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VMware Hiring Manager: Martha Bellens-Martin, Practice Manager of the Professional Services Organization

What if you could get to know the hiring manager at VMware before you come onsite for an interview? Well now you can with our Meet the Hiring Manager series. From their own career journeys to the characteristics that they look for in candidates, we want you to hear from the people who bring teams together at VMware – hiring managers.

This week, meet Practice Manager Martha Bellens-Martin who is based in Dallas, Texas and has worked in the Software Solutions Industry since 1990. Martha joined VMware in 2015 and now leads a dynamic and diverse team of Technical Account Managers (TAM) within our Professional Services Organization. She has a number of open roles on her team, so why not get to know her before applying?

 

Martha Bellens-Martin

Dallas, Texas

VMware Careers: Martha, can you share how you’ve arrived at this point in your career?

Martha: I started my career at LTV (Ling-Temco-Vought) Aerospace in a traditional Industrial Engineering discipline, my role involved plant layout and process standardization. In 1988, a vendor called Intergraph proposed a software solution that would move us from traditional hand drawn blueprints to CAD (Computer-Aided Design). I was delighted to be chosen for the pilot as I was able to execute my job in a fraction of the time. I loved the solution so much, that I decided to join Intergraph and spent the next several years in pre-sales helping other companies understand how they could take advantage of this automation. It was at Intergraph that I had my first promotion into management and loved the opportunity to coach others in their careers. From Intergraph I moved on to Peregrine Systems continuing to demonstrate and sell software solutions. Peregrine went on to be acquired by Hewlett Packard and I spent the next 17 years continuing as a manager of Pre-Sales Engineers there. In 2015, I was presented with the opportunity to join VMware as a TAM Practice Manager. I was a little hesitant. Why? I had never been on the Professional Services Organization (PSO) side of the equation before and I wondered if it would it be as dynamic as Pre-Sales? Well, it wasn’t long before I got my answer, it is absolutely just as dynamic! Running TAM for South Central has been so fulfilling and I get to work with a team that is the customer advocate. Since joining VMware, I have hired 12 TAMs (with the outstanding support of our in-house Talent Acquisition team). Being a part of VMware is very special, we are a company that truly lives by our EPIC2 values and I am proud to be here and always happy to bring new talent onboard.

VMware Careers: How did you get into tech, in particular the TAM Practice Manager function?

Martha: While working at LTV after college we were just starting to do plant layouts electronically (as opposed to manual blueprints). I was able to execute my job in a fraction of the time. I loved the solution so much I joined the vendor who had proposed and trialed the solution with us – Intergraph. Ever since I have focused on helping customers to understand how software solutions can automate their businesses and drive value to the bottom line.

The TAM function is my first time to be part of the Professional Services organization, after selling software solutions for a number of years. I truly believe that it is a fantastic offering for our customers to invest in a TAM to ensure that no software solutions languish as shelfware. Customer adoption is what makes a successful TAM.

VMware Careers: You’re hiring into your teams, tell us about the type of people you are looking to recruit?

Martha: I look for people who are well-spoken and passionate, who can effectively tell a solution story. Customer facing experience is a must for me for the roles I have on my team. One of my first projects here was to refresh our TAM job description: We want to hire epic people who enhance our diverse culture, people who will push us, amaze us and drive us forward. In return, we offer the freedom to define and lead your future.

VMware Careers: If you could offer one piece of career advice what would it be?

Martha: Align yourself with people, a job, and a company that brings you joy. 30% of your time each week is work related, therefore it should be a positive portion of your life to ensure mental and physical wellness.

Explore what’s possible for you and join Martha’s team today!

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Computerworld’s 100 Best Places to work in IT 2018: VMware Ranks #3 Among Large Organizations

 

What is Computerworld’s ‘100 Best Places to Work in IT’ list?

The Best Places to Work in IT list is an annual ranking of the top 100 workplace communities for technology professionals by IDG’s Computerworld. This year, we are thrilled to announce that VMware made it into the top 5, coming in at #3 (out of 59) on the Computerworld Best Places to Work in IT 2018 in the large organization category.

In case you’re curious about how Computerworld determines the list, I have you covered. Computerworld bases their scoring on a comprehensive questionnaire regarding company offerings in categories such as benefits, career development, training and retention. In addition Computerworld conducts extensive surveys of IT workers, and their responses factor heavily in determining the rankings.

Why is this recognition special to our community at VMware?

For the last 5 years, VMware has participated in the Computerworld 100 Best Places to Work in IT contest. Last year we were honored to see our ranking leap from #26 to #6. To know that it was our people’s survey responses that led to our improved ranking is extremely rewarding. This advancement in ranking over the last two years is a recognition of what can be achieved as a large IT organization when you combine an unwavering focus on innovation with a collaborative mindset and passionate people.

