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VMware is a Really Great Place to Work For

By Bask Iyer, CIO, VMware and Dell

I’ve never hidden the fact I love working at VMware. I certainly think it’s a fantastic place to work. But you don’t have to take my word for it…

For the third year in a row VMware was named one of the Fortune Best Companies to Work For.  Read more at:
https://www.vmware.com/radius/vmware-named-great-place-to-work-and-fortune-2017-best-companies-to-work-for-list/

Congratulations to all the amazing people here who make this a reality, every single day.

/Bask

On Twitter: @baskiyer

Prescient or Not: 2016 IT Predictions

By Bask Iyer, CIO, VMware and Dell

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In the spirit of Moore’s law, average isn’t good enough. And I’d give myself a solid C – an average grade for what came of my 2016 predictions. Basically, we’ve got some work to do. While I don’t think any of my past predictions were wrong, we definitely haven’t seen the potential of these predictions come to fruition. Continue reading

My 2017 Predictions: A CIO Perspective

By Bask Iyer, CIO, VMware and Dell
As I look ahead at where market and technology is headed for 2017 and beyond, I am excited about several trends. The key theme across them is one of interconnection. These are not ten independent trends, but instead ten interwoven and increasingly sophisticated forces coming together with great momentum.

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My Ten Leadership Imperatives

By Bask Iyer, CIO, VMware and Dell

BaskTelAvivExecutiveExchange6Our IT leadership team recently had an offsite. This was a team-driven event, and I stayed in the background and actually spoke very little on stage. I was asked to provide some advice and insight for leadership development.  Here is what I shared with my team. Continue reading

Enabling the Business: Grassroots Innovation in IT

By Bask Iyer, CIO, VMware

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

Catch the IoT Wave

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

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

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On Twitter: @baskiyer

 

Some Tips for Recruiting Top Millennial Talent

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By Bask Iyer, CIO, VMware

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

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IT’s Evolution: Backroom Operators to Customer Champions

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

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Have You Been Reverse-Mentored by a Millennial Lately?

 

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By Bask Iyer, CIO, VMware

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

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

Let me explain.
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Riding the Waves of Tech Innovation

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