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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.



It’s Time to Bring Mobile Moments to the Enterprise

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By Bask Iyer, CIO, VMware

According to a report published by Gartner, Inc, last month, by the end of 2017 the market demand for enterprise mobile app development services will outstrip internal IT departments’ ability to deliver them at least five times over.

Well, I suppose that means the prospects for enterprise mobile developers are certainly bright, but stats like this one always leave me scratching my head.

I mean, where are these extremely in-demand enterprise mobile apps? Continue reading

Beyond BYOD: The Inevitability of Business Mobility

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By Bask Iyer, CIO, VMware

Two news stories from the last year come to mind whenever I think of the ever-rising tide of business mobility.

In the first one, an emergency physician at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston, faced a critical situation: a patient suffering from a brain hemorrhage was brought in during his shift, and administering the wrong medication would make it worse.  Fortunately, the doctor was wearing Google Glass loaded with a custom medical app.  Using his face-mounted mobile device, he able to pull up this patient’s records and administer the right drug to help stop the bleeding.

A happy ending for all!  Except poor Google Glass—sales of the first prototype edition were suspended in January.


The second story is more of a tragedy. Continue reading

VMware on List of Computerworld 100 Best Places to Work in IT – Again!

I was delighted to learn that VMware’s IT organization has again been selected to the Computerworld 100 Best Places to Work in IT 2015. This iVMware_LinkedIn_Profiles_1400x425_JY_003_Es the second year VMware has been recognized by Computerworld for this distinction, and we moved up to an impressive  #17 (from #26 last year in the large company category). This is a tremendous accomplishment, and I believe that it validates VMware’s commitment to our work and community. Read more at Tribal Knowledge.

By Bask Iyer, CIO, VMware

I Know You’re Not Safe from a Cyber Attack

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I Know You’re Not Safe from a Cyber Attack
By Bask Iyer, CIO, VMware

Benjamin Franklin famously said, “…nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.” I would add enterprise network breaches to that list. If you think “cyber-attacks can’t breach my network security,” or more humbly, “our business isn’t that attractive for hackers,” think again.  If you believe your company’s network is foolproof because you have a solid perimeter defense, consider what former FBI Director Robert S. Mueller, III said a couple of years ago:

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The CMO-CIO partnership

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The CMO-CIO partnership
Common Goals, Unified Approach, Unique Capabilities

By Bask Iyer, CIO, VMware

There is a lot of chatter about tension and conflict between IT and Lines of Businesses (LOBs)for a variety of reasons. The discussion around bi-modal IT follows this narrative: Traditional IT is slow to respond to business needs; is not at the cutting edge of the latest technologies and creates many hurdles, usually under the guise of security concerns.  Shadow IT steps in to fill the gap and saves the day so that LOBs can move on to be successful. In this scenario, the IT org is the slow-moving villain, and everyone else is the swashbuckling hero or heroine.

The reality is not that black and white. Continue reading

Why VMware?

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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. Continue reading

From Transforming the Enterprise to Serving the Nation

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By Tony Scott, CIO, VMware

It has been 18 months since I joined VMware, and what an incredible journey it has been. I came to VMware because of its transformational potential, the leadership, the people and the location. I have been fortunate to have benefited on every front. Continue reading

A Year of IT Transformation

TonyScott_resizeBy Tony Scott, CIO, VMware

As the year comes to a close, I’ve been thinking about the issues that had the most impact in 2014. At VMware, much of our work continued to focus on our own IT transformation. And we’re not alone. In my conversations with other CIOs, transformation always seems front and center.  Looking back at 2014, I see three dominant themes for CIOs—all tied to IT transformation. First is the evolution of the IT model to full integration in the business. Next is the generational migration in IT leadership. And, finally, there’s the urgent focus on security innovations to protect enterprise data.

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A Window into the VMware IT Transformation Journey

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Just like many of our customers, we’re on a journey to transform our business by transforming how we approach people, process and technology. We’re redefining the role, expectations, and capabilities of IT. After implementing our own internal SDDC in 2013, we have built upon it with VMware cloud infrastructure, hybrid cloud, and end-user computing solutions. Continue reading