It’s day three of VMworld 2018 US and anyone here will tell you there is a palpable, positive energy in the air. Here are a few of my highlights thus far:
- The unforgettable sit-down with Malala Yousafzai, activist, Nobel Peace Prize recipient and youngest-ever Nobel laureate.
- Monday morning’s incredible General Session, Technology Superpowers.
- Witnessing the Rat Pack commencing Tuesday’s Hall Crawl in the Solutions Exchange.
- Customer conversations that transcended the tactical. For example, Frank Johnson, CIO and Chief Digital Officer for the City of Baltimore declared people his number one priority at Sunday’s Government Workshop. Soft skills, continuing education, partnering with industry, attracting and retaining top talent, and leveraging that talent to impart change in the community is Frank’s most important goal, so much so that his team incorporated direct feedback from employees and citizens to craft the city’s first-ever inclusive digital transformation strategic plan.
- Listening to Maria Pardee from DXC Technology implore the audience to proudly support, celebrate, and empower the unique perspectives from the women in their lives—daughters, wives, friends, colleagues—in response to the systemic and long-held unconscious biases affecting talent and diversity across IT.
And this quote from Pat Gelsinger on Day One:
“Tech as a force for good is not just our opportunity. It’s our obligation.”
This quote underscores the mission of government IT perfectly. Couldn’t have said it better myself.