by Tony Scott, CIO VMware
I have been at VMware for less than a year, and I can truly say that I am delighted to be here. As CIO, I lead VMware’s Global Information Technology Group, which manages critical technology systems supporting the company’s worldwide business operations. My team is also responsible for advancing and protecting VMware’s information assets, helping the company meet the IT needs of more than 500,000 customers. I’d also like to add that VMware has the added, and enviable, charter to support our R&D organization and in that way contributes to our product success. Needless to say, this combination makes our daily work exhilarating. I am often asked, “Why did you join VMware?” The answer is surprisingly simple – and boils down to three things that drive a great many of us: compelling work, great people, and a fun & stimulating work environment.
- VMware is strongly placed to drive transformation – I have been in similar roles at many companies over the past three decades, from Microsoft and Disney to GM and Bristol-Meyers Squibb. I have seen a lot of change over the years. I believe we are in the midst of massive transformation where software will drive companies to do business in very novel ways and will empower employees to be more productive and influential in driving company strategy. I considered both VMware’s history of innovation and where it is headed, and concluded that VMware is the company best positioned to both lead and set the industry standard on transformation.
- VMware has great people and a strong executive team – Besides the obviously cool technology, the #1 factor that attracted me to VMware was its people. Our team is passionate about what they build and deliver, has a keen sense of responsibility to listen to customer feedback and is their own harshest critic when we fall short of our own standards of performance. Under the leadership of Pat Gelsinger and the executive team, the company is focused on a short list of key priorities and is profoundly execution-oriented. I have always believed in the strength of innovate+execute. It beats any other combination.
- Location – The company’s headquarters in Palo Alto, California is a unique and serene place. We recently went through a massive renovation to deliver a single campus headquarters, and our new campus is amazing. Visitors to our campus will see cool offices, trickling pools, waddling ducks and turtles, green enclaves, soccer fields, walking trails and several gyms. This is a fantastic work place and I was also lucky to find a home only ten minutes drive from the office. I have now spent time in some of our other offices (Bangalore-India, Cork-Ireland, Sofia-Bulgaria & Atlanta-GA), and I think that all our sites are great places for both intellectual stimulation and fun. Check out this video of our Palo Alto campus.
Since I joined in August 2013 I have been focused on the effective use of IT to drive innovation and bring improved agility and efficiency to business operations. I have also been focused on driving initiatives to develop tests and showcase VMware products and technologies. We are in the midst of an exciting transformation within the IT organization that propels us to move forward thoughtfully to exceed customer expectations, both internally and externally. I’d love to continue to share my thoughts on IT transformation, and I invite you to join us at any one of our campuses to chat with us over a cup of coffee or juice. This is a place like no other, and the future is bright.