With over 50+ locations throughout the world, VMware is truly a global community made of passionate employees who thrive on collaborating together to bring IT industry-changing innovations to life. Each site also carries its own uniqueness, which is why we are highlighting office stories through our VMware Office Spotlight series. Get a flavor for what the VMware Johannesburg office in South Africa is like today!
The South African office officially opened in March 2010 with the help of Matthew Piercy, VP of NEMEA (Northern Europe, Middle East and Africa). It was designed to be a fresh and inviting corporate office in the heart of Africa’s economic hub, Johannesburg. Approximately 82% of South African businesses operate in the greater Johannesburg region. Local attractions include rugby games at Ellis Park, Lion Park, Gold Reef City, Barnyard theatres and the Apartheid Museum.
The VMware Johannesburg site is a welcomed permanent home for our employees in the region. Before the site’s establishment, employees worked from a local EMC site and a leased facility for a few years. Given the significant revenue growth and headcount deployed in South Africa, the site’s creation was a needed and welcome mainstay. Our site houses over 30 employees and growing.
Areas of Opportunity
We have a number of VMware organizations represented at the local office including Professional Services, Systems Engineering, Marketing, Operations Management, Sales as well as the West East and Central African (WECA) Team. The WECA Team is an inspired, positive group of people that support VMware in more than 30+ countries within Africa including Nigeria, Kenya, Angola and more. The team consists of System Engineers, Sales and Channel people.
The VMware Johannesburg office is a full-fledged sub-regional office that is working on a variety of projects that focus on Cloud Automation, End-User Computing (EUC) engagements as well as some very large Software-Defined Data Center (SDDC) projects for the financial sector.
Life at the Johannesburg Office – Our Team Culture
We are very much a close-knit group of Type A personalities who thrive under pressure. However, we are also able to not take ourselves too seriously when the opportunity presents itself. When not working, several of our people enjoy playing golf and brewing beer. In general we are a very family focused group and like to spend as much time as possible with our families having braai’s (barbeques) in the hot African sun. The South African Team has won the EMEA Team of the Year Award for two of the past four years that it has been awarded- we are very proud of this accolade. Our team spirit, positive attitude and the ability to drive what’s next enabled us to receive such recognition.
Everyone has a never say die attitude and we are tenacious to the point of being stubborn. We love a challenge and rise above the noise to execute on or mandate against two core principles, excellence in execution and consistency. We hold each other to a high standard and greatly value integrity as we challenge the status quo and get things done to empower our customers with the tools they need to meet their toughest technological challenges. Our everyday actions help us define what’s next for ourselves and the industry.
VMware’s unique advantage in the IT space is a very compelling sales tool. We’re excited to see how our forward movement in the technological space can add to this advantage. Ultimately, we aspire to help thousands of our customers move effectively to the Cloud and leverage the technology we provide to make IT work better for their business. We have the best value proposition in the market regardless of country and are passionate about bringing this vision to benefit our customers – both current and potential!
*Content Contributors: Ian Jansen Van Rensburg, Celeste Davids and Judy Phung
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