 2012, our flagship event and the first year that I was responsible for events in the region. Overall, it was a great success; fantastic dynamism throughout and the result of a lot of great teamwork.

Is there one thing that compels you as being part of the VMware community?

The passion of the people at VMware, truly unique, incredible dynamism and pool of talent, which makes VMware’s success.

Do you have a thought-leader or person you admire in your field or industry? Who and why?

There’s a lot of great inspiration and talent in technology, but I like to draw information and inspiration from outside “our world.” People I admire and respect include Richard Branson, Michael Dell, Hillary Clinton and the Dalai Lama – for their talent, clarity of mind, focus and success in their own field, defying conventions.

Do you have any tips on managing the demands of your career and the other parts of your life?

Take life as it comes and embrace it, multi-tasking is a must, especially if you are also a parent (which I am). Work hard, play hard, but look after yourself. Lastly, there’s no point worrying or wasting time about things you cannot change, so focus on what you can contribute to and make it happen.

What is one of your major career goals for the year?

Looking at 2013, I see a fantastic opportunity to develop and execute some integrated Thought Leadership campaigns, which will generate significant impact into the C-level community and help further increase VMware’s recognition as a thought leader in cloud computing.

 

 

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International Women’s Day: Celebrating VMware Women Who are Helping Drive What’s Next for the IT Industry [Part 2]

International Women’s Day (Friday, March 8) is a global day commemorating the economic, political & social achievements of women past, present and future.

To celebrate, we are recognizing nine VMware women (three a week for the next few weeks) who are helping to drive what’s next for the company and the IT industry by their everyday contributions. Today, we hear from Anna-Maria, Lucy and Eva about the paths and people that have shaped them both professionally and personally.

 

 

 

Anna_Maria_Loweberg_IWD_PhotoSpotlight on: Anna-Maria Löweberg, Strategic Partner Business Manager

Years at VMware: 5

Office Location: Solna, Sweden

Personal mantra or favorite quote:

Anything is possible; the impossible just takes more time.

Click here to learn more about Anna-Maria’s unique story!

 

 

 

 

Lucy_Chun_Ying_Li_IWD_PhotoSpotlight on: Lucy Chun Ying Li, Quality Engineering (QE) Manager

Years at VMware: 5

Office Location: Beijing, China

Click here to learn more about Lucy’s unique story!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Eva_SchoenleitnerSpotlight on: Eva Schoenleitner, Sr. Director of Marketing, Central and Eastern Europe

Years at VMware: 1

Office Location: Munich, Germany

Personal mantra or favorite quote:

“We make a living by what we get. We make a life by what we give.” –Winston Churchill

Click here to learn more about Eva’s unique story!

 

 

 

 

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Eva Schoenleitner, Sr. Director, Marketing at VMware shares the paths, choices and things that inspire her both professionally and personally

International Women’s Day (Friday, March 8) is a global day commemorating the economic, political & social achievements of women past, present and future.

To celebrate, we are recognizing nine VMware women (three a week for the next few weeks) who are helping to drive what’s next for the company and the IT industry by their everyday contributions. Today, we hear from Eva about how she manages her work and life, favorite VMware activities, and her plans for 2013 and more!

 

Spotlight on: Eva Schoenleitner, Sr. Director of Marketing, Central and Eastern Europe

Years at VMware: 1

Office Location: Munich, Germany

Personal mantra or favorite quote:

“We make a living by what we get. We make a life by what we give.” –Winston Churchill

 

How did you get started in software technology and what led you to where you are today?

After I finished my MBA at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia, USA I started with IBM Global Services where I did operations and IT re-engineering projects in the Consumer Packaged Goods/Retail industry. After several years, I moved to Deloitte and Touche’s regional retail practice in the US Pacific Northwest and finally got hired by Microsoft where I stayed for 11 years in various roles. I joined VMware in February of 2012 as the Senior Director of Marketing for the Central and Eastern Europe region.

What is one of your major career goals for the year?

To deliver excellence of execution with my team and to start sharing leading practices with the EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa) and Corporate Marketing teams. Many of my team members are new to VMware so on the one hand they bring in many new ideas, but on the other hand they also need to learn the “VMware way.” It’ll be an exciting year for all of us.

In three adjectives, how would you describe your experience at VMware so far?