This award means the most to our CIO Bask Iyer, who shared the below note with our people today:

“Almost 2 years ago, I shared my 3-year vision for VMware’s IT organization. Number one on that list was for us to be recognized as the best in IT and a trailblazer, regardless of industry or geography. I feel extremely fortunate to lead this team, and I am confident that this award is not a destination, but merely a milestone, as we continue to reach for what’s ahead. Together, we will keep raising the bar for IT organizations of all sizes and in all industries.”

-Bask Iyer, CIO, VMware and Dell

This achievement is a tremendous milestone for the VMware IT Organization, it highlights in many ways that VMware is a great place to be an IT professional, and it’s our people that make it so. The sincere and unrelenting dedication to our culture of innovation and our EPIC2 values enables us to focus on the right things. It is what fuels our success and contributes to making VMware a vibrant place to be year after year.

To learn more about how you can realize what’s possible at VMware, visit: http://careers.vmware.com

 

VMware Sustainability Borathon

 

 

Sustainability is innovation’s new frontier. At VMware, the Office of the CTO (OCTO) is charged with driving both innovation and sustainability. There are many pathways to innovation at VMware, and one of the most loved and popular are our Borathons.

Why is an innovation event called Borathon?

What’s a Borathon, you ask? The name goes back to when engineers first created these events and wanted to evoke the magic of our earliest innovations. They decided that instead of simply calling our innovation events a hackathon, they named it after their last code repository island name: Bora Bora. Thus, the name Borathon was born.

Envroom created by Jeff Kim and Davin Nguyen [Best “environmental hack”]

Over the years, VMware’s Borathons have led to product ideas, features and solutions.  Building on this tradition, in the last week of April, we honored Earth Day with an amazingly successful Borathon event at our Palo Alto campus that focused on sustainability as the theme. This created a unique opportunity for our talented people to work collaboratively on topic that stretched their minds. The challenge was all about considering software and code from a sustainability perspective in order to develop new workflows, features, and proof-of-concepts.

The Experience  

The Borathon experience at VMware begins with signing up for the waitlist (yes, they are that popular!).  This time things were a bit different in that we held an opening ceremony on the evening of Wednesday May 25th giving our participants a chance to socialize, network and form their teams.

Building on our values around Community, we were excited to include two teams of high school students who were winners of LA Hacks III , a VMware sponsored external hackathon. These two teams presented their respective winning ideas on Robotany and Envroom.

The high-school hackers demonstrated an impressive level of ingenuity, presentation skill, and technological achievement in each of their projects. It was a great inspirational kick-off for all in attendance, especially for our VMware hackers.  And personally, gives me hope for the future seeing what these young minds can do to apply their technical skills for social impact.

The Hack

The event itself featured five different challenges, each chosen by one of the eight teams.  Our Fellows and Principal Engineers defined three of our challenges which included: “Green SDDC”, “BrokenBuild Predictor”, and “Power Usage Real-Time Monitoring”.   In collaboration with our Research team working on Blockchain, I sponsored one challenge entitled, “Enable Peer-to-Peer Power Generation and Distribution Through Microgrids Using Blockchain”. The challenges were rounded off by two concepts submitted by our participant hackers, “vSphere EasyDeploy” and “Go Green vSAN”.

Each challenge had a dedicated mentor that offered their expertise and helped their respective team of hackers to stay focused and motivated.

And the winners are…

Third Place went to EasyDeploy, led by Reanud Voltz. This project is looking into vSphere deployments in remote locations, including in areas with low internet bandwidth and unqualified IT personnel. You can imagine the social impact possibilities of this kind of solution!

Second Place went to a project led by Vikash Ruhil, who worked on BrokenBuild Predictor a tool that detects broken builds to increases efficiency of server usage.  This is just brilliant and has lots of possibility!

First Place went to Dashboard Showing Real-Time Cluster/Datacenter Power Usage, led by Ritesh Tiwari.  This project looked at an overall clusters power usage, drilling down to individual ESXi hosts and identifying which machines draw the most power. They also built a smart and geo aware App that when demonstrated – blew me away.  Super cool and super practical idea that could have immediate sustainability (power & CO2 savings).

The best thing about our well-loved hacks are that they are really a community experience.  Borathon serves not only to drive innovation by developing skills and experience, but most importantly, it fosters a spirit of community by giving engineers the opportunity to interact with, learn from, and develop relationships with our Fellows and Principal Engineers. To top off our commitment to Community and impact, in true VMware style, each one of our participants received prize in the form of a Kiva grant.  In this way, participating in Borathon is also an opportunity to pay it forward by helping to fund an eco-entrepreneur’s dream.

The great thing about Borathon is that the work doesn’t end after 37-hours and an all-nighter.  The OCTO is chartered with working closely with each of these teams to continue building on the momentum and drive innovation forward though our OCTO Innovation programs.

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