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Why I Joined VMware

by Tony Scott, CIO VMware TonyScott-crop
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.

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.

– Tony


9 thoughts on “Why I Joined VMware

  1. Ravi Venkatasubbaiah

    Great article, Scott. I like that you brought out the essence of what appeals to you at VMware. “Simplicity is at the core of every transformation”

  2. Stephen Lencioni

    Great blog and it summarizes well why I would like to join VMware!

    I agree there is a disruptive transformation going on today in the form of the software-defined data center and VMware is well positioned to succeed here if they execute (which should be their birthright as the pioneer of server virtualization). The industry buzz has been around the cloud but it is really virtualization that enabled the cloud and made it practical.

    I’ve spent the last 14 years of my career in IT (at a company a few miles away from you with two initials) and we’ve been in perpetual IT transformation. Early on it was about offshoring and centralizing shared services functions like infrastructure, support and database. We then moved on to data center consolidation half a dozen years ago. The last few years have been the most impactful transformation of all which is virtualizing our data centers and auto-provisioning infrastructure which has significantly boosted our responsiveness/agility and improved our utilization reducing our CAPEX/OPEX spend.

    A key part of VMware’s IT transformation should be to make sure their internal data center and public clouds are best in class proof points for the comprehensive suite of VMware products and how they scale (especially network virtualization) to the enterprise level. In addition, providing feedback to product development/R&D to continuously improve the products.

    The common thread I’ve noticed in VMware strategy is using software to drive simplicity in the enterprise which I believe is a winning formula.

  3. Jonathan Pierce

    VMware is certainly the right company at the right time. You are with a dominant player in the field and I can’t wait to see what’s next.

  4. Clement Wong

    Great article and blog post. I enjoyed this article alot as it resonates with what I believed in as well.

  5. Robert

    Welcome to VMware!

  6. Mike Poeschl

    We joined around the same time and I fell that it was the right time too! I have enjoyed the past year but excited about the future our company has in the industry!

  7. Mohammad Dosoukey

    Congrats, One of my dreams is to be part of VMware team 🙂

  8. Vmware Evangelist

    I agree with you that VMware is strongly placed to drive transformation and I think latest Cloud Virtualization courses and credentials will open new horizons

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