Fast moving, ever-changing, collaborative.

Do you have a favorite VMware product or technology? If so, what is it and why?

I really like our new Horizon Suite, especially the ability to manage devices (laptops, tablets and phones) centrally and securely while delivering maximum functionality and value to the business users. It’s compelling since the technology works for multiple OS’s like Apple, Google, and Windows, which is exactly what companies are asking for.

Do you have a favorite group, hobby or interest that you are active in at VMware?

I am very interested in the VMware Foundation. It’s great to see VMware and my coworkers giving back to the community. I already submitted several of my private donations for 100% matching through VMware and in Germany VMware is about to donate used laptops to an orphanage. Our local virtual team re-furbished those laptops and loaded them with the latest VMware applications so the kids can immediately use them.

What is your favorite VMware memory or pastime? Why?

I haven’t been at VMware very long – just a little more than a year, but one of the highlights for me was the EMEA Management meeting in early 2012 where we all got together, agreed on how to execute the strategy in Europe and had a strong people development focus as part of the off-site. The best thing for me was that as a newcomer to VMware I was able to meet the top EMEA Management – not only in a business setting, but also more casually after hours. It was a great start to joining VMware.

Do you have any tips on managing the demands of your career and the other parts of your life?

Setting expectations with management and also my team what my preferred work style is and when I’m reachable. Also, I’m a great proponent of project management and creating work-back schedules for larger deliverables so my team and I don’t have to work off-hours. In a work-back schedule, one determines what tasks need to be complete so when the final deliverable is due, all components come together in time.

My private hobby is mountaineering, so when I’m off I’m really unreachable which is why it is very important for me to make it all work.

Is there one thing that compels you as being part of the VMware community? If so, can you tell us more?

I really like how we as individuals pull together at VMware – in good times and also in tough economic times. I’m proud of being a part of this team.

 

 

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Lucy Chun Ying Li, Quality Engineering Manager at VMware shares the paths, choices and sources of inspiration that have shaped her professionally and personally

International Women’s Day (Friday, March 8) is a global day commemorating the economic, political & social achievements of women past, present and future.

To celebrate, we are recognizing nine VMware women (three a week for the next few weeks) who are helping to drive what’s next for the company and the IT industry by their everyday contributions. Today, we hear from Lucy about her early beginnings in the software industry, some key milestones and her plans for 2013 and beyond!

 

Spotlight on: Lucy Chun Ying Li, Quality Engineering (QE) Manager

Years at VMware: 5

Office Location: Beijing, China

 

How did you get started in software technology and what led you to where you are today?

There is one saying that I believe in and that is that life is all about making a choice. This motto rings true when I look back on my career path. When I graduated from university with a degree in Computer Science, I saw making software as something cool, interesting and fantastic. It was very close to my heart, so I knew that I wanted to be part of it.

However, I didn’t have a clear understanding of the career opportunities associated with computer science at the time because it was a very male-dominated industry and I didn’t have a good female role model to look to for guidance. What was clear was that IT was a fast growing industry in the world and especially in China, so I saw potential for opportunity and growth.

Software technology is a field that requires smart people who contribute great ideas, show dedication and are passionate about their work. That attracted me so I made a choice to start my career as a software engineer.

It took some time for me to figure out my strengths and passions. I also strived to move my career forward with confidence and dedication. Discovering my interest and staying passionate about it lead me to where I am today. Once I knew that, I strived to deliver my best and surround myself with very intelligent and diligent people. This helped me to grow and develop. All of these factors helped me to develop my competences, commitment and character which shaped who I am today.

In three adjectives, how would you describe your experience at VMware so far?

Exciting, Challenging, Rewarding.

Working at VMware provides excitement, challenges and opportunities to grow. I feel very lucky to have had the chance to work with brilliant people and develop products that have such a huge influence on the technology industry and the world. Through this, I’m able to obtain a feeling of success because of the energy and passion that my team and I contribute to our jobs. It’s also very rewarding to my personal growth because it forces me to learn and deliver my best.

VMware has grown a lot in the past several years and change is always happening. After joining the VMware Beijing R&D center in 2008, I’ve been able to see the team grow each year and new products updates launch. My job is always challenging, but I’m glad to see that with a clear vision, my coworker’s dedication, hard work and persistence, our teams are getting more mature and are successfully delivering the future of IT.

