By Bask Iyer, CIO, VMware
Remember the CEO who said, “I loved the product so much that I bought the company”? In a way I feel like Victor Kiam, that famous former owner of the New England Patriots football team who claimed he bought Remington (the company) because he loved their razors. I’ve been a VMware customer for a very long time, and because I like VMware technologies so much, I decided to buy into the company as part of the team delivering the goods.
VMware is an industry innovator and leader, creating amazing products that are disrupting and evolving business as we know it. It’s also a company of great people. And that’s a huge draw. When I interviewed with the VMware team, I was struck by people’s authenticity and intelligence. And I was impressed by the fact that every person I spoke with recognized the disruption underway in the technology space and how all technology vendors must adjust and prepare to ride the next rapidly approaching wave of innovation.
I was excited to learn about VMware’s aggressive Customer One program that has our company using our production-grade software first, before we beta with or ship to customers. I’m totally committed to this program. Think about it: I’ve gone from being an external customer (and one of the early ones) to being an internal customer (and one of the first ones) who will provide feedback to our R&D organization to help enhance the customer experience. Customer out; customer in.
In my 20 plus years of enterprise experience, I’ve applied technology to catalyze business transformation and growth. I’ve worked with technology teams at all levels, from practitioner to CIO, in a number of industries and at companies that include Juniper Networks, Honeywell, GlaxoSmithKline Beecham and Johnson & Johnson. Along the way, I’ve successfully navigated not just one, but three SAP enterprise implementations—and plan, by the way, to successfully handle a fourth here at VMware.
I came to VMware because I think right now, VMware sits at the sweet-spot – the intersection of technology and business – and is in a position to deeply influence and rapidly evolve both. And that makes VMware a tremendously exciting choice.
Why VMware? I wouldn’t want to be anywhere else.
On Twitter: @baskiyer