Do you have a favorite VMware product or technology? What is it and why?

Absolutely, it’s VMware vSphere! I’ve been at VMware since vSphere 4.0 rolled out and I have now seen 4 major releases for the product. I am working on the next major release of vSphere as we speak. As the number one virtualization solution for the data center in the industry, vSphere has so many cool technologies such as HA, DRS, SDRS, FT, vMotion, SVMotion, XVMotion, IO Control, etc. I’ve been very impressed by our customer’s feedback on Fault Tolerance since I demonstrated it to our customers at the China vForum event in 2008.

It’s a wonderful journey for the QE team working on vSphere!  As a QE, our team has the opportunity to test around vSphere in unique ways in order to simulate our customer’s data center operations. We’re setting the test bed and defining TDS with different user scenarios in order to catch the critical issues that our customers will possibly run into. And in the System Test Team, we’re working with almost all the global developer teams of vSphere, so we always need to “travel” with the bugs across the world on bugzilla.

Do you have a favorite group, hobby or interest that you are active in at VMware?

I have been driving the Diversity Program at VMware China since 2011, and was also in the People Development Initiative at the VMware Beijing R&D center last year. I have a strong interest in career development programs that can help people learn how to improve their performance, grow and enrich themselves and successfully manage work and life. Because of this, over the past two years I’ve tried to encourage employees, especially female employees, to use their innate skills and make strides towards leading their career. This has been accomplished through training, experience sharing and encouraging employees to develop their own personal goals and skills on career advancement.

In 2011, the Diversity Group of VMware China started an external woman career forum series named Women in Technology in Beijing. This series set up a platform for employees from VMware and other female professionals in the IT industry to discuss career related topics that apply to women. One area of focus was trying to empower our working mothers so that they could achieve better individual, family and career balance. This year we had the second Women in Technology in Beijing at the VMware China vForum event. The event was a success as we had over 200 participants from the industry in attendance.

In my spare time, I enjoy making a good dinner for the family because I am good at making Chinese food. I also like traveling and experiencing different cultures.

What is your favorite VMware activity or pastime? Why?

I enjoy the annual China R&D event very much. All employees get together to celebrate the past year and welcome the coming new year. During the party, each team has the opportunity to present to the group. They group presentations are very impressive and funny each year and provide a comfortable, happy, affirmative and memorable atmosphere for the New Year. It a great opportunity to get to know fellow coworkers better and reflects the happiness and creativity of our engineers.

What attracted you to VMware? Is it the same thing that motivates you today?

Yes, it is the same thing.

Working on virtualization for the cloud era at VMware is very interesting to me and it is one reason I enjoy working here. The influence VMware products have on the industry and how they make the world work better motivates me and makes me feel that my contributions are actually making a difference. VMware also actively supports people development. There are a number of internal resources that employees can take advantage of and there are a lot of smart people who are willing to share their experience if you just ask. Working with people here under such supportive environments keeps me passionate about my work.

Do you have any tips on managing the demands of your career and the other parts of your life?

First of all, we must be very clear about what are the most important things in our lives. To me, both career and family are equally important. And even if it is hard to gain the balance between the two at times, I have a strong belief that we can manage them well because there are already so many excellent role models at VMware and within the external industry.

A supportive environment is key to a healthy intersection of work and life. We’re lucky that VMware provides flexible work hours, which is helpful when you’re trying to advance your career while balancing family. We should also leverage the resources around us, for example, connect with your manager for guidance if you’re struggling. In China, we can also get very strong support from parents and nannies that can help with family errands.

What is one of your major career goals for the year?

In the past five years that I’ve been at VMware, I have grown myself from an engineer to a manager and became a mother as well. During this time I have focused on improving my leadership and communication skills while towards balancing work and life. For the next couple of years, I would like to continue to strive and achieve my best as a manager – to constantly stretch my abilities and strengths, go for the challenging jobs and the difficult assignments and value the insights and perspectives of the innovative people around me. Growing and developing at VMware is not only achieved through the internal classroom training opportunities, but by also talking to and learning from people inside and outside the company.

 

 

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Anna-Maria Löweberg, Strategic Partner Business Manager at VMware shares the paths and people that have shaped her both professionally and personally

International Women’s Day (Friday, March 8) is a global day commemorating the economic, political & social achievements of women past, present and future.

To celebrate, we are recognizing nine VMware women (three a week for the next few weeks) who are helping to drive what’s next for the company and the IT industry by their everyday contributions. Today we hear from Anna-Maria about working with VMware partners and customers, thought-leaders who have inspire her, 2013 goals and more!

 

Spotlight on: Anna-Maria Löweberg, Strategic Partner Business Manager

Years at VMware: 5

Office Location: Solna, Sweden

Personal mantra or favorite quote:

Anything is possible; the impossible just takes more time.

 

How did you get started in software technology and what led you to where you are today?

While studying at university, I didn’t initially want to get into information technology. However, when I started to work for HP in 1997, I soon realized that my passion lied around technologies that add real business value. Working as an x-86 Server Sales Specialist at HP and IBM from 2005 to 2007 was all about virtualization and VMware. When I got the opportunity to start working at VMware it was a natural next step.

Do you have a favorite VMware product or technology? If so, what is it and why?

Most amazing is not a single product or technology – it is the fact that we have changed the data center and the way people work in the last 10 years. VMware people continue to provide outstanding products that help companies deliver IT as a service for real. I’m convinced that VMware Horizon Suite will be the same revolution for the workspace as vSphere was for the servers.

Do you have a thought-leader or person you admire in your field or industry? Who and why?

Carly Fiorina, former CEO of Hewlett-Packard (HP). Carly re-invented the twelve “Rules of the Garage.” The “Rules of the Garage” attempt to encapsulate the work ethic that Bill Hewlett and David Packard developed when they founded HP. These 12 rules inspire all to believe that people can make a difference in the world. Carly visited the HP office in Stockholm in 2001 to speak to the Swedish HP team. Her presentation was one of the best I have attended (so far).

Do you have a favorite group, hobby or interest that you are active in at VMware?

Melvin Monster-VM! He was born on July 12, 2011 with the release of vSphere 5.0. We all loved him at first sight! Melvin Monster-VM is a fun embodiment of the ability to provision larger virtual machines. When my Swedish colleagues and I created a Facebook profile for him we could never have imagined that he would have over 600 friends and that we would be sending his fluffy replica all over the world.

What is your favorite VMware memory or pastime? Why?

It is too difficult to pick a single memory. During the past five years, I have had the privilege to attend VMworlds and Partner Exchanges in Europe (Cannes, Copenhagen and Barcelona) and the United States (San Francisco, Las Vegas and Orlando). They have all been amazing and inspiring as VMware continues to drive the future of IT and empowers enterprises to accelerate their IT business.

What is one of your major career goals for the year?

To be a role model and continue to inspire our VMware partners and customers to continue the journey to the Cloud as a service within the datacenter and for all different devices. The IT landscape is changing and there is an early adopters market in Sweden. My goal is to drive that change collaboratively with my colleagues and our strategic partners.

Do you have any tips on managing the demands of your career and the other parts of your life? 

Follow your heart and intuition. Finding your personal balance is everything. And no one, except for you is responsible for that.

 

 

 

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International Women’s Day: Celebrating VMware Women Who are Helping Drive What’s Next for the IT Industry [Part 1]

International Women’s Day (Friday, March 8) is a global day commemorating the economic, political & social achievements of women past, present and future.

To celebrate, we are recognizing nine VMware women (three a week for the next few weeks) who are helping to drive what’s next for the company and the IT industry by their everyday contributions. Today, we hear from Kristine, Sreelakshmi and Marian about the paths and people that have shaped them both professionally and personally.

 

 

Spotlight on: Kristine Dahl Steidel, Country Manager

Years at VMware: 7

Office Location: Oslo, Norway

Personal mantra or favorite quote: Carpe Diem

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Spotlight on: Sreelakshmi Bylahalli, Sr. Manager, ESX Patch Testing Team

Years at VMware: 2 years, 7 months

Office Location: Bangalore, India

Personal mantra or favorite quote: “The true nature of anything is the highest it can become.” -Aristotle

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Spotlight on:  Marian Shen, Sr. Manager, Quality Engineering

Years at VMware: 5.5

Office Location: Beijing, China

Personal mantra or favorite quote: Never stop exploring; you can achieve more than what you think you could.

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